So here is the plan....after some "rough" measurements and reviews with my client (Kris), we have this floor layout for the condo renovation.  The goal is to renovate the entire kitchen, new appliances, cabinets, granite, wood flooring, all new ceilings (in all rooms to rid ourselves of the popcorn ceilings), bump out the current pass-through and bump out into the living area and open up as a breakfast nook/bar/island, replace all carpets in the bedrooms, hardwood in the rest of the condo and do the bathrooms over.  Just about gutting it all but we have to stay within a budget...so we'll see where this goes..

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The living area focus will be the sitting areas with the fireplace covered up to allow a centered book shelf and entertainment unit (see this unit)  I wanted to enhance the fireplace but my better half argued that the F/P is not used that often, is messy and is a wasted space.  Well i plan to sheet rock over the brick and center the wall with the unit, freeing up space along the opposite wall for dining, a sitting/game table a clear walkway to the porchNext blog will share our design ideas on the kitchen and how we came up with the curent design given a small 8' x 8' area.