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Meet the Parents (and their amazing kitchen remodel)

We are living life in a state of flux - out of our old house, yet not moved into our new one.  Where are we?  Back to my roots, living with the 'rents.  Yep, my entire family of five has temporarily set up shop at my childhood home.  So, since I don't yet have my new house to feature (although I have mentally moved in and have begun the decorating process), I figured I would share my mom's fantastic kitchen remodel.  It's truly a spectacular transformation.

My parents live in a 1980's era tri-level home that is great for growing families.  Yet, the kitchen just didn't work.  I don't know what people were thinking with some of the features.  Drop ceiling, flourescent lighting, pass-through areas vs. open, light filled spaces that cry out for parties and family gatherings.  But, it is what it is, right?  When we moved here, I was in 6th grade and just LOVED this house.  I have a lot of great memories here, but was definitely glad to see the old kitchen GO.  (And even happier that I didn't have to live through the remodel). :-)

Be sure to click on the photos if you want to see a larger image.  Especially the "after" shots.

80's Kitchen - Before:

U-shaped kitchen, complete with oak cabinets and drop-ceiling

Another view - you can see through to the family room here

Separate breakfast room area
Another view of the breakfast room

Construction begins...  This is the entire kitchen/breakfast room space, with wall and drop ceiling removed.  Ahhh, what a difference the opened up space makes!

Kitchen/breakfast area opened up.  You can see the mark on the floor where the footprint of the U-shaped kitchen used to be.

Another view - looking in to where the breakfast room used to be.
Kitchen view with window looking out to screened porch.

A work in progress - same view as above with base cabinets in place.

Kitchen progress - looking towards the family room.  You can see the pass-through space is no more.  That was opened up as well.

Finished product - view of kitchen with window that looks out to the screened porch.

WOW!  What an open space!  It's like square footage has been added to the house.  All usable space.

Fridge space that was added by dipping into garage space.

A built-in space with added functionality that sits to the left of the fridge.

In review - to fully appreciate the transformation, here is another picture before the remodel:

And the amazing AFTER:
A view from the family room into the new kitchen.

Again, BEFORE (from the opposite end of the kitchen):

A view from the old breakfast nook space into the new, open kitchen space.

My parents have since added a new table and chairs as well as a tile backsplash, but you can see what an incredible change this kitchen remodel is.   Now that the construction is over, they are enjoying every bit of it.


The Bank Has Accepted Your Offer

I can't think of six words that have made me this happy in a long time!  I have been quiet for awhile because I've been uber-busy packing up our house, since we close on October 20th.  Honestly, it's been kind of a sad process for me, since we've had so many wonderful memories in the house.  Moving is very bittersweet, that's for sure.  Especially once the house starts looking "empty".  While everyone else is decorating for fall, I have been taking pictures off the wall, packing up closets and having a garage sale.  Quite frankly, it's depressing.

To make matters worse, up until today, we didn't have a firm idea of where we were moving.  We put in an offer on a short sale, and have been waiting, waiting, waiting.  As my oldest son so aptly said, "Moving kind of stinks when you don't have a house to move into."  AMEN.  So, we've been packing up, getting ready to put our stuff in storage and are planning on moving in with my parents.  Yes, a family of five, moving in with my parents.  I love my parents, don't get me wrong, but I also love having my own space.  My own bed.  My own house. 

But today, we received word that the banks has accepted our offer!!  I'm overjoyed!  If all things go as planned, we could be in our new house within a month.  I have mentally moved in to this house already, planning my paint colors, room arrangements, redecorating, and I can't wait to get in there and get to work!!

So, even though we haven't closed yet, I'm going to give you a photo of what is to be our new house.  Our final house, as I don't want to move again anytime soon!

Our new home
So, bear with me as I go through this crazy moving process.  I feel my depression lifting now that we have gotten this good news today, and I feel my creative juices starting to flow again as I plan how our family will live in this house and make it our home.