Today is the fifth day of work on our kitchen. As part of a plan to sell in 2008, we have been steadily renovating and improving our house in the hope that it will give us a decent return. It has been a long and tortuous process that began as a result of a plumbing disaster back in early 2004. Our kitchen and family room make up the last major piece in the improvement puzzle, with only cosmetic work to follow.
Cursed with a small and poorly-designed kitchen, we have taken the bold step of combining it with our large family room. After doing a bit of research, we have found that this arrangement is favored by the kind of families who might be in the market for a house like ours. No useful space is lost from the family room, but the kitchen is enlarged and opened out. The result is a spacious cooking area with plenty of places to put stuff.
By far the biggest drawback in doing this is time it takes to do it. In a brilliant stroke, we have undertaken the project during a season that encompasses both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanksgiving is going to move somewhere else (please don't laugh), and we hope (pretty please) to have the kitchen and family room complete in time for Christmas, albeit in an undecorated state.