Jordan and her growing family were looking for a home, but knew with San Francisco's high prices they would probably have to settle for a home that didn't quite match their dreams. Even though friends warned her of the high prices of renovating, discounts were searched for and they did a lot of work themselves.
My husband and I recently bought our first home together in San Francisco. We wanted a large home that had space for our growing family. But with the insane prices of real estate in San Francisco we knew we couldn't buy our dream home, and would have to settle for a place with an outdated kitchen and bath. We found our home that was perfect for us: beautiful views of the ocean, lots of sunlight and plenty of room for a growing family.
However the seriously outdated kitchen was little to be desired. I knew I had to remodel ASAP. Everyone warned me of the crazy costs of remodeling the kitchen, as well as the horror stories. So I spent months designing my space, then months finding all the materials at discounted prices. I was able to find most of my materials at almost half the cost of brand names.
I then found an amazing contractor who just strictly did the labor and I did everything else: found and picked up the materials, did the floor plans, and made all executive decisions.
The result was just spectacular; I couldn't have asked for more. We opened up the wall between the living and kitchen space and now have a fully open concept living area with views out to the ocean from all rooms.
I have my dream white kitchen at half the cost of an average renovation (even while splurging on some items, like the fridge and dishwasher).
Thank you Jordan! See more photos of this remodel on Jordan's blog.
Re-edited from a post originally published 10.4.14-NT