My closet removal project: 1

This weekend my husband and I did something that many would consider irresponsible, reckless, and just a little crazy.  We took some walls out of our house.  On whim.  With no solid plan in place.  That’s just more or less how we roll.  We’ve been talking about removing both of our entry closets since the day we bought our house.  On Sunday, my husband grabbed a sledge hammer and decided the talking was over.  We’re doing this.  It won’t be fast, and we’ll be doing it all ourselves.  My one and only goal is to get something, anything, accomplished with this project every week.  I’m going to keep a strict tally on how much it costs, and I’ll report back every Wednesday.

Without further ado, here is what we started with and where we’re at now.

This is a panorama from the hallway to the front door.  From left to right, we have the AC door, closet 1 door, and closet 2 door (the one I made into a pocket library).
As you can see, we don’t’ have much of an entry.  This is looking straight on at closet 2 (pocket library).
When you open the front door, you walk right into the side of closet 1.  This is the biggest change that I wanted.  I want the front door to open into a visually appealing space.  Not a wall.

Here is what we’ve done so far.

Closet 1 gone.
All closet walls gone!

Most people would clear the closets out before they start tearing out walls and they would be right to do so.  That’s my goal for this week.  After I get all the stuff cleared out, I’m going to rip up the carpet, then maybe attempt to break up some of the tile.  I’ll tell you next week what my plans are for the space and some of the materials that I want to use.

Week 1 costs: $0.00

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Some of you out there are thinking of remodeling.  You’ve been thinking about it for months, maybe even years.  Maybe you’ve waffled back and forth about certain ideas.  Maybe Pinterest has put you into idea overload and you don’t know how chose!  Maybe you’re just coming up blank altogether.  Or perhaps you’re just unsure of some weird angles and measurements in your space.  If any of this describes you, you could benefit from a professional design and planning session.  Know that it doesn’t cost a fortune and it can save you in the long run.


Sometimes a great idea can fall apart completely when you see how it will actually work in your space.  So many times I’ve had people see a display, or a photo online and say “I want this exact kitchen in my house!”, and that’s great.  We can definitely start with that.  However, your space is unique and your kitchen will reflect that.  An invaluable tool is 3d software.  Every client of mine receives a pdf of their kitchen with various perspective views and measurements.  Not only that, but we walk and measure the kitchen over and over again, making tic marks on the wall, drawing outlines on the floor, and really getting a feel for what it will be like to move around in the new space.  Through this process old ideas are discarded and new ones formed.  Sometimes, and client and I will both be struggling to find a solution to a particular challenge, then, while walking the space and doodling on the walls and floor, we’ll both look up and have the exact same lightbulb moment.  I love it when that happens.

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When you have a plan, everyone is on the same page.  Less confusion among contractors means fewer mistakes, fewer setbacks, and less money spent over all.  I had a customer recently who’s flooring guy showed up before the cabinets were installed.  The problem with that was she only had enough flooring to go around the cabinets, not under them.  I quickly rode over to her house, used my plans to draw a chalk outline of where the toe kick for the cabinets would be, and everything turned out great.  Crisis averted.  Having a plan can also keep you in control of materials and their cost.  There should be very few surprises, if none at all, when you begin purchasing.


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After Photos #5: IKEA Bodbyn

I really love this latest set of after photos.  A husband and wife realty team did an amazing flip on a North Austin home built sometime in the 80’s.  The couple pulled off an impressive self installation and significantly reduced their costs.  I loved seeing the result of all their hard work.  They did an excellent job.


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The Plan

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Originally we weren’t sure if the portion of the wall to the left of the stove would be coming out.  We went ahead and planned a cabinet there that was later omitted.



How amazing is this kitchen?!  The cost for cabinets came in under $3500.  After that, you’re left with flooring, counters, backsplash, fridge and micro hood.  I don’t know what was spent on those items, but I’m going to guess $3000 – $5000.

Here are some bonus photos of a little more than the kitchen.  It’s gorgeous!


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