I found the original realtor's photo of my kitchen. That dark space to the right of the refrigerator is the first step down into the hall/basement stairs. There was no dishwasher then, either.
|original kitchen 2000|
|closeup tiny counter between stove and fridge|
The vinyl flooring is also in very bad shape. It was not installed by professionals and was obviously pieced together from left overs. It's peeling up in places and missing in others. Because the kitchen is part of a "great room" including the dining and living rooms, the plan was to replace the whole floor, including the crappy carpet that is literally glued to the floor without any type of padding. I was going to do that last year, had the vinyl chosen in fact. Then I had an epiphany and it wouldn't cost a lot of money. Why not switch the fridge with the cabinets on the other end of the kitchen? Those cabinets share a wall with the sliding door that leads to the back deck. Lots of room for a bigger refrigerator there! Brilliant! I'm not sure Hal thought it was so brilliant but he agreed to do it in February, after hunting season and after he'd already cut plenty of firewood. So the new flooring was put on hold and last month Hal went to work.
|removal of cabinets|
|hacksawing the back splash|