We started with a tired old kitchen that was badly in need of updating.
A key to the new design is to open up the space between the kitchen and the dining room, by removing some walls and moving the china cabinet a few feet to the right.
But as luck would have it, they were structural walls, so the guys had to put in some new engineered beams (LVLs) to distribute the weight from above. They started with a temporary wall, to handle the load while they installed the beams.
Then they lifted the new beams into place. They're big and heavy, so it was quite a production. After that, the temp wall came down.
And now that they're in place, look how open the space is!!!
And as a reference, here's what it looked like 'before', looking towards the front of the house..
We knew from the start that this would be a galley style kitchen, but we still wanted to create a space for a couple of stools, so the chef can chat with the family! We also wanted lots of storage and some open shelving. After a couple of passes, we came up with this design.
It leaves the sink near the windows, so there is a lot of natural light. And we have a cooking centre on the opposite wall. Best of all, there is lots and lots of storage space!
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I'm excited about the pendant over the sink - it is a very cool chicken wire and glass fixture from Nicola's Home. And we're trying something new this time. Next to the windows, we will install open shelving.
Last, but not least, we'll refinish the original birch floors.
I can't wait to see this kitchen turn into reality - but of course we're a long way from that day!!!