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Old 07-30-2013, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I've been thinking what I would do to my kitchen if I won one of those remodeling contests. The dollar amount is usually about $25,000. What could/would I do with that amount of money in my kitchen?

I don't think $25,000 will buy all new cabinets. My kitchen is kind of big. But I could remodel my island. I'd love to have an island with more functional storage, a built in knife block, and with a granite top. My cabs are light maple. I'd like the new island to be painted, maybe a teal green or yellow. Yellow paint would look great with all the gray in the kitchen. And I'd like the island to be slightly smaller. It obstructs the path from the sink to the cooktop. And I'd like a new Bosch dishwasher.

What would you do with $25,000 for your kitchen?
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Just give me the check-
The house isn't worth a 25k kitchen. So it would be money down the drain!

I'd rather throw it in the two holes (hulls) I have in the water!!!
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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Oh, I want to play! I would have a cream colored shaker style cabinet with nautical latch hardware. Want Cambria Torquay countertops, a farmhouse sink, nickel bridge faucet, and white subway tile backsplash with dark grey grout. Just got new appliances and they're pretty nice (for this kitchen size) so I would be set there. However, if I got a Wolf stove in that budget, I wouldn't be complaining. The reality is that I could maybe get half of that (if it were on sale) but it's fun to imagine nonetheless!
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:44 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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$25,000 isn't quite enough t gut the existing kitchen & give me my fantasy kitchen, so I would:

- upgrade my dishwasher
- replace my counters with a different granite (I know, wasteful.)
- new tile backsplash

I might be able to refinish my cabinets in that budget, ideally I'd like them either darker (espresso) or painted white.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:51 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I have a remodeled kitchen, so my $25,000 would go to redo another room!
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I have no idea what $25K would get if that meant paying someone else to do it. In our current remodel that would either cover appliances or most of what the cabinets will probably come out to, so... that.
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:13 AM
 
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There's a good chance I have the tiniest kitchen in this forum so I would probably have money leftover from the 25K even if I replaced everything. I don't think there is really any good way to expand this kitchen and I have a feeling any wall I'd try to knock down has pipes behind it or something that goes to another person's apartment.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:01 PM
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With 25K (tax free) I could craigslist my way to do the whole house over, and even the outside, LOL! I have it all planned...
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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If I won $25K to do a kitchen remodel, I would do a little happy dance!

We have been bouncing back and forth between refacing (I know, I know) and remodeling the kitchen in the house we've been in for around 6 months. Refacing estimates have been $12K-$20K. Remodeling estimates, trying to be conservative, have been $33-45. My husband doesn't want to go the more expensive route. As much as I dread having our lives turned upside down for a few weeks with a remodel, I can't fathom spending so much money on something I think I will regret later on. So towards the remodel it would go!

So instead of the white peeling disgusting cabinets we have now, in would go nice, deep cherry stained cabinets with great organization features like lazy susans in the corners, pull out drawers for pots/pans - things that I go into a showroom and drool over!
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Everything! My kitchen was a DIY project for someone in the late 80s. I hope he didn't consider himself a professional.

I'd want new cabinets, new floor, new stove, new exhaust hood, new light fixtures, new countertops. I'd knock out the useless soffit, which is way too big and causes the cabinets to be too close to the counter. White cabinets, red countertops, grey floor. Maybe some kind of backsplash -- I'm really not too keen on them -- in grey or black.

I'll keep the fridge and dishwasher. They're black, too.

I'd eat up the rest of the budget adding and moving electrical outlets and fixtures, and repairing the plaster. Maybe build in some shelves or a cabinet or a desk or something. My house really isn't worth a $25K kitchen, either, and I don't go gaga for expensive appliances or bells and whistles.
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