This is our kitchen before our remodel started. It takes a lot of time and thought before you take the remodeling plunge. You have to decide what you want; determine approximately how much it will cost and finally consider the disruption and inconvenience of doing without your kitchen for a considerable length of time ( which is always longer than the contractor estimates). My goals were to replace the sink with a larger farm sink, add a new gas stovetop and vent hood, build in a microwave drawer, replace countertops while making bar one level and eliminate bar sink. It was especially important to me to lighten up the room by painting all the cabinets and trim white. Last but not least, I wanted to add more storage.
An extra bonus here was that under the microwave a deep drawer could be added. Believe me, I have it full of dishtowels and placemats now.
To install a new gas cooktop, the vent hood had to be higher to meet safety standards. That meant the cabinet above the hood also had to be modified. I wasn't crazy about giving up a shelf but rearranged some things and it has worked out. So, the search was on for a new stainless hood and a gas cooktop. All these things had to be purchased and specifications given to the cabinet man before cabinet modifications could be made and estimates given.
I planned a niche for olive oil and condiments and had to decide on the size based upon the size of the stovetop.
Pan heights had to be considered and height of gas grates in deciding on where niche would be placed. So many decisions!
Since a farmhouse sink is deeper the drawers shown here will be lost and new doors would be needed that would be shorter. I also needed a new disposal which, of course, required new plumbing. By the way, when you install new counter tops the dishwasher has to be removed and then reinstalled after the countertops are finished.
At this point, with cabinets and drawers removed, you can visualize better. I had many questions for the cabinet maker. We decided that it was less hassle to make a new cabinet for the sink than to modify the old one. I could add feet on this cabinet to coordinate another new cabinet and update the look.
A sneak peak of the almost finished work.
Do you like my new feet on this cabinet and the farm sink that I finally decided on? I love the faucet I chose and have enjoyed the soap dispenser so much! The cabinets are now painted white, the mosaic removed and new subway tile installed. Many discussions with the electrician and cabinet maker in this area- another goal I had in this remodel was to gain storage. An idea to install open shelving above the sink was abandoned because of awkward angles and the position of the overhead light. More on that later.
It's been a while since the work was done and it would have made more sense to post as the project was ongoing. But as you can imagine, I was overwhelmed, even coordinating the work myself when my contractor became ill. No way could I have dealt with all the problems and blogged about it, too. Thank you for reading and stay tuned to part 2.
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