(Closed) Kitchen Remodel Experiences?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sorry I can’t help you but commented to come see what other ladies say since we are in a similar boat and I am dyingggg for a kitchen reno!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m not sure how entirely helpful this will be since our situation is a little different…but for what it’s worth, here’s what we did.

We bought our house in 2010, and the kitchen was in severe need of remodelling. I don’t have pictures on this computer, but it had 2 open shelf upper cabinets and one sink base cabinet that was literally decomposing inside, and that was it for cabinets and countertops. The ceiling and one wall was water-damaged; the original hardwood floor had big gashes in it. It was bad. We gutted the room, rehung drywall, re-plumbed everything, put in entirely new cabinets & countertops, tiled the backsplash, and refinished the floors. We did not have to replace any appliances, as they were fairly new when we moved in.

1) How much did your renovation cost? (and how big is your space)
Approximately 200 square feet; it cost us about $3000, factoring in the floors. My Fiance is a general contractor and I’m pretty hands-on, so we did almost all of the work ourselves. We did get some really great pricing on the granite countertops and the floor refinishing through his work contacts.

2) How long did the renovation take? 
About 3 weeks. It was hell, made more difficult by the fact that we were both working full time so we were doing the kitchen work in the evenings and all weekend, every weekend. Also, cooking is no fun when you only have a grill or a microwave (and you’re already exhausted from hanging a ceiling).

3) How did you finance it?  Cash?  Home equity? 
Cash

4) Do you feel you will see almost a complete payout on your investment when you sell? 
More than a complete payout. Granted, there were other repairs we made on the house, but by far the kitchen was the biggest project. We actually just accepted an offer last week and will be selling our house for 50% more than we paid for it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

1) How much did your renovation cost? (and how big is your space) 4,000. Its 6 by 8 or so. We did it all ourself. We bought all the cabs ourself, (we rented a truck and drove to Oakland). We picked up a few guys from home depot for granite and cabs. Darling Husband and Father-In-Law did electrical, plumbing, tile, painting. I drew the basic plans. Father-In-Law picked colors, tile, cabs. Darling Husband found the applicances on craigslist. I did most of the driving to pick things up from home depot, and other stores (and lunches).

2) How long did the renovation take? 4 weekends (including friday night).

3) How did you finance it?  Cash?  Home equity? Cash. We got deals when we went places with only cash.

4) Do you feel you will see almost a complete payout on your investment when you sell?

We are renting the house out. We went overboard for it being a rental but we still lived there. 🙂

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Bump! Any bees wish to add to this old thread? I’m dying to read more stories!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We renovated our kitchen this past winter.

 

1) How much did your renovation cost? (and how big is your space)

Our reno cost approximately $10 000- $12 000, our condo is 650 sq ft.

2) How long did the renovation take?

From start to finish, maybe 3 weeks.

3) How did you finance it?  Cash?  Home equity?

 We paid cash.

4) Do you feel you will see almost a complete payout on your investment when you sell?

Yes. Definitely. We live in a condo and most units have the same, standard brown kitchen and entry level appliances. We have a more modern look with all white laquer, thicker granite than the building standard, and brand new appliances.

 

Post # 7
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Newbee

I assisted in my son’s kitchen renovation 3 years ago. The house was a repossession. The new cabinets, appliances and lighting are Ikea. We assembled all the cabinets and and he had the installation and the worktop done by a professional kitchen installer. Total cost $7500 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Honestly, I wouldn’t consider a renovation if you only plan to live there for 5 years.  

I don’t have a house, but I’m looking for my 1st.  My biggest issue is when an old (1960s or earlier) kitchen has been remodeled to some super new, super high end kitchen.  It just looks out of place in an older, more modest home.  I love the vintage look (particularly 1930s or earlier) and it kills me when I see houses that age with super new, shiny kitchens.  

Even if the next owners want to renovate, I think allowing them the option of doing it to their own tastes is better than doing it to your tastes and then moving.  I’ve seen on HGTV (not always reliable, I know) that most kitchen renovations don’t get their money back when reselling.  If you plan to be there for a long time and get the use out of a kitchen you design, then that’s one thing.  But if you are going to move again, I don’t know if you’ll get your money’s worth.  In my city it’s the renovated, overpriced houses that sit on the market for a long time because the owners are convinced that the value is higher, because of what they invested in the renovation.

Edited to add: Oops, I didn’t realize this thread was old!  But my opinions are the same in case they help anyone else!

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 9 months ago by  Lavender28.
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Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

CHristine2809:  yes sorry I bumped the thread for some newer perspectives! But I am in a simar boat as OP… Will be in our house anywhere from. 6-10 years, so I appreciated your comment! For us though our kitchen was an addition and our house is over 100 years old. There is NO insulation in the kitchen walls or ceilings and it is freezing in the wintertime. The floor is sloped, and the layout makes no sense. We seriously can’t even open one of the drawers unless the dishwasher is open or it will bump into it. There is a cutout in the window trim for a cabinet. Lol. In our neighborhood there are a lot of total home renovations going on to fix up old properties, so people expect new and modern spaces. We will definitely need to renovate before we sell, but for us I think we will definitely get our $$ back because we got it for a steal and the neighborhood keeps increasing in home value.

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