When I first saw it, there were three things I didn't like about the condo, the two bathrooms and the kitchen. Oh how I disliked the kitchen with cheap cabinets, formica butcher block countertops, and the layout.
The two bathrooms were replaced in 2019 and 2020 (the second one during COVID.) The kitchen we started trying to do a year ago, and kept hitting roadblocks. A contractor who wanted $15,000 before he would work with us to select cabinets and details. An appliance dealer who wouldn't answer questions about availability. No response for weeks, months at a time. We changed contractors, changed appliance suppliers to people who would give honest answers (if the answer is not in time, or I don't know, tell me that). And in April signed a contract and paid for new appliances.
The original kitchen had odd contrasts, the wall oven and cooktop - premium appliances, but really cheap cabinets. The dishwasher and refrigerator had been updated, but the cooktop and oven were original from the 1980's. But they worked. The cooktop shorted out a couple of years ago, complete with sparks and smoke, and was replaced with a glass top - the only thing I could find in stock that somewhat fit the cut out in the counter top. Everything else lasted until the start of the remodel. The dishwasher had me worried a few times, but it washed the last load the night before meeting it's fate.
I have spent years thinking, planning, working on details. I have read numerous design magazines. Spent hours at Lowes, Home Depot and Ikea looking at cabinets and appliances. In the end, I decided I wanted better cabinets, nicer finishes and we went with a specialty remodeler. Where the standard allowance for a kitchen sink is $150, I spent $500. The standard allowance for backsplash tile was $350 - we spent $1,220. You get the idea, we decided in for a penny - in for a pound.
The best way to describe what we are doing is a gut job, take it back to the bare walls, and replace everything. The only thing that stays is the washer/dryer.
For the demolition, the contractor showed up with almost more people than would fit in the kitchen, an hour later there was an eerie silence, and went to check and they had left, they were done. He had said they would pull everything out, and be back after lunch to haul everything away. They were.
I will take lots of photos, and post periodic updates.
Timeline - about a month. Cost, about 25% more than I paid for my first house in 1982.
The appliance guy called and the ovens should be delivered today! Everything else is stacked up in our rather limited space. Ovens, I have dreamed of having two ovens, for that couple of times a year that I am cooking a big dinner. The original oven was 24 inches wide, an unusually small size. 30 inch is standard. Space is tight, so we compromised at 27 inch. I dreamed about a stainless steel pyramid shaped range hood. Meaning no over the range microwave. In shopping higher end appliance dealers, we discovered something called a speed oven, it is a convection oven and microwave all in one. And they build those in a double stack with a full size convection oven below and the speed oven above. Kinda expensive, but it gives me what I want, in the space we have to work with.
It is taking my breath away how fast things are moving.
Stunning! It’s already beautiful. I like your choices.ReplyDelete
It hard to go wrong with white cabinetsDelete
Well I think I told you during the pandemic two friends of mine had me help redesign their kitchen. When finished I think they spent nearly $55,000!!!! And the appliances were insanely handsome. It is already looking nice there toots. The layout looks far more user friendly I can see already...with more space to store things.ReplyDelete
Storage and counter space. Moving the refrigerator added 33 inches of cabinets and counter space.Delete
How exciting! Construction projects are disruptive while going on but so worth it when they're finished. Looks like you're off to a good start. Looking forward to your progress photos. Each day is a step closer to a beautiful new kitchen!ReplyDelete
The cabinets had been stacked everyplace for 3 weeks, getting those boxes out of the way is wonderful. And we get three weeks of going out to dinner or delivery.Delete
We are preparing for a kitchen remodel--full gut--and I cannot wait. I love the new cabinets and cannot wait to see it finished!ReplyDelete
The supply chain delays were painful, if you have space to store things get them when you can. The induction cooktop has been here since April, we opened the box last week, it is the first time I have seen what I paid for. The one I really wanted, has a 9 to 12 month wait.Delete
I can't wait to see how it turns out. Your descriptions of the appliances sounds fantastic. Best of luck with the project ahead!ReplyDelete
It is a small space, we are trying to do the most we can with it. Being a condo, moving walls was not an option.Delete
This is so exciting. I cannot wait to see the finished product! I know this is stressful, but worth it in the end.ReplyDelete
I just need to keep my head from exploding.Delete
I'm glad you'll have the kitchen of your dreams. And don't worry about the cost -- it's only money. Get what you want!ReplyDelete
The ovens are here, the ovens are here!Delete
Is the lighting going to stay that gloomy? I love the cabinets and that centerpiece in the fifth photo is adorable.ReplyDelete
Lighting, the new fixture is a tight fit, there is under cabinet lighting going in.Delete
How exciting to see!ReplyDelete
Counter tops should be here by late next week.Delete