Wednesday when I posted about one of the most boring topics ever (necessary, but nonetheless boring) I promised to share with you a good knockoff, but then lo and behold, I ran into a snafoo in my project.
So how about some kitchen eyecandy instead?
Yes, it’s back!!
It’s been a while since our last real life kitchen renovation post! (last June to be precise!)
I have several in the queue to share with you, starting with this gorgeous remodel by Susan and Andy.
Years ago I met Susan when our girls were on the same basketball team. I knew she was my kindred spirit when one day, during a game, we got to talking and she mentioned that she was in the middle of removing her foyer tile with a Dremel. A DIY girl after my own heart!!! Every time we saw each other after that, we would chat about DIY projects for the entire duration of games and miss all the action on the court! Whoops.
Susan and Andy’s kitchen pre-renovation was similar in layout to what I have now – the classic U with space on one side for a kitchen table. This is a very common floorplan in New England colonials.
After a complete gut job that included removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room, here is their beautiful new kitchen!
This intersection of ceilings beams in the photo below shows how the layout of the rooms used to be. To the left of the column was the original doorway into the kitchen, and to the right was a wall with a doorway into the dining room.
A load bearing wall was replaced with a ceiling beam to open up the whole space.
Looking into the dining area (where kitty is photo bombing)…….
A new sideboard and table, and of course……
that gorgeous light!!!
The scale of it in person is so perfect with the space. I am trying not to covet my neighbor’s goods.
I love the view from the kitchen window – quintessential New England charm – the neighbor’s little red shed.
Susan estimates they doubled their cabinetry with the remodel.
I love that Susan chose a wood tone for the island.
The side of the island that faces the table stores cereal and snacks that the kids can easily access.
The other side has the oven with an induction cooktop. Notice the different kinds of knobs and handles.
I’m a huge fan of the end panels on the cabinetry. Such a nice finished look.
I also love the idea of an under-the-counter drawer microwave. Susan, Andy and their family find this one to be really easy to put things in and out and it’s easy to clean (no rotating plate).
One more look…..
Scope of this kitchen renovation?
Completely gutted floor to ceiling. Took down the wall between the kitchen and dining room which required the load bearing wall to be replaced with a steel beam. Replaced the slider with a single door to create more cabinet and countertop space on the back wall, and added a window to the adjacent family room to compensate for the slider.
DIY anything or trust it all to the pros?
Although Susan and Andy love a good DIY project (they’ve tiled their kids’ bathroom floor and shower surround, refinished stairs, installed molding and made over furniture amongst other home improvement projects!) for this big project they hired a builder who did it all. Susan worked with the builder’s kitchen designer to incorporate her dreams into the new kitchen, and the builder brought in the electrician, plumber, plasterer and carpenters.
Length of renovation?
Almost a year from when Susan and Andy contacted the builder, then designed the kitchen, picked out cabinets and appliances and ordered them, waited for everything to come in, and then had the work done. The time of the actual renovation was only 3 1/2 weeks over the summer.
Favorite part of your kitchen renovation?
How clean and fresh everything is!
*Consider the possibilities of opening up a space if you can replace a load bearing wall with a steel beam.
*Wood really warms up a white kitchen. (floors, island)
*Lighting is a great way to bring in some personality (and is easy to change out down the road.)
Thank you Susan and Andy for letting me tour your kitchen and ask you a million questions!
It was so fun to see it and hear all the ways you made it work for you.
I hope you spend many happy days ahead with your family in your beautiful new space!
Look for another Real Kitchen Renovation coming up in February.
Happy weekend, friends!!
Countertops: Crema Romano
Paint on kitchen and dining room walls: BM Gray Mist OC-30
Light: Light n Leisure