Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Elephant in the Room

You may or may not have noticed that in all of my posts I avoid discussing one very important area of our home...  Our kitchen...  This is not because I do not think kitchens are important.  I actually think that the kitchen is the heart of the home.  Rather, denying our kitchens existence is more of a coping mechanism.  You see, our kitchen downright frightens me.  Heck, I think it frightens everyone who steps into our house.  You know it is bad when nearly every month someone (and I am not just talking about family here) sends you a link to a great contest for a free kitchen remodel for the winner of the ugliest kitchen in America.  Yeah, it's that bad.

So, it's time to come clean and lay it all out there.  I give you Exhibits A, otherwise known as our 1970's kitchen:

Okay, so that was not exactly coming entirely clean.  The kitchen was even worse.  Prior to my move in, the kitchen still contained some of the original appliances.

Get ready for it...  Deep breaths... 

My dad likes to joke that this oven belongs in the Smithsonian.  In my dear husbands defence, the appliances still (sort of) worked, which in his mind means that they were still keepers.  I however had other ideas.  I replaced the majority of the appliances prior to even moving into the house.  Yup, appliances were my first official contribution to our home!

So, you may be wondering what our plans are for this monstrosity of a kitchen.  Well, we are taking baby steps. While most people would be tempted to go complete demo style on this kitchen (disposal broke, let's rip out everything), we are taking our time and doing our research.  What we have learned- walls need to come down, more electric needs to be pulled into the house, we need repair some termite damage (the termites have been exterminated- don't worry), etc...  Basically, this is going to be a major remodel. 

In an effort not to completely loose our minds over this, we have created our plan of attack:

1.  Squirrel away a set amount of money every month to put toward this remodel (expected start date is Feb 2014)
2.  Squirrel away an extra 25% over the anticipated remodel cost for "unexpected kitchen issues".  We know we will have these so better to plan for them in advance.
3.  Break some of the kitchen projects off into small manageable chunks that we can work on prior to the big demo.

I am happy to say that one of the small kitchen projects in item #3 is fully underway!  You see, our laundry room is very oddly placed in our house.  Basically it is just a tiny room accessed through our kitchen.  You walk through the kitchen.

And boom, this is what you see.  To the right is our pantry.

Pretty strange, right?  There is just something slightly unsettling about carrying dirty laundry through your kitchen.  On the plus side though, this wall separating our kitchen from laundry is not load bearing.  See where I am going with this?  What we have here folks, is a perfect opportunity for a little kitchen expansion.

So, where to move the laundry room to was our next question.  After some deliberation, we decided that it made perfect sense to make the move to the basement.  This eliminates the worry of a washer hose breaking and flooding not only our kitchen, but also our basement guest bedroom located just below.  We are also lucky enough to already have the plumbing in place for a downstairs bathroom and slop sink- score!

Thus began the great laundry room construction project of 2013!  I will give you the big reveal next week (we have a couple of decorative items to complete), but kitchen progress has begun and I could not be more thrilled!

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