In anticipation of the new house to come, we are remodeling the kitchen and family room areas of our existing house. These heavily-lived-in spaces were worn and dated looking, and suffered from 2 minor leaks above the ceiling. This strategic remodeling is both a chance to enjoy a major refreshing of the rooms in the time we have left in the house and also give these rooms a cleaner, more up-to-date image. Most appliances are now replaced, along with the main countertop, sink, backsplashes, and flooring. We took advantage of the old ceiling elevation and created a raised portion in the center of the kitchen, highlighted by cherry cove moulding, new semi-flush lights, and a soft gold paint finish.