Kitchen Renovation and Makeover
It’s been nearly a year since the first room in our home was fully renovated (thank to The Living Room TV crew, Channel 10). Today, after another 9+ months of hard work (and struggles), I have some exciting news – our kitchen renovation and makeover is complete!!! Hooray! It’s nice to see my home finally starting to come together. I had longed for the day where I could share some photos of the kitchen, and here we are! Please take a look below at the before and after shots of the complete kitchen renovation and makeover.
When we started the kitchen renovation and makeover in late January 2014, we had three objectives in mind:
- Designing a large open plan modern kitchen (lots of bench space for cooking, lots of storage for my kitchen appliances)
- Allowing more natural light to flow into our living room by removing walls
- Increasing the value of our property for resell by investing in quality flooring, cabinetry and tap ware, Caesarstone bench top etc.
I am very pleased with the end result. The style of the kitchen is a good fit with the living room that was chosen for us by interior designer Shannon Fricke last year. The new kitchen is spacious, modern and minimalist. Yes we did sacrifice the dining room, but this was with no regrets – we still have a seating capacity of four to six persons at the breakfast bar. The reno took forever, and was super stressful yet we saved thousands of dollars by doing most of the work ourselves. The total cost of the kitchen renovation and makeover was $29,000 (does not include kitchen appliances which we have not yet updated).
DECEMBER 2013 – Our original kitchen from 1970 was small cramped and outdated.
JANUARY 2014 – The first step in the renovation process, was for us to start ripping the original kitchen apart (tiles, cabinets etc.)
FEBRUARY 2014 – The builder started the wall demolition (the kitchen was on the other side).
FEBRUARY 2014 – This photo shows how small the original kitchen was.
FEBRUARY 2014 – Opening the kitchen into the already renovated living was a little stressful as we were mindful not to damage the newly installed bamboo flooring in the process.
FEBRUARY 2014 – Being in an unit block (middle floor), we were required to put 3 beams in.
MARCH 2014 – The false celling allowed to hide the beams.
MARCH 2014 – Continuing the floating floor boards was a little challenge, because the floor was not ‘flat’.
MARCH 2014 – The kitchen starting to come together. We used a temporary bench top for a few months so I could still cook.
MAY 2014 – We did not have a kitchen sink for 3 months (using the laundry). The bench top was installed in July and the glass splash back in August.
OCTOBER 2014 – The end result