Sunday, April 24, 2016

Before and After: Kitchen

The kitchen has easily been the most expensive renovation in the house, but it desperately needed an upgrade.

BEFORE:

This is the view looking into the kitchen before the opening was shifted and expanded, to create a more open floorplan.

AFTER:



BEFORE:


These cabinets are the cheapest available at the big box store, and the countertops were installed haphazardly by a previous homeowner. This whole area wasn't functioning well.

AFTER:



With the opening shifted over, a row of cabinets could fit along the north wall.  This allowed us to put in a beverage fridge.  The new counter depth refrigerator is in a more functional location and the new tall pantry utilizes the space efficiently. The exterior door will be replaced in the future.

BEFORE:


The dishwasher broke 4 months after we moved in, and was replaced before we began renovating the kitchen.  The range is the same, and will be replaced eventually.  The floorplan for this section didn't change, because it functions fine.  Notice the "lava" tile.

AFTER:


I like the free standing hood, and extra tall cabinets.  We did install a single-basin extra-deep sink, and it might be the best little decision we made with this renovation.  After a lot of searching, we found the exact same flooring in the living room to install in the kitchen and office.

BEFORE:


The lonely large refrigerator.  This was such an awkward location.

AFTER:


The wall is gone, the large refrigerator turned into a view of the living room.  With the new opening, we got to utilize the large sq footage of the kitchen, and install a large island.

OVERALL:
This was a complex renovation, but was totally worth it.  It completely changed how we work and function in the house.

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