Yesterday I showed you what our first kitchen was like before we remodeled it: outdated, non-functional, and ugly!
So our solution: gut the whole thing: cabinets, floors, appliances, counters, everything.
We reworked the layout, removing the tiny pantry (the new cabinets more than made up for the space), and we carved out the opening a little to inset the refrigerator so that it no longer stuck out into the room. We added another wall of cabinets where the refrigerator had been, and moved the stove onto that wall. We also put in a dishwasher, which the kitchen didn't have before.
We were working on a budget, but we wanted to use nice materials so resale would be good (we realized by this point that we would soon outgrow this house). So we went with a mid-range cabinet style from Home Depot, and picked out a Silestone (quartz) counter, which was on sale and considerably cheaper than granite. We were able to use a 10% off coupon on the entire purchase, which saved us hundreds of dollars.
We purchased our dishwasher and refrigerator from Lowe's on Memorial Day and took advantage of their appliance sale and their additional savings for military families (both our dads were in the military).
The stove and microwave were from a scratch and dent sale, and cost about half what they would have in perfect condition. (I think there was a small dent on the side of the stove, but nothing major.)
The wood floors were $.80/sq. ft. salvaged from an Army post where they were remodeling housing.
We did the work ourselves: installing the cabinets, plumbing, moving the gas line for the stove, installing and refinishing the floors, adding outlets, installing all the appliances, trim work, etc.
It's nearly finished in these photos, but it looks like we still needed to install the base boards and vent covers.
I think total we spent about $6,000 on everything, including appliances, cabinets, floors, and counters.
Here is where we got the biggest savings:
- Using coupons
- Buying during sales
- Buying salvaged or scratch and dent
- Doing the work ourselves - this was by far the biggest source of savings!
- Working with the existing space and not taking down walls or expanding the layout.