On my previous post about our a new kitchen space I shared the beginnings of this project. Today I’ll be sharing more about this kitchen remodeling and talking about walls, floors and a budget hit. Surprises can always be expected while doing a home renovations. Right after the floors were raised and plumbing and electrical have started, we found out that the AC ducts needed repair.
While this was not a mayor budget slayer, it was important for us to have a reserve set aside. This definitively came handy on this unexpected hit. The issue took awhile in order to be properly attended; hence the project was hold up for a couple of days. Understanding and accepting this matter will guarantee that there would not be any related future problems. Once the electrical and plumbing were done (and tested) it was time for the walls to be closed.
Windows before walls
But right before those walls were raised, it was time for the windows. The windows I’ve planned for this kitchen were two arched and fixed panels. “Why arches?”, you might ask. Well, the story behind my love for these goes back to my childhood.
In the island of Puerto Rico (where I was born and raised) many of the colonial construction from Spanish buildings have arched doors and windows. Normally the top part was called “Montantes” or “Soles truncos” and they had intricate designs made either from wood, iron or stained glass (see more about this here). Besides decoration, the top areas on the arch were used for ventilation and illumination.
While I really looooove their design, I kept my arches simple just as a reminder of that architectural feature that I admire so much.
If these walls (and ceilings) could talk
They will definitively say “what a change!”. And when I say “change” I really meant a HUGE transformation. Having the wall that divided the garage from the living room removed (check this post to see how the garage used to look), definitively added an instant visual expansion to this house. Now when you’re coming from the front door you’ll get to enjoy the openness of the space.
Having also preserved the angled ceiling in this area helped in making it feel more spacious.
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