Home remodeling projects - fun? Or not so much? RR and I have lived in this house for 27 years. We knew when we bought the house that there was a kitchen remodel in our future. This past February we actually completed the third (this one relatively minor) kitchen remodel.
The first kitchen project, completed in 1987, expanded the kitchen to include a dining area. Prior to that expansion, the room was dominated by an island. If the family wanted to eat at a table together, you had to bring everything in the adjacent (carpeted) dining room. We also created a separate laundry room space and moved the washer/dryer out of the kitchen. This kitchen project served our young family really well.
In 1999, we did some major renovations in the house. We replaced most of the old single pane windows, installed hard wood floors, fashioned a smaller, less obtrusive kitchen island, installed a kitchen pantry unit, replaced the shower units in both bathrooms, and painted several of the interior rooms. Big bucks, that one! Despite the expense, we never regretted these improvements. The house has been brighter, more energy efficient, and more comfortable as a result.
The most recent project was the least expensive so far. Its goals were primarily cosmetic and were designed to make the kitchen feel warmer and more open. The island got a facelift with new countertops that feature warmer tones and integrated sinks. We replaced the thirty year old stove and fifteen year old dishwasher (still functioning but certainly not as energy efficient as newer models). Additionally, RR painted over some of the dark wood trim with a warm yellow tone. The overall effect makes the kitchen feel more open and less cavelike. Although money is tight, we had saved for these modifications and nothing went on a credit card. I think it makes the kitchen an even warmer gathering place.
|Pre remodel - note the heavy wood accents up high.|
|Pre remodel - I painted the mural on the east facing wall above five years ago. It remains a focal point in the kitchen.|
|Remodel in progress - new stove/microwave and upper trim in transition.|
|Remodel in progress. We really like the new countertops and integrated sinks.|
What has been your experience with home remodeling projects? Have they been worth the money and effort?