Things have been busy in the Flow office and we’ve been a little quiet here on the blog… but if you’ve been keeping up with Isabelle’s renovation odyssey, you’re probably curious about how things are going!

After coming up with a design plan for the kitchen, and going through the permit process at City Hall, Isabelle is finally into demolition! Now for most people the word “demolition” seems daunting, but in tearing down the walls and getting the old materials out of your home, you begin to get a real sense of the potential in your space and how the new plans are going to improve functionality and (you guessed it) flow.

And tearing things out doesn’t mean hauling it all away to the dump! Isabelle sold and/or donated as much of her old kitchen that was salvageable, such as the counters, cabinetry, appliances and the French doors. It’s important to consider sustainable practices during a renovation: if you don’t want to post on Craigslist or Kijiji, you can contact companies such as Jack’s New and Used or the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for information on donating or selling your demolition items.

If you have small children, it’s also important to make them feel involved in the renovation. It’s an adventure for the whole family! Isabelle’s family had fun drawing on the kitchen wall in preparation for it to be torn down, which was a fun activity for her little daughter and made her feel included in what Mom and Dad are up to.

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