In 2002, Bryan and I purchased our house at an incredible price and we have happily nested here for over six years. Before we moved in, we drywalled the living room, dining room and our bedroom. We painted all of those rooms and also the bathroom and the room that would become Jonathan's bedroom. Before Jonathan was born, we put new flooring in his room and updated the lighting. The big gaping hole has been the kitchen. A kitchen remodel is EXTREMELY expensive and was something that we, as our 2002 selves, thought would happen one day.
That day has come as we are currently in the midst of a complete rehab. Prior to beginning this project, we had no dishwasher, no ice maker, no double-bowled sink. And our washer and dryer were downstairs, requiring a strategic duck under an antiquated sewer pipe that was probably appropriately placed when it was installed but not so much when they dug out the basement in the 1960s.
So here is what we have lived with for six years:
Of particular hatred, for me at least, was the hideous poop brown sheet linoleum and the faux brick behind the stove. Ick. Regardless, we made it work. Finally, this year we decided to do a re-fi and pull out some money and do a complete renovation. This involved demolition initially and then new drywall. We also split the room up so it is now two rooms, kitchen and utility area. There will be a dishwasher, an ice maker in the refrigerator, a double sink with a sprayer (!) AND the washer and dryer will be on the first floor. Oh, and that hideous linoleum? Soon it will be lovely ceramic tile.
Since the project just started a week ago, it's not quite there yet, but here is where it is currently:
Obviously, still a lot of work to do. Picture it with cabinets and "jalapeno jelly" green walls, new cabinets and counter top and appliances. It's going to be awesome! For now, however, we are making due with disposable dinnerware and a refrigerator in our dining room. It's not glamorous but it's working so far. Kudos to Bryan and my dad for undertaking this task--you guys rock!!
Christmas Letter Cookies – Four Ways
4 days ago