March 17, 2012

Kitchen: Before, In Progress, and Future Plans

The original kitchen:

Our first project for the house was taking down the wall between the kitchen and the living room.  We knew from the moment we first saw the house that it would be a huge improvement to the flow of the house.  You can see in the floorplan how that wall completely cuts the two rooms off from each other.

So within the first 24 hours we owned the house we took hammers to the wall.  We knew it was not a load bearing wall because the rafters run parallel to the wall, therefore not holding any of the second floor’s weight.  (Please excuse the quality of the below images, they are actually screen shots from a video.)

The first sign of light in the living room was so exciting.  (Please excuse the quality of the below image, it is actually a screen shot from a video.)

It was much more difficult to take down the wall than we thought it would be because the walls are made out of cement board and not drywall.  You can see the layers of boards below, as well as a nice drawing we found.

We were so excited when all of the cement board was finally off of both sides of the wall.  It took all day and most of the night.

Taking the wall down obviously made a gap in the ceiling, walls, and floor.  The ceiling and walls will get repaired as soon as we are done cutting into the ceilings for can lights we are installing, I will explain more about them later.  The floor currently is patched with hard wood we found in the attic.  It is not the permanent fix, but it works for now.

The following pictures were taken after we moved in.  The original stove and fridge were outdated so we replaced them.  The stove is new, and the old one went away when this one was delivered. The fridge is a hand me down from my wonderful mother in law.  It is very large so we needed to take out the cabinets that were above the old fridge, as well as the pantry cabinet.  Getting rid of the pantry cabinet has made a little issue over space, but we have plans for that!  I will tell you more in a future post.

We have also taken down the old ceiling fan and swag light fixture.  We are using the lamp in the corner until the can lights are finished being installed.

More pictures to come as projects get done!

Our future plans for the kitchen are:
  • new cabinets
  • add a peninsula with eating area
  • new counter tops
  • move fridge down and have full size cabinet on either side of the stove
  • “build in” fridge
  • add a backsplash
  • new hardwood floors to match living room
  • new window treatments
March 03, 2012 @ 13:45:38

LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! Your house is amazing and can’t wait to follow all of the journey!

well loved home
March 03, 2012 @ 14:59:32

Thank you, Laura!

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May 05, 2012 @ 23:24:52

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June 06, 2012 @ 18:53:46

Vision, courage and lots of dust masks! How’s Leroy?

well loved home
June 06, 2012 @ 20:18:06

Thank you Liz! I am worried about him! I haven’t seen him in a few weeks.

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