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Looking at a new kitchen

Now that I have unused capacity for stress in my life, I’m finally moving forward on remodeling my apartment. The big thing is to rip out the kitchen and put in an entirely new one. I’ve long griped about the limited cupboard and counter space in the kitchen. So that will be no more. In the mock-ups below, the kitchen extends out into the area where my kitchen table currently sits.

Kitchen mock-up, view 1
Kitchen mock-up, view 1
Kitchen mock-up, view 2
Kitchen mock-up, view 2

Mock up #2 is of the other side, where my refrigerator and range are currently. Part of the wall there will be removed to let in more light, and there will be counter space to either side of the range.

I am also planning on replace all the carpeting with laminate flooring and getting the popcorn ceiling material remove. I get that styles change and all, but whoever invented popcorn ceiling material and all the people who installed it need to have their heads checked. The shit is ugly, and it can’t be cleaned. It’s not like I walk on the ceiling and track mud all over it, but in an old building like this, all it takes is one water leak and the popcorn material has a permanent mark.

I’m excited about this.

The downside is this is going to cost me a lot of money. I had budgeted a lot for it, but the first estimate I received is about $1,000 over my budget and it doesn’t include replacing any of my appliances or furniture or the cost of storing my stuff for a month. One of my tasks this week is to find another contractor to give me a second bid. Thing is, the first bidder has done a lot of work for my family and it was really good work. I’d like to use them if I can, but it means I will need to find some extra money.

crossposted from King Rat.

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schmi From: schmi Date: December 9th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, how long will it take?
schmi From: schmi Date: December 9th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also, are you allowed to rip out a wall in a condo?
gkr From: gkr Date: December 9th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
They tell me it's a 4 to 5 week job, and February will be the earliest they can start.

I thought I had to have permission for the longest time on any modification like that, but it turns out I only need to get permission from the condo board if the wall is a structural wall. That's one of the reasons why I haven't done this before, because the board here is a grumpy type and several of them don't like me. The part of the wall being removed doesn't bear any weight, so it's not structural. So I get to do whatever I want with it and I don't have to ask anyone!
schmi From: schmi Date: December 9th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well that's great! Hope it turns out the way you want it. And I agree - popcorn ceilings are a travesty.
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gkr From: gkr Date: December 9th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
the_4pril From: the_4pril Date: December 10th, 2012 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I cannot wait to see your place when it's finished. It's going to be AMAZING. And yes, I agree with you on the popcorn ceiling thing. Why? Worst design feature ever.
evillinn From: evillinn Date: December 11th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to get my bearings....View 1 basically starts at your front door, then wraps around that far corner where your dining table is?

I'm sure this makes perfect sense to everyone else....I really suck at visualizing things.

At any rate, I'm super excited for you! I've long dreamed of living with a good kitchen, so I can imagine how exciting this is.
gkr From: gkr Date: December 11th, 2012 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup. That's exactly what you are looking at.
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