Monday, March 30, 2015

kitchen reno phase 1

Let it be known that i love my little cape.

When we turned the fourth bedroom into the dining room, we created this wonderful flow on the main floor. But flow is not the same as open concept. Open concept isn't even what i want exactly... i want sight lines.

As this is not a major renovation, "as much as i can" is the name of the game.  I want the living room to feel more open and connected to the kitchen (as much as i can), i want more natural light shining into the kitchen, and i want to see (as much of the dining room as i can) from the kitchen without having to stick my head out a doorway.  And most of all i want to see from the front of the house to the back. Sight lines. Connectedness. Light.

These older pictures give a better sense of the closed off dark space.
wall demo
 Separate kitchen.
 Landing area (not really a hallway, but a spot with 3 doors and 3 openings). I refer to it as the vestibule.

 kitchen wall demo
 Separate (super old photo) living room.


Let there be some mutha flippin' light!
wall demo

kitchen wall demo
Hey, front door!

kitchen open

Hey sight lines!
kitchen demo wall

Hey back door!
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Not much, but still a view into the kitchen from my spot on the couch.

kitchen wall demo

Hey living room!
opening up kitchen
Hallway/vestibule certainly seems bigger.

kitchen demo wall down
We are either adding a trashcan cabinet here, and the new countertop would go all the way, or we are leaving it as is. We added the (just framed) half wall behind the club chair, because otherwise that's weird and there's a club chair in your kitchen. You can see the how far out the wall came with the unfinished floor.
kitchen demo

kitchen demo

kitchen demo
So bright!

kitchen wall demo

So connected! Standing in my kitchen, behind the club chair, and able to see into the living room!
kitchen reno

Hey sliver of dining room, but you are more than i had before! (Hey silly Lily).
kitchen reno wall down
All is good, all is bright. This girl's happy. Hope whatever project you're tackling lately, it's making you happy.

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Vel Criste said...

Wow huge change, but I'm lovin' it! hang in there, it will be all worth it in the end!

Rachel said...

Ahh! That is so awesome!! No wonder you've been quiet for a've been busy! I love how the light just pours in now! It is so crazy how removing parts of a few walls can make such a huge difference!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the light! Sometimes these changes just make more of a difference then we even knew they would. It looks wonderful. I love your little cape!!

Unknown said...

You sound SO happy in the whole post. :D

It looks bigger, lighter and very updated already.

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

No wonder you've been missing for a while, you were busy tearing down walls. Pink Floyd would be proud!

Chrissy @ Adventures in DIY said...

Way cool! Amazing how much more light that brings. It's gonna look awesome!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Great transformation! It always makes me nervous to change walls as it can drammatically change a house. It looks bright and a lot more open now.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

So much lighter and more open! I know you will enjoy this change. Thanks for joining the Share Your Style party.

Leslie said...

I just hopped over from The Charm of Home, and your kitchen looks like it's getting a great make over! I bet you will love the open feel and all the space that comes with it. Great work!

Anonymous said...

Love the changes! Your room is looking so pretty and put together!

Chatfield Court said...

Wow great changes. It does seem lighter and brighter. We are going through a kitchen reno right now too and sadly, we weren't able to open up any walls. Can't wait to see how it all turns out.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Wow, it did make a big difference and the light pouring in is great. Light is always a good thing! The demolition phrase is never easy, but trust me it will be all worth it.

Unknown said...

Great updates! I love seeing kitchen remodels.

The Charm of Home said...

It's looking good! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

Unknown said...

I'm loving it! Thanks for stopping by and linking up to Pretty Pintatic Party, where every post gets pinned! I love cape cods and you've done a wonderful job! Sarah, Sarah Sofia Productions

Brandi said...

Oh wow, major changes!!! Amazing how much light flows in now. Such a process, but I know you will be overjoyed once everything is finished.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh wow, you really made a big difference in how your home feels - so light and bright. You must be smiling from ear to ear!

las930 said...

You really made a Huge difference in the light, that is going to be awesome! Just take it in small steps I remember growing up and constantly have some kind of construction and it causes a lot of tension.

Unknown said...

Love it! It really does open everything up so well and the light, omg, yes! It is going to (and already does) look great!

LL Farm said...

What a really opened it up. Looking forward to seeing more ;-)
Lori from LL Farm

Paige @ Reasons to Come Home said...

All that light! And I can totally relate! Our kitchen (which we are still in the process of remodeling) isn't that open to the living room but it's as open as it can be and still be a functional kitchen. The whole reason we renovated was to give us more cabinet space and I heard so many say, you should just leave this wall'd be so open. Well, that would be nice but then we would be completely defeating the purpose of why we renovated in the first place! I do wish it had more natural light, though!

Lynda Brandly said...

What a great change! We had a house with lots of walls and I always proposed something like this to my husband. We never did it but I understand just how wonderful this must feel to you! Can't wait to see when it's done!
love and blessings~
Lynda @ Gates of Crystal