Kitchen Update: Totally Gutted

You all have no idea how excited and nervous I am at the same time.  Our kitchen renovation officially started on Monday January 6th. (Eeekkk!!)  I am seriously still giddy over the fact that we are actually renovating this kitchen. 

Here is the game plan.  


We are ripping out all the old bulkheads, knocking down the wall between the kitchen and dining room and then expanding into there.  






(try to ignore my awful carpets- the dog has ruined them and they're being torn up)

They started the work Monday morning around 10am and by 7:30pm it looked like this.

 (that's Danny one of the contractors who got caught in my pic)


 According to the project manager our dry wall should be back up by Friday of this week and my cabinets will be in late next week.

I know the kitchen doesn't look too awful in the photos above but the sellers did a "quick fix" with cheap granite and poor quality stainless appliances to get it rented a few years ago.  The cabinets are the originals from 1986 and have years of wear and tear on them so it was time for them to go.  Since our house isn't very big and it's choppy when we decided to renovate we decided to tear down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room to really open things up and make the house feel bigger.  

We bought our house knowing we would have to renovate but were lucky enough to get a great price on it for the neighborhood and school district we're in. 

In addition to the kitchen we are also renovating the powder room and putting in new hardwood floors and baseboards throughout the whole first floor.   I will be back with more details about both of those and more kitchen updates for you early next week, including granite, backsplash, hardwood, and bath options.  



21 comments:

  1. This may be too personal, but I would be interested to hear as much as you are willing to share about costs or cost ranges for various kitchen renovations (cabinets, the tear down, the counters, appliances, floor, etc) as well as the timing. Also any info on how you found your contractors. My husband and I will be looking to buy a house sooner rather than later and am always thinking about these things. Thanks!

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  2. I can't wait to see your finished kitchen!!

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  3. How exciting! I can't wait to see it! I'm sure it's going to look great!

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  4. It's going to look great! Love the plan, excited to see the finished product, I love a before and after!

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  5. Aaaaah! How EXCITING! I can't wait to see pictures when it's finished!

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  6. SO EXCITING! It's going to be such an awesome transformation!!!! xx

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  7. Yay!!! It already looks so spacious! It's going to be fabulous. Can't wait to see how it progresses!

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  8. WOW! That is going to be awesome! Can't wait to see the new look.

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  9. Dang girl - that's going to be a gorg and HUGE kitchen. Can't wait to see the progress!

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  10. SOO exciting!!! You're going to have a whole new house!! Love the open feel you're going to have!! Can't wait to see all the finishes and details you pick out!

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  11. So exciting!! I love reno posts!! I am excited to see the progress! xoxo, Lindsay

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  12. It's going to look so amazing! Can't wait to see it take shape.

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  13. How exciting! I can't wait to see the after photos! And we are looking into doing some remodeling and getting rid of our bulkheads - which I didn't even know what they were called! Now I'm excited to tell my hubby what I learned and confirmation that they need to go :)

    XOXO

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  14. This is so exciting! It's going to look amazing!!

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  15. That's going to look great! I can't wait to see the progress on it. It looks like they knocked a lot out in that first day.

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  16. I know you've been waiting a loooong time to do this! I'm super excited to see the end result. I know it will be FABULOUS!

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  17. Whoa! Major changes coming your way. I'm so crazy jealous of your (soon to be) new and improved kitchen. Makes me want to start tearing shit up at our house. :)

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  18. Such an EXCITING (and I imagine stressful, too) time for your family!

    Can't wait to see the end product!

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  19. Hi! I'm a new follower as swell as a fellow dc/Maryland mom! We just remodeled our kitchen and living room as well and I can't wait to see how yours turns out! Www.bryanandnat.blogspot.com/2013/12/home-for-holidays.html

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