I TOLD you I wouldn’t leave you hanging too long after our last kitchen update post. Things seem to be happening fast now (it’s about time), and it’s so exciting to see things start to come together!
Last time we left you off with this concrete kitchen hole situation.
There was a trench around the outside of this basement that needed to be filled. We lovingly referred to it as ‘THE MOAT’, because with all the rain we got in September, it had a surprising amount of muddy water in it.
Before the framers could come in, we needed to get this filled to prevent casualties. So Nick rented a skid loader for the day and moved some dirt and gravel. He couldn’t have done it without his sidekick though.
It was a glorious day when that lumber truck appeared and dropped of all that sweet smelling pine. HELLO FUTURE KITCHEN! My new best friends showed up and started wrapping that dank basement with studs, and I could faintly hear some angels singing in the distance.
Originally, we were planning to have our workshop below the kitchen, but since it’s going to have an open staircase up to the kitchen, we didn’t want to worry about sawdust floating up, or suuuuuper loud tools interrupting conversations (I’m looking at you router). So instead, we’re going to use the large room in the basement that has the fireplace as our wood shop, and we’ll use this room below the basement as a family room / overflow play area for when we’re entertaining.
FLOOR JOISTS NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD.
That pic above is looking through the living room window into what will be the kitchen. It’s fun to think about how this window will eventually be a doorway connecting the living room and kitchen together!
I know a lot of parents don’t let their kids run in the house, but one of my favorite memories as a child was playing ‘Daddy’s After Us’ and running around the ‘circle’ in my childhood home. It’s important to me that our home have a ‘circle’ for the kids to run. And it seemed like a no-brainer to connect the kitchen and main living area anyways. #commonsense
Before long, my kitchen walls were taking shape! This is when it really started feeling REAL! I can actually walk around my kitchen and imagine where my island and appliances will be. Is it weird that I’m already picturing all the memories that will take place in this room?
Here you can see where they’re attaching the kitchen addition to the garage via a decent-sized mudroom!
As it stands today, the walls are up and have Tyvek on them. The roof is done but still needs the roofing guy to come and put on the waterproof roofing business, at which point the framers will come back and put in windows, doors, and stairs to the basement.
WE’RE SO CLOSE to having an enclosed space!
And it’s a good thing, because November.
The plan is to finish off the exterior to perfectly echo the same architectural style as the sunroom ‘solarium’ that you can see off to the right in this pic.
We’ve been working with the Iowa Kitchen Company (not sponsored) and nailing down our kitchen layout and finishes. We love the plan for the lonnnng L-shaped counter and massive island that will seat 5.
Here are side views facing west and south. Y’all, those are 10 FOOT CEILINGS!
The plan is for the cabinets to be maple, and the island to be a navy blue. The countertops will be white quartz with some gray veining. The flooring will be a medium gray-tone tile (heated!), and faucets and hardware will be gold! Here’s a little graphic I whipped up so you can see all the finishes together. I love how it all looks as a group!
We’re teaming up with Artistic Tile for the backsplash because I’m SO OBSESSED with their unique patterns of tile. Seriously, go look at the options on their site. I really want the backsplash to be the statement in this kitchen… the conversation starter if you will.
I’m having a hard time deciding between two of their patterns, and I need your advice!
The first one is called Blue Note Circles and I love the variation of different blue tones and how it would pull the navy blue of the island in with the rest of the kitchen for perfect cohesiveness!
Here’s a pic of it in a different colorway so you can see the sizing of the circles. So fun, right? Can you picture it in the blue?
The other option I love is called Tamborine Traps and has such a fun / quirky quality about it. It also has the variation of blue tones too! Although I’m not sure if it will come across too dark. Thoughts? There’s going to be a couple places where the backsplash will go all the way up to the ceiling, so keep that in mind!
Here’s a pic of it installed, again, in another colorway. It helps to be able to see the scale and be able to better picture it in place.
Below is a rough rendering from our designer that shows the layout of the kitchen. There are a lot of things it’s still missing in this pic, and the range hood will be totally different, but nonetheless you can see how significant the backsplash area will be and how it goes all the way to the ceiling. There’s a part on the left that you can’t see where the backsplash will go all the way up too.
I put together a collage for each pattern showing it with the other finishes in the room. WHICH IS YOUR FAVE? Please comment below!
These decisions are so hard, and feel like such a huge important matter! PLEASE HELP! Tell me which one is your fave below in the comments to help us decide!
Below are links to posts that we’ve published about our ‘new’ house and it’s progress!