It’s been a while since I’ve done any posts on our ranch remodel project so off we go to the kitchen.
Let me begin by telling you what I’ve learned through the process of my first giant remodel project: Design is absolutely subjective. What one person loves the next person hates. I recently found this out concerning my own house. Not long ago my author/photographer friend who writes for Houzz.com did a photo “tour” of my home on the web site. I was honestly surprised at the amount of negative comments concerning my design style, and my post, Jumping Into Kindness, was in response to the whole experience. While my first reaction was hurt and disappointment along with questioning my own ability as a decorator, it didn’t get me down for long. Everyone has their own style and aesthetic and mine is definable in one word; Home. A comfortable, fun, random and eclectic, put your feet up on the coffee table, muss the throw pillows or even toss them onto the floor, sit down and have a cup of coffee with me kind of atmosphere. I believe in this concept strongly or I wouldn’t have the guts to crawl over the top of the negative remarks and keep going. I have no intentions of sounding defensive, it’s more about sharing my journey on this whole project.
Ok, back to the purpose of the post: Here are a few before shots of the kitchen.
We talked with our architect about our wants and needs. We love open space, so the first request was to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room.
Then we had some serious conversation with our construction guru (aka my brother – taking the photo in the above picture) who was in charge of the kitchen cabinetry and layout. His first recommendation was to take the ceiling out and open things up vertically as well. Since we were already doing this in the living room it made perfect sense.
To tie the kitchen and the living room together, new support beams, cross beams and decking had to be installed. The ceiling was all reclaimed lumber keeping with the time-worn character already found throughout the house.
One of the great things about this whole ranch project was that due to it being a complete gut and remodel, it was a clean slate to get to do what I wanted and my brain was in overdrive. So while the construction was in process, I was busy making choices on colors, fixtures, appliances, hard surfaces, everything necessary to create the traditional kitchen I envisioned.
Come back soon for Kitchen Transformation part 2 and see not only the choices I made but the why behind those choices.