Project by: Lindsay
Location: Chicago, Illinois
We took on the kitchen remodel back in April 2014. We took on this project knowing how much work and effort it would be and BOY was it worth it. I would consider it a "budget" remodel. We wanted to get a european modern kitchen at a fraction of the cost. We are well below the average kitchen remodel costs. I really wanted Carrara marble counters but was discouraged by how they stain super easily. We'd like to rent our place out in a few years and that was out of the question with marble. We went with quartz which is super durable but a little more expensive.
There were some things we decided to spend a little more on and others we did not. Here is a breakdown of what we did:
- Removed AWFUL mirror backsplash
- Removed HORRIFIC wall sconce
- Removed weird-o 1/2 wall
- Moved Fridge and added electrical and water hookup to wall
- All new cabinets (IKEA 20% off)
- Added cabinets and counter where old fridge was (above new fridge too)
- White Quartz counters (20% off)
- Added counters to create the upper bar thing
- New Sink and Faucet (Saved by buying it together on Overstock)
- Added track lighting with two pendants (gives us options to add more lights or change what we have)
- Subway tile backsplash
- Under cabinet lights (LEDs with Dimmer)
- New and AMAZING fridge (splurged but also got it 30% off)
- Under cabinet trash pull out (surprisingly nice)
Words of wisdom: Plan and plan and plan again, wait for a sale, ask a million questions from your contractor and vendors, get a ton of quotes. I got 9 quotes on counters and they were all extremely different for the exact same counter material. Be prepared to compromise.
Thanks to everyone that had to listen to me talk about "the kitchen" for the last 6 months. You can look forward to the bathroom now. LOL. JK. Next year maybe. :)
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