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Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 | 8 comments

Kitchen Renovation: Best Decision I Ever Made!

Kitchen Renovation: Best Decision I Ever Made!

Soon I think you’ll start to see a theme with my posts.  We have literally been spending the past 4 years slooooowly renovating our whole house.  When we moved in it was bare bones, no one had lived there for quite a while and there weren’t any working appliances.  Though I would have like the kitchen to be our first project, we were young, had just bought our first house and were pregnant.  We decided instead to finish our basement and turn it into a rec room and do some other repairs around the house.  My husband promised me we would renovate the kitchen the next summer. Well, two years passed and FINALLY we found a contractor who told us he could tear down the wall between our kitchen and dining room and remove the ducts for a budget well below what ALL the other contractors had given us quotes for.  So we left for a week and a half that summer while they tore apart our kitchen and...

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Posted by on Jul 6, 2011 | 5 comments

From Vintage to Victorious

From Vintage to Victorious

When Chris and Mary Denby purchased their duplex in February 2007, renovations were the last thing on their mind — four days after moving in, their second child was born. After getting settled and making a list of home improvement priorities, they decided a major kitchen overhaul was not on the top of their to-do list. The kitchen was original to the house and in need of serious updating, so they added new appliances and a dishwasher for the time-being. Four years later, and after other home improvement projects had been completed (new bathroom in the basement, refinished floors, painting, etc.), they decided it was time to tackle the kitchen. The kitchen’s metal cabinets wouldn’t close and some were barely hanging onto the walls. The awkward layout coupled with a lack of storage/counter space made cooking extremely frustrating. As Mary described it, the appliances “swallowed the room.” So here are a few before shots of their vintage kitchen. Note the minimal storage and the counter above the dishwasher held up...

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