When we started shopping for houses back in February of 2008, it was more for "fun". I mean, it's kind of hard to take purchasing a building seriously. The biggest factor of this purchase was for me, the kitchen. Of course there were other parameters that I found needed to be addressed too. Hardwood floors were a must, and plenty of space so that we wouldn't have to move out when we decided to start a family (I really hate moving) charm, of course. But the biggest factor of our purchase was potential. We saw an adorable 900 square foot house that was in perfect, ready to move in condition, complete with updated kitchen. But we want kids, and we have a pretty terrible tendency of collecting stuff, not to mention it was listed at $179,000, the very top of our price range.
I have a distant memory of walking into the house we now call a home today. Empty and carpeted, the only thing I really remember liking was the backyard, the high ceilings, and the size. It was one of the first (if not THE first) house we visited, and the only object in the house was a dried chili pepper on the counter top, which Ephraim pointed out, suggesting we find one object or feature of a house that stands out to help us remember all of the things we'd see that day.
My memory continues to fade regarding the next few details, but I beleive we went out and looked at houses another day, but decided to look at the large carpeted farmhouse a second time that day. on the car ride home, decided we would figure out how to get our money together and make an offer. We ended up paying the asking price, with stipulations that certain aspects would be taken care of before we moved in, including the tune up of an inefficient furnace, venting an air vent outside (instead of into the attic, what the hell?) and the stainless steal garbage can located in the mudroom off the back entry. We never did get that damn garbage can...
Now, back to priorities. The kitchen was UGLY. Drop ceiling, florescent lights, vinyl flooring and hallow vaneer doors, not to mention very little counter space, ridiculously high set cabinets and no storage to speak of. But it was BIG. Hovering just around 300 square feet, I could envision the possibilities that one day could be the kitchen I've always wanted.
(we still have the tire swing)
And thanks to my booming photography business (the same thing that keeps me away from this blog) this year we actually had the money to remodel. Three quotes and six months later, the kitchen is underway! I cannot tell you how exciting this is to us! Granted, it sucks not even being able to boil a pot of water, I feel so fortunate that we're finally able to do the project we envisioned since day one.
You can see that we had already made some changes. The drop ceiling was the first to go (along with those horrible lights) and new floors put in. Sadly, we had a less than positive experience with our ikea click and lock bamboo floors. I think part of the issue was installation (having learned to install them at my friend Claudia's house, I don't believe the put in the spacers that prevent the floors from separating from eachother in the dry winter months. Not cool) but they also chipped and warped in a few places. Not to mention EVERYTHING SHOWS UP ON DARK FLOORS! Except maybe coffee grounds. Otherwise, you might want to save the dark floor for a room you keep immaculately clean ALL THE TIME! (ie, not us and definitely not our kitchen).
What? You thought I would sweep and clean the day before demo started? Not likely my friends.
First things first, Micah (the genious behind the kitchen remodel) ripped out the "new" floor and took off the remaining cabinet doors (Kyle had taken some off one day... to see what it looked like. We never put them back on) It also turns out dark colors make things seem smaller, and suddenly the room was huge again (could be because we took all some of the junk out too)
Some more cabinets make their way out...
The framework goes in for the pocket door (!!!) This was the first real "construction" Very exciting!
Thank god for that dishwasher. It's currently hooked up to the sink in the bathroom
It was quite the change of scenery when we got back from vacation!Brand new floors! and Where did the radiator go?
New, reclaimed door for the pocket door in the bathroom
Gorgeous old door replacing shitty laminate door. Win!
Still no radiator, but those black things sticking out of the ground on the right will be the feed and return for our newly repainted (and sadly previously hidden) radiator
Stained and poly-ed floors. I swear I do NOT try to get the cats in all of these pictures.
The floors are a knotty pine, stained white and polyed. The grain and knots show through, which makes the cat hair INVISIBLE!
That's pretty much where we're at today. New drywall is up, paint selected and trim being hung. We bought all of our appliances yesterday (aside from the range hood, which I still have to research) and they're being delivered in a week! I'll keep you posted!