We spent the weekend gutting the kitchen and dining room ready for the builder today. Both rooms are now completely devoid of useful furnishings, and the old disused pipework has been removed.
The builder arrived this morning and made light work of the non-load bearing wall between the kitchen and dining room. I was slightly dismayed that he had all the big fun, but it was worth it for the knowledge that he knew what to do if there were any complications. He's also agreed to get me started on a couple of jobs that I will do after he's gone including underfloor insulation and a new water pipe to the property to replace the current lead water pipe.
Mind the live wires! There's no turning back now!