One of our kitchen remodel projects would prove to be a dramatic improvement to a 2 bedroom cottage bungalow home. The owner had recently updated the main bathroom and lanai areas, and now it was time to attend to the kitchen. This small kitchen was originally built at the back of the house with little thought for design or functionality. A room addition several years ago enlarged the home and added a dining area, but nothing was done to the kitchen itself. Without question, this would need to be a complete gut, down to the studs and floorboards, and in its place, a new up-to-date kitchen.
Here is what the kitchen looked like pre-remodel. Basic particle board cabinetry with damaged or missing doors, a worn-out laminate countertop, and a 24″ wide walk-through to the living room was all that was needed back in the early 50’s when this house was built.
To complicate matters a bit, a short stub wall (which would have been the back wall of the original home, contained the fuse box for the home. Enlarging the kitchen would entail relocating this to the side wall. Also, as in any 50+ year old framed home, you can forget about it being level and square. In fact, the north side of the kitchen has a 1-1/2″ drop over a 10 foot stretch. Looks like it is going to be fun!
Check out our next post to see the progress!