Before + After | Closed-Off Quarters becomes Open Living + Kitchen + Dining

Happy New Year, all! We have been MIA on social media due to multiple projects, including our first flip (you can see progress pictures and before & after's on our Facebook + instagram) and this kitchen remodel. Today I'm sharing one of our biggest projects to date. This 1970's ranch was all walls and very little space; each living area was closed off to the next, and the design made absolutely NO sense. We added a whole lot of openness and value to this kitchen / living / dining space and the results were pretty stunning (I only have three photos, but will be posting more as we finish accessorizing & decor!)

We removed virtually every wall we possibly could to create the biggest, most open feel. We took out everything from cabinets, to appliances, to floors and more and it was a MAJOR demo. We took out the wall between the existing kitchen and dining space and extended the cabinets all the way to the end of the old dining wall. Then, we removed the wall in between the existing living and dining, and made it an open-concept living and dining space. 

AFTER - open concept, light and bright with the natural light that was previously blocked by multiple walls

AFTER - open concept, light and bright with the natural light that was previously blocked by multiple walls

BEFORE - closed off kitchen that was dark because of the lack of natural light

BEFORE - closed off kitchen that was dark because of the lack of natural light

With such a large space to work with once walls were gone, we decided on a huge island with globe pendant lighting, and were even able to add a desk / bar space in the corner. 

AFTER

AFTER

BEFORE

BEFORE

White shaker cabinets added brightness and a more spacious feel, and quartz countertops on the perimeter were accented by a concrete-looking, flat grey island top.

AFTER - wall between kitchen & dining removed, cabinets & island extended all the way into existing dining space

AFTER - wall between kitchen & dining removed, cabinets & island extended all the way into existing dining space

BEFORE - wall between kitchen and dining

BEFORE - wall between kitchen and dining