How to Save on a Kitchen Reno

Kitchen renovations can get very expensive very quickly. And, unlike a bedroom or bathroom or other kind of reno project, most homes have only one kitchen. So you’ll want to both keep costs down and also plan carefully to speed everything along once the reno work starts. This post has tips and tricks for speedy kitchen makeover ideas that won’t break your bank. Continue reading How to Save on a Kitchen Reno

Kitchen Reno: maximizing condo value

The Challenge? How to make an outdated kitchen in a 750ft2 2/1 apartment condo shine without making the rest of the condo look terrible in the process. This is a pretty common problem, especially apparent if you make a habit of looking at rehab house open houses. To save the cost of full remodels, folks focus on renovating just the bathrooms and/or kitchen to focus … Continue reading Kitchen Reno: maximizing condo value

Kitchen Reno: the full kind

The upside of a bad kitchen … … is the low bar for making it better! These folks had a quite outdated 1980s vintage kitchen space that was nicely large and worked okay, but didn’t have much else going for it. Dark, uninspired, and not completely functional for a growing family: A full to-the-studs complete renovation redo for a large ~200ft2 kitchen with lots of … Continue reading Kitchen Reno: the full kind

Kitchen Reno: the partial kind

When your kitchen is beyond outdated… …but you have a tight budget, what to do? That’s the problem these folks had, with a great kitchen space but full of kludged-together bits and pieces: The cabinets were solid but not great -looking 1980s particle board veneer with some missing doors and drawers. The cooktop and sink were 70s vintage (in a not charming way). The 20ft2 … Continue reading Kitchen Reno: the partial kind

Blowing Out Walls!

Open plan kitchen and living areas have been popular for a long time now, but most homes built before the 1990s were still often designed around closed kitchens and formal dining rooms. So what to do if your home is full of load bearing walls you want to get rid of? Simple, just replace with beams! This post describes the demo, carpentry, and finish for opening up a galley kitchen. In this case a partial wall removal was a super-economical choice for getting an open-feel kitchen on a tight budget. Continue reading Blowing Out Walls!