Our Kitchen Reno: Framing + Drywall

We are on week 4 of our kitchen renovation and things are moving along great! Since my last update Atreum has finished the framing, completed the electrical work, a gas line was run for the cook top…and we passed inspection! Then the fun part…drywall! Watching the walls go up was surreal.

We continue to be blown away by our contractor and his crew. They are working around the clock to keep this renovation moving forward and we couldn’t be more appreciative. Twice this past week the drywall crew stayed late into the evening and then worked all day Saturday finishing up.

The landing area that we are turning into a new room is looking amazing. We are unbelievably excited about this space and are so happy we decided to pull the trigger on this addition.

I mentioned how dusty our home is right now on Instagram and received SO many responses from y’all with advice on how to manage the dust during construction. Top recommendations:

  1. Turn off the HVAC during drywalling phase. I don’t know why we didn’t think of this but we certainly shut our HVAC off as soon as I received this advice and it’s helped tremendously. And oddly enough, the upstairs HVAC unit is currently broken and we are waiting on a part to fix it so it’s kind of perfect timing. Thankfully the weather has been perfect for forgoing heat or AC
  2. Change air filters every week. We replaced them this past weekend and oh my gosh we will definitely be changing them weekly!
  3. Humidifiers! The construction dust has torn up our allergies and everyone is coughing and congested so I immediately went out and bought humidifiers for each room and they have helped a lot!
  4. Air Duct Cleaning. We will do this after construction is complete!

Cool Mist Humidifier | Mini Humidifier

Next up, sanding, painting and CABINETRY!!!

Previous Kitchen Renovation Posts: The Plans | Demolition



  1. December 5, 2018 / 8:44 am

    Great advice! I did this when tearing up my carpet and laying the hardwood floor! It helped immensely!

    • Christina
      December 5, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      good idea to use them while you’re changing out the carpet! we need to replace our carpet soon and I’ll definitely be cranking these up!

  2. December 5, 2018 / 9:46 am

    Thanks for sharing those humidifiers! We just moved to VA and our new town is super dry compared to Charlotte and both my skin, husband’s cough and snoring and the dog’s skin are having issues with the dry air. I’ve been looking for a good humidifier that works but isn’t too expensive!

    • Christina
      December 5, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Yes! I love that these are filter free too! We purchased more expensive humidifiers for the kids rooms when they were babies and they were so gross now that we had to toss them out! We like these new ones so much better!

  3. Gina
    December 5, 2018 / 10:06 am

    It’s amazing how gross air filters can get in such a short time! We live in a condo next to a construction site and we have to change ours quite regularly. Helps a lot though. Have a great day!


    • Christina
      December 5, 2018 / 9:33 pm

      we are changing them WEEKLY until the reno is done! last week matt took one of the air filters outside and shook it. It was like dust snow — insane and so gross!!

  4. Celia Canning
    December 5, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    Hey, did you end up drywalling the little open shelf area in your foyer while you have the guys there??

    • Christina
      December 5, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      This is on the list to tackle during the renovation and I seriously COULD NOT be more excited about it!

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