Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Renovation... Phase 2

Yesterday, the second phase of our renovations started!  I never thought it would take this long to get started and, in fact, thought we would be done by now!  However, it's taken a long time to get the plans settled, get permits, and get set with a contractor.

What has slowed us down the most was that midway through we changed our plans completely (this little disaster really made us rethink everything) and decided to move the kitchen from its current location.  Our house is very old and therefore not set up like the newer, modern homes with open floorpans.  The current kitchen is at the very end of the house all by itself.  In its earlier iteration this was great as the help were separated from the family by a swinging door from the butler's pantry but seeing as how we have no help it didn't really work great for us.

Before buying the house, I was well aware that the kitchen was isolated even though we did have intentions of putting in a doorway/small hallway that would help a bit.  At first we were adamant that we did not want to add on to the house, it's not a super large house, but rather just right, and we didn't feel like we needed more room.  However, there is no mudroom in the house and it's a farmhouse where we really, really need a mudroom!  So our original plans called for adding on a small mudroom to the side of the house that would connect to the kitchen.

The current kitchen is all smoke and mirrors as it looks, at first glance, to be really nice but there is a lot going on that needed to be addressed.  Plus, as I've cooked in it for the past year I've learned that the set up really does not work well for me.  As we worked on plans to redo the kitchen, time and time again, we were bumping up against the fact that we were having a hard time fitting everything in and making it a comfortable area for all of us (there are five doorways!).  I do maintain that we could have done it and it would have been perfectly fine but the more we thought about it, the more we realized that we were trying to make something work when their was a better, and less expensive, way to do it.

pictures are from when we first closed on the house

Ultimately, we decided to remove the screened in porch and put the kitchen in its place. The current kitchen will become the new mudroom and a small farm office.   I should note that the porch was in desperate need of rebuilding and its only access was outside of our home so it wasn't by any means ready to be used.  I won't pretend that I'm happy about losing the screened in porch.  As you may remember, we LOVE screened porches and it doesn't really look like we have a way to put one on but in the end, the kitchen is most important as it's where we spend the most of our time.  So yesterday, the porch was taken off and in the coming weeks a kitchen will be added!  Also?  We are making a bedroom into a bathroom but I'll talk more about that in upcoming posts.

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