Our Remodeling Project—The Beginning

Posted Jul 10 2013, 2:01 pm in , , ,


Here is a photo of a portion of my kitchen. As kitchen’s go, it isn’t horrible, but we are getting ready to remodel it. I haven’t had the shorter cabinets in a kitchen since our house in Massachusetts, where we lived from 1991-1993. So we are tearing out the soffits in order to install the taller 42 inch cabinets. I’d like to go darker with the cabinet color, too, and replace the Formica counter tops with granite. Below is a photo of wood and granite samples.  IMG_4775[1]

We plan to eliminate the desk and put in more cabinets and storage because we never use the desk. Originally, we weren’t going to do anything with the tile floors, but as we lived here I discovered that the tile never seems to stay clean. I miss the wood floors I had in Florida. So the only thing we’ve picked out is new wood flooring.

We were getting nervous about the flooring because a number of installers weren’t keen on wood for the Arizona climate. The extremely dry weather during most of the year and then the two months of monsoons don’t necessarily make for a positive experience with wood floors. But we’ve had others who say it isn’t a problem. Who is right? I guess only time will tell because we’ve already ordered the floor.

We’ve had a parade of cabinet, flooring and granite people through our house giving us prices and advice. My head is swimming, and we still haven’t made a decision on the anything except the floor. I’m not looking forward to the mess, but the end product hopefully will be worth the disruption.

What do you think? Do you have any experience with remodeling?




15 responses to “Our Remodeling Project—The Beginning”

  1. Evelyn Thompson says:

    Sounds like you are going to be having a lot of “fun” Something tells me that you will be eating out a lot. 🙂

  2. wendy says:

    Looking great!

  3. chris granville says:

    Praying for you You will love your new kitchen but you might be unhappy with the time until it is done God bless You

  4. Jackie Smith says:

    Your plans sound so great…..excited for you and hoping all goes well! Will enjoy seeing future pics.

    Subway/turkey…..mmmmm my dh’s favorite, too.

  5. Ronnie says:

    I like the cabinet color. You don’t need a desk since you have 2 upstairs. I wish I had a wood floor too.Still need to figure that out, but not now while we have Scott & co. here. Good luck with your project. Hope no one’s allergic to all that dust.

    • Ronnie, those are actually samples. The final color is a little bit browner than the sample in the photo. We finally chose a cabinetmaker. They are custom cabinet guys here in Tucson. They were a little more than some of the box cabinets, but not much more and we were able to get the exact color we wanted because they do custom colors. Are big project now is to find granite for the counter tops. We just have to find the slabs we like. Hope all is well on the island.

      • Ronnie says:

        All is well here, Rain storms in the afternoons, a lot more than in the past. Poker is here tonight. Bob is missing a fun night. Has he ever found anybody to play cards with ?

        • Bob, hasn’t played any poker since we’ve been out here. We’ve played bridge with a couple who are about our age. Oddly enough, we met them through Kara and Joe. In fact, it’s our turn to host a bridge night. But since the kitchen is getting torn up starting tomorrow, I don’t know when that will happen. Maybe we can play in the living room.

          • Ronnie says:

            OK, I have found you again. I never learned to play bridge. Roger neither. Good luck with your remodeling job. Post pictures when it’s done.Have a good weekend . Hi to Bob.

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