In the last house we renovated, I didn't replace the cabinets. I replaced the countertops and appliances, tweaked a microwave cabinet, painted them, and called it a day. For the rest of our time in that house, I regretted not replacing the kitchen cabinets. This time around, the kitchen was not functional and I knew I needed to replace the entire kitchen. This kitchen was gut job from the ground up. If you need a change in the most important room in the house, I have a few tips on how to get started on a kitchen renovation.
Our kitchen story kicks off more than a year ago. I found this property on the internet and fell in love. We were living overseas and had no way to see it. We hired a real estate agent and hoped he would be our eyes and ears. The next few pictures are first and only pictures we saw. We never saw this property in person before we bought it.
At first glance, the kitchen looks okay, right? Pictures have a way of skimming over the nitty gritty (literally). Nitty. Gritty.
THE NITTY GRITTY:
Busted counter tops
I knew it all had to go, in favor of a better, more efficient floor plan that included more storage space. The current kitchen was using less than half of it's space in cabinets.
The laundry was located in the kitchen, which was both an inefficient design and an eyesore. Can I say again that these are not our pictures. This space doesn't even exist anymore and I just want to whip it into shape.
What you don't see behind the washer/dryer is that plumbing is protruding from the wall and floor by several inches. Nowadays, washer/dryer plumbing is hidden between the studs and comes up into a nice neat little box. Not this mess. As you passed by the side of the appliances you could see the pipes sticking up out of the floor. It was really awful. Awfulness aside, it was nothing that could not be fixed.
When I look at a house to purchase, I pay no attention to the decor or aesthetics. I only look for the space and how it can be manipulated into what I want. Everything can be changed if the space is available, and you are willing to put in the hard work.