I had the extreme privilege of helping Phil Huette “unlock new doors” with the purchase of a house in Morton, Illinois. A few months later, he was engaged and together, he and his bride, started remodeling their kitchen. It is always so fun to help individuals find a new home, and then to see how they make it their own – uniquely remodeling and adding their own touch. Here is Phil and Whitney’s story.
In Whitney’s words:
We made the decision to remodel the kitchen because the original was completely out-of-date, and the wood cabinets were not finished. To finish the cabinets, we would have to sand, prime, and paint them all, and by that point we might as well just get new ones. So we decided to update the entire room. We started the remodel at the end of May, 2018, shortly after Phil and I were engaged, and slowly chipped away at the kitchen until our wedding in mid-August. We tore up the blue tiled floor, to find RED 1970’s tile underneath – talk about a surprise. We got our new kitchen cabinets halfway installed by our wedding, and then the new counter-top a few weeks later. We had a completed kitchen by the end of September, when the rest of the cabinets were installed. The best day ever was when the new kitchen sink was put in!
The process hasn’t always been easy, and it’s not the most desirable to be living with a half completed kitchen, but we made the best of it for the short time. We are both able to make decisions and were excited about doing a big project together during our engagement – extra bonus that the project was on our new house where we would begin our marriage. Demolition of the kitchen was interesting, but we made it fun, and there were surprises that would pop up to deal with, like that red floor for example. We still plan to repaint, add a back splash, and redo the flooring and are looking forward to those final steps being complete.
Phil loved working with Sue in buying our home – he had a blast and the entire process went so smooth! Sue is the sweetest – we got a sweet gift in September when a pumpkin and cookies were left on the porch for us. We look forward to working with her again in the future when we move out of this home and unlock new doors in our next house later down the road! Thanks, Sue!
Pictures 1 and 2 : Before the remodel.
3. Two hard workers during demolition.
4. After demolition, and the first round of cabinets installed.
5. A completed kitchen (minus the floors and back-splash!)
A huge thanks to Phil and Whitney for sharing their remodeling story, and praying for many blessings in this new house and new kitchen!