I have shared a little bit about the house we completed while living on the Oregon Coast. Today I want to show you one of the biggest wow parts of that remodel. Everyone’s favorite room – the kitchen.
Let me show you what was so special about this place.
Our home was in a lovely area half a mile from the beach and one mile from the lighthouse. We had a small view of the ocean from the front of the house, and forest in the back. It was the kind of place where an eagle would fly right overhead one moment and seagulls the next.
Now, the house. It was a 2004 that was structurally great and aesthetically sad.
That wall! That tiny kitchen! Those cabinets! That hideous vent hood! The microwave two feet off the ground! That…pineapple thing on the wall…
This was what it looked like when we first looked at it, before the previous owners moved out. The house had been on the market for over a year. Can we go back to that view out the kitchen window?
People, who blocks this with a wall?! Not to mention that wall meant that the only natural light that hit the front room was from an old school leaded glass window in the front door. So open concept was the only way to go.
And so it began. We call this the refrigerator-plugged-into-the-bathroom era. Like the island? It’s a cabinet we removed that made a great makeshift island.
We recycled most of the cabinetry and had a few additional boxes custom made, including a real island. And, of course, the linoleum floors had to go.
Okay, you have waited long enough. Let’s do some before and afters.
We spent about $10,000 on this makeover. You may notice that the counter tops are not stone. They are laminate. We had to be mindful of our market, and we would never have gotten a return on our investment if we had installed solid stone. Our goal was to duplicate a high end look as far as possible within our budget, and all in all we were happy with how it came out. It can be tempting to want to put everything into a renovation and go for the pinterest perfect look. That’s great if it is your forever home, but we knew we would not be staying long (we actually moved within a week of wrapping up renovations!)
Kitchens can be one of the most expensive rooms in a house to renovate, and budgets can very easily be blown out of the water. Hopefully this shows that you can end up with a nice, functional space for a low budget with a little planning. Thanks for reading, and let us know what you think!