Budget Friendly Kitchen Reno

I know, I know...generally speaking "budget friendly" and "designer" don't go hand-in-hand. But with an investment in design time, hiring an expert can actually save you money during a renovation. For example, a good designer can help you avoid common mistakes and pitfalls in selections, and also help you stretch your money (ie. what are the right areas to splurge, and where can you save?). 

Today's blog is about a budget friendly kitchen renovation I did for an extra special (and sometimes difficult) client, my mom and dad. My parents own a classic Four Square built in the 1920's that had not been renovated in 20 years. The floor plan was choppy, and the kitchen was narrow with no storage, they had majorly outdated cabinets, and ancient appliances. They called on me when they were finally ready to turn their non-functional kitchen in to a functional one. Prepare yourself, here are a few before pics:

Kitchen "Before"

Kitchen "Before"

Kitchen "Before"

Kitchen "Before"

We poured over the kitchen plans for hours, trying to find the best way to add storage and also open up the space to the rest of the house. My dad, who happens to be a structural engineer, came up with a plan to add four additional feet to the back of the house without pouring a foundation. This saved some seriously money because we avoided the expense of pouring footings (**Always consult an engineer before making structural changes).

The crew adding additional an extension to the house.

The crew adding additional an extension to the house.

Our next step was planning the layout of the kitchen. This helped determine how wide to make the opening into the living room. Originally, there were two doorways that accessed the basement stairs. We removed the basement access doorway in the kitchen, which gave us enough space for an entire wall of "pantry" cabinetry, as well as a wider opening into the living room!

Opening up the wall into the living room and closing the door to the basement.

Opening up the wall into the living room and closing the door to the basement.

Because we were on a strict budget, we used Ikea's cabinetry along with their kitchen planner. The planner helped us maximize our cabinet storage and even add an island where we thought there may not be room! The new floor plan gave us double the amount of cabinetry they had in their original kitchen. For cabinet hardware I scoured the web to find beautiful but budget-friendly hardware. There are a lot of great suggestions on Pinterest, but I ended up finding our pulls/knobs online here from The Hardware Hut.

One of the places we "splurged" was on backsplash. Luckily we didn't need need a ton of square footage, which gave me a little more freedom in terms of price. I went a tile shop in Nashville, Traditions in Tile, and found some gorgeous handmade tile from Walker Zanger .  The handmade texture combined with a subtle color added warmth to a mostly white space. My parents didn't want anything that would feel dated in 5-10 years. 

Our flooring guy had the matching  1" oak flooring that was original to the house in stock. I thought it was important to make the new kitchen look like it had always been there, so I opted to wood instead of tile. That meant we had to refinish the entire first floor so the color was seamless but it was worth the effort! In the mudroom we wanted to use tile and landed on a classic slate tile from Stone Source. We laid it in a herringbone pattern to give it a modern feel. For countertops,  I chose a classic mostly white Quartz (Zen from Cosmos). My parents wanted a low-maintenance countertop because of their three grand children. Months later they are still happy with their decision! Here are some pictures of the nearly-completed kitchen:

Coffee bar

Coffee bar

Pantry wall.

Pantry wall.

Stove + mudroom

Stove + mudroom

Other than a few stray projects (ie the end-cap for the stove) the kitchen is finished! It was very special getting to create a beautiful space for my parents home. All in all it was one of my favorite projects to date!

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Clare