21 Dec

We recently moved into a starter home in Kirby Muxloe. It’s a nice house in a nice area and we got a great price for it. However, along with it came a lot of work that needed to be done as a consequence of the low price. For the most part, our kitchen and yard were the two biggest problems, so those are what we focused on the most in our renovation.

Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen came with a lot of old-looking, dated cabinetry and flooring. The house isn’t very new, and we imagined that the cabinets probably had not been done since the house was originally built. In some spots, the wood looked warped and just generally damaged.

We decided to gut the cabinets and counter tops to get a look that was more modern and that matched better. We chose to work with Eastwood’s Carpentry for the kitchen cabinets. They helped us choose the wood that we wanted for the feel we were going for and they got our cabinets up fast. We thought about painting the cabinets, but opted instead to just put a lacquer on them and let the more natural look of the wood come through. After that, we got new hardwood floors to match the cabinets.

Landscaping

The yard in the house we bought is large and had a lot of potential. However, we could tell that the former owners had really let it go, and it was very underdeveloped. We like to spend a lot of time outside so we wanted our yard to be great. That’s why we hired Groby Landscapes. We decided to focus on the backyard and put in a garden and a deck. Groby Landscapes created a garden design for us based on the type of plants we wanted. We went with a functional garden that has easy to maintain plants.

Our deck is right off our back door. The wood is stained with a similar color to what is inside our house so it all looks pretty consistent. We wanted a deck with a lot of space for a table, some seating, and some plants. Groby Landscapes made us a sizable, sturdy deck that we use all the time.

Renovating a house is a big undertaking but it is a lot easier with help from good companies. We love the way our house turned out.