Yesterday my husband and I took the first actual steps towards completing our kitchen renovation. We plan to knock down half a wall between our living room and kitchen to make the living space look and feel larger.
We are also going to replace our kitchen cabinets, the counter top and put in new floors.
After getting estimates from several contractors and one very expensive estimate from Sears for $35000 (just for standard cabinets and counter-tops) we decided to become our own general contractors. We are going to divide the work between our labor and several other contractors.
For the cabinets we found a great place that will provide quality cabinets at a much lower price than any other place. We are also going to hire them to install the cabinets, counter tops and possibly our floors. My husband is going to work with a handyman for the stuff that he doesn’t feel comfortable doing. Like re-tiling the bathroom (forgot to mention that part) and closing up and finishing the ceiling and walls. We will also bring in our own electrician and plumber to do any other complicated work. Overall we project to spend less than $10,000 on the new kitchen and new floor for our bathroom.
Yesterday my husband started with the task of ripping down the wall between the kitchen and living room.
The work is slow moving since the walls are plaster not sheet rock. So in order not to make too much of a mess he is taking down one side of the wall first. He was telling me that since the house was built sometime in the late 1930’s that it was built very well. He said he was amazed at the strength of the wall and the quality of the wood used in the construction.
Well after yesterday and today he has half of the wall down. The half facing the kitchen. He said on Friday with some help he is going to remove the other side of the wall in large pieces. We are also realizing that renting a dumpster to get rid of all of the debris is a good idea. He hasn’t even begun to rip of the old marble tile floor. I don’t think the garbage men will like the idea of lifting 20 heavy bags of debris. I have a feeling the floor is going to be the hardest part for him and the handyman.
We were originally thinking of just throwing out our old cabinets but they are in really good condition. So I did a search on Craig’s list and saw other people either selling or giving away their old cabinets. At least that will save us the dumpster space. When all is said and done I hope we can look back at this experience and say it was all worth it. I will keep you posted on any updates.
Can I ask you a quick question? What do you think will better look in my kitchen? I am torn. So many people tell me my Original white IKEA made cabinets are so nice. I agree. But after 10 years I wanted a change (these white cabinets are from the original owner)
With the renovation I wanted to replace my white cabinets for the dark cabinets (just like I saw in my friends house) it looks something like this. They are made of Bamboo. But her kitchen is huge.. So we are still thinking… My husband wants the light color so it doesnt make the kitchen look small.
If you could make one big change in your home right now, what would it be and why?
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