It’s been a while since we’ve chronicled the kitchen renovation on the blog! Here’s how things are taking shape so far.
The Guest Room
The kitchen renovation wouldn’t be possible without the guest room playing a major role. If you remember, in order for us to remove the massive furnace closet taking up 6′ of space in the kitchen, we needed to steal room from the shared wall of the guest room. Our guest room was always an awkward shape (a result of home updates over the decades prior to us), so taking that space from the guest room was a non-issue for us. As a reminder, this is what the guest room used to look like, and this is a quick mock-up of our plan:
And, and! We’re making so much progress! The walls are down, the furnace has been moved (more on that in a minute), and framing is in. The new closet will have a light (for the first time ever), and we’re installing additional outlets in the room and the closet (hello, hidden vacuum cleaner!). It was our contractor who suggested adding a pocket door to save even more space in an already small room, and we were so in. We’ve worked with our contractor for years, he knows us really well, and he’s always down to come up with creative solutions to bring our ideas to life.
If you’ve never seen what a pocket door looks like without drywall, now you do! (We’ve also shared the anatomy of a pocket door in the past, too. We love our pocket doors!) Our contractor purchased the pocket door hardware, and we picked out a simple 24″ door. I’ve since ordered a slim dresser, mirror and new rug for this room, and we plan on giving it a mini refresh in the next week. This is also the last room in our whole house where the squat 3″ baseboards remain, so we’ll be pulling that up and installing the same 6.5″ trim we have throughout the rest of our home.
For those that have asked, this is the pocket door hardware we ordered. Clean lines, great price, and enough of a lip to easily pull open and closed.
The furnace shuffle has happened! As of today, our HVAC contractor is finishing up the connections. The photo below, on the right, is still temporary connections, so it looks different as of this morning! There was a delicate dance between our GC and our HVAC contractor, since it required demo up front (GC), removing and moving of furnace (HVAC), additional demo and moving of gas lines (GC) and final hookup and install of the furnace (HVAC). Just like our GC, we’ve been working with our HVAC contractor for years, and he also understands how, um, particular we are about, well, everything.
He was able to problem solve everything from the move, to the size and scale of the closet, to re-routing ductwork that allowed us to completely eliminate a kitchen soffit! He even relocated the furnace return so it was less visible, and for that alone, I will love him forever. The only downside – which is also a bit of an upside! – is that we ultimately made the move to a high efficiency furnace in the process. Not only for us, but for our downstairs neighbors, too. While this was an unexpected up front cost (downside), we’ll have lower utility bills effective immediately (upside!). I’d also be amiss not to mention the SOUND. It’s so much quieter! It feels really, really good to finally re-do some of the work that was done prior to us, in a way that not the most efficient.
They’ve been ordered! I can’t speak about them much since we don’t have them yet, but we couldn’t be more excited with where we landed. After visiting our local Abt (for which many of you were just as excited as us – wow, that place is like adult Disneyland!), we fell hard for Fisher & Paykel appliances. We chose all panel ready, meaning they’ll have cabinet fronts and blend right in, with the exception of the range, which is induction! After reading Ashley’s post on environmentally friendly cooktops and doing more research of my own, I couldn’t feel more confident in this decision.
Not surprisingly, demolition has required a lot of decision making, and quickly. While we did a lot of our homework up front, you just never know what you’re going to find behind the walls of a 135-year-old house. Knock on wood, but I think a lot of the demolition and framing decisions are behind us, and it’s on to the fun decisions – like cabinets, colors and tile!
The sample door (below) is the ‘Madison’ from Cabinet Joint. We will dive more into our choice to go with Cabinet Joint as well as the configuration once we finalize them ourselves, but I can say we’re thisclose to signing off on the plans! All tile samples are from The Tile Shop, and the colors are Sherwin Williams.
I can’t shake the idea of a red kitchen. Not too bright, not too cranberry, not too pink, maybe more… terracotta? Like, a soft red. Scott surprised me by loving this idea from my first mention, so I think it’s time to listen to my gut and run with a color that makes me happy! Right now, that color is SW Reddened Earth, which feels like the perfect mix of soft red, terracotta and muddy mauve. We picked up some samples and will start testing them around the kitchen soon!
Once we nail down the color, we can decide on the tile. I can already say that I’m leaning towards the square tile (bottom right), perhaps with a soft grey grout. And countertops? We are SO torn between soapstone – something we considered in our first kitchen renovation, but chickened out – or a brighter quartz. Maybe even marble. Can you tell I honestly have no idea? Heh. We know that there are a lot of opinions on countertop materials, but I’ll say that we would be perfectly happy with a natural stone that may patina, show age and/or requires maintenance. There’s beauty in that, I think.
I’m pretty sure this brings us to today, but make sure to follow along in Stories @yellowbrickhome for day-to-day updates! I really dive into detail over there, and your enthusiasm for this renovation is contagious. Thank you for being a part of the YBH community!