Our main priority was to create a workable kitchen. I equate starting off as new homeowners to my past years of starting out on level one of The Sims:
Mixing that emotionally with how overwhelming and daunting housing projects are.
Our dream kitchen would be this eclectic modern vintage U-shaped kitchen, but our reality was a medium sized kitchen with no prep space and an archaic sink and bubbly counter tops. We went to all the big stores to price laminate counter tops, but we were not fully sold.
I forgot to take a before picture, but just so you get a visual, part of the house selling feature included new counter tops by the owner. Unfortunately, the inspector killed that dream when some electrical features needed to be updated. The seller let us pick: electrical work or counter tops. Fast forward, we could not place our new kitchen items on the counter tops because they would tilt lean, and it was just a hot mess. Tom's friend Pete who had recently remodeled their kitchen suggested butcher block countertops.
Tom also built a kitchen island ON WHEELS! He is the absolute best. I'll eventually show more house image stages when we get past basic projects. We're continually rethinking kitchen design concepts now that we are cooking and baking in this room.
What We Learned
As our first major project:
- Our project budget had a built-in cushion, but I still would have upped the value for small mishaps.
- A featured mishap: The sink featured in the picture was returned along with 3 others for damaged parts, missing pieces, and all around terrible quality. We eventually settled on a great sink, but there was a lot of store returning.
- We did not figure out a meal plan accurately. We spent a lot of money eating out, which I'm not sure how you supplement that when your oven has been moved.