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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kitchen Renovation

When we first started our renovation, the kitchen was hands-down the place that we needed to start! We jumped right in and started tearing out cabinets and removing walls. In fact, I don't have a single before picture. So some of the "wow" factor may be a little bit lost since I can't show you where we started at. 
When we started designing how we wanted our renovations to play out, we knew that we wanted clean lines, semi-neutral colors (whites, grey, black, and blues), and lots of metal. We don't have a  specific 'theme' to the house. Our main goal was to be sure to use things that we truly love! So we've ended up with a mix of a modern farmhouse/industrial styled home. 
As far as the kitchen goes, we knew that it would be the main room in the house. We opened up the kitchen, breakfast area, and living room to be one big area. We love to have family meals, invite our friends and family over and just enjoy each others' company. To increase our available kitchen space, we enclosed a hallway to create a large pantry and opened up a laundry room, closet, and existing pantry to become part of the kitchen. 

Once everything was opened up, we were able to really get our cabinet design finalized. We wanted to maximize storage space and utilize the majority of the middle for an island. Our vision was for the island to be surrounded by friends and family enjoying each other's company whether that be our family dinners or parties or Saturday morning breakfast! The process was long and arduous. But it was absolutely worth it! Our kitchen is definitely the focal point of the house. It is the most amazing spot to gather around and chat. We've spent countless hours sitting in the barstools mulling over life and goals and spending time with friends. There is great flow that allows you to be in the kitchen, but still heavily involved in what may be going on in the living room and breakfast area.  

The paint colors are HGTV by Sherwin Williams from Lowe's.
walls- Latitude (HGSW1446)
main island- Raven Wing (HGSW1442)
wall cabinets- Noreaster

All of our cabinets were designed, manufactured, painted and installed by Toby Trice at Woodcraft Unlimited. Our hardware was also purchased through Woodcraft. Toby is local to us and was a breeze to work with. Our cabinets have upheld their quality and awesome appearance despite all of the battering that they get. 

Granite was cut and installed by Artistic Granite and Cabinet Designs, LLC. Ryan is also a great guy who is local to us. He made the process of picking out granite and having it installed so easy. The Viscount White granite that we chose is SO BEAUTIFUL! It has the most wonderful detail. They cut the pieces exactly as I asked so to maximize the gorgeous black swirls. Our countertops have held up better than we could have hoped! They still look gorgeous a year into using them. 

We have been so pleased with the quality of all of the work that was done, except the tile. While we love our tile, it wasn't laid properly. We have experienced a lot of loose grout and several popped or cracked tiles. Unfortunately, the best way to fix this is to remove the tile and have it done over again. The tile is still beautiful! There are just some little flaws. So some advice would be to really double check your contractors. Look at multiple references and see the actual property. We did try to cut cost doing the tile and it has not been beneficial to us. 

All of our appliances were purchased through Lowe's. We chose a gas stovetop by Samsung for our island. Our dishwasher and refrigerator are also by Samsung. I will link those as well. Some Samsung products didn't have the greatest reviews. As we researched and asked our family/friends, we found that those were the products that were considered more builder grade. We went with a higher end level of appliance and have loved them. We have not had a single issue with any of our appliances.
For our oven, we chose a Bosch product that is a double oven/microwave combination. The top door is the microwave that doubles as a smaller oven. We did decide to go with stainless steel on all of our appliances. They do show finger and handprints despite their marketings, but we love the look still!
Samsung Premium Plus stovetop

Samsung 4-Door Flex w/ Food Showcase
 Our refrigerator is a flex unit, meaning that the bottom doors can both be freezers or switched to refrigerator. We also have the Food Showcase which we have enjoyed for drinks, creamers, and things we use very often.
Samsung WaterWall Built-in Dishwasher
 The dishwasher that we chose has a WaterWall that helps get dishes even cleaner and rinsed well. It operates at only 42 decibels so it is incredibly quiet. 

Bosch Self-cleaning Microwave Wall Oven Combo

We have truly loved every aspect of our kitchen design! We are so thrilled with the way everything turned out and have enjoyed it so much. It was worth every bit of hard work and budget splurging to get it exactly how we want it! 

We truly love our kitchen! I hope that you've gained some inspiration from it as well. Our hope and desire is that we would have many years of memories that fill this space! 

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