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Boost Your Roost!

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Part of the reason I felt compelled to start this blog was to chronicle our adventures in homeownership – and more specifically the kitchen renovation we dove into at the start of the summer.

Coincidentally I came across the “Boost Your Roost” contest on a blog I frequent (makingitlovely.com) and decided to enter! Here is our submission below:

Three years ago my soon-to-be-husband, Micah and I bought a house, got married, and moved in to our first home all within a whirlwind month!  In the past three years we’ve scrimped and saved to fill our house with things we love and make it beautiful and feel like home to us.

 
Last Spring, the (upstairs & only) bathroom sprang a BIG leak into our tiny kitchen below. Instead of patching the hole right away, we decided to consider renovation options…and one thing led to another…

After the initial honeymoon faze of homeownership we turned our attention towards the infamous kitchen. Our 1929 home had a narrow rectangular kitchen which featured:

–           An apartment sized stove

–           A small set of (rusty) vintage metal cabinets

–          Stained & faded mint green countertops

–          And the bane of my existence =  NO DISHWASHER!

 Originally I had fun decorating along with the vintage charm of the kitchen but one night as a group friends all congregated (tightly) in the small kitchen (as all guests ultimately  do) my husband and I realized  that this kitchen did not mix well with our lifestyle!  The counter full of dirty dishes following the get-together and no dishwasher to wash them in made the realization that much clearer.

About a year ago the upstairs bathroom sprang a leak, right into our tiny kitchen below. The resulting gaping hole in the ceiling seemed to be a sign that a renovation was imminent.  After much planning and research we came up with a winning design to expand the kitchen into the neighboring dining room to create a larger “eat-in” kitchen and make room for a half bath on the first floor.

Now, instead of arguing over whose turn it is to do the dishes, we can have room to do them together (with a dishwasher)! The impact of this kitchen renovation will create a more conducive environment for our frequent guests and will also create a functional family style kitchen as we begin to think about making another kind of addition to our family! 🙂

Our original tiny kitchen. Note the apartment sized stove and the absence of a dishwasher!

The empty and “excessive” dining room located next to the kitchen. (This photo was taken before we moved in – it wasn’t always empty, but we rarely used the space!)

Last Spring, the (upstairs & only) bathroom sprang a BIG leak into our tiny kitchen below. Instead of patching the hole right away, we decided to consider renovation options…and one thing led to another…

We invited our church small group over for a “demo day” to start ripping out the old kitchen. Seriously – who has friends like that? We are blessed! {*My brother-in-law, Ben and our friend Nathan also did a major part of the demolition! They were in town for a wedding that weeked and got a lot more than they bargained for 😉 }  Here we are opening the wall up into the dining room next door.

Here we are standing in the old dining room, looking into the old kitchen. We uncovered the original doorway to the kitchen (between to HVAC vents) which had us wondering how they managed with even less space!

And so the adventure begins!

Hello world!

Hello there family, friends, and strangers of the internets 🙂

I’ve done my share of blog stalking following for quite some time now and have finally decided to take the plunge and create my own!

I have no big claims or promises, just the small hope to update with thoughts & photos from our life in case you feel so inclined to follow along 🙂