/ By Shera Nuss / July 25, 2013
Homeowner Guest Post: Lisa’s Kitchen Renovation, pt. 2
Last week we met Lisa Law, the Brooklyn Heights homeowner who recently finished her budget-friendly kitchen renovation with tS member NYC Pros. Now that you’ve heard the backstory, as documented by Lisa herself, this week Lisa reveals the outcome of her fully-updated kitchen, along with a very helpful rundown of her anticipated budget & the actual cost of the project.
I love my new kitchen! Although I had picked every element of the new kitchen, I was concerned that the finished whole was not going to be equivalent to the sum of all the parts; would it work cohesively in the end? There were a few stressful times, and I did have to make some quick decisions that could have gone awry, but ultimately, I set out to achieve some major objectives and I believe I more than met them all. I have more cabinet space, more countertop space, larger appliances, it feels much more modern and homey, and it was done in a fairly budget- and time-conscious way. In fact, my kitchen now makes the rest of my apartment now look pretty shabby!
I generally stayed within budget. As I said, it was a “renovation-on-a-budget.” I had originally planned to spend $6,000, which increased to $9,000 when I decided to replace my appliances. In the end, I hit almost $11,000, but that was because of a couple of “extras” that I did not account for – delivery charges, taxes, etc. I also asked Peter to install some new medicine cabinets in my bathroom. Renovations can be addicting, I just did not want to stop!
|Range Hood||Zephyr Breeze I Series AK1124||$209|
|Stove||Summit Pro Series TNM616RW||$739||$1,009|
|Countertop and Sink||Countertop||$1,200||$1,500|
|Contract Work||Contract Work||$3,200||$4,000|
|Delivery||Ikea Delivery Charge||$64|
|Backsplash||Merola Tile Tessera Tile||$251||$274|
|Vinyl Flooring||TrafficMaster Floor Tile||$136|
|Parking Charge||Ikea Parking Charge||$100|
|Backsplash||Additional Merola Tile||$152|
30 Days After
For me, the hardest part of having a new kitchen was figuring out where everything goes afterwards. I suppose in hindsight, I should have planned where my dishes, silverware, cleaning supplies, pantry items, etc, would be kept. My objective was just to maximize storage efficiently, as best I could, but I didn’t actually think about which cabinets would store which items! Lucky for me, I put in enough drawers and cabinets that I just about found a place for everything. Minus a few tall items, like my Swiffer. Oops – note to self for next time.
I’ve also put my kitchen through a few test runs at this point, having hosted two dinner parties already, one for my family (party of 7) and one for a few girlfriends (party of 4). The new arrangement deftly allowed my fiancé and I to cook and clean together, with minimal fuss. My kitchen report card after 30 days? I still heart it – it’s so bright and clean and modern, I’m 100% glad I did it!
We heart it too, Lisa! Thanks so much for all of your great insight on budget renovating with theSweeten!
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