As a family of eight and a constant stream of friends, family and neighbors in our home, we dreamed of building a larger kitchen. The plans for our dream addition were drawn 8 years ago. We saved, waited, dreamed and waited some more. When we broke ground a year ago, it almost didn't seem real. The bliss of starting was soon replaced by the feeling we would never actually finish! A tremendous amount of sweat equity was invested in this kitchen by our entire family. Our kids learned to lay hardwood floors, pour concrete and experience what it is like to live in a construction zone. They also learned firsthand what it is like to be woken up in the middle of the night because an unfinished roof and thunderstorm caused flooding!
We began our addition with simple plans and a lot of grit to see a dream come true.
Eventually, the to-do list got smaller and we were ready for the final step - installing our countertops.
With so many people in and out of our kitchen, I wanted something durable. I also wanted clean lines and a color that was similar to concrete, but easier to care for so we opted for Caesarstone in Flannel Grey.
We worked with Stonecraft International for the fabrication of the quartz. It was incredible to watch firsthand the process of measuring, cutting and installing the counters. We were grateful they welcomed us in and answered all of our questions in the process.
With counters installed, our kitchen was finally finished!
It is hard to believe the space that was once our back porch is now a new kitchen. In the photos below, the back windows are where the arch now stands:
We didn’t need a bigger kitchen to welcome people in – we simply wanted it and worked really hard towards making it happen.
When I shot the ‘after’ pictures of our kitchen, each angle reminded of the life lived during the ‘process.’ Our family is all sleeping in the house again instead of in a trailer out back. We sit around a beautiful table for meals and I have gorgeous counters I GET to clean.
I’m grateful for our new space, but I am equally grateful for the process it took to get here.