Okay, it’s a bit anti-climactic at this point since we’ve been living in the house for about 3 months now, but some friends afar have asked for pictures of the remodel. I wasn’t sure how to best do “before and after” pictures since we moved 3 rooms around (kitchen moved to where the dining room was, dining table moved to where the kids’ craft area was, kids craft/project area + my laptop moved to the old kitchen location). I could sit around and weigh the options, but in the end, I decided it was best to just start posting pictures. 🙂
First is our new kitchen — ooooh, ahhhh…. (Confession: Even after only 3 months I had to move a ton of our
junk stuff just outside the picture so it would look all nice and clean, but of course you knew that, right? haha)
We are LOVING the island, having all that extra counter space for prep and eating, plus the extra sink on it. I had initially wanted NO seating at the island, but the kitchen designer pushed back and said it’s something we would really enjoy, and we decided to take her expert advice, and she was right! We are also loving the huge gas rangetop and the second dishwasher (soooooo useful when you are counting on your kids to empty the dishwasher). Lots to love, I am so grateful.
Here’s a before and after of this particular space: (I hate those “before and after” makeover pictures where it seriously looks like they told the person to look as terrible and depressed as possible in the before picture. Sadly, I didn’t have to do anything extra to make the space look this cluttered, just ordinary life, but I do recognize that this unfairly makes the before even worse and the after even better. Oh well)
The dining area didn’t change much (other than get moved to a new location), but the kids’ craft/project area did! Here are two sets of before and afters. The first is what their craft area used to look like compared to now. The second is how the space changed from old kitchen to new craft/project area.
There were a lot of subtle things we had to do with walls, doors, and windows to make this all happen. Come to think of it, I think almost every door and window in these spaces had to be moved/replaced!
Here’s a comparison of the view into this space as you walk through the front door…
We also expanded the laundry/pantry area just a little bit and reconfigured the doors. The new door is in the middle dividing the laundry/cleaning supplies from the second fridge and pantry cabinets.
We also expanded the kids’ bedroom and added a nice cubby area for shoes/jackets/backpacks, etc. I’ll have to post those pictures another time. In the meantime, we’ve started having friends and family over to start “using” the new space, and it’s been working out great for us! It’s been an inconvenient and sometimes painful 6 months, but we love the changes. (much like pregnancy and childbirth) As we enter into the major “celebrations and gatherings” season of the year, we look forward to really putting the new spaces to the test!