Who Wants To Cook In This Kitchen????

We have saved our favorite feature for last-the kitchen (and the adjacent family room)!!!

We took this kitchen from 1972 to 2017 and included all the bells and whistles.  Let’s go back to the beginning…

This kitchen had stained would cabinets with formica countertops.  These two features housed the stove/oven and microwave & split the kitchen/breakfast room in half.  This also limited the amount of counter space available for kitchen prep.  The walls were covered in wallpaper, which dated the space.  And last, but definitely not least, the carpet.  I have no proper way to describe this carpet, except a small loop carpet patterned to look like small tiles.  Let’s not even think about the cleaning of carpet in a kitchen!

 

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The most obvious change we made to the kitchen (despite removing the wall) was removing all of the cabinetry from the room.  We also ripped up the green carpet and replaced it with new hardwoods.  We installed solid wood cabinets (from Home Depot) & had painted white to help brighten the space.  These cabinets are beautiful with a simple Shaker style.

We installed a natural granite stone countertop (White Mist) which is more durable and style appropriate.  By adding an island, we also provided more counter space as well as entertaining space.

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Besides the flooring, cabinets, & countertops, we also replaced the original appliances with GE stainless steel.  Mounting the microwave above the stove not only provides ventilation, but also provides functional counter space.

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The last features we replaced in the kitchen were the light fixtures.   We installed can lights throughout the space & updated with simple Edison Bulb fixtures (2 pendants over the island and 1 oversized one for the breakfast area).  The doors that hid the washer and dryer were updated to new bifold doors that matched the style of the room.

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Now that you have all of the details on the kitchen, lets talk about the family space the kitchen opens up to.

Remember this vivid display of the 70’s?   The wood paneling and shag green carpet were iconic symbols of this time period. Not only did we remove the paneling and carpet, we removed the entire wall separating the kitchen from this space.  We also removed the closet and desk on the far wall to provide more space in the room and help the flow from the foyer.  You immediately notice the amount of natural light that flows into this large space! These changes left the fireplace as the focal point in the family room.  We toyed with painting the brick, but settled on removing the brass doors instead.

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The new family space is warm and welcoming and flows into the kitchen & breakfast room.  We painted the newly SheetRocked walls the same color as the rest of the home, keeping a neutral palette.  We refinished the hardwood floors (that were under the carpet) staining them the same walnut finish as the rest of the house.  Replacing the dated brass ceiling fan with brushed nickel one helped update the lighting in this room.  Removing the brass doors updated the look of the fireplace without needing to paint the brick.  And now this space flows into the kitchen for the ultimate room for entertaining.

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We can’t leave this post, without mentioning what is peaking out on the other side of the glass sliders and family room windows.  Do you see that beautiful screened porch?  What better way to entertain than to have overflow space outside?  We removed the burgandy indoor/outdoor carpet and stained the concrete floor in this space.  We love this extension of living space . . . bringing the outdoors in!

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Olde Savannah is officially on the market today!  If you know of anyone looking to move into the Mint Hill area, send them our way!  Carrie Rivera (Fairman), our ReMax agent, will be happy to answer any questions.

TGIF!

We have had a busy week at Old Savannah, things are starting to really move along.  The Sheetrock is hung, the bathroom tiles have been selected, and exterior paint should be going up this weekend.  

Cunningham Contractors started this week. Their focus was to hang all of the Sheetrock in the family room and kitchen, to make it one cohesive space.  The best part about the Sheetrock going up was the amount of light it brought into the back of the house!  See before & after



Below is our Sheetrock Magician, Kevin Cunningham, from Cunningham Contractors. 

We took a trip to the Home Depot to scope out bathroom tile ideas.  We did a poll on Facebook & Instagram to help decide on the best combination.  What do you think?


What’s your vote??!  We will give you the weekend to think about it!!  😉

Have a great weekend & stay cool!

Progress Report

We have been a bit quiet this week.  Lots of little tasks being checked off the list, here at Old Savannah.  

We wrapped up the electrical, relocating outlets and getting the kitchen wired. P.S. the kitchen cabinets are being delivered today-SO EXCITED!!! 

We have done some pressure washing outside, getting the exterior ready for it’s paint job. 

We also had the HVAC folks move some duct work to align better with the new layout. 


New Sheetrock has replaced the textured ceilings in the public rooms.  We should have a picture ready for our next blog post.  

Now we just wait for the electrical inspection so we can begin sheetrocking the family room & kitchen.  Then you will really start to notice the progress!!!

Finally, the most notable change in the week (and sign that we are closing the demo chapter)…dumpster #2 was hauled off!!! 


Hope you are having as productiveof a week as we are.  Check back in as interior progress should move much quicker now that demo & electrical are complete!!

Cheers to the weekend!!!

We are looking forward to the weekend.  We met with electricians, painters, flooring installers, and HVAC pros, this week.  We even had a huge Sheetrock delivery from the Home Depot!  

Next week, we will be putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.  Exterior painting will begin. The Sheetrock will be hung in the family room, and covering the textured ceilings. 

Have we talked about these textured ceilings?  They are not your typical popcorn ceilings from the 1970’s, that can be easily scraped.  These are textured to the point they have to be sanded or replaced.  Clearly, we chose to replace with new Sheetrock …hence a large portion of the HD delivery.  

We should have some great progress pictures of Old Savannah, next week.  

Stay tuned, and have an awesome weekend!   

More Demo!!!

One of the changes we are making to Old Savannah is the flow.  These days, people like to have a more open floor plan that is more conducive to families and entertaining.  We are looking to open the wall between the kitchen and the family room.

We were able to remove the plywood paneling, in the family room, pretty easily.  No surprises behind the wall.

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What do you think about the panelling left in the room?  Should we salvage it with some neutral paint or replace it with Sheetrock?