March 15, 2011

Kitchen Rebirth

by Shelly

Well, it wasn’t the easiest of negotiations, but it is now official..we have a new home!  Saturday while at a friends’ bbq, we got the call from our agent that an agreement had finally been met.  Thank the Lord!  I’ve been a nervous wreck!  Having a kiddo, hubby, dog, cat and no new home on the horizon was keeping me up at night.  Throw in the fact that the hubs and I both do a lot of our work from home. So, no home= no office (at least for me!).  But weasked for it and by golly we got it.  The ugly brown house with bird houses, storybook detailing and a very sad unkempt interior and exterior is OURS!  Sounds nuts huh?

To tell you the truth, yes I’m nervous.  Clean freak, perfectionist girl and impending home that will be a work in progress for a while to come…well it’s a tough mix.  I can do it though.  For the sake of a brand new, never cooked in, all new,  professional grade appliances, plumbing eye candy, sweet new kitchen…. I We CAN do it! But it is going to be a challenge. There is a lot to be done and we are on a modest budget for the amount of work that we want needs to be done.  The blog is going to get a bit more interesting from here on out though.  I’m going to share with you all, every twist and turn of this house remodel.  I’ll  tell you where every penny is going and show you where I was able to cut corners OR maybe not so much!

To start I have a bunch of different contractors meeting us at the property during our inspection this week.  This will allow them to get in, take measurements, and we can discuss what needs to be done so I can get quotes from all of them.  I’ve already nailed down my entire kitchen design.  We’re keeping the basic current layout of the kitchen, but hopefully knocking down a partial wall and adding a breakfast bar that will overlook the family room.

Here is the design plan for the kitchen:

Typically when budgeting for a kitchen remodel, you want to aim to spend 15% of your homes’ worth.  In Southern California, where the real estate prices are pretty insane compared to most of the US (even in this economy), I think this can be adjusted somewhat.  And with our total budget not being that large…. OH wait, I haven’t told you that part have I?  Well, we have $70,000 exactly to spend immediately on the renovation of our new beast.  That’s not a lot. You probably recognize that.  But there are advantages to being a designer, namely discounts and to the trade pricing.  That will help, but it IS still a small number to work with.  We are budgeting $20,000 towards the kitchen. Crazy huh?  After reading about typical renovation costs that come in around $45,000…well I actually feel more determined to have a fabulous kitchen at a bargain price.  Here is how kitchen renovation costs should be budgeted:

Cabinetry- 40%:  $8,000

Appliances- 30%:  $6,000

Countertops- 10%:  $2,000

Flooring-10%: $2,000

Lighting and Plumbing Fixtures 10%: $2,000

GRAND TOTAL: $20,000

Where are we cutting corners you may ask?  Well, we’re doing all the demo ourselves the DAY we get the keys!  I love demo…heck I love to destroy stuff.  It goes against my perfectionist nature.  And it is so darn LIBERATING! Ok, I’m a dork.  We’re also not doing custom cabinetry like I had wanted to.  We’re going with the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot.  I searched a lot of different cabinetry lines and really fell in love with Martha.  Go figure.  As far as the appliances I am a SHARK when it comes to finding deals.  I do get a bit of trade pricing through my suppliers, but I did some online research and found them much cheaper on there!  The backsplash tile, lighting and plumbing fixtures I am able to also get some trade pricing which will be a life saver.  I’m just hoping there are no whammies….problems with plumbing, electrical issues, etc.  I’m prepared for them though. That house looks like it’s hiding some secrets.

I’ll be back the end of the week with a wrap up of round one of the ugly duckling files.  Hey, that kind of has a ring to it!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

sally lien March 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm

So happy for you! Your plans sound amazing. I love the inspiration board for your kitchen, and I can’t wait to see all the progress making a new house your home!! Congratulations!


Jessie March 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I was just looking at the Martha cabinets for our master bath. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! I love that tile too.


Shelly March 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I thought you might like that tile! *wink wink* Might look kinda pretty in your master bath! Just a suggestion!


Jessie March 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I heard your wink, and now Jeff is getting a little “nudge-nudge” in the direction of our MBA!


Lacey March 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Congrats Shelly! Glad to hear everything is working out. Your blogs make me want to remodel something..haha! Good luck and can’t wait to read future posts!


Jennifer Lenzen March 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I love this! Your kitchen is going to be gorgeous and so reflective of your talent! By the way, I’m dying over that chair!


kat March 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to see every aspect of this reno. Good luck with everything:) (The kitchen plans look amazing-btw)


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