Progress Update: Layout and Kitchen

It’s been several weeks since demolition has started on our new house and about time I document the work so far. If you’ve seen my Instagram, you’ve seen a lot of the work that our contractors and their guys have been doing. It has been so exciting yet scary. There's a lot of time, money, and emotion going into this house. I'm so glad that we've hired a project manager and contractors to do the work for us. Hiring people can be a daunting task, but lucky for us, our people are confident and professional, at least so far.

When we first bought our house, we just wanted to update and relocate the kitchen. It was a small galley style kitchen right in the middle of the house (see the "Before demo" graphic and photos below). It made the living, dining, and family rooms feel small and compartmentalized. So we thought we could just move the kitchen to one of the corners of the family room. However, relocating the kitchen turned out to be much more work than we thought. It would involve removing walls, moving plumbing and electrical, pushing HVAC up, redoing the floors and more. 

When it came to choosing the right spot for the kitchen, our designer showed us that the front of the house (originally the sunken living room) provided the maximum amount of space versus one of the corners of the family room. Kelvin and I love to cook, so the bigger the kitchen, the better! We just needed to raise the sunken living room floor. Additionally, we are turning the family room into the living room and putting the dining room in the middle of the whole space. We want it to feel clean and open.

Layout Changes - Before and After!

Here are my sketches of the house's original and new layouts (not to scale) with actual photos below. I am by no means a graphic designer, so no judging now. :D (And learn from my mistake and take before and after photos from the same angles.. argh!)

Before demo: Original layout of our house

Before demo: Original layout of our house

After demo: New open layout! (Kitchen cabinets and appliances have not been installed yet)

After demo: New open layout! (Kitchen cabinets and appliances have not been installed yet)

Before demo: Family Room (from the right)

Before demo: Family Room (from the right)

After demo: Family Room (from the left)

After demo: Family Room (from the left)

Before demo: Kitchen (from the left)

Before demo: Kitchen (from the left)

After demo: Kitchen is no longer in the middle of the house (from the right.) So long, closed off kitchen!

After demo: Kitchen is no longer in the middle of the house (from the right.) So long, closed off kitchen!

Before demo: Sunken living room, soon to be kitchen

Before demo: Sunken living room, soon to be kitchen

After demo: Future kitchen space - you can see the layout of cabinets, stove, oven, etc. written on the wall. The floor is being filled in! 

After demo: Future kitchen space - you can see the layout of cabinets, stove, oven, etc. written on the wall. The floor is being filled in! 

Kitchen Finishes

Previously, I posted about kitchen design but had a very difficult time picking out a backsplash. It was genuinely a struggle for me, but I learned a lot in the process and in the near future will post some different ways you can choose the right tile. We recently finalized and ordered a lot of the finishes, so here is what we are going with. Click the links at the bottom to see the sources.

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Are you doing or have you done any home renovation projects? What kind of work have you done? Home projects can be exciting and scary all at the same time. I'd love to read about your experiences.