It’s no secret the kitchen at the Steamie House has been on the To-do list for quite some time. We’ve discussed what we’d want, and day dreamed & hoped. (and saved and saved and saved) And then, it just hit us, along with the bottoms of the existing drawers falling out & spilling silverware all over my feet… IT’S TIME.
Time to Demo, time to renovate!
We talked more about what we wanted, I drew up some plans, and then we met with contractors. What did we learn? Well, of course, we learned nearly any details I wanted to see in the kitchen required custom cabinetry. haha… Poor us. I think often of Steve, and how he happily entered into marriage with an architect- not realizing it would just plague us forever. The perils of being an architect – high end dreams, without a high end budget!
Universally the word “custom” means “costs more” but in the end, I think we found a contractor that is a good fit- they build their cabinets custom for all jobs… so they are used to that, which means, we get our custom sized & shaped cabinets! Hooray for enabling my crackpot schemes of appliance garages & cabinets reaching to the ceiling! (Simple wishes, yet somehow too tricky for the readily available prefab cabinets!)
We’ve documented the before (pictures below) and with demolition wrapping up this week, we’re just entering the “during”. But the “after” will come, and then we can revisit- hopefully with pictures of said custom cabinets, perfectly fitting all our functional and aesthetic dreams. haha. Fingers crossed!
be warned…. as one contractor told us, pinterest is a black hole of wishes that are far too costly to come true! but man… it’s still fun to stare at & pin the pretty kitchens that someone some other people can afford. haha. C’est la Vie. And who knows, maybe later our custom cabinets may end up pinned somewhere haunting some poor sap who doesn’t know that custom is a bad (for the budget) word.
Here’s some “Before” pics:
This is the view from the Living room. Goodbye strange closet- thank you for holding everything from serving ware, gift wrap and party supplies, to cleaning supplies and light bulbs.
Steve saving goodbye to his the kitchen in his own way….
Here’s some progress shots of the demo day 1!
View of the exterior wall all exposed!