June has been a crazy busy month so far…my baby graduated from 8th grade this week (Yay, Ethan!), I have a book due (ack!!!), and STETSONS , SPRING & WEDDING RINGS is in bookstores. We also had our first family gathering in our newly remolded house to celebrate Ethan’s advancement to high school. It was the first time most of our family had seen our new space and I thought I’d share some pictures today.
We’ve lived in our tiny ranch house for eighteen years, our kitchen not much more than a little hallway with a stove on one side, sink on the other, and next to no counter space or storage. In the past six months or so we knocked out the wall of tiny kitchen and mini dinning room and turned our backyard into our new kitchen, dining room, living room, entry way and….OFFICE for me! We’ve just been back in our house for a few months now and I can’t express how much I’m enjoying the new space! The addition has ten foot ceilings–so breathable–and the new kitchen is open to the living room and dining room. Our old living room has been converted into a music room for the heavy-metal-lovin’ men in my house–it has doors–that close 🙂
But I have to say, after moving twice, living out of boxes for months, I’m so glad it’s over *lol* We still have some painting to do, but that will have to wait until after I finish the next two books! Here’s some pics of our new space—we’ll start with the entry way.
This is one feature my hubby and I really wanted–we always said if we ever remodeled we’d splurge on a large entry way, aka: wasted space, something we didn’t have in our little econo house. We just love it. My hubby stained the rough wood beam that that stretches across the far end near the ceiling. I still need to hang my lucky horseshoe.
The kitchen is now my favorite place in the house. It’s got this giant single-basin farm house sink which is awesome because it’s so huge it never looks like you have many dirty dishes–a nice illusion. We have a low bar and high bar, perfect for morning tea and breakfast. I love the hickory floors. The dining room is off to the side of the kitchen, but I forgot to get a picture.
The new living room is quiet and and CLEAN–mainly because the teens now have their own domain–the virtual landfill of power cords, backpacks, CD’s, song books and anything else the teens drag in. Did I mention that room now has DOORS that close. The new living room, none of that 😉
Off the living room is my own writing sanctuary–painted in my favorite color!
I even have a little mini library–two rows of inset bookshelves from floor to ten-foot ceiling!! My old office was my son’s bedroom–he’s got his own room again. And my books and other writer paraphernalia used to be just piled around. That has been the biggest bonus in doubling the size of our house–a place to put everything. After twenty years of marriage and growing two six-foot boys, our lil’ house was busting at the seams.
Now that we’ve converted our backyard into the new front of our house, the next project will be turning our old front yard into the new patio area and backyard. One great thing about living in the boondocks–you can flip your house with ease–although the UPS man was confused for a while.
What is your favorite space in your house? Do you have a favorite feature or fixture?
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