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Maddox Kitchen | Demolition + Inspiration

April 12, 2017

In the last post I addressed some of the initial changes we made to the kitchen since we’ve moved in. Namely, removing the wall that divided the kitchen from the dining area, removing the oil-furnace chimney that was in the closet, installing a beam to support the weight of that wall, tearing up the old linoleum and refinishing the floors. You can read that post here, and the post about refinishing our floors here.

We’ve since started demo and the bank of cabinets are gone. We now have a wall of plastic between us and the construction which has already made items like letting the dog out and switching over our laundry a challenge. One must now be dressed to let the dog out the front of the house and you have to walk all the way around the house, down the stairs and into the basement to switch over the laundry -as I write this I am procrastinating on doing at least one of these things.

Demolition Progress

First Nick and Ryan took off all the doors because Nick plans on salvaging these cabinets for his shop – fortunetly they came out in pretty decent shape. They started by pulling out each of the uppers and then moved on to the lowers.
  
 So glad we didn’t replace that window we had to break back in September… Quick story: We realized after leaving for a weekend trip that upon both of us running back into the house to grab items we forgot we left the keys to the house sitting on the table and promptly locked ourselves out. The upside to remodeling your house is that you don’t feel particularly bad about breaking a window you plan on replacing in a few months.
  
Crazy how just taking off some of the uppers gives an idea of how open the space will be. Keep scrolling for our plans of what this wall will be!
And the wall is clear! The plans for this wall are a long 16′ countertop with a wall of three side-by-side windows and a tiled back wall.

Kitchen Inspiration

Devol Kitchens

I love how airy this feels with the dark lower cabinets and the white wall with windows above. I decided against upper cabinets because as a fairly short person I can never reach anything on the top shelf of my cabinets, I was forever climbing on top of the counter to grab an item from the pantry. It seemed silly to design a kitchen where I’d continue to participate in poor choices like climbing on the counter – plus what would I tell my kids if they started doing the same… Welp, won’t have to worry about that. No uppers for us here.

One of the items we bought immediately after buying the house was the farmhouse sink for the kitchen. Someone had a huge fireclay single-basin one for sale in Ravenna (another one of my craigslist finds!) which was the EXACT model I’d been looking for. So we snagged it! And subsequently it’s been sitting in our garage for the last 1.5 years.

Having a single basin sink was important to me because we wash lots of pots and its pretty frustrating to try and clean a huge stock pot in one side of a small sink. Additionally, we’re soon going to have a little one that we’ll probably bathe in it. That’s a win-win in my book. Did I mention it was a steal? Nick looked online to find the specs for our cabinet maker and the same sink now retails for over 4x what we paid for it.

Devol Kitchens

If you haven’t checked out DEVOL Cabinetry in the UK, do yourself a favor and find them. They make the most beautiful kitchens and have this beautiful hutch style that I love. You have a little ledge to put things, but you also get to have some upper cabinets that resemble built-ins. Our kitchen will have three of these sections – one on either side of the fridge with glass doors to house dishes and items we don’t use often, and then one left of the stove which will serve as our pantry. The pantry one will have pull-out drawers so nothing gets forgotten at the back of the cabinet.

We won’t be doing dark tile – I’m opting to use a version of the textured tile we used in the bathroom. But we will have light countertops, some kind of quartz. Initially we plan on substituting butcher block until we can afford the beautiful stone counter tops my dreams are made of.

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