Kitchen Remodel Under $20k
A Labor of Love: Do some work yourself and be selective with your spending for an elegant kitchen remodel on a tight budget.
After long careers working on other people’s homes, we retired and finally had the time to remodel our own. As soon as we finished with that, we realized that we needed something new to do, so we looked for a fixer-upper in historic Old Colorado City. Hoping to remodel and sell the house as an investment, we didn’t want to get involved in a lot of structural work. We bought a simple bungalow from the 1940s with a floor plan that is still relevant today.
We bought the house for $156,000, knowing that the potential for profit was in our sweat equity. To make a decent wage for the time we put into the project, we’d have to make a big impact on the dated house with minimal cash outlay. With that in mind, we made the biggest improvements to the kitchen and its connection to the living…