When your remodel spills over into other rooms

This is part of our ongoing series following a Kitchen Warehouse customer’s kitchen and bath remodel project. See the others here.

New wiring for switchless lights

Our new lighting system requires a more complex wiring system. This one is in a closet.

When you start planning your kitchen remodel, don’t forget to consider rooms and other things next to the kitchen that may affect your remodel – like adjacent living rooms, closets, windows, doors or other items you are going to want to adjust to match your new kitchen.

In my case, the flooring throughout the bottom floor, the windows and doors in the living room and dining room are all shared with the kitchen now that the dividing wall have been removed.

 

 

wiring built in surround sound, and lighting remote system

The wiring for the surround sound and lighting has affected all stages of the remodel.

In addition, we decided to add surround sound to our attached living room and controlled lighting throughout the bottom floor since the controller could control the sound system and the lighting. We also opted for upgraded LED lighting in the kitchen with a dimmer switch.

This sent us on a learning curve that meant adjusting the lighting and speakers and needing a furniture plan way before we thought it would be necessary.

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The Bathroom

This is part of our ongoing series following a Kitchen Warehouse customer’s kitchen and bath remodel project. See the others here.

We needed a second shower so we did not have to get so many people in and out of a single bathroom in the morning. When my boys were young they did not mind taking a shower at night but these days they insist on feeling woken up with a morning shower – and that is a bit too much hustle with just one shower.

We also decided to match the modern cabinets we chose for the kitchen with the bathroom vanity, since it is just off the kitchen. We added stainless steel pulls and then went tile shopping for a modern tile, back splash and accent glass to create an art piece out of our very small bathroom that would soon be a full bath instead of a ½ bath with our new frameless shower. The boys were going to love it. Of course right now all we can really see was wall studs the rest is in our imagination. You will have to wait on the after shots but here are some before and in progress.

 

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Window Dilemma

This is part of our ongoing series following a Kitchen Warehouse customer’s kitchen and bath remodel project. See the others here.

After figuring out flooring, the next thing I realized was that we had vinyl white windows in the kitchen and three wood windows in the dining room, which we were planning on replacing with vinyl sliders. However, our living room windows were black aluminum (not my choice – I inherited them), which were going to stick out like a sore thumb. In addition, we realized our south wall would also need a new window, since it had one that was black as well.

Here are some pictures of our windows, mid-remodel.

On the spot, we decided we needed to match the windows with vinyl on all windows and one wood one on the front to match our door. Our contractor Denny was great in helping us figure out what venting we would want on the windows.

Now our new kitchen, dining room and living room were going to have new windows and ventilation – and be wonderful all the way through the house. This is an example of how a kitchen and bath remodel can affect other rooms in your home. It is also an example of how lucky we were to have a skilled general contractor referred by The Kitchen Warehouse who could handle the windows and other rooms, in addition to the kitchen and bath.

 

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Flooring

This is part of our ongoing series following a Kitchen Warehouse customer’s kitchen and bath remodel project. See the others here.

The very first thing that I noticed was how much larger my rooms looked without the dividing wall there. Our new kitchen was going to be really open and I was excited about the space we would have when we entertained. Now that we had one larger room uninterrupted we were not willing to cut it up with different floor patterns or materials.

When it came to our flooring choice, we were trying to figure out the best material for the kitchen and keep our old timey oak hardwood floors in the dining room and living room. After looking at the cost to refinish our floors, change our kitchen tile floor to something that would match, and some kind of transition given the layout of our cabinets that came into the dinning room, we realized the cost to keep it hardwood throughout was not much more. We decided to choose a maple red stained hardwood floor throughout. It looked great next to our cabinets and left the old timey look of oak behind.

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Tearing down the wall!

This is part of our ongoing series following a Kitchen Warehouse customer’s kitchen and bath remodel project. See the others here.

Our first surprise in our remodel came when the teardown happened. Our contractor, Denny Christo from Westchester, had his crew come to the house and tear everything down in one day. Without the wall boards, the rooms look completely different when you are looking at studs. So I highly recommend you take photos of your home once you remove all the furniture – it keeps your room perspective throughout your building phase.

Here’s what it looked like before (after pictures to come!):

Dining Room Wall to Tear Down

View of wall from dining room

Living Room with wall to tear down

View of wall from living room

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Kitchen Remodel Wish List

This is part of our ongoing series following a Kitchen Warehouse customer’s kitchen and bath remodel project. See the others here.

After hiring Glen from The Kitchen Warehouse in Los Angeles, my husband and I met with the contractor that he’d recommended to define and estimate our remodel. Check out our old kitchen in the gallery below – Ewww! We made a wish list and reviewed the impact of those items on our budget and our lives. Here’s that list:

  • Move non-weight bearing wall between kitchen and dining room to create one large open space, opening up the entire floor plan from the living room to the kitchen.
  • Create staging areas for guests throughout the space that allow for snacking for the kids and a place for the adults to gather and spread our parties out.
  • Expand my dining room to accommodate up to 10 people
  • Increase the storage space under stairs into a functional closet that complements the dining room
  • Add shower to half-bathroom and create new vanity/countertop space
  • Increase my storage with a sleek European frameless cabinet kitchen
  • Increase the size of our kitchen and maximize countertop space to allow room for two cooks
  • Find a space for large cooking items like a Panini maker and blender that do not take up my counter space.
  • Increase number of cabinets to hold all my specialty cooking and washer/dryer supplies and any towels we need for the new shower in the bathroom
  • Add functional, specialized storage space to accommodate our recycle, large pans, and increased storage we need for food items as our boys grow into men.
  • Improve our lighting in the kitchen, dining room and the living room as well.
  • Keep the outdoor patio views in the kitchen and continue to bring the outdoors inside where possible.
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