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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 The floor plan was choppy, and the kitchen was narrow with no storage, they had majorly outdated cabinets, and ancient appliances.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

 

the perfect bath (on a budget)

This month we have the pleasure of hosting a Waterworks Pop-Up shop in Nashville at Redo on September 20th 9am - 5pm. If you haven't already been ogling their gorgeous line of bath fixtures, tubs, and stunning bath furnishings, it's time to check them out! They have some swoon worthy options for anyone looking for a magazine-worthy, luxury bath.

So what makes a perfect bath if you are on a budget?  

Designed by Summer Thornton. 

Designed by Summer Thornton. 

For me,  a perfect bath combines clean lines, timeless finishes, bright natural lighting and a luxurious feel. And you don't have to break the bank!! I recently helped my parents with the renovation of their 1920's craftsman main bathroom. We started out with these photos as our inspiration:

Via  Dwell

Via Dwell

Although we were working within a very strict budget, my parents wanted the bathroom to feel timeless, modern, and fresh. At Redo we often refer to this as the "black Target dress, with Jimy Choo shoes." Splurge on some things to keep the room looking rich, but save on the basics. The way we accomplished this in their bath was by starting with classic white subway tile. White subway tile will never go out of style. I had them straight-stack the tile (as seen in the photo above) to keep clean lines, and give it a non-traditional feel. Then we chose a dramatic 10" black hexagon tile from The Tile Shop. This added a lot of character and texture without blowing our budget. 

For the vanity, we chose an inexpensive floating cabinet from IKEA, but added some richness through our drawer pulls and faucets. Furthermore, we added texture through natural wood shelving, a patterned shower curtain, and a vintage rug. 

You can find some of our selections below:

Unfortunately, the only picture I have of the end product was taken with an iPhone. At night. And features a tiny kitten and a dirty floor. So, you're welcome!! I will post some better pictures soon! 

What tips and tricks do you have for an affordable bathroom renovation?

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Clare

kilim me softly

It's as though I am Christopher Columbus.  I have discovered a new land... and it turns out it had already been discovered and inhabited long before I got here.  Kilim rugs. And not just Kilims. Persian, Turkish, Oushak...  Can you even?!  Did you know??

high point market

high point market

We are going from this:

high point market 2015

high point market 2015

To this:

 

design lori paranjape || photo paige rumore

design lori paranjape || photo paige rumore

From this: 

kilim rug from high point market 2015

kilim rug from high point market 2015

To this: 

design lori paranjape || photography paige rumore

design lori paranjape || photography paige rumore

So, tomorrow we are off to buy more of these beauties.  If you haven't discovered this before now, I encourage you to take credit.  Make it your own.  Stake your claim.  I know I am...

xoxo,

lori     (follow me on Instagram @mrsparanjape)