Phase 2 has officially started! I am so excited with how quick the process has been already. As I mentioned before, the blessing of this renovation is the fact that we were lucky enough to find a house with two kitchens. This helped tremendously with the two phases, because it allowed us to be sequestered to one side of the house during each part. Now that phase 1 is complete, with my shiny new kitchen, we no longer need the second kitchen… and thank goodness for that, because it is u-g-l-y. I’m sure that in its day,  it was very cool, and in some ways I can appreciate the vintage detailing, like the site-built cabinets and the carefully orchestrated graining. However, I do not appreciate the tired Formica countertops and the giant tear in the flooring (which we have been covering up with a large rug).

The main project of phase 2 is turning the old, outdated kitchen and bath into the new master bathroom suite and laundry/mudroom/powder room. We are also adding better access to the backyard.

So let’s take a look at the floor plan before. The master bath is not currently connected to the bedroom, but the bedroom does have two doors. I guess that was so you wouldn’t have to walk the extra ten feet depending on which side you are coming from? Who knows. I wonder if I will miss this extra door?

The existing footprint really lent itself well to the new changes. The old kitchen had a rear, backyard entrance that is perfect for the mudroom I have always dreamed of; however, since the existing master will no longer be accessible to the hallway, it was important to add a small bathroom in close proximity to this area. By reworking the existing bath, we changed the door location and added tons of storage, including double vanities. I can’t wait to see this finished!

Here are some before and current progress photos. Family room before…

Family room progress with our new sliding doors! I am having the paneling removed in this room as well as in the hallway. You can see the new drywall as well.

Here is another view of the current kitchen…

…and as it begins the demo stage. We are reusing cabinets wherever we can. A couple from this kitchen are going into the garage for additional storage. We are keeping one cabinet with the boomerang countertop. I love a little kitsch in strategic locations.

The master bedroom has been one of my favorite areas to work with. This is the before shot: a long, empty room…

…with a teeny tiny closet. NOT functional for both my husband and I.

So we are knocking that closet down and adding custom built-ins. One side of the room for my husband, and one for me. Here is a sneak peek of the drawings-

The master bathroom before had cute starburst tile, but it just isn’t as functional as we would like. The chandelier will be spared for a future project. Here is a look back to jog your memory…

This shot is from the demo phase. I think the construction guys really wanted to class up the demolition by leaving the crystal chandelier in place.

They left it up through framing as well! A feminine touch goes a long way, I tell ya.

Here is the long hallway connecting all these areas, before…

And progress! Drywall was hidden beneath the paneling. Lucky us! Our painter put Kilns over the existing drywall to make way for clean coating. The doorways to the master bedroom and old bath are being framed in. This will be my future art gallery. I can’t wait to place art! We need to talk lighting soon, as it will be key in this area.

I am so excited about the progress so far!