Residential Kitchen Remodeling $40,000 and Under
CREATE A MORE PLEASANT KITCHEN ENVIRONMENT: The client wanted the kitchen to look like a “high end $50,000 designer kitchen” but within a $25,000 budget. They wanted to get rid of the old fashioned painted cabinets with exposed hinges. This objective was met by using cost effective new cabinetry with solid cherry raised panel doors, new drawer fronts, and molding.
KEEP THE EXISTING COUNTER TOP IN THE SINK AND COOKING AREA: The client liked the existing engineered stone counter top and preferred not to replace it. This need was met by keeping the base cabinetry, and installing cherry veneer, doors, and drawer fronts that match the new cabinetry.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TALLER 9’ CEILING: There was a two foot vertical space between the top of the existing cabinetry and the ceiling. The client wished to use more of this space. Much of the new cabinetry was built to eight feet, with portions lowered six inches to create interest.
USE MOLDINGS TO ENCHANCE THE CABINETRY: The client disliked the old fashioned gallery rail at the top of the upper cabinets. The existing cabinetry was custom made but it looked like stock cabinetry. New molding, especially crown at the top and light bar molding at the bottom of the upper cabinets, created an upscale look. Perceived value was raised even further with raised panel and applied molding cabinet ends.
CREATE MORE USABLE DRAWER SPACE WITHOUT DISTURBING THE COUNTER TOP: Cabinetry was configured to replace narrow drawers with wider drawers to the left of the sink, to the left and right of the cook top; wide drawers were added below the cook top.
MAKE THE GLASS CABINET APPEAR LESS CLUTTERED: The two narrow upper glass doors with mullions were replaced with one single panel frosted glass door.
MAKE THE HEARTH ROOM CABINET MORE USEFUL: The base area was changed from two doors to two large soft close drawers.
MAKE CABINETRY MORE “USER FRIENDLY”: Soft close mechanisms were used on doors and drawers.
ILLUMINATE THE WORK SURFACE: Each of the existing fluorescent lights was controlled by the rocker switch on each light. New xenon light fixtures were installed under the upper cabinets and wired to allow one wall switch to control all lights.
INSTALL NEW APPLIANCES: New microwave, oven, and refrigerator were installed.
REPLACE THE OLD TILE BACK SPLASH: New tile was chosen and installed.
BUDGET RESTRAINTS: To meet the challenge of giving the client a new “designer” kitchen on a very limited budget, the client and the contractor determined how to meet the clients’ objectives by combining new custom cabinets with refacing some of the existing cabinets with pre-finished cherry veneer, and installing new cherry doors, drawer fronts, and molding to match the new cabinetry. The resulting savings allowed the client’s budget to go further, providing more dollars to invest in other elements of the kitchen remodel–tile back splash, appliances, and lighting.
SCHEDULING: The contractor planned the job so that the most labor intensive work and the work that had the most positive impact on the client was completed during the first week of the project. The job was started on a Monday (the day the client left for out of town travel), the existing cabinets were removed on Tuesday, most of the electrical work was completed Tuesday, the majority of the new cabinets were installed on Wednesday. The client arrived home Thursday night and was pleased at the progress. The majority of the kitchen cabinet work was done by the end of the first week, allowing the client the weekend to begin moving their kitchen items into the new cabinets. The job was completed within 3 weeks.
COMMUNICATIONS: A simple Gantt chart with a timeline and milestones was completed by the contractor and provided to the client. This insured that the contractor was communicating using the same “language” as the client, who is a professional project manager. A change order was executed that specified changing the cabinetry material in the hearth room from “paint grade” to the same prefinished cherry as the kitchen.
TECHNICAL DETAILS AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
INNOVATIVE SOLUTION: The contractor made sure that the cherry veneer applied on the refaced cabinets was an exact match for the solid cherry cabinetry face frames on the new cabinets. The contractor made sure that the moldings applied on the glass and hearth room cabinets mirrored those installed on the new custom cabinets.
DESIGN IMPROVEMENTS: The contractor suggested adding furniture base molding to enhance the design of the refrigerator, oven, island, and hearth room cabinets. The contractor sketched the initial design for the kitchen cabinetry and designed and installed the molding placement on the hearth room cabinet.
NARI MEMBER SUPPLIERS:
Quality Wood Products—cabinetry
Factory Direct Appliance–appliances