February 9, 2012


After years of discussing it, we pulled the trigger. In the spring, our kitchen will be torn apart.

Last week the space planner came. He measured the kitchen and we talked about all the wonderful destruction we could rain down on our kitchen. There was talk of walls being moved or coming down altogether. Floors ripped up. Appliances trashed. Yesterday we saw the plans for the new kitchen, picked out cabinets, looked at counter-tops, thought about floors. And in late March or early April, cabinets will be delivered and sledgehammers will be swung. We will be inconvenienced mightily but it will be worth it.

I foresee a month of takeout, eating out of our garage fridge, and dinners out. As well as a fine layer of dust covering everything. But it'll be well worth it. We're a close family. We seem to always be occupying the same eight square feet of space. Usually in the kitchen. These family bonding moments usually end with Beth saying something to the effect of would everyone please get out of the kitchen...NOW!.

All of this is nice but exactly what have we signed ourselves up for?

Posted by Chris at February 9, 2012 7:33 AM

Plan on more than a month. Everyone I know who has had a kitchen remodel says it takes twice as long as they planed.

Posted by: jodifur at February 9, 2012 8:00 AM

Been there, done that. It is a pain in the ass, but SO worth it when it is all said and done!! The dust.. ohh the dust. If I ever redo another anything, my stuff will be covered up and plastic will be hanging in each door way to minimize the dust. I was still finding dust in places 5 months after our kitchen/bath remodels were done. Blargh.

Posted by: jen at February 9, 2012 8:37 AM

I too am redoing my kitchen. Work should start in early March. Cabinets will be ordered this week and that starts the clock. Unfortunately, we also had some water problems that led to this remodel, so in addition to the new cabinets, countertops, and taking down a wall, we have to dig up the concrete floor and replace the drain line. And repair the sill and the exterior wall that are rotting away.

Posted by: Karen at February 9, 2012 9:10 AM

"All of this is nice but exactly what have we signed ourselves up for?"

A few years ago we had our whole kitchen gutted-- and then remodeled. Yes, it's a messy, expensive experience but in the end you have HEAVEN.

It's worth it. And besides, who doesn't like a bit of dust now and then?

Posted by: Ally Bean at February 9, 2012 10:40 AM

Well, if it's only a month, I wouldn't worry about it. I've mentioned before that we did our kitchen...along with the rest of the house and we ate grilled food, takeout, and anything that fit in the microwave (read: Stouffer's frozen meals) for SIX MONTHS. And I was pregnant. Yeah, we're still married even!

We plugged our fridge and microwave in in the garage and we had everything except a stove and oven the whole time, so that's something to consider.

Posted by: Brooke at February 9, 2012 12:34 PM

wow! i hope it all goes smoothly! remodeling terrifies me, but then again i am a total wimp :)

Posted by: kati at February 9, 2012 12:54 PM

Kitchens do take around 6-8 weeks from start to finish. That doesn't mean you will NOT have a kitchen during that whole time (well depends on your contractor). You're appliances might be in in 4 weeks and they *might* let you work around the mess.
Is your fridge hanging around? Move it somewhere that you can still use it and if you have a dining room set up a "kitchen" area for your microwave, some dishes etc. You can either use paper or wash the others in your bathroom.
When we do kitchens once the cabinets go in it's another 2 weeks before the counters go in which is a pain. They have to template the counters and then cut them and then bring them back and put them in. That usually throws people because they think "cabinets! we're done!" Not so.
And please please, there's no excuse for having dust everywhere! They should definitely tape off the doorways during demo and during taping!! In fact, make sure the heat/air isn't on while either of those things are going on otherwise the dust will go everywhere.
Keep us posted!

Posted by: NancyB at February 9, 2012 2:42 PM

We're going to see lots of before and after pictures, right?!

Posted by: Dianna at February 9, 2012 5:05 PM

Don't forget, you can bbq!

Posted by: Heather at February 9, 2012 9:23 PM

Good luck. I'm excited for you all. Hope it goes easier than planned.

Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at February 10, 2012 7:10 PM