Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Friday, July 13, 2012

Kitchen Renovation

Our kitchen renovation is finally complete. Chris and I began prelimary design work and took bids in March, with the hopes that the kitchen overhaul would be finished by the end of May. It took longer than expected (began in May and ended this week), but we are very happy with the results. Basically, we kept our appliances and not much else. We tore down a wall, filled in a doorway and installed new cabinets, countertops, sink, backsplash, windows, lighting and flooring. The electrical also had to be re-wired and plumbing re-routed to accommodate moving the sink and switches to a new layout. Our contractor also ended up doing a lot of custom work on the baseboards, trim and windows to match the rest of the house and had to find special-order custom width wood flooring from Florida to match the existing wood floors in the dining room and living room. Once the renovation started, we added a couple extra projects: new wood floors in the main floor hallway (the old maple was completely worn down) and a new banister, wood landing and steps leading into the basement.

I've never been involved in such a sizable renovation project. Chris and I were without a functional kitchen for about three weeks, and while we enjoyed take-out for a couple days, the expense and inconvenience quickly got old. We saved money by doing the design work and finding most of the materials ourselves. We designed the kitchen using software from Menards where we ordered solid cherry cabinets in a Briarwood stain. We lucked out on a quartz countertop sale at Lowes and ordered new windows at Home Depot. The biggest headache was picking out the backspash. We brought home dozens of samples and ended up ordering and returning a couple batches that ultimately weren't quite right. I never want to see the inside of the the Tile Store again.

However, I love the end result. We had limited countertop space in the old kitchen, and it was closed off from the rest of the house. Now, the main floor is much brighter and more open, and Chris and I visit with guests seated in the dining room while we cook together in the kitchen. We also have enough cabinet space to store our dishes and can chop/wash food without running into each other with hands full of vegetables or knives.
Before: Dining Room to Kitchen View ´╗┐

After: Dining Room to Kitchen View 

After (wall down)

 After (doorway filled in)


Before: Stairway to Basement (we could never keep the white stairs clean of paw prints)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

We like it, very nice!

Hoosier Dad and Mom

10:20 PM  
Blogger The Charlebois said...

WOW!!! I love all of it! Great taste!

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Pooja said...

Fabulous work Erin and Chris! Love it!!!

12:09 PM  
Blogger Bonny said...

It turned out beautifully! And just in time too. ;) I love the before picture of the stairs to the basement with Greta in the corner looking guilty for being the paw-print culprit. You did a great job giving us perspective with the before and after pictures.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous lizzie said...

You're hired to do our house next! Love the changes :)

3:25 PM  

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