Not everyone who reads this blog has been fortunate (ahem) to have started from the beginning, so as the kitchen is unfolding, I wanted to pull out some photos from the archives to show you how things got started.
This is what the kitchen looked like when we bought the house. It was divided into two rooms. The log wall along the left side (which is now home to the sink) can give you a sense of the layout compared to what it looks like now.
That beam contraption in the center of this photo is literally holding up the extremely bowed floor above. (And only gravity was holding those timbers in place -- there wasn't a single lag holding anything together.)
And in this final photo, you can see how the fireplace used to be covered with plaster. (It's hiding behind that area with the 3 cabinets going across the top.) We had to have it rebuilt as the bricks were dried out and crumbling.