There is always something happening at the Tanglewood house! Since we moved in in October we have had workers here on and off! And now we are undertaking our biggest renovation yet! The kitchen!!!
When we moved from StoneGable to the Tanglewood house there were a few things that we knew we needed to change.
Some of the things we really loved about Tanglewood are how well the house was built, the layout, and, of course, the living on a golf course! I know that is Bobby’s favorite!
But we did have a list of things that needed to be done to make Tanglewood feel like it was ours.
We made a list and have been checking off each renovation! We had the entire inside of the house painted. Walls, trim, doors etc. Because of our very open concept we chose a pretty neutral white. Simply White by Benjamin Moore.
We also had all the carpeting ripped out of the bedrooms and the loft and hardwood were installed to match the existing floors.
The fireplace was rebuilt and we had built-in bookshelves made for the study. French doors were added to the opening of the study too.
And the beginning of last month we had part of the side and the back of our home landscaped.
The biggest change by far will be the kitchen. And that renovation started yesterday!
Here are some images of our kitchen yesterday. It looks empty because we took everything off the counters.
One of the nicest things about our home is the layout of our kitchen. It’s very very open and the U shape work area is so efficient!
And there is so much counter space!
We also find the long wall of cabinets and countertop a great place to make coffee and set up a bar and/or buffet!
The “footprint” of the kitchen will stay the same. I love it!!! My sister, the gourmet chef, says I could film a cooking show from it! LOL!
We decided to keep the existing cabinets and paint them. They are such good quality and I really did not want to rip them all out if we didn’t have to.
The refrigerator will stay too.
Here are some of the things we are changing…
- color palette
- the microwave will be removed and a hood installed
- new microwave in the pantry
- outlets- they will be pop-ups and other’s installed under the upper cabinets
- plate rack created on the side of a cabinet to keep cutting boards in
One of the best things about this house is the windows and all the light that comes pouring through them.
Part of the kitchen is this little nook with lots of windows and light…
I’m so excited to be able to finally use this area!
Kitchens By Eileen is a wonderful Lancaster County company we chose to do this kitchen renovation! We are thrilled with their professionalism, the way they listened, understood our desires, and translated them into a beautiful plan!
Sunday afternoon our project manager Jon came and sealed off our kitchen from the rest of the house.
You can see we made a make-shift kitchen on the dining room table.
Here is the 3-D mock up of our new kitchen. Remember this is just a rendering so it looks a bit flat and not everything is the right color.
Also, the pendant lights are not the ones we have chosen. However, the pictures below will give you a good idea of the direction we are going with this renovation.
I have had a white kitchen for 25 years! It’s timeless and easy to care for! So this kitchen will be white too! A white kitchen feels like home to me!
The countertops are going to be white quarts with just a whisper of veining. The backsplash will be a basketweave Calcutta marble which has some gray in it but also some warm tones like the faintest butter, gold, and sienna.
The glass in the cabinets will be seeded and there will be a brushed nickel foot rail on the island.
We decided to use brushed nickel instead of going with gold tones (which I LOVE) in the kitchen because the refrigerator is stainless and so is the dishwasher. The new stove is stainless too.
The bar stools in the mock up are not ones we will use.
The end of the counter below will be solid and have a plate rack to put my cutting boards in.
I think we will use the banquette as a sitting area for now and when we have lots of family here we can bring in a table and use it for extra dining.
I’m excited to choose a pretty cushion fabric to bring a bit of softness to the kitchen. Because the house is so open there is not a lot of wall space to hang curtains on.
As the renovation goes on I’ll continue to update you!
Our next project this fall is to have the landscaping taken out from the front our home and new replanted.
We had hoped that all the renovations would be done in two years. I think we are on schedule!