The demolition work at the Osborn House is substantially complete and we went a little further than we originally planned. When we bought the home, we were planning minor updates to the kitchen...well, that changed. We ended up gutting everything to the 4 walls and we are planning to redevelop a brand new kitchen. We have some really Hip things planned for the new kitchen and we can't wait to share these with you. My friend Dave introduced me to a great alternative to purchasing cabinets at a big box store :(www.finishedkitchencabinets.com). It is a company that builds cabinets to order. Their cabinets are made from 100% wood (no particle board - which is a man-made material that is inferior to wood and pretty common in most cabinets from big box stores). They offer great quality at a good value. They are able to offer a good value because they have a streamlined overhead since their store is web-based and they build to order.
If you are comfortable doing very basic design/layout work this can be a good resource. All you need are accurate measurements of your existing kitchen and a little bit of a vision for what you want. The company we used has telephone and web based support and good examples for each of their products that you can review online, so you can easily ask questions as you are preparing your order.
Redeveloping the kitchen allowed us to make some nice upgrades, we couldn't have otherwise. We added a soffit above the upper cabinets with some canned lighting, which will be extra lighting for the counter top work-spaces. We also have an opportunity now to reconfigure the appliance layouts to optimize cabinet and counter space. A special thanks to Kara who referred us to Chris from Elite Electric who did some great work on the electric upgrades needed for the kitchen renovation and for the new canned lighting.
We had a great discovery in the kitchen and the bathroom. We pulled up some ugly vinyl to find pine flooring in good condition. We are planning to clean these floors up and do some decorative painting on them. We're hoping to the paint the floors black and white, which will correlate well with the white cabinets and black counter tops we are planning for the kitchen. We will either do black and white painted stripes or a black and white painted checker board pattern. Does anyone have any other ideas for a floor pattern?