Updated: Jan 22
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Affordable Open Concept Kitchen- part 2
As I mentioned in part 1, my clients, Brian and Gabrielle had a tight budget and big dreams. Most people have no idea of what a remodel actually costs and it is almost always more expensive than expected. They had a little of that, but also were aware that we were trying to accomplish a lot and would sacrifice some of the wish list items to get all of the wants and more imortantly the needs.
I often joke that I am the dream killer because the inspiration images from Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram, etc. that clients show me are beautiful, no doubt, but double the budget we have to work with.
So to achieve our goal we opted for some cost effective solutions such as laminate countertops and ready to assemble cabinets, and having a counter microwave.
We had focused on two layouts. Option 1 (pictured above) kept the wall dividing the dining room in the original location, just becoming a knee wall of a two tiered area to cantilever a bar height counter. The range with a downdraft systme would stay in the original location and wrap around cabinetry ending in a pantry. This option had nothing along the only wall to allow for space to move around and possibly a moveable island.
Option 2 removed all walls possible and moved the range to the far back wall with a vent hood. We still would keep the sink in the original location And incorporate floating shelves. We would have the u shape by using the empty wall from Option 1.
In the end we moved forward with Option 2 but switched to a white shaker style instead of stained.
-Sourcing cabinetry options at Menards
If this were a carefully crafted episode of a home remodeling show it would have an immediate, pristine reveal. That is NOT reality and when the construction phase ended and Tschida's scope of work complete we still were a few months a way from a photoshoot.
Brian and Gabrielle had elected to paint themselves, and as any busy parent knows even the best laid plans can be hard to finish. Painting saved them some money and allowed for the backsplash install that they originally thought they'd do themselves, but decided to let the professionals tackle.
They also wanted to replen the coffers so that they could get new dining and living furniture to have the space “magazine” ready.
Luckily enough, the client is a real estate photographer, so when they finished their personal punch list we worked together to re-arrange and shoot the space with the exact angles that were shot for the before pictures.
After pictures and client interview coming soon!
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