I started sharing the work we are doing on our lake cottage because we are currently in the process of this renovation, but I wanted to introduce you to where our passion for renovation started. Back in 2004, we purchased our first home, a 1600 sq ft. 1950’s cape. We immediately fell in love with it as soon as we stepped foot inside.
We loved the charm and quaintness and saw all the potential of turning this house into our home.”
It has been many years of building up our tools and experience. Practicing and making mistakes, but loving and appreciating our small home every step along the way. We thought about knocking down some walls and extending out the back, but in the end we loved how cozy our home felt and realized it didn’t need to be bigger to be better, we just needed to be creative and make the most of the space. We worked with a contractor and designer to really help this kitchen transform.
I thought I would share a few befores and afters of the kitchen to give you and idea of how much a space can be transformed using the existing footprint.
To keep costs low we used Ikea cabinets and added crown to the top and bottom to give them a custom look. My husband built banquette seating to maximize the area, creating a cozy nook. The addition of the windows near the built-in gave us a better view of the backyard and visually opened the space and let in so much natural light.
The pot filler over the oven was something we initially didn’t plan on including but so glad we did. This is something you typically see in a large gourmet kitchen, but it really was the “jewelry” in the space.