No Updates, Just Planning

I betcha thought I was coming in Hot with a huge Kitchen Update! You would be very wrong! Since we last left off with major framing progress, I had to make a trip to New York and Collin has been working crazy hours, so the kitchen still looks exactly like this:


But where there is no physical momentum, there are things happening behind the scenes. I have been working on finalizing the layout and cabinet selections. I thought It might be helpful to bring you through this thought process, what options came up and how we decided on everything.

It is really important to remember that this is budget reno. Our budget for the entire renovation is $15,000. While not cheap, its less than an average kitchen renovation for moving the kitchen to a new room plus adding in the finishing the Den.

Step one is Cabinets. We can not get anything else done before finalizing the cabinets and layouts. We decided on RTA (Ready to Assemble) cabinets for budget reasons. The difference is between $1000 – $2000 more to get the already assembled cabinets, and honestly, with a budget this tight, we can put them together ourselves.

To start, I Googled RTA Cabinets. So many companies come up, so it feels a little overwhelming. To start, I picked a pretty standard size cabinet (the Pantry, 24″ x 96″) and used that as the baseline. Every website I looked at, the first thing I checked was the cost of the Pantry cabinet. If it was between $500 – $700 I would further review that website. If it was above that price, that meant the kitchen was going to be more expensive, for the same product. No thank you!

I had a small spreadsheet created where I kept the information on the quotes and the products I needed. I would go through each website, add the cabinets I needed to the shopping cart and see what the final price was and add it to the spreadsheet, along with notes. Here’s what I was left with:


Some of the options had different color cabinets, like gray, that while I loved, I decided ultimately were not right for this house. Also, another really interesting option is the IKEA Cabinets with custom doors through a company called Semihandmade. This was a great option if you want that custom look, but since we had decided on white cabinets, there was no need to spend the extra money.

We did visit a few showrooms as well, but the price was high in comparison. They did however offer us some great information about the layout. For example, if you have a corner sink, don’t put the dishwasher directly next to it, it wont open correctly/will be awkward. The information they gave me helped finalize the layout.



Its a small kitchen, but I think this layout will give it the most counter top space and functionality.

Next up, we have one more cabinet meeting tonight, just to check to see if the local discount cabinet store has a great option. If not, I plan on ordering cabinets tomorrow. Also, we have electricians coming in with quotes this week. Once the cabinets are ordered, we have 4 weeks to get everything else (including floors) done. With Easter falling in the middle of that 4 weeks, it is a tight time frame, but we will have brand new kitchen at the end, so it will be worth it!

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