Definitely the thing to do when you are like 28 weeks pregnant with a good possibility of landing in the hospital on bed rest is to get totally into a kitchen remodel. That may have been poor planning on our part. Or a bit of naive it won’t happen to me thinking. And there was a little bit of if we don’t do this now it’ll be another two years before we do anything to this kitchen.
So in May, we decided to get serious about the kitchen remodel. We hired a carpenter, who has been absolutely wonderful, and he helped us hire out the other contractors (electrician, plumber, drywallers) that we’ll need. Truly, in our pre-kids DIY days, we would have done this all ourselves (and it would have taken a year and driven us crazy and turned out not-as-good). This time, though, we are (read: Jason is) doing the demo, and we’ll do some of the easier finishing work, too (like paint and backsplash).
In the first few steps of the project, Jason removed a bunch of cabinets and the coat closet that opens to the hallway. We had two closets in the hallway — one we used for coats and one we used as a pantry. We’re going to move the coats to the other (pantry) closet, and move all of our food into a floor-to-ceiling cabinet in the kitchen.
Our carpenter widened the doorway between the kitchen and dining room, which involved moving a heating vent to one of the upstairs rooms and moving light switches for the kitchen & dining room lights. You might not be able to tell from the pic below, but this REALLY opens the rooms up, and is great because it allows for better monitoring of toddler activities while cooking.
The electrician who moved our light switches & installed a new circuit for the fridge brought his dog, Buddy, with him. Both dogs and Lilly were pretty smitten with him. “You have tail!” “You have nose, Buddy!”
While I’ve been sitting in the hospital baking this baby, our new kitchen windows came in. They should be installed this week, then it’ll be time for drywall, a few new electrical outlets, wiring for under-the-cabinets lighting, new plumbing, and cabinet & appliance installation! It’s so much easier to type that from the comfort of my hospital room than to actually do it. :) I’m eager to get home and see how it all looks in person!
And, since projects seem to just expand the longer you look at/think about them, we’re replacing the lights in the hallway. Our original lights were recessed 12 x 12 squares that let off exactly no light. Jason cut them out and added some new recessed lights, adding an additional light so we can actually see things at night now! (Or, at least I’d assume we can see things at night now, I haven’t actually been home since the lights were installed). I think he plans to change the last two square recessed lights in the house this weekend — both are located in the upstairs hallway. (So impressed by J’s electrical skills!) I’ve hated these square recessed lights FOREVER, so I’m glad we’re replacing them while we’ve got the professionals to come in and do the drywall patches for us, especially since our ceilings are lightly textured in a pattern that I could never replicate.