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When budget is a concern, where do you cut?

posted by: chrissyb2411 on 04.21.2013 at 10:13 am in Kitchens Forum

Ok just looking for some opinions. We are doing a pretty much top to bottom renovation on a foreclosure we bought. We are only a couple weeks in, and it will all be diy so we are looking at probably a 4-6 month renovation. We discovered mold in the finished basement when ripping out the old heating system. We don't plan on refinishing for now as it would eat up our whole renovation budget. But it's not a huge deal, just a bummer. And it means a lot of time spent cleaning and re-sealing the basement which throws everything back a bit time wise.

So, my kitchen budget is a little tight for what I need. Do able but tight. I have already compromised by removing wall ovens and cooktop from my design to go with a less expensive range. I have been to hd, lowes, a local store and ikea. Ikea would be great, but the color choices for doors are lacking. The local kitchen store was less than overwhelming and priced out their builder grade line (armstrong). The quote came in about $1000 less than lowes/hd but didn't include any of the internal components that are important to me (pull out trays for pantry, lazy Susan in corner, pull out trash, tray dividers) and they didn't have any options for 2 areas roughly 7 inches each (ie spice rack) and could only offer filler pieces. I'm leaning toward kraftmaid, Devron full panel shaker style in maple with a light to medium stain.

Countertops are driving me nuts. I like the look of solid surface, and lg hi macs would fit budget wise easily. I like quartz but the lowest end quartz is slightly over budget. I don't particularly like granite, but could live with the right color, and it would fit budget wise. DH is steadfastly against laminate, and wood and concrete are out.

I planned on doing a tile backsplash, probably subway or glass mosaic, the kitchen will be very casual. Do I need the countertop backsplash if I'm going to add tile, or skip the tile and save money?

Resale value is not an issue as we plan on staying in this home until our now 4 year old finishes high school lol.

So where did you personally compromise to fit your budget? Should I consider the builder grade cabinets, which look fine but don't have the function I want? Should I pass on upgrades Like plywood furniture ends if we go kraftmaid? Did you change or skimp on something you now wish you hadn't?

In short (or long) what are you living without that you though you couldn't (and its no big deal). What did you cut that you wish you had not?


clipped on: 04.21.2013 at 02:32 pm    last updated on: 04.21.2013 at 02:32 pm

Backsplash help, please :)

posted by: AnnaS8963 on 04.13.2013 at 10:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been looking at GardenWeb since last July and you all have answered so many questions for me. Thank you! Our kitchen is nearly complete and we'd like some help with the backsplash.

Here's our current plan: Rows of glass-mosaic tile above the granite, lined with metal border, and then with off-white tiles above that in diamond orientation. Above the cooktop would be a tile mural from Stone impressions. What do you think?

- The granite is "Aurus"; faucets and hardware are oiled bronze.
- Sinks are brown Silgranite
- Lighting: The kitchen faces south with lots of sunlight; we have LED overhead and UC lighting. We also have an oversize skylight.

Link to the tile mural we like

View of Kitchen:

Tile mosaic border:

Granite and off-white tile:


clipped on: 04.14.2013 at 11:39 am    last updated on: 04.14.2013 at 11:39 am

Induction Slide In Range Recommendations, please!

posted by: buildinva on 04.14.2013 at 08:55 am in Appliances Forum

I'm having a difficult time with this decision! What do you have and love? Or hate? Is there anything under $3,000 in this group? Anything new out there? Help please!!!!!


clipped on: 04.14.2013 at 08:55 am    last updated on: 04.14.2013 at 08:55 am

why is everyone pushing water based poly?

posted by: NYMK on 04.08.2013 at 06:18 pm in Flooring Forum

Everyone that I have gotten estimates for is pricing for water based poly. One company that has a good reputation won't even do oil based. Is there a reason people are pushing water based poly? Is it better than oil? Or is it just the fact that it takes more time for oil based poly to dry and it smells a lot more?


clipped on: 04.10.2013 at 03:32 am    last updated on: 04.10.2013 at 03:32 am

Revised Floor Plan for 60's Ranch!

posted by: buildinva on 04.09.2013 at 11:31 am in Kitchens Forum

I have made revisions to my kitchen plan based on feedback from my other thread and more thinking and pondering on my part. I would love to know what you think. I used the IKEA kitchen planner to do this.

In case you missed the previous thread, it's here: 1734

We are buying a 60's ranch and will do a gut remodel, resulting in a 1,000 sq ft open living space. The yard is an acre and backs to a sweet little creek, so we have great views along the back of the house.We are a family of 4 who frequently have a house full of kids. We live casually and comfortably, but I do love beautiful spaces! We are planning a budget white kitchen, possibly from IKEA.

We cannot move the kitchen to the left because of the opening to the garage & office. We cannot move it to the right because there is a low window just 20 inches from the corner and we can't afford to move it.

The island, which I couldn't figure out how to illustrate in the kitchen planner, will be 45x126 and seat 4 at the overhang. The walkway between the stove and island is 45. I know 48 is recommended, but I don't think I can do it and still have room on the other side for the living room.

Oh, I have put in a cleaning closet to hold the broom & other cleaning supplies. It will be in the hall space between the passageway and the kitchen (it is not shown here).

ANY thoughts or ideas are welcome!!! Thank you!!


clipped on: 04.09.2013 at 11:35 am    last updated on: 04.09.2013 at 11:35 am

Anyone else feeling a bit teary eyed?

posted by: holly-kay on 04.04.2013 at 10:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

Planning our new kitchen has been a bit overwhelming. Tonight I was washing dishes and tidying up and it struck me how much I love mylittle, imperfect kitchen. Do I still want to redo it? A great big yes! But as I was washing my dishes I started remembering all the life and love that has happened in that small space. The wonderful holiday meals, the Sunday dinner family nights, the games played and the homework done at the kitchen table, and the bill paying sessions that were enough to make me want to tear my hair out. My kitchen still is the hub of our family life. The children are out of the nest but we now have our adored grandsons. Yes the kitchen will be new from top to bottom but what will remain is the love and joy that has been the center of our home. My new fridge will soon carry the dear little fingerprints and the drawings from my grandsons. After all they are just the designer touch to complete my new project. I am so very blessed.


clipped on: 04.05.2013 at 08:18 pm    last updated on: 04.05.2013 at 08:18 pm

Ikea Kitchen Planner: Adding custom island??

posted by: buildinva on 04.03.2013 at 12:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm using the Ikea Kitchen Planner but cannot figure out how to add a custom island in the dimensions I want. I've googled, searched here, and experimented for over an hour with the software (which is very counter intuitive for me). I'm beyond frustrated. Is there a way to do this? Thanks!


clipped on: 04.03.2013 at 12:43 pm    last updated on: 04.03.2013 at 12:43 pm

Which stools do you like?

posted by: lovetodream on 04.02.2013 at 11:44 am in Kitchens Forum

Trying to decide between two different looks and wondered what your opinion is.

The peninsula panel is not on yet and we still need to hang the pendants, paint (that copper is not staying) and put up BS. As you can see, the colorful Fiestaware is evident through the glass cabinets (still have to put glass on, actually).

The two stools I'm thinking about are in the links below - if someone could do me the favor of posting them, I'd appreciate it because I am apparently not bright enough to figure it out on my own, despite having tried for the last 2 hours.

Laurainlincoln actually has the clear stools and I think they look great and disappear while looking cool. However, the price is double the red stools so I'm wondering if I should be practical and add that splash of color.

Here is my kitchen so far:

Here is a link that might be useful: Vapor Counter Stools


clipped on: 04.02.2013 at 05:08 pm    last updated on: 04.02.2013 at 05:08 pm

Pocket Doors - Do or Don't?

posted by: SweetFish on 04.01.2013 at 09:00 pm in Building a Home Forum

In our current floorplan we have pocket doors in two of our bathrooms. My GC is trying to talk me out of the pocket doors stating that as the house settles the pocket doors get misaligned, end up getting scraped and become more trouble then they are worth.
Does anyone have any experience or opinions? Thanks


clipped on: 04.02.2013 at 04:59 pm    last updated on: 04.02.2013 at 04:59 pm

magnetic board, white board behind cabinet door?

posted by: dermnp on 03.27.2013 at 09:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

I recall seeing pictures of someones finished kitchen and they had inside the cabinet door of the pantry a message center of some sort and it looked so great. My kitchen guy has not a clue what I am talking about. Anyone do something like that to get the things off the fridge? Can you show me a picture? Thanks!


clipped on: 04.02.2013 at 08:20 am    last updated on: 04.02.2013 at 08:20 am

Feedback on our Floorplan, please! (60's ranch with open concept)

posted by: buildinva on 03.26.2013 at 05:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are buying a 60's ranch and will do a gut remodel, resulting in a 1,000 sq ft open living space. The yard is an acre and backs to a sweet little creek, so we have great views along the back of the house.

We are a family of 4 who frequently have a house full of kids. We live casually and comfortably, but I do love beautiful spaces! We are planning a budget white kitchen, possibly from IKEA.

I would love feedback on our floorplan, especially the kitchen space. Please excuse the erasure marks! The scale is 1 sq = 1 ft. I've spent hours browsing and reading here and other sites and have learned so much!

Any questions, please ask. Thank you so much for your time and input!!!

((Note: We are trying to work with a lot of our existing furniture to keep costs down. The 40 inch round table pictured on the right will NOT be there, however, so the chairs can move over to make the walkway wide enough. The door in the bottom right of the picture is the front door. The slanted line on the bottom left represents the existing fireplace, which we do not have $$ to change or remove.))


clipped on: 03.26.2013 at 05:11 pm    last updated on: 03.26.2013 at 05:11 pm