S: Kitchen Renovation 2013
BC: Thanks to these loving hands for making such a beautiful kitchen. Thank you!
FC: Kitchen Renovation 2013
1: Here we go with another project... I have never liked my kitchen, it was too narrow! Eric has named it a "one butt kitchen" for the fact that you can not have two people working in the kitchen at the same time. After much thought and contemplation we decided to make the change. I will try to capture it in this book. Wish us luck, and patience!! | After looking into some designs in the previous years we weren't convinced that there was enough room to make a substantial difference. Unfortunately, or fortunately when we got cable, Eric and I were hooked on the HGTV home improvement shows where they renovate homes. This started a conversation again of what could we do to remodel the kitchen. We went to a custom cabinet maker thinking that may be a better option. We were not all that impressed. Then we decided to check all of the local home improvement stores for their suggestions. We went to Hartville Hardware, Home Depot, and Lowe's. Lowe's was the most responsive and so our journey began with them. They had a great sale, so that also motivated us to make the leap. We worked with a lady named Kathy. She was helpful, insightful and very patient with us. She went above and beyond, and we were very pleased with our decision. | Winter 2013 Project: Kitchen Remodel | After ordering our cabinets, we went home and placed tape on the floor to indicate where the cabinets and appliances would be located. We soon found out that we would encounter the same issues with the limited space while opening the refrigerator door. I panicked because we just placed the order, and now we were not happy with the layout. Eric started reconfiguring the drawings to come up with another option that no one considered. We contacted Kathy and scheduled an appointment to reconfigure and order additional cabinets. She did not cancel the previous order because we would not have received the sale price. Therefore, we had unneeded cabinets that we had to return. ERIC HATES RETURNS, but he agreed that this had to be done!! Kathy was diligent in making sure we received every possible discount that we could and we really appreciated that.
2: We ordered the cabinets at Lowe's on Thursday, January 31, 2013. We changed the order on February 5, 2013. Our Revised Blue Prints.
3: Kitchen... Before
5: Eric's stuff on top of the refrigerator will finally be moved.
6: This is the one butt part of the kitchen. You could not open the refrigerator and stand by the counter-top.
7: Eric said that my starburst ceiling was out of date in the Dining Room... so they had to tear it out! I really liked it. It is hard to be so modern when you are stuck in the 80's.
8: The hallway wallpaper was outdated according to Eric, so we had to rip out the drywall!!! REALLY Eric, we couldn't just take the wallpaper off? "NO.. NO, we need to tear down walls, Luba!!!" | And yes... We had a puppy to deal with at this time too.
9: Here we go... The Renovation!! | The laminate flooring is being pulled up. | This was the old linoleum under the laminate. | The mess starts now!! | February 6, 2013
10: Eric hard at work.
11: Kyle and Alex are on-board, waiting to tear out drywall. February 9, 2013 | They are assessing the situation! | Kyle, where are your shoes?
12: Alex has the first swing!
13: Now it is time for Eric to put some muscle to it. | Eric and Alex had been yelling and singing all day. They kept making noises as if they were excavators (they are even making hand gestures to show the motion of the excavator). At least they are having fun with it. All I keep thinking about is the mess. So then they kept teasing me by singing louder. | Eric has Popeye muscles!
15: Kyle is in on the action!
18: The wall from the dining room into the kitchen was eliminated. All soffits above the cabinets were removed. This allows for an open feel, and will also maximize storage space.
19: Eric was a wonderful teacher.. He showed the boys how to tear down walls. I certainly hope he will show them how to put them back up as well!!
20: The doorway into the family room is being moved. The access is now going to be in the dining area. The dining area will have more of a open casual feel, rather than a formal dining room. | This design allows a larger kitchen area. It also made the family room appear larger because there is more wall space.
23: Of course my grape border was to be stomped out as well. (get it? Grapes .. stomped? I am so funny sometimes.) I guess you have to find some humor in this renovation process.
24: Eric looking to see if the demolition is going as expected. We are tearing out walls, drywall, plumbing, and electric, there is a big mess! WE ARE SUCCESSFUL!
25: Can we say MESS!!! | And yes.. Once again I am the clean up crew!! | I want to add that I helped in all of the tear out. I am the only one that likes taking pictures. Therefore, there is no evidence of me working. I know the truth, and that is all that matters.
26: Wires Everywhere
27: Tommy came to help with the electric.
28: Eric showing Kyle and Alex how to build walls and the counter-top bar | Measure...Measure and make sure we are level! Or the way Eric says it... MEEAAZUR
29: Now we are going to see progress.
30: As Eric and I went to the home improvement store to purchase joint compound I wanted to make sure that we bought the "Low Dust" version. Eric wanted to buy the "Added Dust". | Look at him mixing up the compound knowing how the dust will engulf every crack and crevis in the house. It may take years to get it clean!! And yet, he smirks!! He is so very happy that he is not part of the clean up crew.
31: Jeff Slone came to help | As Jeff was helping, he emphasized that Eric would never complete this job. I was nearly in tears when he left. I made Eric promise that he would finish. Then it occurred to me... Just threaten him that I will hire someone to finish the work, and that should really motivate him to complete the job. That always seems to work.
34: Luba painting the dining room. We had to repaint the whole first floor. | Sherwin Williams loves us!! | We even repainted the kitchen ceiling 4x. Who is counting?? Eric was being a perfectionist with the flat ceiling.
35: We ordered Kraftmaid cabinets through Lowe's. They are manufactured in Middlefield, Ohio. We wanted to support local business! The cabinets we ordered have a cherry stain with an onyx glaze and have soft close drawers and doors. We were delighted that the cabinets arrived exactly on the due date!!! | The Kraftmaid truck was full, and so was our house! | I have no idea of how many trips to Lowe's and Home Depot we made for this renovation! Thank goodness they are both relatively close.
36: There was literally boxes of cabinets from floor to ceiling in the living room... and more in the garage. It was not too fun sorting through them.
37: Hey... What are all these boxes doing here??? Poor Chloie had to move from room to room as we were expanding our mess. She was a real trooper.
38: Tommy came over to help install the bottom cabinets the day prior to the counter-top measurements. Eric and I left for Florida the next morning for Spring Break.
39: Alivia was playing hide and seek in the cabinets!
42: Quartz counter tops with copper flakes! Crown Marble & Granite in Cuyahoga Falls gave us the best price. Their service was wonderful too! | My new Blanko silgranit sink, is supposed to resist scratches, stains, and chips. It can withstand heat up to 536 degrees. Eric says it is as large as a swimming pool. I LOVE it. | Look!! A large pot will fit in the sink.
43: Eric installing the first upper cabinet!!!!
45: This is Eric's favorite part of the kitchen. The spice cabinet, it rotates from the front to the back.
46: We really tried to think of everything that would make our kitchen most useful. Some cabinet features had an area for keys, calendars, and a place for cell phones. Eric took that concept to a new level. He cut out in between the studs to create a message center. Now by the garage door, we have a cabinet for all of our stuff. He even included a cell phone charging station. | We should always be able to find our keys. RIGHT?
47: We could not find the flooring that we liked. When we went to Florida for Spring Break, we took samples from Home Depot. We forgot about the samples in the luggage. Once we took them out, we found one we really liked. We did a search to only discover that Home Depot in Canton had the flooring. We had to go to Florida to find the flooring in Canton. The durability of Pergo should work well with our lifestyle. | We planned on changing all of the baseboard and trim to white. The baseboards are 4 1/2 inches high, and they will create a more dramatic look with the floor and the beige walls.
48: He would have never thought that I would put them all in this book. HAHA I got the last laugh. | Eric being silly! All I wanted was a picture, so he starts making weird faces!
49: I cut myself with a utility knife! It scored high on Eric's injury chart even if he does not like to give points away.
50: Alex pulling up the old carpeting in the Living Room and of course being silly
51: Kyle assisting Alex in pulling up the carpeting and being silly as well.
52: New banister and railing | The remodel of the kitchen morphed into redoing virtually the whole house. | New interior and closet doors. | New carpeting on the stairs, hallway, and bedrooms
53: Look how beautiful the railing is! Eric found the newel post on clearance for $50.00, he could not pass that deal up! Someone did not pick up their special order (we love when that happens). At first I thought it was too large, but Eric had a vision!!! He cut 14 inches off, and amazingly it looks perfect. How did he know??? Was it luck? Was it talent? Is he a visionary? Who knows, but it looks beautiful!
55: Eric and his many faces installing the crown mold under the cabinets to hide the lighting. Eric and Tommy picked out the lighting that has multiple colors and can blink to music. This is no lie, it really can. | They came back all silly and giddy. They were like kids in a candy store.
56: My new double oven. I LOVE IT! My first batch of cookies.
57: My Dream Kitchen!
59: DiningRoom! | Eric and I were looking at a new table that would fit the new dining area better. We went to Sugarcreek to look at some Amish made tables. We spent hours looking at tables, and Eric was so patient as we searched for the best deal. Only to find out a month later that he had already bought a table in July for my birthday. I do not know how he could be so patient shopping for hours knowing he had already purchased a table. It is BEAUTIFUL!!
60: Family Room
61: The remodel continued through to the half bath. There were a lot of nail pops, so we decided to add wainscoting. We also added a new vanity. It really looks nice.
62: With so many decisions to make regarding the renovation. It is hard to be assured that the design and plan will make you happy at that moment, and in the years to come. Eric and I really tried to focus on what we wanted in a kitchen and what might stand the test of time. We did not want to be too trendy and then be out of style in a year. We really tried to make the most out of the space that we had. I did splurge on some items that I said I always wanted (DOUBLE OVEN) and for me that is hard to do. I am so very happy that I did. The kitchen is truly a dream kitchen that I never could have never imagined owning. I know for a fact that I would have never had this kitchen without Eric. Not only because of his hard work, that goes without even mentioning, but his visionary abilities. Eric can look at a space and envision the potential of what can be done. I had a difficult time envisioning the kitchen renovation. When we were measuring, I kept thinking that we would have more space. Eric would remind me that we were confined by the exterior walls. I started seeing the potential once the walls were removed. There is a huge difference too! What we gave up in the dining room was not as much of a sacrifice as I thought it would be. The project was messy, tiring, but well worth it. Eric did not get too frustrated either, so that was GREAT! I learned Eric had some new sayings for this project: Crap two, and Son of a Bitch. If that is as bad as it gets we are doing good. | 2013
63: Although Eric loves projects and having control of them, he did accept help, assistance, and even guidance from his closest and best confidants. Tommy, thank you so very much for your skill and willingness to help. Also, for having the attitude that while we are renovating there are not enough outlets, switches or lights that one can have in a house. The LED lights should last until we are old (I hope). It was helpful getting your insight as to what makes sense. Sorry I made you move the pendant lights by a couple of inches, thank you for not getting mad at me for that. Jeff Slone, thank you for your patients, knowledge, and eagerness to help. Also, thank you for the use of the Dump Truck and all the tools that we borrowed. Mostly, I want to thank you for challenging Eric to finishing this project. I was nervous a couple of times thinking that he would get discouraged and loose interest. I also have to say thank you to the amateurs (Kyle and Alex) that were willing to learn and work with us through this project. I hope that you were able to experience some life skills that you can take into adulthood. Having the ability to see that with a bit of hard work and determination you can create anything that you set your mind to. I also want to thank you for being patient through this process and also for making it a fun family experience. You should be proud of the work that you did, I am! I believe that Eric is a great teacher and mentor, I hope you were able to learn from the best. I know I did. He is an AMAZING man.