Before & After: Sandra and Justin's Family-Friendly Kitchen Remodel

Before & After: Sandra and Justin's Family-Friendly Kitchen Remodel

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Nancy Mitchell
Dec 26, 2013

Earlier this year, Sandra and Justin purchased their dream house, in Arlington, Texas. The only thing they didn't love about the home was its small, cramped kitchen, whose head-scratching layout included a stovetop range right in the middle of the kitchen (and family traffic patterns). There were some serious functionality issues.

Sandra and Justin planned to combine their kitchen and breakfast area into a big, family-friendly, eat-in kitchen. (You can see more photos of the kitchen, and diagrams of Sandra and Justin's ideas for the final layout, here.) After sharing with us their inspiration for the finished kitchen and their projected budget, they were ready to begin.

Click on the links for each week to read more about each week's progress.

(Image credit: Sandra Jergensen)

Week 1: The kitchen is emptied out, and demo begins.

(Image credit: Sandra Jergensen)

Week 2: More demolition! The whole family pitches in.

(Image credit: Sandra Jergensen)

Week 3: Even more demolition, plus dealing with dust. Calvin the cat takes a nap on some smashed floor tiles.

(Image credit: Sandra Jergensen)

Week 4: Old plumbing out, new plumbing in, while the family takes a bit of a break.

(Image credit: Sandra Jergensen)

Week 5: The space between the kitchen and dining room is opened up, and some vents get moved around.

(Image credit: Sandra Jergensen)

Week 6: The pros do the drywall, but mudding, sanding and texturing are a family affair.

(Image credit: Sandra Jergensen)

Week 7: We have new floors!

(Image credit: Sandra Jergensen)

Week 8: And cabinets!

(Image credit: Sandra Jergensen)

Week 9: Countertops are in. Calvin approves.

(Image credit: Sandra Jergensen)

Week 10: Everyone helps out with tiling.

(Image credit: Sandra Jergensen)

Week 11: A few finishing touches.

And after all that work, the kitchen looked a little bit like this...

You can see even more photos of the finished kitchen in our Big Reveal post here. The finished kitchen is stylish and bright, with plenty of storage and plenty of space for the whole family to gather. The family couldn't be happier about it.

See a budget breakdown for Sandra and Justin's kitchen here; you can also check out the most important lessons they learned during the remodel. To read more about their project, click the links about, or follow this link to see the whole post series.

Congratulations, Sandra and Justin!

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