Raspberry-oatmeal breakfast wedges

Raspberry-Oatmeal Breakfast Wedges | A Dash of Compassion

“Let’s get this thing started!” is what I want to yell from the rooftops. I am a little antsy to finalize design plans for our upcoming kitchen reno so that it can get started… and get finished.

But alas, there are still decisions to be made and cabinets and other items to be ordered. Who knew these things need to be finalized and ordered a whole month before we even begin construction? Lesson one of #mykitchenreno: Be patient, Nicole.

Raspberry-Oatmeal Breakfast Wedges | A Dash of Compassion

We had an engineer in a couple of weeks ago to confirm the wall we want to remove between the kitchen and dining room is not a load-bearing wall. Thank the structural gods that this is the case, otherwise we would have had to add on several more weeks (months?) and a boatload of cash to deal with city permits, engineer designs, steel beams, and who-knows-what-else.

That’s one big plus so far, but I can’t help but worry about what sort of issues we’ll encounter once we start demo—plumbing, electrical, wonky ceiling bulkheads to deal with, and whatever other issues are typical of a house that was built in the early 1900s. Before I become a complete stress case, I’m going to keep enjoying the fact that I have a working kitchen currently and reminding myself of the end goal of the reno so I don’t overthink every last detail. If there’s one thing previous home renos have taught me, it’s to not make yourself crazy over all the worst-case scenarios before things even begin. Lots of people survive big home renos, and I will too. (I think. I hope.)

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