Last week I mentioned that I would be sharing how our porch project made it’s way inside. Well, it sure did, straight into the kitchen! Let me start by saying that this was not something that ever crossed our minds, we just wanted to simply screen in the porch and keep the bugs out. However, when we began meeting with different contractors for estimates we learned that the height of our windows on the second story of our home above the deck would affect the pitch of the roof. This would limit the depth of the screened porch. A long and narrow deck was definitely not going to work for entertaining, the big table with seating for eight that I had been dreaming about or all of my decorating plans.
The ideas for working with the pitch issue were all very different, along with the estimates. The two contractors with the most vision discussed with us that the best option was to move the porch so that it would open up from the kitchen.
One plan was to remove the two bay windows in the center, replacing them with a pair of French doors. We loved this idea at first, but the more we thought about it, we had a hard time envisioning how the bay window would look from the porch and the space it would take up as well. The second plan and the contractor we ended up hiring had the same idea, but took it one step further, completely removing the bay window and replacing it with an 8′ sliding door.
This idea was the winner because we no longer had the worry about the awkwardness of function and space of the bay window and French doors opening onto the porch. We also had this wonderful opportunity to resolve an issue that we didn’t think was possible and that was expanding the size of our kitchen. When we purchased our home we truly loved the kitchen and it was the perfect size for our family. However, when it comes to entertaining and everyone always seems to gather in the kitchen, it can get pretty cramped. The additional square footage we gained by removing the bay window was fairly small, but the visual impact was big and it completely opened up our kitchen.
So, before I show you the changes, here’s a look at what the kitchen looked like pre construction.
I have to admit I am really going to miss our little breakfast nook.
Here’s a before look at the bay window from the outside.
Here’s a peek from the inside.
Now a look at it after the bay window was removed.
Before the bay window was removed the crew put up a temporary wall.
No construction project is complete without a surprise and for us that was discovering a pipe that was in the wall that was removed. There was no way it was staying there. The only option was to add a header which would allow the pipe to run along the ceiling and down the new back wall. The header created a drop down ceiling in the area by the new door which we are not crazy about, but we’re hoping once everything is painted and complete it won’t be so noticeable.
We were so happy when the temporary wall came down as this was the first time we could see what the view of the new porch would look like from the kitchen.
The insulation is in.
We finally felt like we were making progress in the kitchen after the drywall was complete.
The hardwood flooring arrived right before we left for vacation which was perfect timing so it could acclimate for the week.
The guys did a great job, the stain was a perfect match! Also, here’s a look at the new window which really helped to brighten up our dark kitchen.
So, is anyone wondering what happened to the back door? Well, that’s something I am super excited about and it was a last minute idea that I thought of and my hubby and the contractor loved it (yay me)!
Here’s a little peek! This project is still a few weeks from completion, but I promise to fill you in on all the details as soon as it’s finished.
I just want to say thank you so much for stopping by today and next time I will have lots more pictures to share of the progress on the porch.