The Envelope Please!
After nearly four weeks of demolition, the "envelope" of the new kitchen area is taking shape nicely and it's getting easier to visualize what the space is going to look like. We've run into a few structural issues (isn't that inevitable?!) and they will no doubt impact the budget, so we may have to hold off on a few aspects of the renovation . But for now a country girl can still dream!!
See below for the interior shot of this wall of the kitchen. The new 48" Wolf range and vent hood will be going on this wall in between the two banks of windows. Given the vaulted ceilings and to help make sure the vent hood and range don't get lost in the space, we've decided to close up one of the windows to the immediate left of the range (the other two panes will stay) as well as the very far right window pane (again, the other two will stay). I don't love having to do this, but I think it's the right design decision and it will also allow us to have a longer run of bead-board and pegs to the right of the window (see below for inspiration shots for this wall).
This is the West-facing wall of the kitchen. The elevator took up much of this wall and really chopped up the space. The door to the left of this image leads to the "anteroom" between the board-and-batten addition and the original old stone house where we stack wood in the Winter. We will be removing this door and widening the doorway to create a better connection between the old and new houses.
The panelled refrigerator will be on this wall (between the new entryway and the doors to the courtyard).
The post-and-beam structure shown in the right of this shot will be moved to the far left and will run along the exterior wall (above the range and run of counters and beadboard). The temporary post that you see will be replaced with a new post-and-beam structure. When I asked our local contractor, John, if he knew where we could get one, he basically laughed at me! I gather there's a run on barn posts in our neighbourhood!
This image also shows the window (far right) that we will be removing and replacing with a larger set of doors to the courtyard (see below for details).
One of our primary objectives with this renovation is to create a better flow between indoors and outdoors. I'm already loving all the extra sunlight these West-facing doors bring into the space now that the stairs and walls have been removed!
Budget permitting, we plan on replacing the row of window/doors to the courtyard with a Factory Door like the ones in the inspiration shots below. Failing that, we will "get the look" with a more budget-friendly black set of French Doors with modern grills anchored by two fixed panels on either side. Not only will this help create a focal point to draw the eye out to the courtyard, but these features will inject a modern and Scandinavian esthetic to the space.
Note the Chevron pattern of the hardwood floor in the above photo. A strong contender, although my hubby prefers herringbone pattern (in his suits and floors apparently!)
Note the herringbone pattern of the floors. I prefer this light and airy stain, but the hubby is leaning towards something a little darker and moodier (which is usually the case!)
This is the North-facing wall of the kitchen space and this door leads to a second set of stairs to the loft area, as well as our bedrooms. We will be removing this door and opening up the entryway to the stairs. This easy change will also bring more sunlight into the space as it will allow the skylights in the loft area to stream light below.
We will be removing the half wall/railing in the loft area and (budget-permitting) replacing it with a more modern glass and metal railing like the ones in the below inspiration shots via Pinterest. I also like the more budget-friendly option below that doesn't have any glass, but we'll need to look into whether it would meet code requirements (said the lawyer!)
Also, we're taking a poll on whether to keep the Disco Ball!