Monday, July 13, 2009
Welcome To Our Home...
First, let me start out by saying that we LOVE our country home! We have lived here 4 years now, and it is just perfect for us.
It's just a modest 1500 SF Cape Cod, on 1.1 acres, built in the 1950s -- but we love everything about it -- the location, the size, the layout and the style.
When we bought the house, the kitchen was the only thing that we didn't LOVE; so from the beginning, we knew that we would ultimately want to change it. So we recently completed our HUGE kitchen remodel... 90% do-it-yourself, too. I am so happy and thankful that my sweet husband is so darn talented; I swear he can do almost anything!
Although it took almost a year in "planning", the actual *work* only took 3 months. (And we both have day jobs!) Now it is all done and we are simply thrilled with the results!
Here are a few "BEFORE" pictures:
Some "in progress" shots... (OH, the ***MEMORIES***!!!)
The (old) wall between the kitchen and the dining room had to go!
We should have gotten Boo a little hard hat -- he was never far from the action!
Here is one of our granite slabs ("Santa Cecelia Light"). We hand-picked them from Mont Granite in Solon, OH, and our countertops were fabricated in NY.
FINALLY, on a snowy day in January, our Showplace cabinets arrived!
The rebuilding began! *YAY!*
Boxes filled our downstairs! This was just a FEW of them.
Things seemed to happen quickly now - it was so fun and exciting!
Boo inspects the cabinet quality, and approves!
The appliances and the granite arrived, the floor was installed,
and soon we were... *DONE!*
Here's a little mouse I stenciled by Boo's food dish.
(There are actually several similar "meeces" throughout our home!)
Our "Coffee Corner"... we ADORE our Keurig coffee maker!
(For more information, check out: http://www.keurig.com/ )
Our dining room:
From dining room into living room:
During the entire process (from "planning" to "DONE!") I found the forum, Garden Web (where I post as "Tiskers") extremely helpful; I totally recommend it. Those people over there are nothing less than amazing! Please check it out at:
Garden Web Home Forums or The Kitchen Forum.
You can find a much more detailed account of our entire renovation (plus lots more pictures) in the Finished Kitchen Blog.