Kitchen Remodel-Part One

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Our kitchen remodel is well underway. In order to create our dream kitchen, we had to change the entire layout of our house. Our project is not small, but it will be worth it. Josh is doing most of the work, with some help along the way. Josh’s brother, Ben, came to visit from California and has been a huge help this past week. He is a machine. They have made a lot of progress.

In less than a week, the guys have: done a lot of demolition, updated the electrical and plumbing-they had help with this, removed the back wall of our house, put in a new beam to hold up our house, put the back wall back on our house, remove the walls between the kitchen and dining room, framed the basement/laundry room, put sheet rock up, removed the staircase, and moved the staircase. Whew! I am tired just typing it all. They really have been working non-stop, minus several trips to Home Depot.

Here are some photos of the work. Beware, these pictures are not pretty!

They filled an entire dumpster this week. Josh was going to try and put it all in our garbage can-good thing we have Ben here. He knocked some sense into Josh:)

They removed the back wall of our house to put in the new beam. We are also adding French doors and windows in the dining room. More light for food photos:)

A wall used to be in between the kitchen and dining room. Not anymore! I already love how open it is.

Our stairs used to be here. We had to move them to make the kitchen and dining room one big room.

This is the hole for the new stairs. They are finishing them up today!

It was an interesting week-we had no water at times, then only cold water, no gas, we were sleeping in the living room, we had house guests for one night-they were good sports, and we were working full time jobs. We couldn’t of done any of this work without Ben, our project manager. He kept us on task and has been a huge help. We are grateful he wanted to come help us out for a week.

Our kitchen was out of commission for most of the week. We did enjoy sweet corn, grilled sweet potatoes, watermelon, sandwiches, tomato feta salad, and cereal. We have to keep it simple these days. I am thinking we deserve a night out tonight. Sushi anyone? ๐Ÿ™‚

We will keep you updated on our kitchen remodel project. Josh hopes to have it done by the end of August, so I am planning on the end of September.

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  1. This is fun, especially since I saw the old kitchen! It’s going to be worth it, just try to relax in the meantime.

  2. Wow! Looks like a lot of progress already! I can’t wait to see everything when it’s done. I can’t even imagine what it’s like to have all that going on. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m so excited for you and Josh, Maria! It definitely looks like you’re well on your way to having your “Dream Kitchen”! I can’t wait to see how everything develops!

  4. i just showed marty the kitchen shot and his reply was “whoa! i’ll bet they are loving it though!!” ๐Ÿ™‚ lookin’ good my friend!

  5. It will be so worth it when it’s all done! My neighbors are doing the same thing..they should be with out a kithen for 3 months. We just did are grantie and that was plenty for me! I can’t wait to see the finished project!

  6. OH my gosh. Props to you for going through this. I don’t know if I could handle it. I think you guys definitely deserve a fun night out!

  7. ahahahaha!! i love your confidence in your husband’s end date estimate!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    that’s so fantastic that you guys are doing so much of it on your own! what a sense of pride you’ll have at the end of the project! i wish I had those kinds of mad carpentry skills!

  8. I want to go to sushi with you tonight! Too bad we don’t live closer ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to see the final product!!

  9. wow, that does look like ALOT of work lol

    Good luck with your remodel..can’t wait to see the final pics!!

    I will have a dream kitchen one of these days! haha

  10. Wow, what a project! And to have a handy husband like that. Sigh. (Mine can barely screw in a light bulb!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ The NEW house will be awesome and worth it.

  11. You are a braver soul than I! I would probably cry if I had to see my kitchen be torn apart. Sushi sounds like a WONDERFUL idea.

  12. This reminds me of my best friend’s house at the beginning of the year! Good luck with the remodel. She now has use of her kitchen ;).

  13. what fun!! we’re getting ready to do a remodel of kitchen too — it’s fun to see the progress. I’m sure it’s going to be beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. It will all be worth it in the end when you’re finished! Can’t wait to see the final product.

  15. OH HOW EXCITING!!! I cannot wait to see more photos. I would also love to see some before pics to get an idea of how things are changing, but I know you’re busy :). Thanks for sharing these photos and the process with us!

  16. Home remodels are exciting at first, frustrating and never ending during the middle, and fun to enjoy in the end! Although we still have a few odds and ends projects left in our kitchen. A year later.

    So happy for you. You’ll have to take us on a tour when you’re done. Let me know if you need any help. Or dinner. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Sounds fun! I’m totally jealous. Can’t wait to see some “before and after” photos.

  18. Wowow lots of work done and fun stuff underway! I cant wait to see the final touches!!

  19. oh my! it seems like it’ll be takeout for awhile! can’t wait to see the finished picture.

  20. Wow! I can’t wait to see pictures when you’re done… That’s quite the project!

  21. Wow, you all have a LOT of energy! Your kitchen will be beautiful. It’s amazing what a difference stair placement makes, although it’s not easy to move stairs.

  22. wow! what a job! but it will be so worth it, in the end! good luck with this! cant wait to see the after pics!!!

  23. We can still remember the purgatory days of the kitchen remodels. Exciting though. Best of luck! It will be awesome once it’s all done!
    Thank goodness for good restaurants to do the cooking when you can’t!

    T & D

    1. Thanks guys:) We are very excited. I just hope I survive! It will be worth it, I just have to keep reminding myself of that.

  24. whoo hoo!! thanks for sharing your re-model, we’re loving every step of the way.
    Congrats on the remodel and can’t wait to see the final pictures!

    1. oh, this is me, Diane. I wanted to get my personal thoughts in too. ๐Ÿ˜€

  25. Wow! That really is a HUGE undertaking. I am sure you will love it when you are done! Congrats in advance!

  26. You guys are so amazing! We love you very much! Can’t wait to visit you and you all visit us! Love, Jim and Winnie

    Great job and you are an inspiration!

  27. Wow…my husband and I just bought a house knowing that we would need to remodel our tiny, bizarrely laid out kitchen as soon as humanly possible. Sounds kind of similar to your project, what with the knocking down of walls and turning the kitchen and dining room into a much larger eat-in kitchen.
    Do you have any advice for the planning stages of the remodel?

  28. We did a remodel of our kitchen too, but not nearly as extensive as your remodel, I’m tired reading your post, that’s alot of work! I loved the demo part, and my Josh is better at making things fit in old crooked houses, and I like the drywall and tile work, it feels artistic sort of.

  29. Do you grill? I rarely use my kitchen stove in the summer. I’ll grill the standard fare but so much more. I made a coffee cake out there the other morning! Seriously. Heat burners on one side, put food on the other and the ambient heat makes it more of an oven. Not unlike camping in your own backyard!

    Would help get through the construction period; particularly if your time frame is more right on than Josh’s.

  30. what happened to this being done by saturday?? ๐Ÿ™‚

    thanks so much for housing us amidst this chaos. we loved the visit! only wish we had time for sushi…well, that’s what i wish for…i’m sure jamie’s happy without the fish. ha!

    1. They made a lot of progress. You guys have to come back when it is finished…and when you can have a room, shower, nice meal, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. How exciting for you guys! I have a really nice kitchen but NO LIGHT and it drives me crazy. I’m sure I will be jealous of your beautiful French doors. Hang in there – it will all be worth it!

  32. Wow… looks like you guys have your hands full…. but I bet it will be awesome! Look forward to seeing the progress and results! Good luck!

  33. Oh wow! We JUST met with our achitect today to go over the first set of our kitchen remodel plans… and I am so excited to get started! Even more excited to see the progress on how yours goes!

    Happy week,


  34. This is an interesting kitchen remodel project. The outcome of this project will surely be beautiful. Many people will surely inspire by this kitchen renovation.