A $40,000 Kitchen Remodel
How do you renovate an entire living space for what would cover only the cost of a typical custom kitchen’s cabinets? Wisely.
Synopsis: Kitchen-remodeling projects can be among the costliest to take on. Raleigh, N.C., homeowner Bryan Jones first started reining in costs by hiring architect Tina Govan to oversee his kitchen remodel. Govan suggested the Joneses could save money by removing walls to open the kitchen to adjacent dining and living areas rather than consider an addition. This step also improved traffic flow in the kitchen area. They also saved money by using moderately priced or refurbished materials. Govan emphasized the importance of a good lighting scheme that uses both natural and artificial sources; this kitchen has skylights and an assortment of undercabinet and hanging fixtures.
It’s a common scenario. A small house, perfect for young newlyweds, becomes cramped as their family grows. Finally the time comes — usually when kids are in the den crying amid a floor full of toys, dogs are knocking over their food bin, and spouses bump for the eighth time while making dinner — that a decision is made: “We need a bigger house!” Moving isn’t always an option, and building an addition is the fastest way to blow a modest budget. The best solution is to consider improving the existing layout, as was the case with the Joneses and their small kitchen.
Homeowner: Our kitchen was functional, but it felt small, especially when my wife and I tried to cook together. We wanted a kitchen that felt open and airy, and a space that would evoke a sense of calm.
Architect: The Joneses didn’t need more square footage, but they did need better use of the space they had. The kitchen was imprisoned in a box that separated the other areas of the house from each other. Freeing the kitchen from its walls made an enormous difference in how the space looked and…