Here's some before pics.....Everything looks pretty good - especially right before Christmas. The fireplace before pic is after a little de-construction, actually, but you get the idea. Everything was in pretty good shape but...was very dated and even though the kitchen was large, I felt there was a lot of wasted space. Stay tuned for some great ideas!
|Desk/bar area before|
|Kitchen, island, sink before|
|Island and bookshelves|
We had been talking about this project for a very long time, but it was kind of hard to pull the trigger and get it done because it not only meant a big expense - but also meant that I would not be able to work my regular Great Foodini business for a few months. It was important to me to find somebody who understood that this may be a kitchen to some people, but to me, it was MY BABY!!!
I found someone that I had initially met and liked outside of the 'Contractor World' so when it came time to really dig into this, we called Jim Seghi of Seghi Renovations.
|Seghi Renovations in South Lyon|
About a week later we met at his office in South Lyon to look at his proposal - he was a lot of fun to work with and I liked that we could see a 3-D look at the ideas that he and his design team came up with. I laughed because before he showed us his idea, he said we were either going to love it or think he was crazy! Needless to say, we loved it - it was completely different than anything else that had been shown to us or that we thought of and completely used every square inch of space. I liked that Jim, himself, is a foodie and does a ton of cooking so he understood the importance of placement of counters and appliances, etc.
Here's a pic of the work in progress - and a peek at my blood pressure about halfway through - check it out - not too shabby for a girl cooking on a hot plate and microwave!!!
|Not too bad, huh???|
|The best inclusive view I could get with my phone.|
|Bar area - two more stools are coming and,|
can you see the second oven snuck in there?
|Cooking and cleaning area - LOVE LOVE LOVE|
the dual burner fuel range - So far no Mrs. Doubtfire
These pictures do not do the project justice, but we have some professional pics coming soon - I was just very anxious to share as I bring the website back up live and am ready to take Great Foodini back to work!
Here's some other fun things - remember the large bookcases for my special kitchen books and trinkets?
What about Mr. W's special area - check this out!!!
|Believe it or not - room for all of our wine glasses|
Jim also had an idea that we loved - because our main floor is pretty much wide open, I was worried about the family room, bathroom, den - everything being cohesive.....look what he did to tie it all in!
|Same backsplash and granite as|
in the kitchen - somebody got a
little crazy and painted the fireplace
to match the cabinets.
|And new bathroom too, why not said Mr. W on the way|
to the Poor House!!!
We do have a bit of nostalgia, though - and as you can see, we did a lot of painting, trimming and fixing up - but one section is just going to have to stay just like it is.....who else has one of these at home?
|You can see where Eddie passed|
his sister, me and his dad up!
I am looking forward to making a lot of magic in my new kitchen - thanks to Jim Seghi and his fabulous team at Seghi Renovations. It was truly a pleasure to have you work on this project for me!
I am delighted!