Well the last kitchen update post for the house renovation was a bit delayed so I get to quickly follow it up with lots and lots of progress. Not quite a finished product, but lots of box ticking happening! I can’t tell you how exciting it is to have a moderately working kitchen again. Going up to the house started to become a bit of a drain last fall. Everytime we went up we spent most of the Saturday trying to clean up and then most of Sunday trying to tidy stuff away again so that they could continue working. Don’t get me wrong our contractor is INCREDIBLY accomodating always cleaning things up, tidying etc. but there is only so much you can do when there is drywall cutting, timber cutting etc going on. Dust/filth just gets everywhere. So we spent our weekends tiptoeing on filthy floors (they need to be sealed, so they just hold everything in them) trying to keep Tilly out of the renovation area and trying not to track all the nastiness around the rest of the house. Tilly was most often found either jumping over ginormous obstacles on a search for the random dropped screw, or trying to eat insulation or something else equally irritating. Plus, there are just the small things of using the upstairs sink for everything water related.
The last two visits we’ve had have been infinitely more enjoyable since Tilly can be free to roam and we can do simple things like make a cup of tea and have a countertrop to prepare some food. I like that it makes me appreciate the finished product even more! I feel almost guilty that we didn’t do more of the renovation ourselves like Smitten Studio (LOVE both their cabin and their house updates-gorgeous!!) or Manhattan Nest but then I see shows like ‘Reality Renovations’ and I thank my lucky stars I’m not as naive as some of those couples. When you couple that with our general lack of time, David’s back issues and my ‘condition’ of pregnancy I feel happy with our decision to support local businesses and hire! Oh had I forgot to mention that ‘little fact’…well that’s happening and has impacted things a bit which I’m sure will be revealed as we continue through our whirlwind progress reports! Tick tock till May 12th!
Here’s the updated list as of January 19, 2014:
Remove wall between kitchen, dining room and bathroom Expose existing (hidden) fireplace pillar (for heating venting only-no fires)The good news was that there weren’t major issues and it wasn’t horrible red brick. The bad news is that we ended up having to build out a big pillar off the edge to run some heating pipes. Hey, ho… Remove existing cabinetry Install new upper and lower cabinetry in it’s current placement as well as an addition of a peninsula that will run up to fireplace pillar Create breakfast bar area at peninsulaWood panelling is on order and yet to be installed
Create wall of shelves/closets/cabinets to house extra storage and potentially stacked washer and dryerCue the sadtrombone . I don’t know what plan we were looking at, but this wasn’t quite feasible. We were so happy with the openness we achieved by tearing down walls that we hesitated (thankfully) to add something as deep as a washer/dryer in the hallway of the kitchen. Bit of a shame but there is still scope to add a thinner area of storage. Just waiting to see how it all feels towards the end.
Install barn door on a track to hide washer/dryer on ‘wall-o-storage’See above…snif sniff Remove faux brick flooring, lay wood (fir) flooring down so living room, dining room and kitchen all flow together as there are no doors in this space.
- Sand existing wood floors and restain darker shade (includes other existing fir on the first floor–more on this later) Being done AS WE SPEAK.
Replace 1972 appliances-fridge, dishwasher, oven, stove as well as add in new fan/extractor Insert new farmhouse sink and faucet Remove the bizzarre mexican folk art backsplash and replace with new white tile. Selected a slight variation on subway tile that is longer and skinnier for a simple but not quite bog standard approach Install new countertops that are NOT square tiles.We went with soapstone that we love. Not loving the fact the price jumped by a third at final install, but looking at the positives right? We’re aiming for the middle ground of darkness. We aren’t going to actively oil as I don’t want them black, but will do the occasional oiling to make it a mid grey. Remove random off center can light that sits akwardly close to the others, whilst adding a few more to balance out the line of lights
Add pendant lights over the peninsulaOnce the walls came down our contractor recommended that we forgo the pendant lights over the breakfast bar as they were going to be akwardly close to the other can lights so we moved our plans to over the dining room area. So many lighting options in this room it’s crazy, but I love how bright (without being obnoxious) it can get! Paint the walls
- Furnish the kitchen with all those kitchen-y necessities like pots, pans, plates etc. In progress as we go