In July 2007, two days after my husband and I bought our first house, it flooded – thanks to a handyman who damaged a valve when replacing the faucet. I spent the first day in the house putting everything away in the kitchen only to have to re-box it all the next day. It was a three month saga that left us kitchenless and *gasp* eating out for almost every meal. We tried to continue to eat healthy during the remodel, but it was so difficult.
Here’s the original kitchen (while being cleaned by the previous owners):
The day after the flood, our insurance company sent out a demolition/water extraction crew to gut the room and dry it to prevent mold and mildew from taking over:
While remodeling, we found the original eighty year old hard wood floors under two layers of linoleum! We had them refinished and they look gorgeous. I can’t believe that anyone ever covered them up. Our insurance company and contractor were great. The process wasn’t stress-less by any means, but not having to come up with the money ourselves was a major stress reducer. We redesigned the layout slightly and are really happy with the results.
As soon as the plumbing was installed (the last step), I entered cooking heaven. There is nothing like cooking your own food…
It was done just in time for Thanksgiving, so I had the opportunity to cook my first Turkey. It was really exciting and fun to cook a big meal for our family.