Sunday, April 27, 2014

Architectural Hertiage Center's Kitchen Revival Tour

I took this picture before we even finished up the window hardware

 Two weeks ago our kitchen was on the Architectural Heritage Center's Kitchen Revival Tour.  It was so much fun to be able to share our kitchen with around 350 old house lovers.  It was also nice to be able to share how we were able to complete a 100% custom kitchen on a budget as well as share the names of all of the wonderful products and contractors that we used (I have included them below).

While the tour was Saturday, we were invited to a reception and a showing of all the other homes on the tour-they were so gorgeous and inspiring. 

I thought I would share pictures that I took of our kitchen while it was all cleaned up for the tour and finally FINISHED!!!!  We literally finished up installing the hardware on the restored kitchen window 1.5 days before the tour-nothing like a little pressure right before the tour.

Kitchen Resources

Kitchen Cabinets: Dovetail Custom Woodworks
Tile: Reiner Tile & Stone
Plumbing: Gagliasso Plumbing
Marmoleum Floor (Eiger) & Granite (Absolute Black Honed): Paulsons
Back Door (& front door restoration): Willow Classic Woodworking
Drywall: Oswego Dry Wall
Light Fixtures: Rejuvenation
Light Shades: School House Electric
Dishwasher: Bosch
Range: NXR (Costco)
Fridge: Kitchen Aide
Sink: Kohler Anthem
Faucet: Strom Plumbing
Sprayer: Danze
Back Door Hinges/Light Switches/Outlet Plates/Bin Pulls: House of Antique Hardware
Cabinet Latches, Aubrey Fridge Pull & Cabinet Pulls: Restoration Hardware
Cabinet Hinges: Horton Brasses

And an insane month it has been.  The first weekend of April Mr. Ben turned 4 and had a Robot Party to celebrate.  We also had some good friends visit.  Then it was the house tour.  The last two weekends (and week) we have been in California for a family reunion-soooo much fun!  Now we're back to the grind. 
We visited our wedding site, McCormick Ranch in Camarillo, CA-such a gorgeous old home and grounds

Not gonna lie, my BFF and I love to coordinate our kiddos outfits.  We need good pix for their wedding someday, right?

Turns out getting a good pic of two 11 month-olds is no easy feat.  Maxwell and Quinny sittin in a tree....

Sibling luv

knees for miles


The Gang in Cambria, CA, just south of Hearst Castle

Watching the Elephant Seals in San Simeon-the weather couldn't have been better

In addition, we just chose a contractor (Red Rooster Remodeling)  for our big remodel project and couldn't be more excited.  I'll have lots more to follow but we basically hired the contractor just for framing, structural and exterior.  We would have loved to hire her for the whole project but it is just not in our budget :(  We met with our architect, Joe (joeswank at gmail dot com) this morning and finalized drawing changes-we hope to have a set of drawings ready for permits in about a month give or take.  We hope to kick off the project in late June when the weather is better.  Less rain = saved money on tarping.