Kitchen Renovation Completed!!

Joined Nov 23, 2009
I was finally able to actually cook in my renovated kitchen last week.  There have been a lot of interruptions, and there is still a lot to do, but I like it a lot.  Some random thoughts:

The tile floor is very attractive, but it will explode anything that is dropped on it, as KYH noted in the planning stage. I tested that hypothesis with a plate last week and he was right.  Likewise the granite tile countertops.  The new range is light years better, and has one burner that is huge for large pots. That will be used a lot. 

The new kithen island is great.  I don't think you can have one that is too large.  We picked up a lot of storage space in the renovation, including a pantry.  I have way too many pots, pans, skillets, woks, and every kind of cooking utensil imaginable.. I need to pare this collection down.  

I also discovered that If you move literally everything out of a house you have owned for fourteen years, and then move it back in, most of the items your wife treasures most will be damaged or broken. That is apparently an irrevocable  rule of renovation. 

All in all, we are pleased with everything.  There is still a huge mess, but it is livable and will be more so when we throw away the rest of the junk (treasures) accumulated over the years that we never use..

I did manage to smoke a brisket, two racks of spareribs, and a pork butt on my new Weber Smokey Mountain this weekend.  The Maverick thermometer BDL recommended worked like a charm, as did the WSM.

Now I need to catch some fish and crabs, and further test the new range. . 


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Joined Oct 5, 2001
 Wow it sounds great. How long did it take from start to finish? Did you go over budget? We went a few thousand over budget getting new appliances.

Do you mind uploading some photos would love to see the finished product.
Joined Nov 23, 2009
I engaged the contractor on January 13.  Because of the water damage, we ended up replacing the flooring in every room in the house and repainting the interior.  We also put in new cabinets in the utility room and kitchen, and reconfiguring the existing island in the kitchen.  It was more extensive than a normal kitchen renovation.  We replaced the range, vent hood, and sink. 

All that remains to be done is some contractor cleanup.  He supposedly completed the punch list we gave him on Monday of this week.  That would be eight weeks total, not counting two visits to make his estimates.  There were also some weather delays where he was unable to access the house.

We did go over budget, but not a lot.  I'm meeting the contractor today to get some final numbers.  As soon as it is cleaned up a little better I'll post some pictures. I am doing the final walk through this weekend.
Joined Sep 5, 2008
I'll be looking forward to see some of your pictures as well. Getting the kitchen remodeled is a long time dream of mine which is going to have to happen sooner or later - any inspiration is welcome!
Joined Nov 23, 2009
I have the pictures of the renovation.  If someone will lead me through the process, I'll try to post them.  It is a vast improvement over what we had.  While I wish we could have gotten a gas range, the new range is so much better in every respect than the old range. 

It has been a chore getting things reorganized and back in the house, but it is now 95% done.  We picked up a ton of storage space and a nice sized pantry as well.  We still have way too much stuff, but now we can put it up.
Joined Nov 23, 2009
There used to be a light fixture where you see the bare bulb.  This was a minor casualty.  I am really glad we're done, but I do think it was worth it.  The island is 4' X 6', and we will have five bar stools around it for additional seating. 

Joined Feb 3, 2010
Gorgeous!  It looks like a nice, calm, well balanced space in which to wax creative./img/vbsmilies/smilies/thumb.gif


Joined Mar 17, 2010
Your kitchen is very neat and clean. It looks very nice. The tile floor is very attractive.



Joined Dec 14, 2006
Really, really like that granite tile.  I'm in the planning phase of a kitchen reno right now, and I can't wait for it to be done.
Joined Nov 23, 2009
The electrical outlet is hidden by the seat of the middle bar stool.  We debated putting the outlet on the top of the island, but ended up with a multiple outlet on the stool side.  So far it has worked out well.  We had a smaller two tier island before, and the electical wiring was already in place to locate the outlet where we did. There are drawers and cabinets for storage on the other side of the island. 
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