Remodel or not remodel, that is the question..

Kitchen Remodel March 2017

We have lived in our home since May of 2003.  The longest we have ever lived in a home previously was 3 years.  We never even thought of remodeling because we were never anywhere long enough.  Homes built in 2003 definitely have a feel.  The same as a classic split level feels Brady bunch early 80’s.  Our dentil molding and honey colored cabinets and hardwoods boldly declared our homes age.

It must be the floors.  This is what I told myself.  We had hardwood floors that were an absolutely beautiful honey color…….in 2003.  The kids and pets had done a good number on the floors with wear and tear. Colleen and I decided to have our floors refinished.  We would change the step-down family room from carpet to hardwoods and change the color of the existing hardwoods to a nice walnut. Oh, and while we were at it, we decided to have hardwoods installed on the stairs too.  

I asked around and spoke with 3 hardwood vendors.  My normal routine is to find 3 vendors that come highly recommended and then go with my gut after meeting them face-to-face.  Here are a few shots of the space before we had the floors done.

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Those are our hounds Luna and Braxton.  Braxton is the little, ornery one.  This is how she spends her free time.  Laying on our patio granite island…

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We hired Green Step Flooring out of Cary for the floor project.  Janar, the owner, told us it would take about 7 days and that we would need to be completely out of the house for at least 3 of those days.  It is impossible to be home when the stain and topcoat is applied.  We planned a short trip as a family and when we returned the floors were finished!

This is the only shot I can find of the new floor color.

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To keep you in suspense, I’ll wait until my next post to show you the rest of the space.   :-)

The new floors looked great, but now the cabinets were not matching well.. Colleen and I decided that the only way to fix this was to redo the whole kitchen. Were we high on new hardwood fumes or was this a good idea? Either way we were doing it.  Too be honest, I was pretty sure that refinishing the hardwoods would lead to the start of the entire project.

I am fairly sure that a better way to approach a remodel would be not to do the floors first. Whoops.

If you have questions about the project, or questions about your home and a possible remodel there, definitely reach out to me. The Good Living Group is here as a resource for all of your real estate needs and questions.

Enjoy the day, make it a great one!

Tim

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