...hello water heater.
When we bought the house the kitchen was "blessed" with a quite nasty fake antique oven hood.
Add one bloke with a wrecking bar,
and sooner (rather than later) you have a clear, if extremely grotty, wall so you can start insulating.
In the meantime, the plumber has been hard at work, and although it isn't yet plugged in, we have a ballon de chauffe-eau. In addition to that we have the plumbing for the upstairs toilet, and the pipes and drains for the shower and handbasin.
Today the temperature is supposed to reach 28°C. That is very hot for this time of year, so I am assuming we will get the hot water installed and running just in time to start taking cooling showers.