Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Kitchen Renovation Begins

Well, we have finally decided to renovate our kitchen. The old one was small, ugly, and not well laid-out.

Problems we had with the old kitchen:
  • The crazy former owner blocked off the family room, so he had to put in a sliding glass door where a window used to be so he would have access to the deck. He was a nut. He also had walled off the dining room, but that's another story altogether.
  • From a single spot in the kitchen, you could see 7 different flooring surfaces.
  • The space in the kitchen was very cramped and there was no good place to eat in the kitchen (thanks to the slider)
  • Everything was old and hideous.
  • We really wanted a second oven as well as a fridge that didn't stick out into the room.
  • Not enough storage or light.
What we are doing:
  • Gutting the entire room.
  • Moving the opening from the corner to centering it on the Dining Room wall.
  • Moving the Dining Room wall over a foot (toward the kitchen) to make enough room to walk through from the rest of the house to the new pocket doors into the kitchen.
  • Putting in a small pantry.
  • Replacing the slider with a window, extending the counter down under the window and adding a peninsula that will extend from under the new window.
  • Adding Maple cabinets and new floors.
  • New counter-depth fridge and moved other appliances.
  • Marble counters.
  • Recessed lighting.

Anyway, here are the pics of the project. I have been pretty good so far about uploading updates every day.

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