This 1970’s split level home in Bartlett, IL is getting a new kitchen

split level home in Bartlett kitchen remodeling

We’ll show the pictures along the way and describe the kitchen remodeling process.

Bob and Lynette desperately needed more counter space and storage. Drawers especially were lacking. After considering moving they realized how much they love their neighborhood. After all, moving would mean likely buying a home that needed updating anyway. They are now ready to bring this home up to date.

Wish list:

  • More counter space
  • More storage
  • Brighter more open feeling
  • More lighting
  • White cabinets with black hardware
  • Granite counter tops
  • Tile backsplash
  • New Pella patio door
  • New hardwood flooring in kitchen and refinish existing

Before Pictures

before picture of a kitchen in a split level home
before picture of a kitchen in a split level home
before picture of a kitchen in a split level home

Kitchen Demolition

The pre-construction work for this kitchen renovation has been done. The city building permit has been secured, all selections have been made, and the client has had their furniture relocated.

The pictures may not show it but our interior demolition process isn’t like you’ve seen on TV. We call it a “De-construction’ process. We don’t use sledge hammers and we don’t run into walls to knock them down!

We carefully remove every cabinet, counter top, appliance, etc.  Occasionally some of these items are in good enough condition to donate.

demolition of the kitchen removing cabinets
demolition of the kitchen removing cabinets
demolition of the kitchen removing cabinets
demolition of the kitchen removing cabinets
image dust barrier

plastic dust barrier

image insulation from attic

Yes it gets messy!

electric behind drywall is dangerous

You never know what’s behind the drywall!

Carpentry, Plumbing, Electric, and HVAC

New load bearing beam where wall was removed

plumbing for new kitchen

Plumbing reconfigured for new sink location

kitchen electrical

Electrical reconfigured for new kitchen layout

new exhaust duct for microwave range hood

New sheet metal, insulated exhaust duct


Insulation contractor is here!

Fiberglass batt insulation with vapor barrier

image blown in attic insulation

Blown in loose insulation above the fiberglass batts

New Drywall

new drywall
new drywall in kitchen
new drywall

New Hardwood Flooring

Flooring was delivered 3 days prior to installation. It’s important for the wood to get acclimated to the home’s humidity levels.

new hardwood flooring

The existing floors were 1-1/2 inch wide Red Oak hardwood. We installed the same size and stained them.

new hardwood flooring in living room

The floor stain color is Jacobean by Minwax. Our flooring supplier and installer is Desitter Flooring in Glen Ellyn. They always do a professional job.

completed hardwood floor

We were able to splice in the new floor to the old floor. This eliminated the need for a transition strip.

floor protection

First layer of floor protection

image floor protection

Second layer of floor protection. Can’t be too careful!

Primer and Painting

Walls are primed and the ceiling has 2 coats of Benjamin Moore’s Ceiling white paint

The old stained base trim and window casing is primed and ready for paint

walls primed and ceiling painted white

It’s getting brighter in here already!

More to Come!

Next week the cabinets will be delivered and the painter will keep painting!