Originally Posted by QueensKid
Thanks for the response.
I'm looking at a renovation budget of around $50 K though. Is that enough? Obviously, the bay windows aren't a must, but I would have to put in new windows throughout, and I would like nice, bigger windows in the front.
And the granite countertops aren't a must either... just something nice and above the basic.
I want "nice," not "impressive" or "luxury," if you catch my drift.
I think I understand. There are many ways you could do a reno that wouldn't be anywhere near the types of estimates you would get from others. When I work with clients the first thing I gauge is the extent they want to put time into creating a project that reflects their particular personalities and values or whether they just want to follow the crowd and do what is quick, easy, and popular (but more expensive and generic).
For example, we priced a complete Home Depot/Lowe's Kraft-Maid kitchen to get a ballpark figure of $20,000.
Home Depot's 'best' to 'cheapest' is arguably:
1) Decora, 2) Thomasville, 3) Kraft-Maid, 4) American Woodmark
For Lowe's it's probably:
1) Schuler, 2) Shenandoah, 3) Kraft-Maid, 4) Kitchen Classics (I'm not sure where Diamond Reflections would fit)
We want the more expensive Crownpoint (same set-up would be $32,000) and made some design decisions to get the storage we needed and the Crownpoint we want.
By replacing 4'0" of base and wall cabinets with a vintage china cabinet (for 10% the cost of 4' of KraftMaid cabinets) and getting a matching base and wall cabinet and a range hood in the style that works for us at Habitat's ReStore (for about 1% of cabinets'/hood's cost) we can now finish the rest of the kitchen with Crownpoint (6' of base cabinets and 9' of wall) and still have spent less than $9,000 total.
This lets our budget afford a 1950 Chambers 61C gas stove ($400 thru Craig's LIst + $1,200 for reconditioning & delivery).
My point is, if you're willing to shop around, be flexible in design, and creative you can get a very nice reno that reflects the character of your personality and taste without costing as much as a typical, generic reno.