I spent some time going through the archives from 2014. I was putting together a parade of quilts I made that year. Let me say it took me forever to get through it all. It was the year we remodeled the house. If you want to see a real live makeover of a foreclosure house, go through the archives of 2014. The ENTIRE YEAR was spent working on this house. There is an archive button on the right hand column of the blog. You can click to 2014 and have a look it you’d like.
I was so happy to find this picture. It was of my old kitchen and shows the portion of the house that we took off. The kitchen was small and terribly laid out.
If you’re new here Kramer and I bought a foreclosure house in 2013 and spent all of 2014 remodeling it. We moved in with it unfinished in 2015.
We knew from the moment we looked at the house that the kitchen would get a remodel.
If you look at the picture you can see studs where the shovel is leaning. There was a wall there with a small door into the room.
Left in the picture was a terrible small bathroom and a closed in back porch with a washer and dryer. To get to the bathroom, we had to go into the porch. It was all pretty shoddy. It had been a rental house for some time and owners made small improvements but none were really done the way the house deserved.
There was so much fuss over the new kitchen and layout. I remember really struggling with it all. I had wondered if we would ever come up with a plan.
I drew things out by hand. I knew this was my one and only chance to pick and choose what I wanted. I wanted it to be done right.
The architect originally put together something I really didn’t like for this area…like a laundry area right next to the door with no door. NOPE. That would never have worked.
I did so much “cutting and pasting”. I made copies of the plans, cut them all apart, and moved pieces around. I did it for hours and hours. I’m so glad I did as now living in the house, I can see I would have hated features of the original plan. This is… the area that was added on. It’s 20 x 24. My sewing room is above part of this.
So many people told me I was crazy to want that long window in the kitchen. I had a blog reader be rude to me about it. I had another reader tell me “the kitchen you are putting in is the same kind of kitchen she and her husband rip out all the time” as they were remodelers. UGH. Seriously, of all the comments about my kitchen that were made, criticizing me for the tall window was in the top comments. There were so many outcrys that I should make the cabinets turn and put in a lazy susan.
This is how my kitchen turned out. We have trim up now and a fix on the trim over the sink. We have a fan above the stove.
We didn’t have a cabinet maker make an island. We did this instead.
There is that window….The one so many told me not to put in.
I was told I would regret it.
I don’t. I never have. Every time I look at the window I smile. I am so happy that I didn’t listen to anyone and instead did just what I thought was best for me.
That window is used all of the time. It lets so much light into my kitchen. I have childcare kids and grandkids there all of the time. They are always looking out that window. Sure, I could have had more cabinets but seriously, I don’t need anymore.
In the end…to date, there really is nothing that I regret of would change of all the things we did except, I would have put more lighting in the kitchen. The electrician omitted one light that we requested. It was just a mistake on their part. We ended up doing something else and that’s okay. I would have added can lighting though. At the time they suggested it but Kramer and I didn’t want a modern look…now, modern or not, I wish I had more lighting in the kitchen.
Every single day I walk into the kitchen I am still loving it. Women all the time fantasize about their dream kitchen. Mine is exactly what I have but with more lighting.
Looking back on this has made me realize that of all the people that know me, I know me best. I know that sounds silly but I’m a person that has long second guessed myself. Seeing that tall window, remembering the criticism I got for it, in the end, after much fretting, I did what I thought was right for me and I did know best what I wanted…and it turned out perfectly-for me. I know it’s not for everyone, and that’s perfectly okay.
I need to remember, I know me best… It’s good to consider othe opinions, but in the end I really do know me best. I need to be more confident in myself more often.
So that’s what happened along my way of trying to put together a post of the quilts of 2014. I did get that done. I’ll be featuring that tomorrow.