Maggie & Ed's Renovation: What's Better Than Surprise Hardwood Floors?!

Maggie & Ed's Renovation: What's Better Than Surprise Hardwood Floors?!

Tess Wilson
Apr 15, 2015
Looking from our bedroom doorway through the kitchen towards the dining room. We had to pop the doors off to get our old refrigerator out. That door and frame will be reused for the music room.

Name: Ed and Maggie Williams (of MVW Architect)
Type of Project: Kitchen/dining/music room renovation
Location: Freret, New Orleans, LA
Type of Home: Craftsman-style shotgun double

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To be fair, Maggie and Ed were pretty sure that there were original wood floor lurking under 100 years worth of subpar flooring, but still- always a treat to find!

From Maggie:

After the rooms were all cleared out, I couldn't contain my curiosity and took a hammer to the kitchen floor tile to see how it looked underneath. Happily, I found the original floor boards intact, under a few layers of retro flooring. Between the orange counters, that flooring and the avocado green paint we've spotted under layers of paint on the door frames, our kitchen used to be quite the colorful place!
The side door off the dining room will be really useful for the contractor to have direct access to the outside from the construction area, minimizing the mess that spreads to the rest of the house. We haven't figured out the future location of the bookcase just yet, so for now it says in the room.
With all the cabinets built, we spend this week getting everything moved out of the kitchen and dining room, so the contractor can start first thing next week. With towers of boxes placed strategically throughout the rest of the house, it's starting to resemble a scene from Hoarders.
At week's end, we are still left with our dishwasher, which I will have to ask the contractors to move into our shed until I can find a buyer. The area to the left of the refrigerator "alcove" is the space from Phase 1, behind our tenant's pantry, that we will take back over for our side.
Ed heads back out on tour this weekend and I finish up "the move" by selling our old appliances on craigslist and setting up a mini kitchen in our living room with a dorm size refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, paper plates and plastic utensils. Not being much of a cook (yet, that is - I plan on blossoming into one once our new kitchen is complete), I'm not too worried about surviving for two months without a kitchen.
The closet in the dining room (to the left of the washing machine) held SO much stuff, it will be tricky to find permanent spots for it all after the renovation.
The thing I'm actually dreading most is not being able to do laundry. We are going to keep our washer and dryer, but they will need to be stored in the shed during construction.

This week we also pulled the trigger on ordering appliances. Between sales and a 10% coupon, we end up faring pretty well on the appliances. I scheduled delivery for 5 weeks out, which seems like a reasonable estimate for when the place would be ready (and safe) for them to show up.
Our paint and backsplash selections with the Sofielund cabinet finish, a potential quartz, and the existing oak mantle and emerald fireplace tile.
We also decide on some finishes this week; for the kitchen paint color we are going with Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray 7029. For the back splash, we are going with a 2"x8" ceramic tile by Daltile in Bisquit K175, gloss finish. As far as the countertops go, I'm still researching our options, but we've focused in on something in the white range with very little movement, which we learned is what you call the level of pattern and variety of color.

Demo starts first thing Monday morning and we can't wait!

Estimated time for project: 12 weeks
Time remaining: 10 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow for installment #6 of Maggie and Ed's renovation.

(Images and diary text: Maggie Williams)

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