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Remodel-Here We Go!

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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..

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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 …