I'm so excited to share with you more of our kitchen remodel.
Today, I am moving to the interior. We lived in this home for 7 years prior to remodeling the kitchen. I thought I had a sense of what I was going for, then I actually started designing and it surprised me how my aesthetic was refined during my own home renovation.
These drawings were something I sketched one evening when I couldn't sleep:
When the actual process began, I realized I needed to really hone in on correct measurements and a floor plan that worked in the space we had.
Here is the beginning of the interior work:
My helper tearing out the existing stem wall. The pipes coming up from the floor were removed and sealed, as they were previously tied onto before the new foundation was poured.
Highlight of the year!
Keeping it real... living amongst a remodel is an adventure!
We were trying to construct the kitchen around the gas line and vent there in the middle of the floor.
One day, I woke up and said, "Move it." So back to the lumbar store to rent a jackhammer. See the blue tape on the floor? That is how I figured out my new island. I literally had to bring in barstools and place them to see how my space would work. It was important to be able to walk behind someone sitting at the island. That was our whole purpose in the remodeling our kitchen. We needed to be able to cram a bunch of people in here!
For future reference, tile is impossible to remove without damaging the sheetrock. OH MY WORD! Ended up having to remove the entire wall of sheetrock.
Old downdraft vent is sealed off and new heat/air pipe is moved two feet. We loved putting verses and our children's handprints into the flooring before it was bricked. The lighter color brick is unsealed existing brick. Once sealed, it will all be uniform in color.
Brick floor is installed. I took a sample of our "used" brick floor to the brick store. It was, of course, nearly impossible to match because it was an odd size, often found in pre1920 brick. We found one stack of bricks off a hundred year old church out of Ada, Oklahoma. The brick mason mixed the church bricks with bricks out of our flower beds (that were leftover from the house) for a seamless look.
Insulation is complete after living through below freezing temps for over three weeks! Notice the extra handles on the window? Those were a manufacturer mistake and the window had to be replaced, but we had to wait another 6 weeks to have it made.
So, now there is sheet rock and a sink cabinet!!!!!! It is coming together!! Looks like my drawing is going to need to be reworked... Next time! Come back soon!!
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