We love how it came together and promise we won't keep you in suspense much longer.. but in order to fully appreciate the after, let's take another look at where we started.
This is what the kitchen looked like in it's earliest days:
The kitchen was part of the first addition to the house ( we talk more about that here). Though it was a decent size, the layout was less than ideal. There was a door on each wall, two long windows (that did not allow for cabinetry), and an awkward wall that came out about a foot. All these things limited usable counter space.
After playing around with the floor plan, we decided to move some things around. We were already redoing the electrical and plumbing, and planning on using most of the pantry for the HVAC, so it only made sense to use the space to its fullest potential.
For those of you who love a good visual, this is the floor plan before and after:
One of the first things we did was open up the kitchen to the rest of the house. This was the view of the Dining Room/Kitchen before:
But that was only the start. We wanted a big kitchen with lots of working counter space and a large island. So next we removed the two windows and put in one wider window, this way we did not compromise on natural light but now were able to add cabinetry to that wall. Finally, we covered up two of the doors that were no longer needed, and moved the door on the back wall that led to the Mudroom/Laundry Room.
I wish I had more pictures once the sheetrock went up because that's when it all started coming together. But here's the only one I have. This is the view from the Dining Room, same as the pictures above:
This kitchen, rather this house, was definitely a labor of love. A lot of planning and hard work went into it. Is this all a bit much for a project house? Maybe. Was it worth it? Definitely. We learned a lot in the process and are so happy with the end result.
Come back Friday for the kitchen reveal. Until then, here's one more in progress sneak peek:
Til next time!