It may not look like much, but a lot has happened since our last post!
The biggest change is there’s no longer a wall between our kitchen and dining room. It’s amazing how open the space now feels without the wall there. The room feels 100x bigger! I’ve been out of town for the last week while Ryan has been doing all the work (what a guy!), so some of these photos are from me texting him asking to send photos of everything.
Here’s what it looks like when you’re looking from our dining room into the kitchen. We also had all of the electrical for outlets, switches and lighting roughed in, and you can sort of see where the pot lights will go in this photo.
Let me tell you, planning your lighting is a puzzle. Figuring out how far apart the lights should be from each other, how far they should be from the walls, and avoiding putting a light in a stupid place is a lot of math.
Lighting was a major concern for me because the kitchen is only really bright in the afternoon. We may have too many lights at this point, but I figure it’s better to have too many than not enough.
A wider shot of the same view really shows how much bigger the whole room seems.
Here’s a view looking into the dining room, before the window was replaced.
And here’s where the wall once lived!
The beam drops a little bit lower than the ceiling height, so Ryan’s planning on wrapping it with some rough boards to give it more of a “farmhouse” kind of look. The wrap will go down both sides to cover up the ductwork on the right and make the uneven wall on the left less obvious.
I had covered this plywood box from where a furnace grate used to be with a rug for the last year, but on Monday we had some hardwood boards patched in, here’s the work in progress shot that Ryan sent:
The boards are a different size than the original floor, which was intentional. Rather than being a seamless match, you’ll still see the outline of where the grate was before. I’m so excited to see these floors once they’re sanded and finished.
And finally, here’s a first look at our new windows! It looks so sharp having two windows of the same size.
We’re coming close to being done the really “messy” part of the work. No more demolition, just putting it all back together again. 🙂