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Wilson Remodel: Demolition of Kitchen/Living Room


Living Room / Kitchen: Demolition & New Electrical and Plumbing

Demolition is the fun part right?! We (when I say “we” I mostly mean my husband Chris) removed two walls – one separating the old kitchen from the hallway and the other along the side of the stairs and entryway. Our plan is to install a metal or iron railing in place of the old wall so that you can see through the entire first floor when you enter the front door. Even right after tearing the walls down, the room already feels bigger! 




Given our decision to swap the kitchen and living area (which allows us to have a larger kitchen), quite a bit of work was required to install new plumbing to the new kitchen sink. There was just enough room to run the new drain pipe below the sub-floor and through some existing joists to get it back to the north end of the house and the rest of the existing plumbing/drain lines. We also had to reconfigure and/or re-do much of the electrical set up in the room. All the old kitchen outlets had to be moved down closer to the floor and all the old living room outlets had to be moved up to kitchen counter height. When we purchased the house there was only 1 ceiling light, located above the old dining area. We installed 8 can lights in the new kitchen, including two above the bar area that will have pendent lighting. We also installed a ceiling light in the entry way (hoping to find a neat antique chandelier) and installed an extra light in the new dining area (which was the old kitchen). Finally, we installed all new light switches, with 2 and 3 ways, on different walls throughout the rooms. Chris can do quite a lot on his own, but we called in the pros to complete much of the difficult electrical work (we highly recommend Kyle Singleton!). 




While we were tearing down parts of the drywall, we took the opportunity to replace the small old window that used to be above the sink in the old kitchen. The newer window gives us much better views into the backyard from the future new dining area. 



Wondering what we are doing while our kitchen is torn apart? 

We are living out of the old art studio in the addition over the garage. We have a two burner camp stove set up on the dryer and Chris temporarily installed the dishwasher in the bathroom! It’s actually not that bad, but we are excited to move into our new kitchen! 





UP NEXT: Putting everything back together – drywall, paint, cabinets, flooring, etc. Check out previous remodel pictures, including “before” pics HERE

Katie & Chris’s Remodel: Fixer Upper in Wilson

We bought a fixer upper home in Wilson, WY – Let the remodel begin!

My husband Chris and I recently purchased a fixer upper home in Wilson, WY! We used to live off the Village Road when we were first dating and have always wanted to move back there. After the successful remodel of our townhome in Rafter J, located south of Jackson, we jumped at an opportunity to try our hands at much larger project. The older home (built in 1972) is roughly 2,700 square feet and sits on a 0.6 acre corner lot in a great local neighborhood in Wilson. While we know it will be a big project (probably taking a few years) we are excited to get started! Please check back (and scroll down) to follow our progress. 


BEFORE PHOTOS: Here’s a look at the house the day we moved in – lots to do! 

We are going to remove the wall at the top of the stairs separating the kitchen and living room to open up the whole upper floor. We are also going to remove the wall (with the window opening) separating the current living room from the stairs and replace it with a railing. You should be able to walk in the front door of the split level house and look up and see all the way to the back deck! After giving it much thought, we have decided to move the kitchen to where the living room currently is located. While this creates much more work for Chris (moving plumbing and electrical), it gives us space for a larger kitchen with a big island (where we spend most of our time anyways!). We’ll have a small sitting area and dining table in place of the current kitchen. 










An addition was built onto the east end of the house above the garage sometime in the early 80s. The previous owner used it as her art studio. It’s a great room with large windows looking at the mountains to the south and large windows looking over the backyard to the north (with filtered views of the Grand). We are not quite sure how to configure this part of the house. We are contemplating making the art studio the master bedroom and building a larger master bath (with views to the south). Another idea is to enlarge one of the other two smaller bedrooms, also included in the addition above the garage, for the master bedroom and turn the large former art studio into a rec room / play room / TV room. We don’t yet have a clear vision for that end of the house – stay tuned! 










There is one large bedroom at the west end of the house, that used to be two bedrooms. Our tentative plan is to split it back into two rooms – perhaps a guest room and study/TV room. Not sure yet; this project will be down the road after the kitchen and master bath/bedroom remodel. There is a guest bathroom at this end of the house as well, that also needs to be remodeled.




Piper’s favorite part of the house is the HUGE backyard. She has lots of room to run and play. The yard is fully fenced, so it keeps her contained. It’s hard to imagine what we will do with all this space. There is definitely room to build a guest house or shop space down the road. We hope to build a garden and add some additional landscaping next spring. Any ideas out there?