In a previous post, I discussed some of the prep for the pass-through and included the diagram Steve drew up. I also think it’s a great rendition of the pass-through inspiration picture I included in a previous post.
Also, we were fortunate to have guests at the old SB for Easter weekend — my MIL and BIL came to visit! We hadn’t seen them in way too long, and it was the perfect excuse to get the kitchen painted and the house majorly cleaned up. Seriously, we had been living like squatters. It was so good to get organized and take a pause from the ongoing renovation madness.
(Manny and I with his mom, who came to visit us for Easter. Incidentally, it was her birthday on Sunday — happy birthday, Theresa! And that sweet little Meyer lemon tree you see in the photo at the right was a recent gift from her. I have *always* wanted a lemon tree, so this is pretty exciting stuff. We need to plant it soon. She also gave us some gorgeous Royal Copenhagen plates over the weekend to add to our collection! Folks, she spoils us big time…)
(Manny and his little bro, Daniel, in front of Savannah’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, where we attended Mass on Easter. Now, I know a thing or two about cathedrals — I have a PhD in medieval art and architectural history and teach cathedrals and stuff for a living. So trust me when I say this is a ridiculously beautiful and special church. If you’re ever in town, check it out. Btw, Danny is moving from NYC to LA this week — good luck, Danny!)
(Manny, Danny, and Theresa at a little cafe across from St. John’s. When we left Mass, it was *pouring* down rain. We stopped in for lunch and to take refuge from the bad weather. By the time we were done lunching, it had stopped raining — an Easter miracle. As an aside, please join me in telling my husband his long, shaggy 1970s hair is super rad! Seriously — no joke — I totally love it. He looks like a character from Argo in the best possible way. I think he’s getting it cut tonight, and I’m going to mourn.)
I *so* wanted to believe, as we all sat together, eating cheese and pâté in a clean (albeit still kitchen-less) house, that this was the way things would be from now on — that we’d really gotten our lives back. But it was all short-lived.
After Easter, it was back to chaos, back to work…
Words fail me and I cannot tell you how much I was dreading getting back to work on the kitchen at the end of the weekend. We had everything in the house looking so good for company, set up so nicely — who cares that we still didn’t have a kitchen?! Rolling up the carpets was so sad.
I’m pretty sure the only thing that made it bearable was Tilly parking her big ol’ basset booty on one mid-roll. That pup has quite a sense of humor.
Thank goodness for Steve, who had been working on the various pieces for our pass-through in his home workshop while Manny and I had company in town. As a refresh, here’s the plan he drew up:
As soon as the holiday weekend was over, he was ready to go.
The pass-through is a pretty big deal for Manny and me. When we first met our little bungalow, we fell in love immediately — except for the kitchen, which was very clearly a total gut job.
Because what is now a long, rectangular kitchen was originally two separate, smaller rooms when the house was built, there were two entrances, right next to each other, into the single kitchen space. It was so maddening — the kitchen’s layout was horrible to accommodate the two doorways, and, because our home’s floor plan is pretty centralized and open, you could see the weird double-entrance to the kitchen from the front door — as soon as you walked in.
Now, with the pass-through between the dining room and kitchen framed, the whole house just seems to make more sense. We’ll be able to have a more functional galley-style kitchen, rather than a corner layout, and — bonus — the pass-through looks original to the house, as if things have always been this way at the SB. We are so happy with it!