A few weeks ago I posted an Instagram of me on my way to “the architect”…well, I am happy to announce that our home renovation plans are finally coming together. Those of you who know us know that we were already planning multiple renovations when we moved into our house a few years ago. Thus far, we have painted every single room in the house, changed out every piece of hardware, replaced every toilet and light fixture and renovated our master bathroom (see here and here for details). These mini-renovations ultimately led me to begin my blog. It is finally time for the big renovation we have always wanted. This reno will include expanding the back of our house to accommodate a large kitchen and great room on the first floor and a master suite on the second floor. We could not be more excited!
If you have been with me from the start, you remember that originally, Suburban Reno was strictly a Home Decor and DIY blog. While I still love crafting, it really evolved into a more life and style blog over the past year, focusing more on fashion and beauty. Obviously, I will be continuing to share my fashion and style, but I do plan to integrate our renovation journey into the mix. Not only do I want to share this exciting time in our lives with all of you, but I also want to be able to offer renovation and decorating tips as we experience them first hand! I hope you will take this journey with me!
Right now, we are still in the planning stage. We have gone back and forth with our architects and are getting pretty close to finalizing our plans. As we continue to make tweaks, we are researching all of the finishes that we want from fireplaces, to counter tops, to flooring and everything in between. Here is where our research had led us thus far.
We are planning on doing an all-white kitchen with shaker style cabinets. If you read my master bathroom post, you know that we went with the Supreme White quartzite on our vanity. We didn’t want to use the same stone in the kitchen, so we went hunting for other options.
Supreme White Quartzite
White Macabus Quartzite
We haven’t finalized our decision yet, but we are leaning towards Carrara Marble right now. I know people have very different feelings about using Carrara in a kitchen or bathroom, but we just love it! Nothing we have seen comes close enough to sway us!
We also started looking at wood flooring. We are hoping to go with a pre-finished, engineered product in a medium stain color. So far we have looked at walnut, acacia and hickory. We are planning to replace the floors in the entire house, so we really want to make sure that we love what we are picking out! The picture below is a hickory product that is hand-scraped and very durable!
Pre-Finished, Engineered Hickory
We have also started looking at powder room and kitchen hardware and vanities. We are going to continue the grey scheme from the master bathroom remodel into the rest of the house. Below is our favorite option for the first floor powder room. Additionally, we want a swan neck faucet for the kitchen sink and I think we might have found a winner below!
Fairmont Designs Smithfield Vanity
Finally, we have started looking at siding for the house. With the addition going up, this is the perfect time to upgrade the siding (and the roof). This isn’t as exciting as the interior renovation, but it is still a necessary part of the finished product. We looked at a lot of options, but I think we are going to keep it simple with vinyl clapboard.
We are still a few months away from breaking ground, but we are hoping to have most of the interior and exterior decisions made by then so that we can keep pushing forward. Our goal is to have everything done before next Thanksgiving! Wish us luck!!!
When was the last time you used a protractor or compass….be honest! I’m pretty sure I haven’t used one since high school!
Thank you for stopping by!!
UPDATE: Check out the Renovation Diary to see our renovation project from start to finish!
MauNovember 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm
Awesome! Very exciting! I used a protractor and compass last week.
KristenNovember 20, 2015 at 9:43 am
Thank you Mau!! It’s very exciting! Wow, good for you, like I said, no using protractors for this girl!