What Did We Spend? Do We Have Any Regrets? And Different Kitchen Reno Questions Answered |

I’ve been within the inside design business for nearly 20 years now (what!?) and have overseen numerous renovations from starting to finish at this level… However our kitchen reno was the primary time I had tackled a bigger venture for my very self. Total, it was a extremely nice expertise, however there are at all times stuff you be taught alongside the way in which, irrespective of how seasoned you’re. And since I’m not one to gate-keep, I’m very happy to share extra about our expertise. It actually did give me an entire new perspective on what my shoppers undergo, and for that (and lots of different causes, in fact) I’m very grateful.


I’ve had just a few questions roll in since we revealed our kitchen (right here, in the event you’d like!), and I’ve been which means to place collectively somewhat publish to handle the extra regularly requested ones – together with how a lot we spent, whether or not or not now we have any regrets, and why we didn’t do panel-ready home equipment. So with out additional ado, following are your kitchen reno questions, answered. If anything pops up, please be at liberty to go away a remark under – I’ll be certain that to prioritize answering it!

Q: The place do I even begin with a kitchen reno?

I really feel like this deserves a complete publish on it’s personal, however in gentle of brevity… I virtually at all times start a venture with a critical Pinterest session (comply with me right here :). To start out, I pin the whole lot and something that speaks to me right into a single board. From there I’ll step again and see if there are any themes that stand out. There’s at all times one thing that pops up time and again – whether or not it’s a transparent color palette, a definite design type, or noticing subtleties like “most images have slab backsplashes”, for instance… I’ll then decide a handful of photographs that embody the general look I’m after. After which I’ll create a temper board that I can refer again to time and again all through the design course of. It’s a extremely useful approach to hone in on the path you wish to head, and to keep it up all through.

Q: In case you don’t thoughts sharing… how a lot did your kitchen reno price?

That is so laborious to say as we additionally did some beauty work all through the remainder of our most important flooring (new flooring, new paint and so on…) and we additionally up to date our laundry room and carved out a playroom in our basement. As well as, I know our contractor reduce us a deal since now we have such an amazing working relationship. Plus I obtain commerce reductions on most issues. If I have been to guesstimate although, I’d say we spent round 125k all in (labour, supplies, home equipment and lighting and so on).

Q: Did you make any structural adjustments to accommodate the brand new structure?

No! We have been initially planning on swapping the placement of the door and the window, which might have led to a completely completely different kitchen structure (you may see what I imply in this publish right here, in the event you’d like). However that might have led to requiring permits, structural log out, and tackling some exterior work because of this… It was resulting in an unbelievable quantity of scope creep, which was actually blowing up our finances. We in the end determined to attempt to work throughout the current constraints of our dwelling’s structure. Ultimately, I don’t really feel like we made any main concessions, and it saved us a TON of cash when all was stated and carried out. Win win!

Q: Do you will have any regrets?

Largely, I’m so thrilled with the place we’ve landed – renovating our kitchen actually has been a whole recreation changer in methods I didn’t even anticipate…. However sure, I do have a pair small regrets. I’m planning an entire publish on this so keep tuned for that. I’m, in fact, my very own worst critic, so know that these regrets encompass me being extraordinarily nit-picky. I’ll share both method although as meals for thought in case anybody finds themselves in the identical scenario sooner or later.

Q: Ought to one use the identical color for cupboard {hardware} and lighting?

Heck no! I’m an enormous fan of blending metals and enjoying round with completely different supplies to your {hardware} and lighting fixtures is a good way to take action. I have a tendency to love to stay to 2-3 completely different metals, and ensure to sprinkle them in numerous spots all through your house for consistency. So, for instance, we did brushed gold cupboard {hardware} and again door {hardware}. Black lighting fixtures and wall hooks. And a chrome faucet, which is picked up by the silver components within the chrome steel home equipment.

Q: Farmhouse sink particulars – can we go along with forged iron or fireclay?

There are professionals and cons to every, and I’ve used each many occasions. However in the end fireclay is nominally extra sturdy, and sometimes lighter and thus simpler to put in, than forged iron. We went with this one however I truthfully don’t suppose you may go fallacious both method.

Q: The place’s your microwave?

We truly don’t have one. Ours broke a decade in the past and we by no means changed it. They’ve admittedly at all times freaked me out, and when it broke we determined to see what life can be like with out one. I didn’t miss it at ALL – not as soon as. For a very long time we used a countertop toaster oven for issues that couldn’t simply be tossed in a pan on the range. Now, our new range has a second, smaller, baking oven (in lieu of a warming drawer) in order that’s what we use to reheat most issues.

Q: Is your vary hood plaster? Who made it?

It’s mdf, painted. Our cupboard maker, Ma Belle Kitchens, customized made it for us.

Q: What cupboard color did you select?

I’m attempting to be extra diligent with holding all of my hyperlinks and sources updated. I included the entire particulars on the backside of the reveal publish right here! However our cupboards are painted Benjamin Moore – Inukshuk.

Q: The place did you discover the body for the canvas artwork?

Amazon (right here)! It was a final minute buy that arrived merely hours earlier than the photoshoot – simply within the nick of time. I legit adore it, it’s lovely and works properly, however I’m second guessing the gold in that spot (it feels somewhat matchy-matchy – I’m holding my eyes peeled for a wooden one to exchange it or I’m contemplating darkening it/giving it somewhat character with some rub and buff). In case you’re on the hunt for your self, I did uncover that this body known as a “canvas floater body”.

Q: What’s essentially the most helpful kitchen improve? What’s overrated?

New home equipment! An enormous SUPER useful sink! Smooth shut cupboards/drawers! A big pantry (we had NOTHING earlier than and it was an issue)! A built-in eat-in space (so nice with toddlers – we used to trek the whole lot backwards and forwards to our eating room – not an enormous deal however a small annoyance MULTIPLE occasions day by day). I don’t suppose any of it has been overrated tbh… I’m excessive completely happy we pulled the set off after mulling over whether or not or to not do it for years.

Q: Why didn’t you do panel prepared home equipment?

That is one in all my regrets, if I’m being sincere. Finally it got here right down to timing and finances. That is very a lot a do as I say not as I do portion of the expertise, ha. I picked our home equipment final minute and was extraordinarily restricted by what was obtainable on the time. Looking back I want we might have simply waited, and sprung for, the panel prepared variations. However I’ll contact on this extra in my regrets publish!


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