Kitchens can be one of the most expensive renovations to a home. Many are intimidated by the stress involved in such a project. When budgeting, it is hard to decide where funds should be allocated. Some items are absolutely necessary in a kitchen, such as a stove for example. A stove is not always just a stove! Take that stove and add cobalt blue to it and you have added a great deal of interest to the room without breaking the bank. These are challenging things to figure out on your own. As a designer, finding the balance in a budget and getting really creative go hand in hand with meeting the requests of the clients. Having the latest trends at the most feasible price is always a common theme with clients. Here are some before pictures of a recent kitchen remodel I did.
The photographed project is a delightful 80 year old bungalow located in the charming Northwest Minneapolis Victory Neighborhood. The renovation started small and developed into a larger kitchen because of the need for function, along with the goal to add a bit of a “Martha’s Vineyard” kitchen appearance. The complete renovation was accomplished for $30,000. The kitchen is anchored with whites and grays, and accented with charcoal gray decorative tiles. The cabinets next to the cobalt blue stove are painted gunmetal gray to feature the stove and compliment the entire kitchen. The black soapstone countertops give a rich, natural statement to all of the shades of white and gray. There is a craftsmanship with detail throughout the kitchen that adds a custom look, which is rare to find with a budget this size.
There is function, style and great charm to this kitchen, and the clients were very happy with their finished product.
One money saver for the project was keeping the original hardwood floor and just repairing and refinishing it. Funds were saved with some of the upper cabinets by making them into open cubbies, which also added to the charm of the room. A radiator can be difficult to design around, but is also a true statement to the age of the home. I decided to enhance the radiator and not hide it away. By placing the soapstone countertop over the radiator it gave the kitchen more connected counter space and accented a unique architectural detail. Another way to save money was to keep the main body of the back splash attractive but basic, which gave us the ability to splurge a bit on the very small quantity of beautiful smoked gray glass mosaics used for accents in the back splash. These choices were all beautiful, yet cost effective. The enhancement to the kitchen will be very helpful in improving the value of this home on the market.
These choices were all beautiful, yet cost effective. The enhancement to the kitchen will be very helpful in improving the value of this home on the market.