When we started the project, we fully intended to keep the maple cabinets that were already there. They looked very nice and were in good shape. But as we tried to figure out how to add a dishwasher, we realized that there were some challenges ahead. So, when one of our contractors expressed some interest in them, we decided we should just pull them out and let him put them to good use.
It's a good thing we did. The plumbing vent wasn't up to code, the electrical needed to be redone and when we jacked the floors back up, the plaster crumbled so badly, we ended up ripping the wall out and rebuilding it! In this case, it was easier to start from scratch than maneuver around all those challenges.
|New wall, plumbing, electrical, lighting and more!|
We also had the opportunity to change the layout a bit and provide a lot more storage. And the old kitchen didn't have a wall light switch - you had to fumble through the dark to find the pull chain on the fan. We fixed all that!
We included some of our 'signature' touches - upper cabinets with glass shelves, an outlet with a USB charger for all your gadgets, and lots of counter space for cooking and entertaining
We also added lighting above the sink, quartz counters and custom glass/marble inset tilework. And we tried open shelving for the first time - love the look!
We also got rid of the leaky old back door to the deck and installed a new energy efficient one!
I love how it looks as you walk down the hallway now, vs. before. Look at all that beautiful red birch antique flooring! And we were also able to update the hallway built in hutch, to increase our storage.
Of course we totally blew our budget, but in hindsight, we still think this was the right decision. What do you think?