Kitchen Reno- (Pt. 1) A,B, C’s and D of Kitchen Renovations

In February of 2014 our kitchen renovation began.  After months of planning, the start day was finally here!  Our small galley kitchen of 15 year was about to get a make over.

kitbefore1

We are going to take down the wall on the left and in the process will lose a lot of cabinet/storage space.  Our contractor suggested we add cabinets on the back wall. Great idea!  But I still need to find other creative storage options. Behind the wall is a very small sitting room. See the next pic.

 

diningrm1

This room was once the dining room. It was too small, so I converted it to a sitting room. The wall to the right adjoins the kitchen and is coming down and a banquette is going under the window. 

 

kitbefore2

The window is the only nice feature on this wall. As you can see, the cabinets are very short so we plan to remove the bulkhead and take the cabinets up to the ceiling. Our contractor suggested  we move the stove to the far right (near the back door) so we can maximize cabinets. Another great idea!

 

kitbefore3

The door allows light to come into the kitchen. The pantry cabinets (on the right) will be removed and I will bring in a furniture piece for open storage.

But before our renovation began, we did our A, B, C’s and D.

A is for Ask:  We asked our friends, family and neighbors about their kitchen reno experiences and we took notes.  We asked…how would you rate your contractor, would you use him/her again, what’s your favorite thing about your new kitchen, least favorite about your kitchen, one thing you wished you had done differently, what was your budget.

B is for Budget: Know your true budget and what that budget can buy.  For example:  Don’t design your kitchen around carrara marble counter tops when you can only afford laminate!

Your friends/family won’t mind you asking for a general price point for their project.  Once you determine your budget, you can begin researching your dream kitchen.

C is for Contractor: If you do A, you will have several great options for contractors.  We interviewed three contractors and visited kitchens they renovated to see their workmanship.

D is for Decisions: Now you can start making decisions based on sound advice, accurate budget, and professional expertise. We did our ABC’s & D–so now let the renovation begin!

Stay tuned for my next post… Kitchen Reno- (Pt. 2) The Wall Came Tumbling Down!

 

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