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Our kitchen (pic taken about a week ago). The floor, cabinets, windows and walls are pretty much the same as they were the day we moved in Sept. 2008. It's time to take a sledge hammer to THAT NAPPY FLOOR!! YIPPEEE!!!

Here it is…warts and all…our kitchen about a week ago. The floor, cabinets, windows and walls are pretty much the same as they were the day we moved in Sept. 2008. It’s time to take out the sledge hammer…especially to THAT NAPPY FLOOR!! YIPPEEE!!!

When I think about the initial planning for our kitchen remodel, it goes all the way back to Jan. 2014…

I expressed to our realtor/friend I was overwhelmed. Just thinking about a kitchen remodel (after our bathroom remodel took two years) sent me into PANIC!

But a kitchen remodel, as someone who cooks almost every meal at home, was now #1 on my priority list.

He connected me to a wonderful designer who created what we call ‘A MASTER PLAN.’

This is just the kitchen part of that MASTER PLAN document.

This is just the kitchen part of that MASTER PLAN document.

This document alone felt like SERIOUS PROGRESS 🙂 (I know, it’s the little things….)
I’d like to tell you we quickly cobbled up a design for the kitchen, but I cannot.

We were in the phase of verbally spouting ideas of what we would like to do…how the kitchen would lead out to a deck in the back and what areas of the kitchen to demo for a pantry.

That scrolling detail on that corner built-in will be the first to go...please..give me the sledge hammer!!

That scrolling detail on that corner built-in will be the first to go…please…give me the sledge hammer!!

A general contractor met us at the house to advise us on the feasibility of those initial ideas.

For one, he told us our planned deck would need to clear so many feet from the power line attached to the house. So this would mean a visit from an electrician to move the power line up about a foot.

That meeting produced ballpark budget numbers.

This pony wall / counter is also one of the items I will take pleasure in personally demoing. (I know you are salivating over those blue speckled laminate countertops too! LOL!)

This pony wall / counter is also one of the items I will take pleasure in personally demoing. (I know you are salivating over those blue-speckled-laminate countertops too! LOL!)

We realized maybe it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch cost-wise to clear the house and start from scratch.

(I am glad to say we decided against this idea.)

August was on the way. And we were badly needing to upgrade our air conditioner.

This was life-changing. (The new one is QUIET and actually removes humidity I never even knew was there.)

Looking back, the air conditioning project was prep for the new kitchen.

And that leads me to bring up THE WINDOWS.

Most of our windows are original 1929 and I would say about half don’t open (from being painted over so many times.)

Windows in the Master addition don’t match windows at the front.

We’ll remove all the windows. Most will get resized smaller and positioned for more privacy.

I know the walls will be somewhat open during this time so a plan for any new electric, plumbing should be mapped out.

Which also means the kitchen design with its window plan, should be mapped.

So, alas, a rough design for the kitchen remodel / living room needs to be hashed out.
newton_grid_drawI sat down with grid paper and measuring tape and got to work.

We measured every wall in the living room / kitchen.

(Each block of grid paper equates to 6.31 inches of space.)

As you can see, we have started listing the new kitchen appliances and noting dimensions.

Cutouts of the appliances will be made next, so we can move them around the kitchen space in the grid paper.

So, dear reader, please pray for us…we need it!

love, d.