Thursday, May 31, 2012

WARNING! This isn't pretty....

I'm about to share some images that may be disturbing... if you don't like dirt, lathe, dust, exposed beams and rubble. I on the other hand love it all. Especially since these photos are of my house, in it's demolition stage!

lots of plaster and lathe!

former kitchen -- this wall is coming out :)

wall gone! 

beam in!

back of house. old addition gone!

 There's more. But I don't want to overwhelm you. More or less the entire house has now been gutted. It looks like a barn.

There have been a lot of changes over the past weeks. It's not the pretty stuff but the important part of making our home safe and strong. New electrical, plumbing, insulation, beefing up joists, and getting rid of some nasty mould that was secretly rotting our bathroom walls.

One of the most exciting changes is the removal of a wall between our old dining room and kitchen. When that wall came down I was one happy camper. I'm so excited to have an open concept space where I will be able to chat with the kids while I'm cooking, to have a big island we can bake cookies together and to have lots of sunlight flowing through the new windows and doors that will open up our space.

So that's where we are in a nutshell. 

Gutted and happy.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Picking Kitchen Cabinets

So I finally decided. It's been more than 72 hours and I haven't changed my mind. So I think it's safe to make my choice public. I know... the drama.

I finally sat down on the weekend and thumbed through all the tear sheets I had collected of kitchens I love. Although I was certain of the look I wanted to achieve it was the cabinet door that was causing me some grief.
Looking over the pages I had torn from magazines, catelogues and my Pinterest boards really helped to let see the obvious best cabinet for me (ahem.. us).

So the choice is ...

Although I really love the look of the flat door cabinets I think that the shaker will be a better fit with my style. I'm really excited about the finishes we have chosen. I think I've pulled together the fresh, clean, white kitchen I've always dreamed of. But we'll have to wait and see :)

We decided to go with Ikea for a variety of reasons. Probably the number one reason was budget. You can't beat Ikea kitchen cabinets for delivering great style and quality on a budget! Because we are renovating an entire house, our budget had to cover a lot of ground.

I researched quite a few kitchen cabinetry options before making my choice. I really wanted to make sure I was getting the best value and quality for my budget. 

I have to mention Aya Kitchens. I went to their Mississauga location and met with David to discuss our kitchen design. He was great. The customer service was amazing. Their products are beautiful as well. If we weren't doing such a big renovation, Aya would have been a great choice for us. They offer custom kitchens at great price points and the customer service we got was impressive. Definitely check them out if you are planning a kitchen reno.

Other places we looked at for cabinets included:
LowesHome Depot and New Canadian Lumber. They all offered great product for a custom kitchen but were beyond our budget. New Canadian was the exception, they offer kitchen planning services and had very competitive pricing as well. It's worth checking out their store for faucets, tile and sinks.

I'm just finalizing my counter choices and will share what I learned with you next.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

The kitchen cabinet debate

Welcome to my ongoing saga of choosing the kitchen cabinet doors. I am suffering from a fear of commitment. Can you help?

Ok so here is my dilemma. I have always loved the look of a crisp, clean shaker door. It's classic right? Traditional but with clean lines. 

Ikea Adel Cabinet Door

But I am also adore the flat panel doors. 
So fresh, clean and modern.
Ikea Applad Cabinet Door

and then there are the glossy flat doors that have caught my eye. 

Ikea Abstrakt Cabinet Door

I need to make a decision, and soon. Should I go for the "safe" classic but lovely shaker or go for the modern flat with a touch of gloss here and there? What do you think?