Pantry organization

One of the little luxuries in a cook’s life is space. My old kitchen had a severe lack of space. My new kitchen….a little more 🙂  One of the best spaces for storage in this house is this little pantry under the stairs. It’s close enough to use on a daily basis for the things that don’t fit in the kitchen and big enough to keep all the extras I couldn’t buy previously (i.e. Costco runs for paper towels).

Here is a picture of the pantry as a blank slate.


We took some time to think about how to use the pantry to it’s maximum capacity. We thought about pull-out shelves but with a sloping ceiling this really limited the storage. Continue reading

And we have appliances!

We are one step closer to having a functional kitchen!  The appliances are here. Now to get them working 🙂 I think the one below is going to change my life, and the life of my house guests – who wants to come over?

Our coffee machine!

Our coffee machine!

The kitchen is getting closer to being ready Continue reading

Kitchen update

Our countdown is on….2 weeks left.

I’ve been assured this is when the magic happens.  Everyone works together to get all the big and little things done. And I believe it.  We have come a far way and while there is still a lot left to the untrained eye, it is getting there. This week we saw the cabinets start to take shape and got our first view of the blue cabinet covers. The boxes are in place and the plumbing is ready. The floor is down and the appliances are here. Now to put the cabinet doors in, the backsplash on, the countertop cut and installed, the workplace desk and shelves installed…really not much. OMG, maybe it won’t be ready.  Billy? Continue reading

Let’s Check in…

I was feeling a bit nostalgic today with all the big changes I saw at the condo this week. I went back to my original post and looked at my “must have” list. Wow, things have changed. Let’s take a look.

Our Must Haves:

  1. Open concept kitchen with an island √
  2. Replace the hardwood floors throughout √
  3. Expand to two full bathrooms √
  4. Have a great play area for the kids
  5. Update the design to suit us  √

We are slowly but surely ticking things off our list. We haven’t decided completely about the kids play area yet, but we are looking into a few storage options. Stay tuned for a post about their bedroom and playroom. The girls are very excited about it.

But what else has spiralled out of adding a bathroom and tearing out the kitchen?

Our new additions:

  1. Open the stairwell to let in light
  2. Change the glass to a floating glass system throughout the stairwell
  3. Change the glass on the loft balcony to match the stairwell
  4. Add new lighting throughout the house/add recessed lighting ceilings
  5. Add heated floors
  6. Add a workstation for homework and crafts and adult work at home days
  7. Add organizational systems to the closets downstairs
  8. Open up/widen the doorway between the kitchen and living room
  9. Add AV and electrical to make it a “smart home” since the walls are already open
  10. Paint everything!

I always heard that a reno is more like a living organism than a static project but now that I reflect on it, it is really clear.

Cabinets galore

This is a big day. The cabinets that Ryan has been working on are here. Well at least the boxes of the cabinets are here. Now to properly arrange them and attach them to the walls and put their faces on. 🙂

But in the meantime, it does give  a good idea of what the space is going to look like. It also shows the new drywall in the kitchen that has been sanded and painted. The recessed light ceiling is complete. The lights are working. It’s starting to look like a kitchen again!

Here are the samples of the cabinet doors that we are getting.

We are very excited about the colour and the quality of the product. I can’t wait to see it all together. But I know I’m getting ahead of myself. Patience young grasshopper!


Karate Kid and Mr. Miyagi

And we have wood

The flooring was delivered this week as well.  Things are really starting to move at warp speed. I haven’t been able to see the actual wood yet as it is all in two large piles acclimating to our specific moisture level, temperatures etc (that’s really all I know). It appears that we don’t want actual warping of the wood, just warp speed:)

I heard that the construction boys really got a workout that day as the wood had to be hand carried up the emergency stairs. Who needs the gym when you have real weight to carry around! I don’t know how they did that, or how people on the 28th floor get their lumber, but I’m thankful that ours is now in our house and awaiting placement. We have waited so long and looked so hard for this flooring, that all of this hassle is so going to be worth it.

Only a few more steps before we actually get to see the floor in action.

  1. The flooring specialists will start levelling and prepping the concrete sub-floor.
  2. The sub-floor/underlay is completed
  3. Pick the specific colour/pieces and nosing for the stairs and edging (difficult when we have such a random mix of colours I guess)
  4. Lay the floor

Billy thinks all of this will be able to be completed with the heated flooring in the kitchen “L” or “triangle” area and the bathroom over the next week. That is as long as the cabinets get in first. So many steps but all worth while!