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Mom and I have been in this house for 23 years and have only recently been doing some serious renovations. Last year was the windows, we had these old metal frame low efficient, seriously stained glass windows now replaced with double panes. Then the tearing down of our old wooden garage that looked as if it would have fallen on its own anyways to be replaced by a small shed. And then there was the backyard, covered up the soil patch with patio stones and made a bed along our wooden fence (also newly done) for shrubs and bushes with a small area in the very back for my herbs.

Now the kitchen and about freaking time! We replaced the dieing fridge with a 21 cu ft GE Portfolio, bottom freezer, stainless steel door and the new stove top oven which has yet to arrive. Its on hold for us till we finally renovate the kitchen. We're spending $13,300 all cash to save on the taxes, on a local contractor thats been in and around our area for almost 30 years. Its mom's ideas but I basically chose the material and look. The kitchen is 13ft long x 9ft wide with about 10ft high, pretty small. We're replacing all the cabinets with oak doors, the counter is being replaced with arborite in a almost coffee coloured granite texture in a matte finish and the sink thats currently a 2 part with a standard size and a half. We'll be doing a double sink both the same size in stainless steel, we tried under the counter but the contractors said its not possible unless we were going with a stone top. This is all on the North wall (the 13ft length minus 24inches for the stove top oven) but on the South wall (13ft length minus 31inches for the fridge and another 28" for the dinning room enterance) we'll be putting up extra counters up top and below adding extra counter space, mom originally wanted to move the sink here but the costs was too much to rework the piping. Plus cutting out a 2ftx4ft window opening into the dinning room like a service window but we'll be adding stools on the dinning room side making a breakfast table. Floors are being redone as well and a new colour which we haven't chosen yet for the walls. We sampled the materials for the counters and cabinets and chose the look today, we gave the guys the go ahead and will be expecting them in 4-5 weeks with a construction time of, what as promised, 1 week max.

I soooo can't wait to see this. Its definatly dinging me a bit in the wallet though but ****, we're staying in this house, might as well make it more livable and make it a beaut.
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$13.300 is a pretty **** good deal for all that with a contractor. We have approx 14'x10' that I plan to renovate in December. With new cabinets, floor, sink, fridge, and compact dishwasher we were looking at approx $30k. I've decided to save the 10K the contractor is taking a do most of it my self. Since we are not in our dream house and this will never be a dream kitchen, I'm going to install an Ikea kitchen as well. I'll post photos once I begin demo in December.

Good luck with yours.
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Congratulations it's very exciting I know. I am about 98% done with my renovation and it really is much more fun to cook in here now.
But as I'm sure you're aware don't hold your breath and bet the farm on that time frame. That's a lot of work in a little time and things have a way of popping up! Still it wil get done and what fun it will be. Can't wait to see pics!
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My latest musical venture!
http://myspace.com/nikandtheniceguys
 
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http://www.myspace.com/popshowband "I'm at the age when food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table." Rodney Dangerfield RIP
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We moved to our condo four years ago; sold the house for a lot of money and went nuts in the remodel. Had a dinky 8' x 13' kitchen and hired an architect to cram it full of everything we wanted. My son owned a cabinet shop at the time so everything was custom made and the best.

Done in maple, plain Shaker style, lots of pull-outs and pop-ups, 21' of granite counter, biggest fridge we could fit in, every drawer and pull-out on Accuride's best undermount slides, Eurostyle cabinet hinges, dovetail drawer boxes throughout, nice pass-through to the dining area. It's a ball to cook and entertain.

Of course, we expected it to take ten to twelve weeks, and as I've mentioned before, it took eight months (along with the rest of the condo.) We were pretty well fixed, living in our confortable RV right through the Chicago winter, but that time was something of a surprise.

It was a lot of fun - apart from dealing with the subs - and we learned a lot.

I had built the kitchen in our house myself, about thirty years ago, with a lot less experience, a lot less money, full-time employment, and just a radial arm saw for a major power tool. My wife, after cooking on a hotplate in the bathroom for three or four months, said that if I ever contemplated doing that again, to let her know in time for the divorce to become final.

I even did the Corian counters - I worked for a major developer, and could buy the material through them. Nowadays they only sell it through licensed fabricator/installers. It all turned out pretty well, though I couldn't afford really good slides or hinges, and we worked it for thirty years with some pleasure.

Doing it yourself gives you a warm feeling every time you walk into the room, let alone cook in it. :lips:

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Anyone have any experience with the Amana brand of refrigerators? We were looking at a Kitchenaid and found an Amana that is pretty much identical and a few hundred cheaper.

The Amana is a few inches deeper than the Kitchenaid and comes with a 5yr compressor warranty vs. the 10 yr of the Kitchenaid. Great looking 25cu ft. unit, stainless, french doors, bottom freezer.
post #6 of 15
I'll bet money Kitchenaid rebadged the Amana. Talk to some salespeople about who makes for whom. There's not really a lot of refrigerator makers out there.

Sad thing is that refrigerator quality is quite awful now. The average fridge only lasts about 7 years. Then the repairs are more than the fridge is worth. For years, refrigerators were improfitable to ship. They were just too big of boxes of nothing but air so refrigerators were made in country in most of the world. Haier changed all that.

LG is worth looking at. Lots of bang for the buck at the moment. Seem to perform decently from what I've heard. But save up for the replacement. It will happen sooner than you think.

Phil
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I just posted up some shots of a kitchen re-do that we did about a year and a half ago. They are in my "photo gallery", if you'd care to look.

Nothing to exotic, and no significant structural/system changes, other than moving the sink to the left by 4", recessing the microwave 2" into the wall, and adding under-cabinet lighting.

However, the all plywood construction (no noxious particle board) cabinets are now 100% useable (no dead space), the Silestone counter tops are a breeze to clean, and the porcelain tile floors are soooo much better than the original sheet linoleum...

We've been in this house (original owners) since 1989, and the place was dying for an upgrade.

All work except for the tile floor and counter tops was done by me and my gang of friends, so a few thousand dollars was saved there...

That kept the cost down, and since we tiled the entire downstairs, plus upgraded the first floor bathroom too, the total bill was about $32K, not including sandwiches and beer.

But that included a few new tools, like a pnuematic finish nailer, replacement cordless drill, numerous bits and blades, quick set clamps, and other stuff that made the job easier.

What I saved in labor for installation of the cabinets alone paid for all the tools (which I get to keep and use again), plus covered the cost of a $1K table saw.

Figure in the plumbing and electrical work, and I saved myself another grand or two...

Kitchen cabinets and counter top accounted for about $15K.

And for the increased useability, and general appearance of the home, it was money very well spent/invested...
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post #8 of 15
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I had a great program that stitched the pictures together but I can't seem to find it.

The before pictures, we were clearing out stuff so its a bigger mess then how it really was before plus I had removed a 5ft tall wire rack that was beside the wooden table. The fridge wasn't replaced in the picture but it was quite new, our old fridge was taken out about a month before we drew up the contract for the renovations. No breakfast window as it was planned, there was a vent shaft in the way. It was suppose to be on the wall where the wooden cutting board is that leads to the dining room. Also the sink was kept where it was since the plumbing was very expensive. Counter tops are arborite and the cabinets doors are real oak. New porcelain tiles and a base coat on the walls.
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I have seen Italian style stainless steel Range Hoods on Ebay with amazing prices, and also FREE SHIPPING. :roll:
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post #10 of 15

Small kitchen

This thread has given me some hope for my kitchen, which is more like a cooking closet. Where there is a will, there is a way. :rolleyes:
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post #11 of 15
HC Congratulations! It looks really nice. It's more fun to cook in isn't it?:chef:

One of these days I'll get around to posting pics of the kitchen I finished (for the most part) this past summer.

Enjoy!
My latest musical venture!
http://myspace.com/nikandtheniceguys
 
Also
http://www.myspace.com/popshowband "I'm at the age when food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table." Rodney Dangerfield RIP
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My latest musical venture!
http://myspace.com/nikandtheniceguys
 
Also
http://www.myspace.com/popshowband "I'm at the age when food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table." Rodney Dangerfield RIP
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post #12 of 15
At first glance I thought this was a kitchen designed by Picasso. Then I noticed the picture edge spliced together. Nice kitchen!

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post #13 of 15
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Yes, it is a very small kitchen but its well organized and now with plenty of counter work surface and shelves. I can't wait to get some time off to do some real baking, I haven't done my eclairs in so long that I'm almost ashamed of myself. Whats great about the size of this kitchen is that theres slightly more room then a line and as long as I got good misen place, I won't have far to jump for stuff and so far, its worked very well. It was all done just 1 week shy of Christmas so the kitchen has seen a little action plus some of our pots and pans need to be replaced. I've already gotten a few new baking sheet pans, found a spot for my knife bag so I won't have to rely on mom's dull Henkles so I'm very happy.
post #14 of 15
Our kitchen is small also this looks fantastic. Do you mind if I ask what the finall total was? We remodelled our kitchen two years ago and it was around 8,000 which I thought was pretty cheap.
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post #15 of 15
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$13,300 for 1 weeks labor and all the materials. I don't remember how much the stove and the fridge was because that was purchased before the renovations.
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