Because of our (my) unnatural obsession with having a wonderful kitchen, we had been considering moving from our suburban home to some unique style residence with a very large and special kitchen.  Seeing magazine pictures of downtown lofts, converted firehouses, reconfigured warehouses or factories let our imaginations run wild.  Briefly.  We’re not downtown and given our employment situation, downtown really isn’t attractive for us.  Too long of a commute, city-wage tax, noise, traffic, safety, etc.

We considered Conshohocken, thought about Bridgeport, and pondered Norristown.

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All three of these are very close to Radnor (my employment location) yet offer city-like opportunities. The hope had been that there were opportunities or loft-y places already available. Without being overly critical or offensive, my views of these three mini-cities.
Conshohocken: prime commuter/office location at the intersection of 476 and 76. Lots of yuppie-like condos, new-family townhouses and plenty of new offices. One small commercial strip, near-cool restaurants. No grocery store, no movie theater, probably overpriced and picked-over.

Bridgeport: Working class, a bit run-down, tiny little downtown, too close to Norristown.

Norristown: Most city-like of the three. Most run-down of the three. Promises of revitalization. Broken promises. Looked into a an old Bell Telephone building, 8 floors or so, 10 ft ceilings. Wonderful opportunity right in the middle of where you don’t want to be after dark.

A first entry for A Kitchen Remodel.  This blog is intended to follow along as we undergo our kitchen remodel.

A little background now with more to come a later.

My wife and I use our kitchen a lot.  We thoroughly enjoy cooking, baking and entertaining.  Baking is especially important to us since she (we) have a made-to-order dessert business very dependent on our home kitchen.

Our home <<picture later>>.  A lovely suburban four-bedroom center hall colonial.  {I don’t think I realized I lived in such a home until I just typed it.}  Philadelphia suburbs.

We’ve lived here pretty much since the day we moved in, gosh, about 13 years ago.  New home at the time, our choice of design, some custom upgrades made, great open floor plan that we’re still happy with after all of these years.

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Our family:  2 kids, both in college as I write this, neither living at home.

We’ve been faced with a dilemma of sorts.  Our house has more rooms than we really need.  Fine, we need our bedroom and our bathroom.  A kitchen is useful, considering what I mentioned above.  A family room – required.  A dining room proves to be useful, for us, perhaps 5 or 6 times a year.  Maybe a little bit more.  The kids (let me introduce them briefly:  Max and Sara.  Hi Max.  Hi Sara.) still need their rooms.  Max continues to visit us weekly, mostly Sundays.  And Sara is spending this summer with us, plus she’ll be back for school breaks (senior year coming up) and who knows after graduation.

That leaves us with a guest room.  Very useful.  Its usage nearly corresponds with dining room usage.  Well, actually, the guest room is used more often.  Oh, and our unused, largely unfurnished living room.  Oh, and our huge basement including an office and our work room/storage/tools/storage/crawl space/storage/heater/storage room.

Let’s not forget our two car garage that sometimes is empty enough to hold one car.  And finally, a laundry room (mudroom).  {What is a mudroom?  Mud comes into our house and I’ll hear about it.}

Gosh, turns out we hardly have many unused rooms.  The large finished basement (that I did pretty much on my own) is barely used except for storage.


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