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The Kitchen Renovation has started!!

Life after loss includes moving forward with home renovations. Kitchen makeover and more.

When we moved into our home in 2006 I fell in love with the location, but the house itself needed a lot of work.

It was built in either 1928 or 1945 in a small beach community one hour from New York City.

We spent the money we gained on the sale of our first home to add windows to the Master Bedroom and put new siding on the house.  Over the years we also replaced 2 decks and a the fence in the yard.

The biggest thing we did to the inside was sand and stain the wood floors from a white washed 70’s look to an updated dark wood floor.  That was a really nice difference but then plans went on hold after the sudden death of my husband.

Then boys both went away to college and I continued to go to work. Over time I have built some equity in the home, got married to my Chapter 2 and now it is time to give this home a much needed face lift on the inside!

Last year I changed an old bathroom and an odd shaped part of my bedroom into an en-suite bathroom with a washer dryer and a walk in closet.


I love having the laundry near my bedroom and not 3 floors below in the basement.


So far, the improvements have been successful and I am so pleased.

Now for the main living space, kitchen and bathroom.  The plan is to take down a wall, add an island – all new cabinets and appliances.  With some help from Home Depot and their kitchen design center and of course my amazing General Contractor and his team of excellent local professionals, I am excited for the new space.


After one week of demo.  The wall is down! A few surprises including a newspaper from February 1963 but still moving forward.  Loving the open space.

I am losing a bit of sleep over details like the cabinet handles and paint color, but it will be amazing.  Stay tuned for more pictures and please share:  Any advice you have on MUST dos for renovations or what you wish you would have done are greatly appreciated.




  1. I like seeing the other projects you have accomplished around your house. I am looking forward to seeing this one being complete. I am sure you are even more so!!! Doing a reno in a kitchen and a Master bathroom are so stressful. Wishing you all the luck and strength!

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