The Story of an Eleven Gables Kitchen Remodel

Welcome back! 

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!!

Thanks for visiting!  Let me know you were here by leaving a comment.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

xo, Emily

Let the Demolition Begin!

Welcome back and thank you for following me on this fun adventure!  
If you haven't read the previous post about the kitchen remodel, you will find it here.
I will now take you through the first phase.... putting the exterior wall and roofline up and tearing down the interior wall.
This is the exterior of the kitchen:  far left windows are the family room, breakfast nook (pop out), kitchen sink window hidden behind the tree, laundry room window (this used to be a door but we redid it when we moved in), mudroom doors (these used to be windows... see story here).

Another view of the house.  Dear husband is relocating the tree.  The "turtle box" got moved then thrown out.  Ruby, the Rat Terrier, is checking everything out.  
We decided to match the existing roofline of the kitchen dining bump out.  This would give us a total of about 125 extra feet to work with.  

Here is the kitchen again showing the eating area.

The youngest watching: 

Out comes the concrete:

Plumbing is accessed:

Prepping for foundation work:

seriously dude?  all over my front yard?

Little man building his own "house"

Fast forward several days and we have walls and a roofline.  Both windows had to be moved after this photo in order to make the inside work... Left kitchen moved to the left 14".  Laundry window moved down 8".

And here is the only photo I took of the exterior before we got hit by a huge hailstorm!  Tennis ball size hail for 30 minutes damaged all of the siding and some of the windows.  We are still in the workings of upgrading all of the vinyl siding to Hardie Board.  All of the windows just got replaced with new paned Marvin Aluminum Clad windows to match the new windows below.

The new french casement kitchen windows swing out.  This feature is so much fun!  The boys like to be served lunch out the window.  In the future, I would love to add a marble bar area under the window, so we can sit here and visit with the chef... like this:  

Stay Tuned for more!  I'll be moving to the interior next!!
I can't wait to show you all the "fun" we had!!

What do you think?  I'd love to hear from you!

xo, Emily