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Kitchen Remodel!

It’s done!!!!  All done!  (Well, as done as we’re gonna get right now.)

We literally installed the last door knob and coat hook the other day on all the spaces that we remodeled.  Now I’m gonna do my best to show you the results!  Today, it’s all about the Kitchen.

(Click here to see all Remodel 2015 posts.)

Scope of work: 

  • Take down pretty much every wall!
  • Remove the wall between the kitchen & laundry room to make a larger “mudroom”.
  • Remove the wall between the kitchen & office space to make one larger room and room for a walk-in pantry.  This wall was load-bearing, so also installed a header beam to support the house.
  • Remove the wall between the kitchen & living room to make an open floor plan.
  • Move the plumbing from an exterior wall of the house to the middle of the kitchen.
  • Install custom cabinets.
  • Install a 10 foot island/food prep space.
  • Install new cabinets, countertop, flooring, tile backsplash.
  • Create walk-in pantry with custom shelving & drawers.
  • Create “mudroom” by adding cubbies & bench seating in previous laundry room space.

Product List:

Some Before Pictures:

KichenBefore

KitchenBefore2

KitchenBefore3

After Pictures:

KitchenAfter1

KitchenAfter3

KitchenAfter2KitchenAfter4KitchenAfter5KitchenAfter6

Side by Side Comparison:

View from living room:

 

Before&After1

Office/Playroom Before to Eating Area:Before&After2

View from door from the garage:

Before&After3

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Master Bath Remodel!

It’s done!!!!  All done!  (Well, as done as we’re gonna get right now.)

We literally installed the last door knob and coat hook the other day on all the spaces that we remodeled.  Now I’m gonna do my best to show you the results!  Today, it’s all about the Master Bathroom.

(Click here to see all Remodel 2015 posts.)

Scope of work: 

  • Nothing too major (at least compared to the kitchen!).
  • Rip out existing shower & vanity.
  • Remove the wall separating the shower & vanity.
  • Replace with smaller vanity (1 sink instead of 2).
  • Replace shower with much bigger tiled shower.
  • Replace laminate flooring with tile.
  • Replace toilet, vanity light fixture and mirror.
  • Replace bathroom door to match the rest of the upstairs doors.

Product List:

 

Some Before Shots:

BathroomBefore1

Pictures:

BathroomAfter1

BathroomAfter2

BathroomAfter3

 

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Remodel is practically done!

It’s done!!!!!!  Well, practically.

(Click here to see all Remodel 2015 posts.)

Here’s what we have left:

  • I’ve changed my mind on the color of the kitchen walls, so we need to repaint those.
  • The bathroom needs to be painted.
  • The white woodwork in the kitchen & bath needs painted.
  • I need to purchase & install some small “finishing” things like blinds in the new basement bedroom, dining area of the kitchen and great room in the basement.
  • Painting the bench & shelves in the “mudroom” area of our laundry room.

The painting will be done after New Year’s Day, but the blinds and curtains aren’t urgent.

The contractors were finished last week, allowing me to put the kitchen back together.  Picking out where to put plates and bowls and serving spoons.  Filling up my walk-in pantry.  The shower doors weren’t installed until today, but that’s been done now.  And the carpet has been laid in the basement today and the furniture moved back in (yay — we can park in the garage again!)

Until the painting is done, I won’t have final pictures.  But it’s looking good.  Really good.  I’m so pleased with it.  I was most nervous about my tile selection in the bathroom, but I love it!

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Remodel: Week 8

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I think we’re at the end of week 8 of the remodel and WOW what progress!  I’m really overdue in giving an update.

There was a “dead” week in there after the framing was done before the city inspector came by and gave the okay to start the drywall.  The drywallers took about a week to hang and finish the drywall in the kitchen, master bath and basement.  They finished Wednesday (right before Thanksgiving), giving me the go ahead to start painting!

We’ve elected to do our own painting because that’s about all that we can do!  In reality, we’ll be hiring my uncle who is a professional painter.  However, since I couldn’t tell him for sure when the room would be ready to paint, I went ahead and did some painting myself this 4-day holiday weekend.

There’s still plenty for him to do – but I was able to knock out major portions of the kitchen while the flooring wasn’t installed.  It’s soooo much easier to paint when you don’t care about the flooring and the trim hasn’t been installed yet.

Here’s where we’re at:

Kitchen:

  • Cabinets installed, but not yet painted.
  • Flooring installed in “dining area”, but not anywhere else yet.
  • All framed.
  • All drywalled.
  • The ceiling, in particular, has been leveled out.
  • All the canned lights have been installed.
  • Island lighting and final fixtures will be installed later.
  • Most of the walls painted, except for the dining area.

Master Bathroom:

  • All framed up.
  • All drywalled up.
  • Drywall primed, but I need to pick a final wall color.

Basement:

  • All framed up.
  • All drywalled up.
  • Brand new fuse panel installed.
  • No painting or trim work done.

Pictures of the Kitchen:

KitchenWeek8_1

 

KitchenWeek8_2

KitchenWeek8_3

 

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The contractors come tomorrow!  The contractors come tomorrow!  The contractors come tomorrow!  We’re almost ready for them!

I spent the last week or so:

  • Making lots of meals for the freezer.
  • Making a menu plan for the next couple of months.
  • Removing everything out of kitchen drawers and cabinets.
  • Getting toys purged and moved into the living room.
  • Changing the layout of the living room to accommodate the toys and the fact that one of the walls is being removed.
  • Trying out different paint samples on the walls.

We’ve had one of those paper chain countdown things to prepare the boys (mostly Finn) about the process.  He pretty much just knows that the “men are coming to knock down the walls”.  Anything more we tell him just goes over his head.

Then, last night, we moved our loveseat into the garage (we’re losing the ability to use that parking space anyway because of the dumpster that will be put in 1/2 the driveway) and moved our kitchen table into the living room.  We covered the floor with plastic because you know there will be spills!  While I plan to get the carpets cleaned after all the construction, better to not have to clean up spaghetti!

As a reminder, here are some before shots:

Kitchen

Kitchen2

Here’s what we have right now:

Current Kitchen 1

Left side: The view from when you enter the house from the garage. Right side: The view from the living room into the dining area, formerly a toyroom for us.

Current Kitchen 2

Left side: The view from the current sink wall, right in front of the island, looking into the living room. Right side: The view from the living room looking into the kitchen.

Current Kitchen 3

Left side: The current laundry room. This wall will also be taken down (and then replaced) to make more of a mudroom. Right side: Paint choices! (The ones on the left are possible wall choices. The ones on the right are possible island color choices)

Current Kitchen 4

The left side: Our kitchen table now smushed into our living room. Floor covered with plastic! The right side: Our entryway where a makeshift kitchen is beginning. The contractors will move my fridge out there too.

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This is a completely untouched room.  We’ve moved in and haven’t done a thing to it.  Not a thing.  There’s wallpaper peeling from the walls.  I haven’t even stood in the shower.  It just needs re-done.  And it will be this fall.  Hence, the whole “I haven’t done anything with it.” look it has now.

But here it is!

MasterBathroom

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I love, love, love white woodwork.  I know I went back-and-forth on whether to paint my woodwork at the old house, but when we moved into this one, it was a no brainer for the bedrooms at least.  They were in horrible condition and the timing was excellent for painting them.  We had plans to replace the carpet.  We had plans to paint the walls.  So we removed the carpet and just painted the woodwork.

We could be as messy as we wanted!  Because the subfloors were about to be re-covered and since we hadn’t painted the walls yet, we didn’t have to tape off anything! Not a single thing.  It could NOT have been easier.

It took 3 coats and it looks great!  I have some touch-ups to do after some not-so-careful movers and carpet layers, but that’s minor.  I’m so happy I went with this.

I was afraid of how the oak wood doors would look next to the white trim, but I don’t mind it a bit.  And the doors are in fabulous condition, so I don’t want to replace them and I don’t even want to paint them.  Again, I’m so happy I went with it!

WhiteWoodwork2

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