Pantry and laundry rooms: designing small spaces

Who knew designing a pantry and a laundry room could be so involved?  After receiving 2 separate bids on designing our little spaces, we settled on one that seemed to maximize the space with storage for all our stuff.  First, the pantry – the tall cabinets built to keep the vacuum and brooms tucked away and out of sight.  Room for (hopefully) all my kitchen appliances, boxes of pasta, canned goods, party supplies, and…well, yes…dog food.  The laundry room – simple and clean.  The small square on the right wall will hold a drying rack, which folds down to hang clothes but hugs the wall when not in use – an ingenious little device picked up from Ikea for $20 – alas, our only kitchen bargain in this entire remodel.

The pantry rendering

The pantry rendering

Pantry angle - overhead view.

Pantry angle – overhead view.

Laundry rendering

Laundry rendering

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Help! I can’t find the bathroom!

Where once we had a bathroom door, now we have a wall.  In order to make room for the kitchen, we’ve had to close off one of the doors to the Jack & Jill style bathroom, which we called “Monty’s bathroom”.  Now our dear sheepdog has his own “en suite” bathroom off his bedroom.  If you’re looking to use Monty’s bathroom, make sure you knock first because now that he’s learned how to fetch the paper, he’s usually in that bathroom for hours.

AFTER: A wall now covers up one of the door's to the bathroom

AFTER: A wall now covers up one of the doors to the bathroom

BEFORE: Bathroom between laundry room and Monty's room

BEFORE: Bathroom between laundry room and Monty’s room

Why does it look like cotton candy?

The remodeling project is progressing – the insulation is up on the kitchen walls and the ceiling, and dry-wall is set to begin next week.  Our kitchen is starting to look like, well, at least some sort of a room.  A series of inspections have happened (and I’m told we passed), but more to come.  We’re still waiting on delivery for doors and windows, and kitchen fixtures will be confirmed next week.   The downstairs basement still has a ways to go, but little by little it too is coming along.  Its progress – not fast progress, but progress nonetheless.

Kitchen ceiling "cotton candy" insulation

Kitchen ceiling “cotton candy” insulation

New insulation on the kitchen walls.

New insulation on the kitchen walls.

Noodles on the ceiling

As the workers prepare for installation of the can lights in the kitchen, the ceiling looks like its dripping with Ramen noodles…or worms…or in more morbid terms, getting ready for a western-style hanging…yippee ki yay.  It seems rather dismal and dark now, but with 12 lights going in the kitchen plus 3 pendants, we should be light and bright in no time.

Noodles on the ceiling

Noodles on the ceiling

Baby it’s cold outside.

Wouldn’t you know it – the day that our contractor knocks down our outside wall coincides with the cold snap that hits town.  So while half our house is boarded up with plywood, we’re cranking the heat trying to keep ourselves warm.  But we manage to deal with it with big fuzzy slippers and lots of blankets on the bed.

The side of the house built out.

The side of the house built out.

Plywood keeps out everything but the cold.

Plywood keeps out everything but the cold.