I’m just getting started on the kitchen remodel. Taking out everything while trying to still make the place semi-usable/livable. I started this project about a year ago with drawings of the new floor plan and shopping for all the right appliances (thank you Standards of Excellence for your twice yearly sale!)
Above is the glorious kitchen in its original form. I’m glad to see it go. The layout of the bar doesn’t make any sense on the backside, besides the fact that the kitchen is pretty gross. It does have charm though :)
Above is a shot of the kitchen with the beginnings of demolition. So far I have taken down a demising wall that separates the kitchen from the living room on the left and resupported the ceiling with two columns. I beefed them up in width for a more substantial appearance. Also I have begun demoing cabinets and installing new 3″ low voltage MR-16 can lights. I have all the appliances and fixtures and the cabinets were just delivered last week.
I’m using a Costco rolling rack to store everything temporarily and I really think it will help with the project.
Here is the latest with the project. This weekend I was able to get quite a bit accomplished (girlfriend was out of town :). I finished installing all the can lights as well as much miscellaneous wiring. This house seems to have an abundance of junction boxes which makes moving things around much more time consuming. I also built a soffit and two columns with steel studs that will frame in the cabinets and refrigerator (the far wall). I drywalled them and now I’m just about ready to patch and putty the ceilings and walls. I still have a working kitchen but not for long.
These cabinets are in my opinion the best bang for your buck. They are Kraftmaid from Home Depot. They are solid cherry doors with a walnut stain and maple ply boxes. I have installed quite a few kitchens and baths with custom made cabinets and these are a great deal. With the right planning you can make them look custom and it is hard to tell the difference. I’m very happy with them.
I’m am very cost conscious and I looked at every option and the only thing close to these is IKEA. IKEA is definitely a little cheaper, but I believe their hardware and especially their metal drawer bases look cheap and that is the last thing I wanted. You spend probably 20% more but it is completely worth it.
All kinds of good things to report. I finished all the patching and painted the ceilings. The back wall where the cabinets are going was tricky because I have ducting running behind them to the downstairs, but after some time I got it to work. Also had to rework the flooring, but I finally have some cabinets in on the back wall.
The wall cabinets and the island bases are set. It’s definitely exciting when it starts to look like something other than a construction site. The lighting at the wall cabinets worked out really well and splashes the cabinets just how I wanted it to. I had to lug the refrigerator in, not yet in place, but glad it is where it is now. 700 lbs does not move easily. I have kept the sink operational and am gonna demo it when I’m within weeks of having the countertops ready. Much to do until then.
It’s hard to see, but I hooked up all the plumbing and electrical as well. I have outlets on each of the bases for appliances. I chose a square stainless sink and a flush glass cooktop. Gotta love the 1/2 yearly sale at Standards of Excellence and Ebay for their sale item contributions :) If you plan ahead you really can save a lot of money.
I finished installing the sink bases as well. All the little stuff that you don’t see, plumbing, eletrical, etc really drains the hours. I”m really happy with how everything is coming together though. It’s been a bear with all the tight tolerances, but it is definitely looking how I imagined it to look. Now that I have the bases done and rough deck down, I’m ready to get the countertops done. Almost a working kitchen.
I selected a quartz countertop for the kitchen. They are a maufactured stone and really your best bet for kitchens. I really like the sleek look of the quartz in certain colors and it really gives a great contrast to the cabinets. Its also one of the most durable countertops you can get. I was able to get a few $100 discount by finding one remnant piece in the yard vs. buying two full slabs. I also installed all the door hardware. It would be great to keep it clean with no hardware, but it really isn’t practical for longevity on wood finishes. So I went with a ladder pull in stainless.
The kitchen is finally complete. Well, complete enough to take pictures and post it. I still have a few small things to complete, but its pretty much done. I finished most of the detailing recently, adding the aluminum cabinet base and the bar facing in the last two weekends.
The slats on the face of the bar are made of some left over ipe decking I had. They were 1×6 boards but I wanted a narrower profile so I ripped them in half. The stain on the cabinets is walnut so I stained the boards the same color and it came out pretty close in color. Lucky me. I played with the gap a little bit and found that a 1/2″ gap was best. I installed prefinished birch ply behind the slats for a nice clean look.
I centered the hood over the bar and had to modify the shroud so that it wasn’t too low. I think it puts a really nice finishing touch on the kitchen and it gets a lot of use these day. It was a pain in the ass to put in though. They are supposed to give you some wiggle room to level the thing, but there was definitely not enough wiggle and it took some time adjusting. Overall I’m really happy with how it looks. I decided on a darker true grey color for the existing brick wall and I’m really happy with the effect of the dark contrast to the white walls and light floor. It took 3 rounds to find the right shade but finally, one that didn’t have browns or purples. Hurray.
The floors were done in a light tan concrete overlayment. I really wanted to have a subtle marbling effect and after some time and doing things over a few times with slight color variation, it was achieved and I couldn’t be happier with the look and the contrast they have with the cabinets.
Above is a view from the dining room and below is a view from the living room. The openness is great when people come over and it seems like we hang out in the kitchen more than the living room.