Home Renovation: The Kitchen

July 30, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Posted in homeownership | Leave a comment

When Daryle and I bought our house in February of 2007, the kitchen was old, filthy with stains and had out-of-date appliances that questionably worked. Some day in the near future, we planned to install new cabinets and stainless appliances. In June of ’07, we picked out a Kitchen Aid refrigerator, mini beverage fridge, and dishwasher from The Great Indoors. Then, we found our dream Viking range on eBay. Since that point, we’ve operated in a makeshift kitchen with a slop-sink from Home Depot and metro shelving for dry food and pots and pans.

We shopped around for cabinets on-and-off. First, we met with Long Fence—who proved to be unbelievably over priced. Then, we considered Home Depot which was reasonable enough, but the staff was very hard to work with. More recently we learned about the services of Direct Buy, a company that allows you to buy merchandise at cost rather than retail. We met with the Direct Buy kitchen designer who showed us a variety of cabinet brands to choose from. We decided on the cabinetmaker, Norcraft because they offered hard wood cabinets in the finish we wanted, with non-slamming drawers and free in-home delivery.

The cabinets were delivered to our dining room this past June. The kitchen installers (who I highly recommend) came quickly and discovered some of the cabinets were the wrong size. Doh! So then we waited another four weeks for the correct cabinets to be delivered (at no extra charge). The kitchen installers came back on Monday and installed what you see above. They look great!

The cabinets are maple with a natural finish. The floor (which looks very dirty–please excuse!) is a dark brown porcelain tile with cooper splashes that give it an industrial look (from Architectural Ceramics). It’s totally bad ass. This week—or sometime in the very near future, we will choose what color granite the counter will be. In the meantime, we won’t have a sink since it must be under-mounted to the counter. More on that later. In the meantime, I am more than elated that the kitchen is finally coming together!


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