We took out the ceiling in the kitchen and vaulted the kitchen/dining area. In the upstairs we would only be giving up a small hallway, the stairway and a closet. This was an easy decision, the windows you see in the vault were always there, we just put in a framed window versus a double hung.
This is a before from same angle
Or here before I painted the cabinets
Here is new island, which I just love - all the room for prep and to eat. It is amazing.
I can't get the entire kitchen in one photo. The refrigerator is just on the other side of the opening. It may seem like not the best location but for us it works just fine. I love all the built-ins around it and I have so much storage.
Now this is what you see
Now let me share from the other side, coming down the hallway from the bedrooms
Now you see this
here is another shot
Where I once saw this
I see this
Stove area before
Stove area after
What I once saw here
I see this
Here is some more railing pictures These were all fabricated from a shop here in my hometown. The did an amazing job and the railings are just like I described to them.
Right here you can see into my sewing loft. I have such a beautiful view now, no more looking at the furnace and the plumbing!
The ceiling is one of those changes in the middle of construction decisions. We had thought we were going to do beams but they were not needed for the structure. Once the area was opened up and vaulted, Mike and I knew we didn't want to break up the space. We were nervous about sheetrock and possible cracks. The contractor suggested this and we instantly knew that is what we wanted. This is a tongue and groove product which is prefinished. Isn't it funny how you want one thing but have to go with another and that ends up the perfect solution? Initially, I wanted a white washed finish for the ceiling, that would have taken 3 weeks. We did not have 3 weeks, we needed it now, so we went with the clear finish on the pine. Oh, I am so happy the white washed didn't work out.
Before we had a single door on the north side.
and the window, which we closed up. Also, note the decorating changes through the years
Now we have these beautiful double doors, which are great to move furniture in and out and also remind me of old store doors.
The old view when you opened the front door. I use to take my dressform photos here, so I could get natural light
Now I see this
And the view from my sewing loft
Thanks for looking. I walk around my kitchen in total amazement feeling so blessed and fortunate to have such a beautiful place to cook and entertain. This is one of those cases where the results are so much better than the picture in my head!
This is our first and only house and did the initial kitchen remodel 24 years ago. One thing my mother-in-law said many years ago, when you are farmers, the first thing you look for is the land, then the house comes with it. That was the case for us, the house has gone through many transformations and this one is really the one that is us.
Wall Paint - Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
Island color - Benjamin Moore Galveston Gray
Cabinet color - Sherwin Williams Alabastor
Windmill fan from Shades of Light
Sink Faucet from Home Depot
Hickory Hardwood floor and beveled subway tile - Flooring America
Countertop - Cambria Berwynn
Lights above dining table - Metro Lighting
Barstools - Overstock
Cabinets - made locally by a great friend and talented cabinet maker
Appliances - locally purchased