Posted in House, Kitchen Reno

Research Project

One of the things that has surprised me in this process of renovating a kitchen NEXT YEAR is just how much research is going into it this year:

What kind of cabinets? What color? What kind of countertop? Will we get a return on our investment with a certain kind of countertop (e.g. our neighborhood would not qualify as a quartz-type neighborhood, but probably would be granite). Who will do the electric? Should we try to design the kitchen ourselves or hire someone? What kind of flooring will be kitchen-durable, good resale value, within our budget and something that we like? Should we/can we install it ourselves or do we hire it out? Which way should the island face? How will we fit a regular door instead of a slider, accounting for an island and our kitchen table and the amount of space the door needs to swing?

It’s rather a good thing that I LOVE doing research!

What we know so far:

Ikea kitchen cabinets, White Grimslov
Designer: Inspired Kitchen Design
Microwave will be above the range

What we don’t know yet:

Electrician (although it’s between two that we’ve previously used)
Flooring type or contractor (having one come today to give a ballpark figure for what we might want)
Countertop type or contractor (although we know it’s NOT going to be quartz, as much as I dream about it)
Where we’re getting our pendents (although we know it’s not Ikea or Home Depot, having shopped both)
Sink (again, not Ikea)
Whether to keep our current black dishwasher and range and just buy a black fridge OR get a stainless panel for the dishwasher and buy a stainless range and fridge.
Knobs (not Ikea)

One thing we always have in mind with this (in case you haven’t guessed) is the Almighty Resale Value. It has always been our intention to sell and move closer to Jim’s job and our families. Renovating the kitchen will be the last MAJOR hurdle to putting the house on the market. There are still many minor hurdles, but nothing that will cost thousands of dollars. Theoretically, at least!

The articles and blogs I’ve read say that the planning process takes about nine months. If we’re doing this late spring/early summer I guess I’m at a good place right now!

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Updating the House

At this point and time I’m thinking of taking this blog in a more light-hearted direction. Not that I can’t and won’t talk about the heavy stuff, but, as I said in the last post, I’m in a different season right now.

When we bought this house 15 years ago last May, it was going to be our “5-7 year” home.

Hah. Double Hah. Four children in 19 months took care of that!

The house was built in 1985, and while we’ve updated a GREAT DEAL of it, there are two main things we haven’t done much to in all that time: The master bedroom and the kitchen.

In the master bedroom all we’ve done is tear down the seriously ugly wallpaper, put in a ceiling fan and remove a light fixture near a window. Oh, and replace the windows when we did the whole house 5 years ago. The drywall is cracked in places, there are complete separations between the wall and the ceiling in more than a few places, and is painted a HIDEOUS dusty rose color.  ::shudder:::

I’m hoping we are thinking of tackling that room soon.

However, what we are DEFINITELY going to renovate and drag into the 21st century is the kitchen. The only thing we’ve done to it in the past 15 years is paint and replace the floor. Oh, and add a sliding glass door (that we’re going to remove to go down to a single glass door to get in more cabinets).

Have any of you ever tried a kitchen renovation? Everyone I’ve talked or read about says basically the same thing: it’s horrific to live through, but amazing on the other side. I’m only in the planning stage, but am trying to focus on the amazing part and not the horrific part. I’d love to hear tips from anyone who HAS lived through it!

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The Long Silence

So, um, yeah. Hi! It’s been months and months and months. No words, no ideas, no excuses. I don’t know it it’s just that I’m at a different season of life, but I’m thinking the direction of the blog is going to change.

Quick Update: I have three teens in 9th grade. One tween in 7th. Two of the teens are in cyber high school. Overbrook doesn’t do high school until 15, so we have, weirdly enough, two in middle school (one cyber, one not obviously).

Me? I’m doing a lot of windshield time back and forth to their various schools and after-school involvements. No carpooling this year, unfortunately–not with two girls in two different schools in two different parts of the same town.

Bennett finally found a place–robotics. He loves it and it seems like a great fit. So now every one of my kids has SOMETHING, which is such a relief.

We’re still–off and on–trying to find a church home. This week is an off week due to the fact that most of the family is either still sick or getting over it. It’s somehow mostly missed me (and Ethan) for which I’m extremely grateful.

I think that’s it for now. Stay tuned for the new direction. It’s coming soon.