I think the story will explain why I love my kitchen. It was truly everything I wanted do while still living in the same home. We built out home in 1973 and have lived here our whole married life. In 1973 there were not as many choices as today or maybe I just wasn't aware. I had no true idea of what I liked....antiques? No, how about dark pine and new? Ok so people and tastes change. Anyway back to my kitchen...
If you did not see the story on my kitchen remodel you can look HERE. I did a brief story on this and always meant to get back and do a proper post. We renovated the kitchen in 2007. We started the research and development on the project about 2 years before that. We drew a floor plan and quickly realized that I couldn't fit all I wanted into the space we had. My basic u shaped kitchen would always look the same if we didn't make a change in the structure. We took more pictures and couldn't figure the roof lines ourselves. So we called an architect, we met with him, showed him our ideas and told him our stumbling blocks. A few weeks later he came back with plans...they were perfect! He had really listened. He figured a way for me to get my much wanted pantry, my oversized window and more storage. We could bump the wall out, but only a certain amount due to the location of our septic. We could not make it wider without losing porch apace, which would be a step down or the dining area which is the perfect size for us now.
This was the back of the house before. We gave this picture to the architect to show the roof lines. The hot tub and one porch door will go away,(there were four) along with the brick step. Notice my typical small over the kitchen sink window.
Our best helper! He loved the demo part of all this.
The brick step & patio had to be removed. The brought in a giant saw to cut it away from the foundation.
Then in came the machine to lift it all away.
This is the poured 7 x16 addition to my kitchen. We lost one door on our porch, but gained a walk in pantry. My cute grandson loved the adventure of it all. Time flies, he is almost 20 yrs old now.
When they cut the brick step they also cut a doorway from the basement to the new area which would become a great storage closet later on. The huge hunk of cement went right in the hole for the addition.
The outside is weather tight and you can tell it is getting warmer here. See my five ft. window and it is bumped out so I have a nice deep window sill.
The contractor was great he kept my dishwasher and sink connected as long as he could. We had most of the kitchen set up on the porch and used the grill a lot. Eating out or doing take out when you have to gets old fast. Having your kitchen torn apart is no fun. I just had to keep my eye on the prize. We pulled our permit on May 1st 2007 and it was October when we finished. There were bumps and glitches along the way. pssst can you see the small window that will be my pantry :)
Now we can move inside, yes my sink is gone, new plumbing and electrical is all roughed in. The pantry has a door ( a pocket door) and there has been a lot of painting going on.
The appliances are here and we switched over to the new refrigerator. The stove isn't hooked up yet. Waiting for the gas company was the longest wait. My hubby decides that we should do a new heating system and switch to gas also. So more people, more disruptions. Gosh I was so tired of there being workers at my door every morning at 7 AM. I am kinda of a nut...I wanted to be showered, dressed and makeup on when they got here. So we had many early mornings to say the least.
Vermont Soapstone. I am not being compensated by them. I am just a consumer who loves them!
I think this is a good place to stop. I will be posting pictures of the finished project in my next post. I know this has gotten a bit long so until next time. Stay warm!