Type of Project: Kitchen/Family Room renovation
Location: Ventura, California
Type of building: Mid-Century, multi-level, single family home
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This week we took care of some odds and ends, including installing the built-in speakers in the family room and managing media wiring. We made sure to have our electrician run speaker wires to all the speaker locations, including outside on the deck, before drywall was hung. So now Seth was able to mount the speakers for surround sound in the wall and ceiling.
Inside of the media closet, with media enclosure shown.
A fun advantage of creating a brand new floorplan was being able to customize a few things. We built a media closet that sits in the hallway just behind the family room that lets us store and hide all of our TV and stereo wiring and components without cluttering the space near the TV.
Installing in-wall speakers.
I know that having the kitchen open onto a family room and outdoor deck isn’t for everybody, but it fits our lifestyle. It’s nice to be able to watch TV while cooking in the evening and to have a casual place for friends and family to lounge with easy access to the kitchen and outdoor space during gatherings. We will also have a separate dining room beside the kitchen for family meals, which is out of view of the TV and the kitchen.
It might sound obvious but during this renovation — which has consisted of not just the kitchen/family room but simultaneously of the entire house — we’ve learned just how important it is to keep the job site neat and organized. Luckily now that we have a newly finished basement, Seth was able to assemble all of the kitchen cabinets down there this week, where they’ll be stored out of the way until install.
Next week will be a big week for turning the space into what will feel like a real house, including installing the kitchen cabinets, countertops, appliances and the wood floor throughout the space. We’re really excited to see the big transformation we’ve been working toward start to take shape.
Estimated time for project: 8 weeks/two months
Time remaining: 2 weeks
(Images & Diary Text: Alllison Gibson)