The entire time I’ve had this blog (seven years this month!), I’ve been cooking in a tiny galley kitchen that’s had about 10-12 square feet of usable workspace and seven meager cabinets to store all my stuff and my pantry items. It’s enough, really (I use my laundry room and a couple of other furniture pieces for additional space), but I’ve wanted more ever since the addition of a second and then a third person in the house.
A new kitchen wasn’t the top reason why we’ve wanted a new house, but it’s a nice bonus and I’ve very much looked forward to having a space that I can make my own. One that I can design in a way that works for me and allows my daughter to join me in the kitchen, too. I’ve decided to document our journey in remodeling here and I hope that you all enjoy it (all posts will be tagged “kitchen”). I also hope that I don’t have a nervous breakdown. Because gutting and renovating a kitchen is difficult (so many decisions!) and expensive.
Isn’t it amazing? This house is absolutely nothing like what we wanted when we started the process, but after seeing some 30? 40? 1000? ranch houses, all from the late 60s or earlier, we were just about ready to get a 90s-era zero-lot-line house and call it a day. But then this happened. A 70s-era 2-story box with some contemporary and colonial elements to it. But this giant kitchen and breakfast area, a huge master suite, and a beautiful lot just captured our hearts. It had that wow factor that I think is just essential when buying a new home, particularly one that will need a lot of work. Because you really have to love something if you’re going to put all the money you have into it.
More than just the kitchen needs work, but it’s the first thing we’ll do (and the other work is generally cosmetic). Our plan is ambitious. First, as soon as the current owners move out (buying a home is a bit like a game of chess when people still live in all the homes in the chain), Mr. Eats and I and our contractor will tackle removing the old cabinetry, backsplash, and floor. This home is unusual for the area in that it’s on concrete, so our flooring options are limited (also limited because half the ground floor is parquet that we plan to keep). We are still trying to decided if we want to stain the concrete or install tile.
Then we get the new appliances (stainless; I still like it), cabinets, countertops (my plan is for quartz composite, but the color is still undecided), and hardware. We will start removing the old kitchen about 4-6 weeks from now and all I’ve determined so far is what cabinets I want. I’ve got a lot of work to do.