It's really all too much. I mean, how do you choose, how do you know what you're going to be happy living with for the next 10 years?
Sorry, I'm not talking major life event...I'm talking the next chapter of our kitchen renos. We put the thing on hold for a few weeks because of other events, but a couple of weeks ago, Amy came by and brought out some samples. Wood, counter tops, colours, textures, quartz or laminate; too many to choose from!
We also went to a few places on our own to look at floors, back splashes, paint colours. And kitchen appliances; should we buy new ones or are we good with the old ones? OMG. We have no idea what to decide. And then the first estimate came in. OMG again. It is going to cost a small fortune. I guess we kind of knew that, but when you look at the cold, hard numbers, reality slaps you in the face.
One of the things we definitely decided on was to not change too much about the shape of the kitchen...one option we were presented with was to tear down a couple of walls and open one door way into the dining room to almost twice the width. We opted to keep it more or less the way it is, not only saving money, but. Well, yeah, saving money.
Fortunately for us, Amy is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to what choices work best with each other. There is so much we would not have understood, such as how the type of flooring you choose can affect when you put it in, either before or after the cabinets are installed. This texture works with that one, but these two will fight each other. Decide on one thing you really like (ie counter top or flooring) and then build around that. Take inventory of what you have so you can choose which types of special additions you might need for them. For instance, I didn't know you can have a special, slotted shelf for cookie sheets! Who'd a thunk it?
The nook, which is at the bottom of the diagram, will be re-purposed for more counter and cupboard space. And we will have a moveable island, just a small one, that will sit in the nook area when not in use. I like the idea of a little island to pull into the middle of the kitchen when we do our gingerbread cookies!
This photo is more or less the way the kitchen looks now with the sink and windows on the left side. The only thing that is different is that we changed the counter top laminate to a black one.
We have been back an forth to a few places to try to come up with back splash ideas, flooring ideas and the rest of it, but it is so utterly overwhelming. Aaarrrghhh!
I'm okay now.