Remodeling is not for the faint of heart. As I write this, I am 7.75 months pregnant waiting for my contractor, one of the three (!) plumbers, and the electrician to show up. This kitchen must be done before Thanksgiving or else the world ends. I mean, we take our food holidays seriously around here! At Coddington Design, we have guided our clients through major remodels. We always advise them to MOVE OUT OF THE HOUSE during a remodel, which they are happy to do. Unfortunately I’m not in a position to follow my own advice so we have turned our dining room into a makeshift kitchen with a George Foreman grill, microwave and lots of pre-packaged food and compostable silverware. So far it has been 14 days without a kitchen and a mere 3 more weeks to go…
As I mentioned in my previous post, I have recently purchased a house and am deep into the process of fixing it up before the baby comes in December. Even before we closed escrow I had contractors, plumbers and various trades people coming through the house to give estimates on pricing and timelines for the kitchen remodel since its original state reminded me of a motel kitchenette but worse.
That’s right, linoleum flooring, missing countertops, electric stove, no dishwasher, not even a garbage disposal. This was going to be a total gut job. The design process evolved as the bids came in. Part of my vision had to be shelved, such as mini-brick green ceramic tile, since they could not be found quickly enough for our aggressive timeline. I had to start sourcing items that were in stock and ready to ship in order to meet my deadline.
When I design a room I always start with the floor plan. I’m sharing Option 1 and Option 2 (there were actually five under consideration). We decided to forgo the eat-in kitchen–we can always dine on the terrace outside or in the dining room–but we really need storage and counter space.
I also made the controversial decision to remove one window allowing for a large fridge and pantry stack on that wall. Once the floor plan is set, the fun really starts with color and finish selection. Designers can sometimes get overwhelmed by all the choices when designing for ourselves, but in my case I am lucky enough to have a wife that has strong opinions about color schemes. She had her own vision of a copper and emerald green kitchen with the possibility of adding patterned wallpaper.
We went ultra-modern and sleek with the kitchen cabinets and flooring but since this room is the heart of a home, we wanted to make sure it had a sense of warmth and charm. We added patinated tile, emerald green paint on the walls and some great David Hicks patterned wallpaper. Of course, once we had finalized the design and ordered the tile, we saw this post. Sigh. A green and copper kitchen designed by decorating legend Kelly Wearstler for an A-list celebrity. I swear we did not copy them! Regardless, I am really looking forward to getting through this remodel. Here is the current sad state of the room:
Meanwhile, I’m keeping my eye on the prize.