OK so this is about our kitchen remodel, so just go ahead and click through to something more interesting. Really. I won’t be offended. The very term “kitchen remodel” is synonymous with “things nobody cares about but you, so please be quiet about it, thanks.”
In fact, here’s something to look at instead of this blog post: Animals Sitting on Top of Capybaras
If you’ve made it to this sentence then I assume you’re doing your own boring kitchen remodel. Huzzah! Excelsior!
(1) Our house was built in 1915 and the kitchen was added around 1935. Everything is old.
(2) The kitchen is very ugly and was made for the small people who lived on Earth in 1935.
(3) We bought a gigantic fridge and a gigantic stove for a tiny-person kitchen without thinking about the future remodel.
(4) I don’t like to spend money so I’m budgeting the hell out of this project.
Here’s a picture of the existing ugly galley kitchen east wall (note the slanty beadboard ceiling that is not at all friendly to square cabinetry): I know! And here’s our gigantic appliance wall on the west side:
Now I’m going to skip over the
disagreements discussions we had about designs and get right to the solutions:
Here’s what our new floorplan looks like in overhead view:
The diagonal thing is actually a custom cabinet shelf thing that we’ll replace later. We’re keeping our normal-size-people fridge and stove, buying a dishwasher and above-the-stove microwave, and will also need a new disposal. I could tell you about things we need to with the plumbing, electrical and gas line, too, but I’ll save that business. Just keep in mind that if you have an old house, you also probably have old plumbing, electric, and gas, and if you start tearing things apart you’re going to find out just how old some of that stuff is. (Insert GIF of contractor rubbing his hands together greedily over how much he could overcharge you to bring those things up to code).
Here’s a snappy image of the new west wall design:
Here’s an image of what it would look like if you were a mouse who found your way into our new glass-front cabinets:
And here’s what it would look like if you were a creepy person standing on our back porch looking in through the kitchen window:
Here’s a picture of just some of the paperwork, sketches, and budgets so far:
In future Boring Kitchen Posts I’ll cover topics such as:
(1) The look my wife gives me when I say I’m doing the demo myself to save a few bucks.
(2) Bamboo flooring – will it grow if you spill water on it?
(3) There are a lot of contractors who used to be Ikea cabinet installers who are happy to do your project for a lot less money then actual Ikea Kitchen Installers. How to find them and talk them into doing some things for free.
See you then!