Remodel-Here We Go!

We were excited...

After deciding on our general contractor and coming up with a very loose budget we were ready to pull the trigger.  My plan was to take a bunch of videos and pictures to document the process.  In full disclosure, the videos were first takes.  Authentic is a good word that comes to mind when I watch them.😀

Here is the very first video.  The remodel is now finished and the space feels very different when I look at this.

We had a number of ideas that we wanted to implement into the plan.  A bigger kitchen island, a window that opens over the sink.  Windows in the family room to bring in more natural light.  One thing we did that worked well was to build a template for the island out of poster board to feel what a bigger island would be like.  How much longer, how much wider?  Does that look weird?  These thoughts dances around our heads for a few days living with our fake island.

Creating a feel for the whole project took a lot of discussion and some outside guidance…

Remodel or not remodel, that is the question..

Kitchen Remodel March 2017

We have lived in our home since May of 2003.  The longest we have ever lived in a home previously was 3 years.  We never even thought of remodeling because we were never anywhere long enough.  Homes built in 2003 definitely have a feel.  The same as a classic split level feels Brady bunch early 80’s.  Our dentil molding and honey colored cabinets and hardwoods boldly declared our homes age.

It must be the floors.  This is what I told myself.  We had hardwood floors that were an absolutely beautiful honey color…….in 2003.  The kids and pets had done a good number on the floors with wear and tear.  Colleen and I decided to have our floors refinished.  We would change the step-down family room from carpet to hardwoods and change the color of the existing hardwoods to a nice walnut. Oh, and while we were at it, we decided to have hardwoods installed on the stairs too.   I asked around and spoke with 3 hardwood vendors.  My normal routine is to find 3 vendors that …