We recently completed a much needed remodel on the main floor of our home. We fell in love with our home about six years ago and before we knew we were pregnant. It was a foreclosure in a nice neighborhood. At the time, we did not have kids, so we didn't quite know exactly what type of flow we needed in a home to raise little ones. Now, with three kids, we definitely know what we need! We found an amazing contractor who was doing work in the neighborhood in January. We got in touch with him and the rest is history. David McBroom with McBroom Contracting (763-238-6730) did a fantastic job on our remodel. His design ideas, employees, the people he partnered with such as the cabinet maker (Travis Davis from High Mark Custom Cabinets), and his overall positivity gave us the kitchen, mudroom, and main floor of our dreams. Sneak peak...
We started off with a tiny kitchen. We had nine cabinets, and kept extra food, serving dishes, and small appliances in the mudroom and entry coat closets. We purposely stayed away from a Costco membership (even though I have been very intrigued by Costco) simply because we had zero space. We had ugly white tile floors that were uneven and cracked, original 27 year old oak cabinets, low quality appliances, cheap laminate counter tops, and closed off spaces. I like to cook and bake, so maneuvering in this kitchen sucked. I could not keep adequate tabs on the kids while I was cooking, and even though I liked the dining room, it was not functional or used often.
As we began the process, and researched materials, I started to get the feel of what I wanted. I was going for a country light/bright kitchen. I wanted some timeless materials, mixed with a rustic feel what was also bright and cheery. I have always preferred white over dark cabinets. I also liked the brush nickel finishes. With lighting, I was going for the industrial look. For appliances, I wanted a stove that wouldn't set off the fire alarm when I cooked (proper ventilation was key), I wanted to be able to see the kids while I cooked, and I wanted a kid friendly snack drawer in our fridge. I run my dishwasher every day (so many bottles to wash), so I needed something durable. This is what we ended up with. Notice the oven/cook top in the center island with a downdraft ventilation system. Although the downdraft is complicated to install, it is way better than having the microwave vent over the stove. I have not set the alarm off yet. Papa Murphy's pizza and cooking bacon were the true tests, and this stove from Jenn Air passed! It sucks all smoke from the top and in the oven down through the floor and out beneath the deck. The downdraft is built in and there is no pop-up ventilation system that takes up island space. I love being able to cook while the kids sit at the island and watch or participate.
We loved the barn door look, so Dave helped us select a barn door to close off our mudroom. We couldn't be happier with it.
Dave also designed this locker system in our mudroom and re-purposed our kitchen cabinets to give us more storage. Again, his creativity took our mudroom to the next level. The bench cushion was made by Vicki Orr, we used to work together at Palmer Lake. She also made the window bench cushion. I look forward to getting wire baskets to go under the bench to hold shoes.
I really needed a command center where I could teach my online classes, grade papers, pay bills, plan the menu, and keep track of schedules and school papers. Dave McBroom and Travis Davis (High Mark Custom Cabinets) designed the desk, and I ordered my whiteboard from Etsy.com.
I think we will get the Costco membership now! Our new pantry.
We redid the main floor powder room. Kacey needs to add the knobs on the vanity still.
I became obsessed with grey subway tile...
So, all in all, we are loving our new layout, and it is perfect for a family of five!
Since we have a nanny starting with us part time as I take on a new position as a special education director using my administration license, I had to get organized with schedules and the communication I expected from the person caring for our children on those days. There was a lot to take into account for three kiddos. Eva needs to get on and off the bus each day, three meals and two snacks have to be prepared, outfits need to be picked out, Cici needs to be nebbed twice daily, activities need to be chosen, and light cleaning needs to be done. Thank goodness for Care.com, because we were able to find many great candidates, plus back-ups (background checks were included as well). The interviewing process was fun (we created our own set of interview questions), and making a final decision was tough. Testing them out on date nights was a great way to ease into it as I begin training for the position and when I actually start my position. Here are the "nanny notes" I created for our nanny to fill out daily while she works for us. In the end, I am glad that I am able to explore a new position, while still being home three days during the work week and being able to bring Cici to preschool, Eva to and from school, and Beckham to baby story time.