Our Kitchen “The Demo”

Okay, so where did I leave off? You saw the old kitchen.  And we were ready to demo.  We knew that the renovation was going to be long and stressful and like any old house we also knew that there would be some unexpected things that may cause issues.  I was optimistic about the timeline and work required.  So, we left on spring break knowing that the demolition would start and that we would come home to something very different. We had no idea.

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The studs.

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And beautiful vintage wallpaper.

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Yes, I had a take a couple of really deep breaths. It was a lot to handle after being on planes all day with kids and it did get some getting used to.  We lost the ability to walk through there and our family room which left us going outside to go to the garage for our refrigerator.  Read it again.  Yes, we had to go outside to get to the garage where our fridge was located.  To say that our house was dusty was an understatement. That was the worst part.  The dust that is everywhere no matter how many times we have people in to clean.

On a happier note, let’s talk my vision.  For the kitchen, I wanted to stay true to the fact that our home is traditional in nature but I wanted to embrace the chance to update the space.  So, I tried to blend the traditional nature of our home and some new ideas.  Our main floor is full of neutrals, lots of gray and some taupe so we decided to stay consistent with it.   Are you ready to see some progress? It’s coming.

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Our Kitchen- “The Before”

When we were looking to move, I knew that we were going to need to do work to almost any house we bought if we wanted to live in our targeted location.  I was thinking almost a complete gut job would be necessary in a couple of the homes we looked at even thought that was the last thing we (meaning Glenn) wanted to do.   When we bought our house we were pleasantly surprised that the kitchen was updated.  We didn’t pay too much attention to it.  It had newer stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.  I know we talked about the size since it was smaller and some potential issues but there wasn’t a deal breaker and it didn’t stop us from buying our house.

I knew a kitchen remodel would be in our future.  I didn’t realize how necessary it would become and how dysfunctional our kitchen actually is our daily use of it.

The dishwasher doesn’t fully open because it is located too close to the stove.  (Seriously?)

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There is little functional counter space and lots of dead counter space.

The fridge is fine but bending over has caused us to hit our heads one too many times.

The pantry is shallow and the shelves are all one size.

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The floor tiles are separating and gross.

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Below are some of the pics from the realty website where our house was listed.

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There is a narrow walkway that is the only way from the front of our house (the bathroom) and our kitchen and to our family room.

 

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There is no lighting above our table and the flow is weird from the kitchen to eating area.

 

 

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I realize a lot of this makes me sound spoiled and ridiculous but these are big things to our family and our long term home since I firmly believe and remember from my own childhood that the heart of our house was and still is the kitchen.  A gathering space.  A homework place.  And the room in our house used the most.

So, while we were soaking up the sun as a family in Florida on spring break, the demolition began.  Want to see the pics of what it looks like now? It’s coming soon!

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