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August, 2012

  1. Under Construction

    August 16, 2012 by SavvyInTheCity


    It's been so long since I've posted that you would *think* Savvy in the City is under construction… but I'm actually talking about our kitchen.

    We've been wanting to renovate the kitchen of our 1949 ranch since we moved in but needed to sift through a few other projects first — as well as put together a solid plan of attack. Oh, and there's that saving money up detail.

    This is our kitchen today, in all its linoleum floor, black iron hinges and paneled wall glory. Ain't she a beaut?

    We basically need to start from scratch (walls, ceiling, electrical, etc.). Anyhoo, our casa will be under construction very shortly, as Dan just got our initial building permit yesterday! We're excited to get started but are sure the path won't be an easy one (so many decisions to make on everything from sink type to paint colors to drawer pulls and more). At least we have similar styles and agreed very quickly agreed we wanted a classic kitchen with a touch of industrial (white shaker style cabinets, subway tile, industrial-looking light pendants, hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless appliances, etc.).

    You know, something not unlike the below style-wise (we don't have near this much space!):

    Photo from Shuffle Interiors via If you haven't played around on Houzz, do it. Or don't do it if you don't want to lose all your spare time. It's like Pinterest, but for just house stuff, and better. A search for "shaker style cabinets" will yield like 30,000 inspiration photos to look through. Love it.

    Dan was a quick study on Google SketchUp, a free platform you can use to make to-scale, 3-D drawings. Here's our vision for the kitchen, from Dan's finger tips. We also had some great help from our contractor, Phil, and from our neighbors Becky and Andy (Becky is a designer by background and knows all about how functionality can meet clean lines, etc.).

    Beyond aesthetics and no-brainers (nicer, newer cabinets – stainless appliances, etc.), the most noteworthy changes from the kitchen of today are:

    – Moving more of the "functional" kitchen to the end (an area that was once a screend in porch) versus it being 100% galley-ish (there is nothing in this previously porch area today – no counters, cabinets – nothing)
    – Cutting down the wall in between the kitchen and the dining/living room to half wall (and around the staircase) to open up the spaces
    – Creating a "peninsula" between the kitchen and dining area with room for three stools at the counter
    – Cutting the foyer wall (the wall immediately to your right if you were walking in from the front door) down to a half door
    – Creating a window seat (the window is too low to really build a desk there)

    The below gives you some perspective re: where the kitchen is situated in regards to the rest of the house.

    I may be getting ahead of myself but I'm already trying to figure out what items we will store in what cabinets (I suppose it's a good exercise in understanding if the balance of upper to lower cabinets will work – and if everything will have a home):

    C'mon in. Take a little digital tour of our culinary construction zone:

    Pray for us in the coming months, as I would bet we start demo in early-to-mid September and will be without a kitchen for a few months. Gulp!