Well, I swear the last few weeks never even happened. Between getting settled back in at home, to battling three rounds of illness in our House, and lots of (thankfully) extra work that has come our way we have been fairly busy. All great stuff, but I am still playing catch up. I meant to get this blog post up sooner.
If you didn't catch my last post about the Mozart street Kitchen update you can find it here. To give you a quick review, we are re-locating our Kitchen to be right off the living room. Currently our kitchen is disconnected from the rest of the house and is in the back of the house while our living room is in the front (picture a shot gun style house, where each room is behind the next and there isn't a hallway). We wanted our home to have a more open floor plan and feel less dis-jointed. This began our plans for Mozart st phase two- the kitchen.
Before the demo
Here is our empty room (it was hard to get a good angle). Can you picture the Kitchen? Probably not quite yet, am I right? I think I was most nervous at this point. I had laid out all my plans, we measured and re-measured, everything was drawn on CAD and I exhausted all the layout options that I could think of for the kitchen. I wanted to make sure I had no regrets. At first I tried ways to leave the closet door and utilize it as a walk in pantry. But, I couldn't get the kitchen layout that I wanted. Everything was broken up and we didn't have much counter or cabinet space. Finally we decided to get rid of that door (which we actually added months before- hilarious, I know) and create an L-shaped kitchen with a small island.
Creating one large room
Above is a picture after we took down the partition wall. Can you believe it? I tried to get a picture from further back, but we had all our stuff crammed into the living room and covered to protect it from dust. However, I think you still get a good idea of how much this opened up our room.
Envisioning the new space
Next, I taped off the area on the floor where our cabinets are going to go. I wanted to see it full scale before we continued so that we could see if we wanted to make any adjustments. At first I thought- wow I have plenty of space, I can make the island bigger! But then I realized that once we have all our living room furniture in the room it would feel too close together with a larger island. So I scaled it back and stuck to my original plan. We also decided to nix the extra over hang on the island so that there is more space to move around.
There we have it, my short update on the Mozart street kitchen. I know it wasn't a very pretty blog post, but I think it's important to share the whole process. I wanted to give you guys a clear idea of what it's like to remodel a house that you're living in; the good, the bad and the ugly. I'm really thankful that we weren't living in our house during the demo phase of the project. I wouldn't recommend living in your home while you demo unless it's a very small project. You never now what you'll uncover.
Stay tuned for the next update, where you will begin to see some progress on the kitchen cabinets, appliances and fixtures.