When we moved into our house, I knew that one thing that needed to be changed was the kitchen. Because kitchens are complicated and expensive, we took the last year and a half to think about the functionality that we wanted and save up the cash. The main thing this builder grade kitchen lacks is drawers (and style… but mostly drawers). The cabinets are the most basic oak, 36 inch, door only, no hardware… in short, the bare bones of what a spec house will be built with. I will not be sad to see them go.
This is the kitchen on the day we closed on the house (7/2011):
Since then, we re-did the floors, adding ebony colored engineered hardwood, removed the awkward island, bought all new stainless steel appliances, replaced the lighting, painted the walls, installed new window treatments and added some furniture. This is how the kitchen looks going into the renovation:
Soon these crappy cabinets, countertop, sink and faucet will be replaced with brand new 42 inch white cabinets (with drawers and hardware), Venatino Marble countertops, a 10 inch deep Elkay sink, stainless faucet with pullout sprayer, and shiny white subway tile backsplash. We have some really interesting plans for the layout, including bringing the backsplash up to the top of the window and adding open shelves with iron brackets next to the stove to give it a French bistro look. Stay tuned!