Well, my friends, it’s hard to believe it’s been almost a month since I last posted about my Bayberry Kitchen remodel. I figured it was time to update you on the progress, so today I’m going to give you a look at my new windows and doors!
In case you’re new to Inspired by Charm, I am currently renovating the kitchen in the house I purchased last summer. I’ve been documenting the process here on IBC. If you’d like to catch up, you can find before pictures and a video tour here. I also posted the design plan for the new kitchen here.
Kitchen Windows and Doors:
Since I last checked in, there have been lots of changes. Most noticeable are my new windows and doors. Let’s take a look at those first.
(If you’ve enjoyed my videos, and prefer that mode, I’ve created a new one with a full walkthrough of the kitchen. You can find that video at the end of this post.)
One of the things I wanted in my kitchen was more natural light. To achieve that, I decided to open the wall between the dining room and kitchen and install a bank of windows in the dining room. I now have these three glorious windows.
While this was definitely an added expense, I’m so happy with my decision. The space is much brighter, and the windows are an attention grabber in the dining room. Plus, since the windows overlook my driveway, I can easily look out and see if I have company. I love this unanticipated benefit.
As you will see with most of the new windows, this change required some masonry work. Holes had to be created in the exterior brick and then filled in again.
You can see here when the new window was initially added …
… and then you can see here when they filled in the brick. It’s been interesting to watch how this is done.
Back inside I also replaced the French doors in the dining room. These allow a lot more light into the space, and I love the simple horizontal grid design.
All of the windows and doors are Marvin Integrity. My contractor spoke highly of them, so that’s what I decided to purchase. And even though it might make cleaning a bit more time-consuming, I chose to have the muntins placed on the glass rather than between the panes. This detail is just so beautiful, and I think it suits the style of Bayberry House.
Over in the kitchen, the single window above the sink was replaced with two windows.
The double doors in the kitchen are being replaced with a Dutch door. I’ve purchased this one from Simpson Doors. Since all of Simpson Doors are custom made (and I had them add a special detail), the door won’t be here for another few weeks.
Sidenote: I will talk about all of my lessons learned when this project is complete. However, I want to note that timing is crucial. For example, having to wait several weeks for a door could potentially throw off your entire timeline. Thankfully, my contractor has been flexible and able to keep the project moving without this door.
I did sacrifice some natural light here with the removal of the two doors. While it might seem a little dark now, more light will come in once the Dutch door is in place.
Here, you can also see into the new butler’s pantry and powder room. Both of these spaces have been framed out and also have new windows.
You can get a peek at the vanity for the powder room. It’s a vintage two-drawer table that will be topped with marble and fitted with a vessel sink. The faucet will be mounted on the wall, and there will be a marble backsplash.
You might also notice that the back wall of the powder room has been studded out twice. This was done in order to add an extra layer of insulation. Since the faucet is wall mounted, the pipes will be running through an exterior wall. This additional layer will prevent the pipes from freezing in the winter.
Besides making all of these changes, the crew has been working to finish the plumbing and run the electrical. We ran into a few issues along the way but were able to find creative solutions.
Next week drywall will be put up. (Hopefully, that’s the last of the messy/dusty steps!) The floors will be laid after that and the hardwood throughout the entire first floor will be refinished. Anyone have a beach house I can stay at for a week? Ha!
Knock on wood, but so far everything has gone pretty smoothly.
It is crazy having a construction zone on my first floor and working on my master bedroom for the One Room Challenge. However, this week things are feeling more settled, and it’s been exciting to see the positive changes.
I greatly appreciate your patience with me and the blog throughout this process. I expected that creating content and recipes would be challenging during this renovation, but I’ve discovered that all of the upheaval affects my spirit. My home is a big source of peace for me, so having it torn up can get to me at times. I do realize the mess and inconvenience are normal in any remodel and that the end result will make it worthwhile. In the interim, I’m so thankful for an outstanding crew, contractor, and designer who are helping to implement my vision for Bayberry House.
Kitchen Windows and Doors Video:
As promised, you can check out my latest video below. In it, I take you on a guided walk around the space.
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As always, I hope you enjoyed this update on my kitchen remodel. I’ll be certain to show you around again once the drywall is complete. I also want to give you a peek at some of the finishes, including the tile, paint, cabinet pulls, and lighting. That will be a fun post, so stay tuned.
Have a great week, friends!