Name: Sandra & Justin
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Arlington, Texas
Type of building: Single-family home, 2,450 square feet
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What do you do when you've found the perfect house... but with a less-than-perfect kitchen? After a year of house hunting, Sandra and Justin fell in love with this house in Arlington, with gorgeous light, a huge backyard, and a cramped, poorly laid out kitchen. They bought the house anyway, promising themselves that re-doing the kitchen would be their first project.
Last fall, after a full year of house hunting, Justin and I walked out into the backyard of this house and knew it was the one. Unfortunately, the house needed some updating, especially the kitchen. It lacks the openness and and beauty of the yard behind it. But we bought the house anyway, and promised ourselves that we would give the kitchen a do-over asap.
This is the one thing we love about the current kitchen, is this morning sunlight that streams through the huge windows. View of the stovetop island.
Now that we've been settled into the house for a few months we are ready to go. The current situation is cramped and awkward, with the cooktop as the island (the whole tiny thing), which makes the kitchen space feel disjointed and unsafe; we bump into it constantly.
The kitchen is so akward it is hard to photograph. To the left you can see the old (and hardly working) oven and built-in microwave. In the center is the island stove top with zero counterspace alongside. Directly in front is a counter bar hiding the sink area. The doorway divides the dining room from the kitchen.
Our 4 and 8 year old kiddos are often running through, looking for a snack or trying to help while I cook, and I worry about them knocking into a protruding pot handle and getting hurt. I like to have one great work surface for all my cooking projects and storage that makes sense; both things that this room is lacking. We need a kitchen that works better for our family.
Action shot. Me trying to prepare dinner on the stove island since there isn't a great surface in the kitchen, and our daughter doing laps in the kitchen while I work.
View from the breakfast area looking through the kitchen to the dining room. We get some great afternoon light through the dining room windows. Opening up the wall between the two rooms will keep this area naturally lit all day long.
A diagram of our plans for the kitchen. This will include tearing down the wall between the current dining room and kitchen.
The wonky protruding soffit between the kitchen and the breakfast room (which we currently aren't using. This soffit will be coming down when we connect all the rooms.
New, solid wood cabinets, quartz countertops and maybe some bamboo or cork flooring are the plan for the rebuild. We'll also add in new new lighting, wall and ceiling texturing, some fresh paint and a tile backplash.
The ancient oven and microwave.
Most appliances (range, dishwasher and a sink) will also be replaced, since just about every thing in the kitchen is a timepiece from when the house was built (and not working well). At this point, it feels like — what aren't we doing? It is going to be a massive undertaking.
The dining area will most likely get an update with new light fixture too.
Thanks, Sandra and Justin!
(Images & Diary Text: Sandra Jergensen)