We moved into our home over four years ago. The best advice we received was to move in and get to know the house before making remodeling plans. I am so grateful we took that advice. For the first few years of living here, we sat on the front porch and made plans on post it notes. What started as a “maybe we can update the kitchen a little and add a dining room” turned into adding about 500 square feet, changing the location of the kitchen, turning the kitchen into the dining room, gutting our master bathroom, refinishing all the floors, installing new windows, replacing the siding and buying a new roof.
In the terrible picture below, you can see what used to be our back patio. The door and window accessed our master bedroom, but have since been removed. Just adjacent to our bedroom, we installed a master closet, and the rest of the “outside space” in this picture is now kitchen, pantry and a mud room.
Below is a very similar vantage point, post remodel. The picture ledges you see on the far left are hanging on what used to be the exterior wall.
We bought a simple Kenmore full size freezer, full size fridge, and a trim kit to make it look like a sub zero. And with all that space, I now shop at Costco.
You can see that we are still working on a few touch up things, like painting trim. I did not notice that we still had blue tape up until this picture!
We also have a few nooks in the kitchen between the studs, to shove appliances a little further back. They were a pain to work out, but I love the detail. You can see one in the above picture where my coffee pot is sitting. Another is below, with the blender and mixer.
Here’s the view from the other side; the picture was taken with my back to the stove. We will install barn doors to close off the mudroom on the right, and the extra nook on the left.
I am pleased with the final product (so far). I still need pantry doors (painted citron, I think), and the barn doors, and some tweaking on the cabinets. But I am officially in love.
Some of my sources and choices are below.
Counters: butcher block and soapstone.
Cabinetry: inset–some flat front and some shaker style, color is Sherwin Williams Rosemary, which I copied from Erika’s kitchen, of Urban Grace Interiors.
Pendants over island: Barn Light Electric clearance (irregular but nobody seems to notice)
Bar Stools: Crate and Barrel (thanks Mom and Dad)
Drawer and Cabinet pulls: I admired these School House Electric ones but couldn’t justify the price for the quantity I needed. I spent more hours than I care to admit to find these instead (in various sizes) from someplace called the Hardware Hut. Throughout the whole house, we had close to 100 pulls to install. Scott said these were the worst, because they required great precision. But I love the final product.
My kitchen inspiration came from all sort of pictures but the one that stuck in my head the most was this one.