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.
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.
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! 🙂
And so the adventure begins!