Last Monday we started a huge renovation. Which meant we spent the week before frantically packing, loading boxes into the POD and freaking out about how much crap stuff we have.
We decided to tackle the kitchen, stairs and HVAC work first. All the interior kitchen/living room/dining room walls are gone and we're going open concept. Mostly, as we'll still have a floor to ceiling space that will hold the fridge and pantry cabinets.
This is what we're starting with -
And this is where we're going, for the kitchen anyway. We're moving the kitchen to the front and encompassing the old "eat in" area, enlarging the coat closet, and shifting the door to the garage. In addition, we're adding can lights all around, new tile in the entry and extending the hardwood floors throughout the kitchen. The island will have cabinets on both sides, as well.
We were up bright and early Monday morning, ready for the crew to show up. By the end of the second day the old kitchen was totally gone all the walls were down. We got a lovely look at the original flooring in the kitchen. We still can't decide which is worse.
My daughter was very upset that she wasn't there to help demo the kitchen, so the guys saved some drywall for her to hit with a hammer this week. She was thrilled.
By Friday afternoon the kitchen was down to the subfloor, the framing and plumbing rough-ins were done, and the HVAC guys were well underway. It was quite noisy and dusty.
Honestly, so far it's not as bad as we expected. We have a large area of the living room taped off with heavy plastic holding our dining room table, fridge and a pantry cabinet. The plastic sheeting to the bedrooms & downstairs works pretty well, as long as it stays up and zipped. It is a lot louder that I imagined and I've found I haven't been able to get a lot done during the day with all the noise.
We put off working on the basement office space, bathroom & laundry for now, which in hindsight was probably the right choice. So far we're coping with losing the kitchen, but with all the laundry we do on a weekly basis I'd go batty with both gone.
You just have to realize you will have lots of dust and that even though the crew sweeps up, it won't be as thorough as you'd like. I usually resweep after they leave in the evening and use a swiffer wet mop on the hardwoods just to help keep the dust from spreading throughout the house.