The last post left off right when we were about to dig into the kitchen/family room side of the house. This is where some of the biggest changes to the house are taking place, so I hope you’ll enjoy this little tour!
Okay, so here’s the original view from the living room looking into the kitchen through that tiny doorway:
Somehow the space started looking more open the second demo commenced.
We opened up the wall dramatically, so the two rooms feel open to one another even though we stole a large chunk of the kitchen for a new bathroom! The bathroom is all of that framing that you see on the right-hand side of the photo below.
We were fortunate that an existing window fit perfectly into the new bathroom (which serves the fourth bedroom/office). You can (kind of) see below how the new bathroom is laid out – there’s a small closet on the far left of the foreground, then a pretty good-sized shower in the corner, the vanity is on the right, and the toilet (not pictured) is right next to where I was standing when I took this photo. Hopefully I’ll get you some better pics. :)
Back into the kitchen, this is how it used to look:
And after demo:
You can see how the bowling alley effect was minimized once the new bathroom was framed in.
Looking the other way, the kitchen used to flow into a breakfast nook with a powder bath at the very end. The garage conversion was accessed through the door at the very end, and the door on the left led outside.
The powder room bit the dust and the wall between the family room (the former garage conversion) was taken out – I love it so much more now!
You can also see how we started framing in the new laundry room! It just makes so much sense here (and it also gets the laundry out of the family room – so weird). But I’ll come back to the laundry room in a minute, okay?
Now the family room is starting to look like it was always part of the house. Oh, and do you notice the GIANT HOLES in the kitchen floor?
Turns out the old cast iron pipes had bit the dust and had to be dug out and replaced with PVC. Check out all those holes, rust and corrosion:
Okay, back inside. Here’s the how the family room/garage conversion looked when we bought the house:
And here’s how it looked once demo started. :) Lovely, right? We had to take the ceiling down because it was nasty old tiles on top of plywood, which hung down lower than the kitchen ceiling and took away from that whole “seamless transition” thing we were going for. It also made a few of our bids cheaper because the electricians, plumbers and HVAC guys had easier access to everything in the attic.
Looking back through the family room into the kitchen:
The wall is opened up and the old door on the right (that used to lead outside) is now closed in since the laundry room was framed in there.
Let’s chat a bit more about this glorious laundry room! Yes, I think it’s glorious. One of the very best ideas my mom ever had.
The laundry room took in all of this space that used to be a (tiny) covered porch, accessed by 3 doors. At best, the original space wasn’t very inviting, and at worst it was just plain weird.
The bricks were removed (and saved) so that the framing could tie directly into the structure.
A concrete sill was poured and a new floor was framed out.
The plumbing for the laundry was put into place . . .
. . . and so was the plumbing for a new powder bath!! I had planned to use this part of the laundry room for a pantry, but a few of you echoed my original thought that this would be the perfect place for a powder room. Someone (ahem, Jason, ahem) thought it was unnecessary, but once the bids came back at a very reasonable number we were good to go. The powder room will be framed in with a pocket door, so it will be private and awesome. I love it.
And here’s how the laundry room addition looks from the outside. The siding will be painted along with the brick, and we need to pour a concrete step so that people don’t fall out of the laundry room when they walk outside.
Baby steps, right?