I thought I would wait to do serious remodel pics until things were done, and I could do these snazzy big reveals or something, but things are...a long way from done, and I'm sitting at home, antsy, excluded, picking raisins out of our wicker benches while Jacob spends his spare time working on a dream of ours. So. I've decided you all get to come along for the ride.
This is the Remodel from my Seat. The Pinterest Seat.
Like virtually every ranch house in Houston, our's is a wide, single story rectangle. (Yay architecture!) The kitchen in the house was tucked back in a corner.
The kitchen was walled off from the dining/living area. It was like a little cave. Old creaky cabinets that stuffed up into furdowns that felt like they were all going to fall in on you. We decided to open up the whole thing. When we purchased the house we knew we'd have to replace the appliances, but we hoped we'd be able to keep the cabinetry, if we could just replace the doors. But instead we went the way of most overeager remodelers and our kitchen that used to look like this:
now looks like this:
But really it's OK. It's like a Tabula Rasa with a Gas Hook Up.
So now we're left to make all these design decisions. And that mostly means Jacob and me arguing and my brothers attempting to keep the peace. But here are some of our/my pinspired photos.
We're going to go mostly white. The cabinetry will be white. The backsplash will be subway. I'm thinking our subway grout will be a light gray. I like a little more definition over straight white grout, but I prefer it faint. We will have some open shelving. We'll probably use some old oak shelving that Jacob scored when doing work on a century old house in Galveston.
We will also put in an island. I grew up with a big island in my parents' kitchen and I'm very pro island if you have the floor space. We barely have the floor space, but we're gonna make it happen.
The biggest discussion is COUNTERTOPS
Right now we have a bit of battle going on between Quartz and Butcher Block. The biggest talking points are price and durability. I love the look of butcher block, but I'm a little nervous about upkeep especially since we might very well lease this house out someday. The quartz is more expensive but will stay looking nice without us ever having to oil it or sand it down. We're also considering a blend. The island in butcher block perhaps? Change it up and have a segment of butcher block countertop right next to the stove? I would love to hear your countertop thoughts.