Monday, July 3, 2017
Kitchen Remodel: Part Eight
Back before we made an offer on this house, I took a bunch of pictures so that we could refer to them when we were discussing the pros and cons of all the houses. We naively thought that we would actually have a choice. In reality, we looked at a long list of houses that were run down or needed lots of work, some more than others. When we looked at this, it seemed to have good bones but hadn't been updated since it was built nearly 45 years prior. It really hadn't been maintained either. We hated the way it looked in front and the kitchen was tiny compared to the house we were leaving. The "Cons" column was really long and there was only two items listed under "Pros", one being the good bones. The second item which tipped the scale for us was that this was the crappiest house in a really nice neighborhood. You just can't go wrong buying that!
We did some interior work right away and then fixed the driveway and front landscaping. If you recall, the garage side of the house, left third on the top picture, had settled several inches after it had been built due to the fill on that side. I jacked up the house and got things releveled out and poured. We moved the sidewalk out several feet which allowed up to put some better landscaping out front which looks totally different from this picture taken in the dead of winter after we did the landscaping a few months earlier. Everything has grown and filled in now. This is a picture I took of the newly installed siding out front looking at the inset area which is our kitchen. Much cleaner looking than the original picture and by removing all the fake posts, the house appears much bigger than it actually is. In our neighborhood, the next smallest house is probably twice the size of ours and most are three to four times bigger! Though much better, the curb appeal for our house was still lacking.
Behold an rendering of what our front might look like when all is said and done. The front porch definitely adds a lot of interest to the front of the house and the modest bump out will provide us with the larger kitchen while not size-ably changing the square footage of our house. (We are adding a mere 140 square feet of space.) Although not likely to be used by me since it is in front of the house, I will also cross another thing I have coveted for my entire life, a covered porch. I might reconsider though once all is completed and a nice hammock chair dangles from the ceiling invitingly.