A second meeting about the kitchen

January 13, 2009 at 8:32 am | Posted in After, Before, Our Home, Our Kitchen, Projects | 4 Comments

Tonight, we have a second meeting about the kitchen.  This time, instead of a fancy-schmancy design firm (remember our first kitchen meeting?), we’ll be meeting with a carpenter who we hope will be able to help us create an amazing new kitchen while staying in budget.  We’d like to do a lot of the work ourselves, but, since this little project of ours will likely involve tearing down plaster walls and building new walls (not to mention adding new electrical outlets and plumbing), we think we’re better off getting some assistance.

We think we’ve come up with good plan for how to use the space, but, dear readers, I’d love your suggestions.  Here’s the current layout of the back half of our house.  The green boxes represent windows and the slanty(i.e., not square) lines represent doors.


The wall between the current kitchen and the 4th bedroom contains a heating vent and a toilet pipe, so methinks that will be quite expensive to move.  Therefore, I think we may use the current kitchen space as a new 3/4 bath instead.  Here’s our current brainstorm – what do you think?  Any suggestions for improvement?



The Kitchen Meeting

November 19, 2008 at 8:12 pm | Posted in Our Kitchen | 5 Comments
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Recall that our kitchen looks like this:


So, we called in a remodeler, showed her the space, told her about our dreams.  White cabinets! Expand the space! Nice new countertops!  Real appliances (that were not borrowed from friends or free off of Craigslist)!  Something, anything that looks better than this!

And she was all for it.  Sure! You can have anything you want! she exclaimed.  Update the electrical?  No problem.  Move the toilet?  Why not.  Do you want granite countertops?  A farmhouse sink?

And then we told her what our anticipated budget was.  And she did not look impressed.

From Country Living

Ahhh… dream kitchen.  I cannot wait until you are mine.

How Much is Too Much?

November 10, 2008 at 10:01 pm | Posted in Budget, Our 3/4 Bath, Our Kitchen | 3 Comments
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Our kitchen is not too pretty. And not very functional, either. For example, we don’t have a stove, our microwave is on loan from friends J&A (thanks guys!), we purchased our fridge off of craigslist for $20 (that included delivery) and it’s now beginning to leak in funny places, and the cabinet under the sink is beginning to rot away. And, let’s just say that the sink/cabinet/linoleum floor/tile ceiling are not really our style.

So we’ll be remodeling the kitchen. And, by that I mean, we’ll be hiring someone else to do the actual work. Because as willing as we are to remove wallpaper, paint, and landscape, moving pipes and electrical are a little beyond our skills. I talked with one remodeling company today, and they will be coming out next week to take a look. Until then, she asked me to compile a list of needs and wants, and to form a budget. We have a pretty good idea of what we’d need and want in a kitchen, but absolutely no clue when it comes to making a budget for a project this big.

We’re lucky enough to be able to expand the current (small) kitchen into a 4th bedroom. Having a bedroom located directly off of the kitchen seems strange to us anyways. The 4th bedroom has a toilet in one of the closets, so we thought we’d see if we could add in a 3/4 bath while we’re remodeling the kitchen.

So, it’s survey time!

How much would you pay to go from this

Current kitchen: no appliances! moldy cabinets! ugly linoleum! no space to cook!

4th bedroom conveniently located off of the kitchen!
(we’ve unpacked at least 1/2 of these boxes since the move)

Toilet in the closet of the extra room off the kitchen. Very handy, but also super-disgusting since there’s no place to wash your hands!

to this?

From This Young House

From the Newlywed Diaries

Help us figure out a range for our budget! Leave a comment with what you’d expect to pay for just a kitchen remodel, or a kitchen + 3/4 bath remodel!

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