lots of Pictures of our renovation--long!

kitchen_mamanFebruary 10, 2013

I thought I would share some pictures of my renovation! We just moved back in, but unfortunately we have about another 3 weeks of work. The kitchen cabinets aren't even going to be here until 5 March! We were unable to stay where we were, the guys daughter wanted to move in. So we spent 9 days in a hotel. We will be living in our basement while they finish. They have to finish sanding the dry wall so we are sleeping upstairs tonight.

This is the original front

This is now looking from new dining room to kitchen

original kitchen photos

Great room fireplace- this will now be viewed from the kitchen

View of dining room from master...befor it was closed

New open kitchen

New stairs to basement and view into the new library

View of dining room from kitchen

How we are using dinig room today...

New front

Our sample of marble for our counters--Christmas

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It's looking great! Is the master bedroom an addition on back or up?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 1:38PM
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It is on the back. We added about 500 sq feet off the back of the house to add on a dining room, very modest master bedroom suite (the bedroom is about 12 x 10.5) with a nice bathroom and walk in closet (about 5 x 7) and then we also added a 5 x 7 bathroom off the old master. The total square footage of the house will be about 1600 sq feet. The basement will have about 600 sq feet finished, but even with large egress windows, it is not considered living space because there is no door to the outside.

***edited to explain more

This post was edited by kitchen_maman on Mon, Feb 11, 13 at 20:36

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 4:21PM
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Oh wow. It is going to be amazing but I do feel for you with the hassle factor. We moved back in probably well before we should have but it needed to happen. And the end seemed to drag on forever! Keep us updated!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 4:20PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Wow! can't wait to see the finished product!

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 12:19PM
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Kitchen_maman, thanks so much for posting!! Your new space looks amazing! I had posted on one of your earlier threads but lost it- so I've been watching GW for any updates. We live very close (just on the outskirts of North Chevy Chase) and also have a galley kitchen. I can't wait to see your "after" shots and I'd love any recommendations you may have on contractors and sources for materials.

Fwiw, all your inconvenience now will be so worth it. Our house was expanded twice by previous owners; not sure what it looked like at the outset but now it is about 1950 sqft with a decent amount of living space. But they put in the most basic, awful looking kitchen you can imagine, with a totally dysfunctional layout (it is a passageway between the "old" living/dining area and the newer larger versions in the addition.) I can only imagine how difficult it is to live through such a huge renovation, but it will be so worth it in the end, and in this area any improvements will pay off when/if you ever sell.

Anyway, thanks, and look forward to seeing more!!

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 8:38PM
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Here are some more pictures!

Dining room

DD's bathroom painted and marble on the floor

Marble in dining room

Ceilings, it was so scary painting them! I have to get a 16 foot ladder to do the touch ups.

Master bath

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 5:49PM
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Wow, those floors are dazzling! Please continue to update and show pics--it's inspiring!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 4:10PM
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Hi Kitchenm---Looks Great so far !! Love the dining room floor. Did your cabinets arrive on 5. March ?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 11:26PM
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I love your progress and those floors!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2013 at 5:29PM
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Here is the next group of pictures. The house is being painted this weekend. The countertops templated on Friday. The floors sanded and stained this weekend (thank goodness because we are going out of town!). I have painted everything I can at this point, so it will just be the stairwell and the basement when I get back.


Color in the main living area

And darker accent wall for the fireplace

Reclaimed door for master bedroom

Daughters bathroom

Master bath with reclaimed furniture as vanities

View from kitchen

New front porch

Master bedroom and picture of reclaimed fireplace surround that we refinished

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 5:56PM
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Mercy, that's a lot of work you've accomplished there! I'll be interested in your galley kitchen too. I'm a fan of the galley.
And the open raftered gable with those windows up there, HOOO BOY, that is an awesome space.

What brand of windows did you get? I have a similar gable but not so high up. We need hurricane/high wind windows, so wondered about the brand. Did you replace any old windows, or have them rebuilt? Windows are on my mind as you see.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 9:13PM
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Moccasinlanding, I am sorry it took so long! I was on vacation and couldn't remember what brand we bought. We installed all new jeld-wen windows.

We are nearing the end, and thank goodness because I am at a near loss of patience. The countertops will go in sometime between tomorrow and Friday. We hope to have the painters in to finish the trim, doors and windows. I did not want to take that on. Expensive, but totally worth it. The appliances and the rest of the lights will be installed next Tuesday. They are finishing up the outside. I am very happy with the results and look forward to the final reveal!

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 5:05PM
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Thanks, Maman. I cannot wait to see your final reveal.
Actually, a video uploaded to YouTube or Flickr would be perfect, narrated, with someone pulling out drawers showing us the kitchen, mentioning the brand of appliance. I bet you'd get a gazillion hits.

I'm really excited for you, because I see this big project looming ahead of me, and I'm tired already! You must be exhausted.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 5:35PM
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I love your fireplace surrounds. Will you put them around a real fireplace?

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 3:25PM
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Moccasinlanding, that is a good idea!

Marti8a, yes! If you look at the pictures below of our countertops, you can see the fireplace surround in front of the existing fireplace. We are not sure if we are keeping the brick. The architect and I want to get rid of it. I would love to use the white marble from the kitchen floors. My husband wants to keep the brick. It is very interesting and I am not sue you could find it like that any more, very, very long and very very thing. One architect said it was very frank Lloyd wright.

Our appliances will be here on Tuesday. Trim is being done. The rest of the lights will go up next Wednesday!!!


Here, you can see the fireplace in the great room

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 6:58PM
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Also, I know these lights were controversial, but I think they are super cute.

And the stairway, partially painted.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 7:28PM
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Maman, I must have missed something about the lights.....why would they be controversial? The ones near your stove, the two ceiling fixtures? They look cute to me as well. Sort of like the lights we had on boats, which had screw on glass globes to be explosion proof by keeping fumes away from an ignition source. Very industrial feel to them.

I want industrial too, but not so much pendants, not with an 8' 2" ceiling height. What would be the point? Perhaps one somewhere, but I'm looking as wall sconces which are up-lights and then some under-shelf lighting. Won't have any upper cabs to speak of, you know.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 11:10PM
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Beautiful! I was one who did not like the jar-like light fixtures. Now I see that the stairway is going down, so the lights are not going to shine in eyes of people walking down the stairs, and that there is a header going all the way between the kitchen and the living room that blocks the lights from view. Those two factors help a lot when it comes to not having to suffer the glare from the two lights. I think you will not have the problems with them that I anticipated, and they do give you the good light in this space that you wanted without hanging down, which I know you did not like. Good for you for sticking to what you thought would work best.

Your renovations are so extensive that your house will likely feel brand new. The clean white and gray of marble in the baths, white and black tile in the dining room, white and gray in the kitchen, and gray wall in the living room are all so clean a palate! Your decorating options are endless. I like the deep terra cotta color of the walls in the kitchen, it ties the color of the fireplace bricks into the decor. Have you chosen a color for the new wood outside yet? I like the farthest right panel for the main color and the blue-gray to its left for the ceiling of the porch. My second choice is the color on the furthest left. It may go better with the roof color than my first choice. Which color have you chosen?

Thanks for the in-progress pictures!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 1:50AM
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Moccasins, I originally was asking about opinions on the lights back in January. Most people didn't like them because the lights might glare into people's eyes or that they would be too industrial. I thought I would go for it because they were only $10. I thought if I didn't like them or that they didn't go with the rest of the design, I would just switch them out.

Nancy, here is a more finished picture of the front with the photo shopped door. It will have dentil molding. Our roof is a very light grey. It matches the stone on the columns. I think. Lol! It is so difficult to tell with the big container in the way!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 5:40PM
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kitchen_maman, it all looks amazing. I'm in your area and need to find a contractor to redo our galley kitchen and 2 bathrooms. Are you happy with the firm you used? Can you give me any sense of where they fall in the budget spectrum? I'll need to do a bit of finagling of an interior wall, so I need to find someone capable of dealing with the permits and figuring out the structural stuff even for this project. Plus we will probably do a MBR/MBA addition in a few years, so I'd love to find good contractors who can help us gradually improve the house. Yours looks so spectacular now, congratulations!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 7:39PM
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Yeah ! Your kitchen is turning out GORGEOUS--the FLOOR the MARBLE COUNTERS the SINK. the marble counters...

Was your marble floor difficult to install or should I say more difficult than porcelain tiles ? I don't even know why I'm asking since I put down porcelain and wouldn't have been allowed to use marble...
The lights are "super cute". Can you show a closeup of the chandelier--that's the black/white right ?

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 10:48PM
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Yes, I noticed how the roof matched the stone on the columns. I have a similar roof on my previous house. The color you chose for the front goes very well with the stone.

BTW, I meant "palette," as in painter's palette, not "palate," like gourmand's palate in my post!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 11:14PM
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ERL, is it the hall chancy you wanted a bigger picture? I think it is dark bronze color. We also have two matching flush, one for the entry and one in the hall by the two bedrooms.

I think these might be too dark. I will have to get a morning picture when sunlight is flooding that staircase.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 3:04PM
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Just wandered over here from kitchens and whoa, what a lot of work but you are making really good progress! We're into year 2 of the same thing... uhhhh. Lots of work but it's looking great!

What counter do you have in your kitchen?

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 4:22AM
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Deedles, we used a marble simply called white Venato. I think it is beautiful. Gosh, you have some stamina! I am completely worn down after 6 months.

Today, my tile guy flacked on us. He refused to put up my arabesque tile. He said it was for "floors and bathrooms". I am on my second glass of port.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 6:26PM
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maman; I am drooling ! what a beautiful place !
can't wait to see the finale'. enjoy your port!!

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 11:13PM
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How can he refuse? That's really strange that he'd feel strongly enough about it to refuse? Maybe you should how him a pic of Bee's kitchen...

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 7:55AM
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I think maybe he was just tired. I was told he has a anew baby and an illness in the family. Strange. I arrived home today and he did it. And I think it looks fabulous! He underestimated himself maybe.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 7:58PM
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erm not to be a pest but ....photos please. (when you get a chance) :)

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 10:35PM
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yeah. What eatrealfood said...


    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 8:37AM
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Oh wow ... that is looking absolutely amazing! LOVE that kitchen and the floors (everywhere) are wonderful. You must be so happy with how it's coming together.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 10:07PM
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Hey everyone! I am getting closer! I just posted my finished kitchen over in the kitchen forum. We are still putting everything together and cleaning. Lots and lots of cleaning! I will post more of the house here when we have more finished!

Here is a link that might be useful: My finished kitchen and dining room

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:14AM
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mama goose_gw zn6OH

I found your thread in kitchens first. Just want to say again, how much I love your beautiful, vintage-style kitchen. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 2:10PM
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Oops posted to the wrong place

This post was edited by kitchen_maman on Mon, May 6, 13 at 18:10

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 6:08PM
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