I'm totally gutting kitchen and 2 baths and want to do it as cheaply as possible to stay within budget (30-35k) and am overwhelmed with the number of contractors and kitchen cabinet showrooms out there and don't know where to start. Should I hire general contractor to take care of everything or should I start with going to kitchen cabinet showroom and then act as my own contractor and hire out plumber, electrician etc. Which is the most cost effective? I want to remove 2 walls for the remodel, does this mean I have to hire a contractor anyways? Help! For those who've done this, where did you start? Also how much did you spend, is my budget realistic?
We *must* replace our lower kitchen cabinets. The uppers are *ahem, previous owners* stained green. How do I match the unfinished lowers to the uppers? Is it possible with stain or am I forced to do a flat paint/black stain to cover the previous stain? Is there a cheaper route than Home Depot/Lowes? Is Habitat a practical option? I don't see cabinets on CL.
I did my kitchen last year, now the countertops are splitting? [more inside]
Tiled kitchen counters - they get dirty and gross and I hate them. But I'm renting so I can't tear them out. Hope me! [more inside]
What kitchen (or elsewhere) LED under-cabinet lights have you used? Were they good or bad? Do you wish you'd done it differently? [more inside]
I did a kitchen remodel and the only person I wanted to use was my plumber rather than the contractors because my plumber knows my house and situation pretty well. [more inside]
Hello MeFites, I'd like to redo my kitchen but I'm not sure what it is I want. Help me figure it out! [more inside]
I need some help planning the kitchen remodel in my 1925 bungalow. Trying to keep the budget in the $10000 to 15000 range. I am fortunate that underneath the very worn vinyl floors is maple hardwood that is original to the house. The plan is to hopefully restore that. But do I keep the cabinets in their (rather dated) oak state or should I paint the cabinets? [more inside]
Does anyone have firsthand experience with kitchen cabinet refacing? [more inside]
I'm remodeling my kitchen and have had an island built that is 2-level. The main counter is granite and the second 'bar' level for people to hang out at on bar stools is as yet undefined. I'm looking for some advice about what kind of surface I can put on the second level. I'm very interested in wood and was thinking 'live edge'. It would be about 24" x 72". Is this something best purchased from a supplier or is it a moderately DIY project from a tree cut by a tree service? Difficult to maintain? Easy enough to find? Suppliers north of Boston? Thanks!
I am getting ready to do a kitchen remodel. I've been thinking about this since before we bought the house 6 years ago, and am finally ready to take the plunge. Give me your best kitchen ideas! [more inside]
Help us figure out how to cover up or replace this god awful kitchen floor. We just purchased a farmhouse that was renovated in the mid 50s. The mudroom and kitchen have 9" asphalt tiles that are all coming up (so not level), and on top of that, the prior owner used these rooms as a kennel for his incontinent daschund. [more inside]
The cabinets are already installed at floor level. Do we tile under the range and dishwasher or up to them? Also the dishwasher is already installed, but if we have to, we can take it out and tile under it. Opinions?
Friends are in the beginning process of thinking about a kitchen remodel, and are wondering if anyone has good or bad things to say about the stoves, fridges, or dishwashers from The Big Chill. [more inside]
We're getting a kitchen renovation. What are your best coping items? [more inside]
We just bought a house and have to gut the kitchen and master bathroom. Damn. ... but we get to rebuild whatever way we want. Outstanding. What made your kitchen/bathroom awesome? [more inside]
Should we go with Ikea cabinets or plywood custom built units in our remodel? [more inside]
What are our options for a uniformly colored kitchen countertop? Laminate or ...? [more inside]
We're remodeling our kitchen, yay. But... [more inside]
PLEASE tell me where to buy and how to get installed decent laminate (or other relatively inexpensive) countertops in Seattle. Home Depot has robbed us several times over in the kitchen remodel we're doing, and I can't deal with them any longer. I need another place to purchase countertops, and an installer (bonus if they're the same). I also would like to have this done in the next week or two, as I'm due to deliver a baby in three weeks. Of course, HD said this would all be done weeks ago, and it's not. Cabinets are being installed today and tomorrow. Help!
An open shelf kitchen. Will it give my resale value the kiss of death? [more inside]
Kitchen designer in the Seattle area? [more inside]
I am doing a kitchen remodel and need to pick out cabinet hardware. I have looked at pulls from Ikea that cost $10/pair and look identical to ones from higher-end manufacturers that sell for $20-$40 each. That is a huge difference in price. I am wondering, could anyone tell me if it is worth the difference? What is the reason for the huge price difference? Do the ones from Ikea look terrble after a few years? I am spending a lot of money on this kitchen remodel and don't want to skimp on this if it makes a difference -- but I also don't want to throw away hundreds of dollars on hardware if the pulls from Ikea will be just as good.
Looking for a contractor in Madison, WI to get an estimate on a kitchen remodel. [more inside]
I'm thinking about selling (or renting) my condo. My kitchen and bathrooms are out of date with formica counter tops, old looking appliances and ugly flooring. I know that other condos in my complex that are on the market have been updated with more contemporary looks, but they also look like they've been on the market for a while. What would cause the place to sell faster? Spending the money to update it or reducing the asking price by whatever amount I'd put into a remodel?
Is it worth the trouble to vent our range hood outside? [more inside]
I am considering knocking down the wall between my kitchen and my dining room. Multiple questions inside. [more inside]
RemodelingKitchenFilter: What do you wish you had done to your kitchen when you had the chance? [more inside]
We're coming near the end of a major kitchen remodel and we'd like to show our appreciation to the foreman/carpenter by "tipping" him at the end of the job. How much? [more inside]
Kitchen cabinet camouflage - bring me your ideas! [more inside]
Remodel Filter: Looking for scrap granite / mica countertops for some home remodel projects - or how to go about begging for them. [more inside]
We are designing a semi-modern, semi-classic kitchen remodel in our 1922 Craftsman / Mission Revival bungalow. I am very much opposed to using cans in the ceiling for light, although I realize I may be in the wrong; my wife insists that they are necessary, even though there is a bright multi-light unit from Rejuvenation Hardware over the dining nook and various period-accurate pendants for spot lights on the counters and some under-cabinet over-counter lighting. [more inside]
Budget kitchen remodel advice for someone at that "too clueless even to know what I don't know" stage. [more inside]
I'm thinking of building my own kitchen counter-tops from concrete. I have some how-to books and have talked to a friend who is doing it as well, but thought I'd put the question out to AskMefi. What has been your experience? Any tips or tricks? Any special materials or sealers? Thanks!