A Flexible "Temporary" Kitchen Renovation

A Flexible "Temporary" Kitchen Renovation

Janel Laban
Nov 15, 2010

The usual definition of a successful renovation project end result is a room that you won't want to change for a loooong time. That is certainly most often the goal. But what about when you are considering an even bigger job down the line and need to do something flexible right now to make your home more livable until then?

Johnson/Soler recently completed a job where future flexibility was part of the brief. Here is a description of the project from Steve, filled with good things to keep in mind for anyone planning a renovation:

We did this project for a young couple who had just bought a historic bungalow in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. They loved the house and could deal with all the quirks an old house has to offer, except for the tiny kitchen with all its retro-80's flair. Eventually, they would like to create a large open kitchen and entertainment area by combining the kitchen with an adjacent room, but for the time being they just needed a kitchen that didn't make them want to tight roll their jeans while they cooked.

With the future expansion in mind, we opened up the kitchen by removing a pantry and closet attached to the room next door to give them a spacious area to work with. We covered the floors with a free floating snap in laminate flooring that matched the rest of the wood flooring in the house. This inexpensive option makes future remodeling easier by making demolition of the floor simpler if they want to eventually install a tile flooring.
Finally, we finished out the kitchen with Ikea cabinets with butcher block tops. These cabinets blend nicely with the existing Bungalow interior but without the cost of custom cabinetry. The butcher block tops add a sense of casual warmth to the space our clients were looking to achieve. Eventually, the cabinets will be relocated to the basement workroom when the kitchen is expanded. This makes the butcher block counters appealing because they can be re-cut in a new configuration at that time, avoiding the cost of new counter-tops.
Our clients love their "temporary" kitchen and appreciate the amount of forethought we put into it to make the future renovation more cost effective and speedy.

MORE INFO: Johnson/Soler

Thanks, Steve!

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