The Mark Patel

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There's nothing more satisfying than tearing out the guts of a room and building it back up into something cool. I've done a lot of remodeling projects over the years, and along the way I've learned a lot of core construction skills including framing, plumbing, electrical, and of course the associated building codes. Volunteering at Habitat For Humanity has also provided me with a great opportunity to build houses alongside professional contractors and learn lots of tips and tricks.

We're currently wrapping up a major remodelling of our kitchen. The old kitchen was confined to a small, awkward area with very little counter space, and the old appliances and cabinets left a lot to be desired.

We gutted it down to the studs and subfloor, then reframed the walls and roughed in completely new electrical and plumbing.

The old window and door were replaced with a massive bay window and a new window was added above the sink area.

The new floorplan is much more open and makes the kitchen an integral part of the living space.

The huge bay window provides plenty of natural light, and we're looking forward to using the window seat and storage drawers once that part is finished in a couple of few weeks.

The project should be completely finished a few weeks. In case you're curious, take a look at more photos of the demolition and construction process.