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Our remodel is over – see the “before” and “after” pics

After about five months, yes people, nearly HALF a YEAR, our “little” remodel project is officially done. There were many bumps along the way, but rather than bore you with those details from the past I’ll instead summarize the process as extremely challenging and more emotional than you’d think, but in the end, totally worth it. Must give props to our architect, Christine Albertsson of Albertsson Hansen Architecture in Minneapolis. She brought our vision to life with the utmost attention to detail regarding both form AND function.

Here’s what you really want, the before and after shots. We bought this house almost exactly one year ago… it was a nice house in need of a refresh in many places, and in my opinion, a total overhaul in the kitchen.

{from the realtor’s website, trust me, this is the BEST it could look}

{the opposite side of the kitchen, notice the narrow doorway into the family room/eating area and the awesome vinyl tile-look-a-like flooring}

{the fridge died a few months after we moved in, and that range was SO old!}

Here’s the NEW kitchen, ta-dah!

{view looking in from the family room – removed the wall between the areas}

Outer cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore white in Icicle, island is quarter-sawn white oak with clear, non-glossy finish. Floor is white oak stained a walnut dark brown, but not quite as far as espresso because I was afraid it would show too much dust and scratches — it may still, but such is life.

{always wanted a marble island, this one’s honed Calcutta gold, 9 ft of gorgeous!}

Window sashes are painted in Benjamin Moore Bittersweet chocolate. I saw dark sashes with white trim in several magazines and really wanted to try it. It highlights our view and adds more interest to a house which doesn’t have a lot of inherent architectural detail. I also love that at night it blends into the dark so you don’t see white mullions. Also, our architect did the best job of making sure our divided light windows were done on a larger scale, which I prefer versus a lot more small panes.

{love having a view from the kitchen sink out to the deck and back yard}

{also longed for double ovens and more storage – done and done}

{this Vent-a-hood is mighty, very few fried food odors make their way out of it. Also, I LOVE the royal mosa glossy white backsplash tile, compliments of our architect, Christine}

{the old informal eating area, fireplace, and family room adjacent to the kitchen} Note the flooring and the wall of painted brick for the fireplace – also, the rows of tall narrow windows in back.

{view from kitchen of the new fireplace surround with white oak mantel that wraps around into a deeper shelf}

Now I’m hunting for some art to put above as well as a new couch and two arm chairs. This space is to watch TV (mounted off the right of the pic, you can’t see in this one), and a long comfy couch is in order. This one is an old one of my mom’s, and the arm chair is one I bought for the living room, temporarily used here.

{back of the family room is a bar area at left, family eating area in back, and another seating area/reading area to right}

The place is still looking sort of naked since I haven’t decided on window treatments or rugs yet, and our art hasn’t been hung by the handyman yet either.  But look at how beautiful the windows are with the yard and woods behind them!

{bar area in quarter-sawn white oak to match the island & sliding door to deck}

This is conveniently just around the corner from the kitchen, so the bar is great to set up as a buffet or to set food on when you come in from the grill. I love having so much storage above for stemware and specialty glasses, vases, ice buckets, etc. We’re also enjoying the beverage fridge so people don’t need to come through the kitchen to the fridge to help themselves!

{Can’t forget the mudroom! Small, but a huge impact in our daily lives, we each have our own cubby + an extra with magnet board and shelves}

They also added a cool pocket door just off to the right of the pic, which is the top of the stairs to the basement. Much safer and neater as well. I still need to get the woven baskets for the upper portion to hide all our mess, and am on the lookout for a fun mirror to hang as well as a little runner to catch all the muddy, salty drips that will inevitably come in the winter.

Details: we have a 50″ TV mounted to the wall, this pic was taken before my hubby got everything set up in the A/V closet off to left of pic, where all of the equipment is wired in through the ceiling and back into the wall behind the TV. We also had 6 speakers installed flush in the ceiling as well as two out on the deck, so we can run our music through the main system from his iPad, iPhone, whatever, and the TV or Blu-ray sound through the same.

{TV wall will be open, I’m thinking I will have two x-benches or a narrow console table underneath it}

{open shelves for cookbooks underneath island counter}

{pull-out pantries hidden in recessed panels on either side of kitchen archway}

{glass jug light over the island are by Cisco Brothers, found at Que Sera shop, I fell in love with them the instant I saw them, and they are awesome with these Edison marconi bulbs}

{Room & Board pendant in orange smokebush, the right mix of casual and modern for our family room}

{dual-zone beverage fridge from U-line, wine up top, soda and beer below}

{prep sink already getting lots of use – the faucets for this sink and the main farmhouse sink are Elkay, sleek, functional, and love the single-lever for both hot/cold and on/off}

So that’s it for our remodel, thanks for taking a look! I will be sure to post a few updates when the place is fully decorated too. But, for now, we are all just really soaking in the ability to cook and hang out together in our new space. After many months of cooking in our basement storage room I have been baking with my girls almost every other day! I guess my next post should be about starting an exercise regimen…


3 comments on “Our remodel is over – see the “before” and “after” pics

  1. Modmissy
    April 21, 2012

    Absolutely stunning! Congrats to you (and your architect). Enjoy. Enjoy. Enjoy.

  2. found not lost
    April 21, 2012

    Thanks Missy for stopping by my blog and for the note. We are all enjoying it (though probably me the most, since I’m the designer as well as the cook!). 🙂

  3. janereichert
    April 23, 2012

    It turned out beautifully! And if you ever need to get rid of excess cookies, we are here for you 😉

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