The last few weeks have been hard, sorting what can be cleaned and what needs to be replaced. The contractors also demowed the kitchen down to the studs to remove the fire damage. Looking at the empty room, I think we turned a corner. the house is completely empty,so it's easier to see the new possibilities. We can look back at how we actually live in our house, and imagine a future where it is working better for the family we are now. Looking at the floor plan, trying to squeeze more counter space in, i realized the kitchen doesn't have to even stay a kitchen! the new cabinets could go anywhere that scared my husband and the kids a little, but i was pretty excited, so we measured up the house, and i drew a larger plan.
the room all the way to the left was the kitchen, now that shifts to the middle of the house where it connects with the dining area. I am claiming the playroom all the way to the right as my new living room. we had added it on when the kids were in preschool. at 11 and 13, they are more into video games than toys, so the playroom was more of a micellaneaous junkroom, even though it's the biggest room in the house....Then that room back at the front (den/ study?) gets the piano, a computer desk, maybe the elliptical.......i'm not sure what to call that room yet. lots of details to work out yet, but the contractor and electrician say it a good idea. we're basically mirroring the kitchen from one side of a wall to another,so we aren't making plumbing changes,or moving walls. we haven't got a timeline yet, but we're hoping about 10 weeks from now before we are home again.
NEW KITCHEN LAYOUT
PERSPECTIVE DRAWING OF KITCHEN