Viewing post #818919 by luvsgrtdanes
|Sally we just made over our kitchen as you know this past year. My husband did all the work himself with the help of my BIL and our sons once in a while. We saved a lot on that and used our same cabinets since they were in great condition and I love them. Only thing he didn't do was the foundation since we made ours larger. We fortunately have a friend that has his own concrete business so we did save there too. We would have saved even more if my DH hadn't broken my sink that I loved and wanted to use again. Bought the same one for more than double the original price.
Our ceilings are on the low side (old old house) but that worked to my advantage since I'm short, no problem really reaching, a small step stool is all I need.
We did terracotta tiles this time and not wood, still not sure that I totally love them although everyone else does. I love the look of wood but it is so hard with the dogs. I figure I have a few more dog years left so wanted easy maintenance. So far so good in that department. Not so when it came to putting them down but again we did it ourselves so it took much longer.
I knew from the get go I DID NOT want granite, just not my style it was going to be corian again or butcher block, we went with the BB and I LOVE it.
We decided at the end that we did need and island and so glad I did.
Definitely look into the right lighting, one of the few things we did wrong. I love the look of what I have but they throw quite a few shadows. We were limited with that so had to do.
Over all what I wanted most was an open outdoor feel, and luckily my kitchen opens to the patio and yard so we accomplished that. Lots of natural light.
There are a few thing I would have NOT done had I known and one big one is sliding doors, we did them to save space but I don't care for them at all.
Doing it ourselves and not buying new cabnits saved us about 30-40 grand. That includes a lot of upgrades that don't normaly go into a "standard" kitchen remodel thogh.
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