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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


  1. I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment. I have been debating on a big kitchen redo or just a cosmetic update. It's just my husband and I most of the time and my kitchen flow now is good. Your remodel looks amazing so far. Love the windows.

    1. I'd love to see what you are planning! To be sure, a cosmetic update is much more affordable than a total redo! Send me pics and I'd be happy to help you!

  2. I can't imagine gutting a kitchen! Oh, the planning and decisions...but sounds fun!

    1. It was an "Adventure." Not one I'd like to live through again, but an adventure non the less! ;)

  3. Wow! It looks like all of you are moving in action, eh? Anyway, once the installations and drafts are completely done, the excitement will heighten for the designing part. It really feels great to put a personal touch to every change that you do to your home, right?

    Paddy Wright

  4. That is a right footing for the overhaul. Not just in terms of the initiative, but bringing your family together to build all of it into reality. That is always a great kind of juncture, since its all malleable at this point, and your kitchen could go several ways. You can set it up with your own hands, and you can take in added help, to bring a little bit into the furnishings and maybe even reframe your layout and find the nooks and crannies, with which you can spruce it all up some more.

    Steven Silverman @ Valley Home Improvement

  5. Just found your blog and LOVE it! I was wondering how you like your brick floors? We are getting ready for a kitchen remodel and would love to put down brick floors! Any pros or cons we should consider? Your home is gorgeous!

  6. Do you have pictures of your finished floor?


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