The Great Kitchen Remodel Part 3: Crafting a Kitchen
Third Installment on the Remodel of the Live Pretty Family Kitchen
After starting the process and finding a contractor, now it was time to get the kitchen workspace I’ve always wanted. We began a decision process to make that happen. I had to consider my needs in the kitchen, how often I cook and the type of cooking I do, my family size, the amount of entertaining we do, and how often. I also wanted to balance the look of the appliances, counter tops, cabinets, and floor.
In making my kitchen design match my life style, I knew I needed to make my kitchen beautiful and practical, safe and comfortable. It needed to be energy efficient, have multiple work stations and meet my needs today as well as in the future. I knew the open concept life style was important to us. Lighting is a real benefit to the practical use of the space as well as adding aesthetic value; so beautiful lighting was also important.
Then, I had to decide on what would be known as the WOW factor, that point in the kitchen that would catch everyone’s attention and have them literally say, “WOW” when they walked into the room. I realized early on that not everything in the kitchen was a “wow”. Some design elements needed to just blend in and coordinate. In recognizing that the granite we picked had definite “design strength”. So, therefore, I let the granite be my “wow.”
Suggestions from the family when making our choices were welcomed. Even Mufasa made his contribution.
The cabinets and floor blended in nicely and the glass backsplash coordinated and added a little “sparkle” to the room. We had chosen stainless steel appliances. All of those elements didn’t compete but worked well together, so the work then began to finalize the cabinet and appliance placement in the space.
Cabinets and their placement was a real challenge for me. Types of cabinets, sizes, existing walls, open doorways, eat-in area all needed to work together. But, how? Several designs were discussed, but neither Steve nor I were excited about anything we came up with. Then a thought hit me…a picture I saw in a magazine of one kitchen wall I just loved. All I needed to do was show Steve that magazine photo; his eyes began to sparkle, a big smile came across his face. This man was going to sell a lot of cabinets and make both of us very happy. I could almost hear his designing brain work. In a few minutes with the aid of a computer design program, he had it.
We chose this design with excitement.
Choosing this design meant taking down a supporting wall. Therefore, a general contractor with access to an architect needed to be hired. SSCI Home Renovations of Oviedo, FL and owner, Jerry Droski, were suggested by Steven’s Kitchens. SSCI was hired after our first meeting and written proposals were received. We had a plan. Was I nervous? Sure I was. So was Reddy K, but we signed the papers. We were off and running in our new adventure. A supporting wall would be eliminated, ceramic tile floors would be broken up and removed, the old cabinets and lighting would be thrown away. Appliances would all be gone.
Our kitchen would look like this at 8 AM and …
We would temporarily give access of our home to the contractor and move in with daughter Katherine. This process would take 6-8 weeks. These guys were gutting out kitchen space back to the original walls. Our house would become a construction zone. And, we were ready.
… like this at 4PM at the end of the first day.