I was looking for some photos I took with a client a few months back, and had some reflective moments realizing all that’s happened in our life in the last year! This month marks six months we’ve lived in our home, which is crazy because it feels like we’ve been here for years <despite the many projects I still have in my brain, but I’m pretty sure I’ll always have projects. Just how I’m wired>. But also a little shocking – some days it feels like we moved in last week.
I thought I’d take you down a little walk of before and after’s of our house through it’s progress and what it looks like now. But first, this also came home with us this time last year. He was so tiny…
Now all 85 lbs of him looks like this…oh Totch Wilson, we love you!
Ok, now for some house pics. This was our kitchen the first time we saw our home.
That’s my handsome hubby and our contractor looking at plans.
I had a vision the first time we walked in here…and I couldn’t wait to see it all come together. Side note: it turned out exactly the same as it looked in my head – which is so awesome! My husband had a much harder time envisioning the space. When a house is mid-build it can really be misleading in how the space feels. Often when it’s all 2×4’s it feels small, which is funny because everything is so open.
When the drywall went up it helped define the space so much. Isn’t it crazy how different it looks?
We found our wood beams (the ones on the bottom), and also our fireplace mantel, at Second Use. They were from an Iron plant in Washington that are almost 100 years old. Salvage places are an amazing spot to find all kinds of treasures at very reasonable prices.
We took our beams to Urban Reclamations and they did an AMAZING job refinishing them! They custom built metal brackets to hold the beams up that added such rustic texture to the beams and our kitchen. We were thrilled with the end result.
And here they are installed. This was so exciting for me…I have always wanted beams in my kitchen. I cried when these went up.
It’s turning into a kitchen. We knew we wanted to have a detail behind our stove, but didn’t want any raised edges along the wall. So we went with the herringbone pattern with just a subway border.
For our exposed shelves, we knew we wanted the wall brackets to be mounted under the tile. <Most contractors do not like doing this. If you want to do this, they will likely have you sign a release that says it’s not their fault if they fall off the wall and rip all your tile down. That being said, they should really mount the brackets into stud beams so they are very secure.> I love a seamless look, and this is exactly what we were going for.
Sticking with the seamless look we were going for, we wanted our hood to tie into our cabinentry (don’t worry, that one tile missing up there got fixed). At this point, we were getting so close…
<I know there’s two of these pictures. One shows up straight on a computer screen, one on a phone screen. Sorry…it’s a glitch I’m working on. 🙂 >
Our greatest challenge in our kitchen was our island. I had originally wanted a reclaimed wood island top, but we figured it would be way out of the budget. Weeelllllll, about 6 weeks before we were supposed to close we found out they couldn’t get a piece of stone large enough for the island counter. Since we had met our new BFF’s at Urban Reclamations, we went to them and asked if they could make us an island. What they created is better than I ever would’ve imagined. Our island is made up of boards from a building that stood in the 20’s. The ends that face towards our great room still have their production stamp on them. Our island has so much character, I am absolutely in love with it. It’s wood, so it chips and gets scratched easily…but we wanted our life lived in this home, which means chips and scratches.
We were so unbelievably happy with how the island turned out. It is truly a work of art and craftsmanship. Building a house is a funny process. You spend hours nitpicking every little detail, scratch and mark. Blue tape is everywhere. Any little imperfection is noted so it can be fixed. And then you have to transition to living life in this space you’ve poured your heart and soul into making ‘perfect’. It for sure was an adjustment for me when we brought our tornado of a family to live in this home and breath life into it. The floors are scratched, the paint is scuffed, and our perfect when it got here wood island has Hot Wheel tire marks across it…and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Here’s a few photos of the kitchen now that we live here.
These shelves are wood from my husbands, grandfathers meatpacking plant. If you look to the far left of the photo above you’ll see a slight color change near the back of the board. The original boards weren’t quite wide enough, so our friends at Urban Reclamations added an each to inch board to make them wide enough for the brackets. Like I said, they’re our BFF’s.One more fun little detail. This ‘Coffee Bar’ is in our pantry. The wood on here is also from my husband’s, grandfather’s meat packing plant. We have a few more projects in the works from the wood we had left and I can’t wait to share them once they’re completed.
That wraps up the construction of the kitchen. Some days I come in here and I still can’t quite believe this is my kitchen.
Up next: Construction of the Great Room