Kitchen Renovation ~ Part 1

Andrew and I have been talking about doing a few updates to our kitchen for a while.  After months of discussing options and pulling together ideas, we’ve finally started the project!  We decided to do it now, so that it will be completed before July – when baby boy Green arrives! Here are a few ‘before’ pictures of our kitchen and dining room:

oven wall

wall to be removed

Our main reason for doing the project is to make the space feel more open by removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining room:

dining room wall to be removed

Here is a bird’s eye view of the 3-D computer rendering I did in order to help us visualize the two rooms once the project is completed.

kitchen and dining top view

Another view of the model – looking into the kitchen:

kitchen 3D model

Our project list includes:

-Removing the wall between the dining room and kitchen.

-Removing and replacing the ceiling, including adding recessed lighting.

-Painting the cabinets white.  Our cabinets are in pretty good shape, so we decided to keep the ones we have and add a few new ones.  To complete the space, we are adding a peninsula, tall cabinets to the left of the refrigerator, and another upper and lower cabinet to the left of the sink.

-Replacing the laminate countertops with granite.

-Tiling the floor.

-Changing the backsplash.

-Miscellaneous: new cabinet hardware, a light fixture over the sink, counter stools, new window treatments, etc.

So, now that I’ve shared our plans, I’ll also share a progress picture.  Andrew and our contractor have been working tirelessly over the past week (in between juggling their full-time jobs), to take the rooms from this:

dining room wall to be removed

To this:

kitchen progress

The wall has been torn down and the chairs are there to keep the dogs off of the newly tiled kitchen floor.  The tile is down, but it has not been grouted yet – that is on the ‘to-do’ list for tonight!

The past week has been a little hectic (and we even had company in town this weekend!), but we are excited about the progress and can visualize what it will look like once completed.

I’ll be back later in the week with more pictures and details of the process so far – and a ‘surprise’ that we’re glad we found now and not a few years from now!

º Have you tackled a kitchen renovation?

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