Progress Update #5!

The weather has been so weird….umm climate change anyone? We had like 50 mph wind gusts the other night. I kept thinking of the deer hiding out in the woods for some reason! Also praying there were no humans out in that wind, of course.

I did a video tour back in November, which was very warm with temps almost to 70 degrees! Everyone was all “Yay, it’s summer again!” but I was just plain freaked out. Still am…how does it go from 70 to below freezing that quickly? Anyway, the video tour is bright and sunny (balmy) so that explains that. I’ve been meaning to post it for awhile!

Ross installing our fire detectors in the dining room

Walking into the downstairs bedroom which is right off the dining room

View from the downstairs bedroom into the dining room

Entry staircase we need to refinish and under-stair storage -we are storing brick there temporarily!

Kitchen – we have appliances and that’s about it!

The downstairs bathroom – can’t believe it is the same room as before…INCREDIBLE!

Downstairs living room (those are brand-new toilets in the boxes, ha!)

The upstairs bathroom is such a gem! I LOVE how it turned out…even better than in my head.

The sink-side of the upstairs bathroom with new frosted window

The upstairs hallway with refinished floors and new staircase window to let light in

 

The upstairs master is both my and Ross’ favorite room…it’s super cozy and we love the chimney

We stole some space from the bedroom for a large walk-in closet (not original to these old homes!)

We haven’t painted the second upstairs bedroom but I’m going to stage it like a nursery

This closet is original! And small! Perfect for a nursery.

Progress Update 4

I’m supposed to be grocery shopping right now but I wanted to share our most recent progress. George is busy watching The Safe Side (three times in a row…he loves this movie). We posted pictures of the drywall and it looks great! Below is a full update – now off to spend hundreds of dolla$ on sustenance. I promise I’ll never take a tour video again with my iPhone…[covers eyes] sorry!

…and Happy Father’s Day to my man meat.

Downstairs living room

Downstairs living room

Standing in dining room

Standing in dining room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Staircase

Staircase

Upstairs bathroom from tub corner

Upstairs bathroom from tub corner

Upstairs guest bedroom

Upstairs guest bedroom

Upstairs master bedroom

Upstairs master bedroom

New kitchen layout via RoomSketcher and IKEA

Our original kitchen was extremely closed off on almost all four sides. We opened up one wall leading to the entryway hallway. This gives us a more open kitchen but limits our usable wall space to only two walls – galley kitchen style.

Front of the kitchen before we opened up the refrigerator nook  and built-ins.

Kitchen from the rear of the house.

Kitchen from the rear of the house.

Now we need to rethink where the appliances will live. Ross ran a few different scenarios using RoomSketcher and IKEA‘s kitchen planning tools. He found the IKEA kitchen planner a bit easier to use – maybe because it is built for kitchens versus the more general floor planner RoomSketcher. He said the only downfall is you can’t customize your cabinet size. You must use the standard IKEA cabinet sizes with filler pieces. We are planning to re-use what we can of the current cabinet frames and maybe even the doors. I think we can DIY some shaker style cabinets…oh and DIY some butcher block counters – but that is another post for another time.

Our first scenario had all appliances against the window wall – which would be ideal but may not be possible. However, with the fridge and oven on the right, there is no counter space except the space to the left of the sink, which is just silly.

Scenario A

Scenario A

Our next floor plan had the stove against the chimney, which was ruled out simply because it covered up the chimney and we want the chimney to be exposed.

Scenario B

Scenario B

The third scenario had the fridge covering up the chimney. See disqualification reasons above. ^^^

Scenario C

Scenario C

The next floor plan had the dishwasher up next to the refrigerator which would actually require moving the sink over. Because the sink is now centered with the window, we decided not to move it.

Scenario D

Scenario D

Next we tried moving the fridge onto the wall opposite the chimney, but I fear this narrows the kitchen too much. Ideally, I’d love a nice butler-pantry style furniture piece or built-in pantry cabinets on this wall. They would definitely be narrower than a refrigerator, thus leaving the kitchen more open and saving the square footage.

Scenario E

Scenario E

We finally agreed to keep all appliances on the window wall. The fridge will be on the far left with a little counter space between the fridge and the sink. To the right of the sink will be the dishwasher. To the right of the dishwasher will be the stove and microwave above it. This was the best placement we could come up with while still keeping the open spaciousness of the kitchen and showcasing the chimney. If you have a better idea – let us know!

The winning floor plan

The winning floor plan

A nice visual of our future kitchen.

A nice visual of our future kitchen.