Recently Ms. Oogie and I decided to renovate our condo by tearing out our old 1964 kitchen and making it more modern. So 2 weeks ago we went kitchen shopping, found a cabinet style and design that we liked, found some great granite countertops, some new lights, and some new appliances (under cabinet microwave, electric stovetop / oven, and a new sink). The grand total for all the cabinets and appliances came out to a little over $7,000 thanks to the Ikea kitchen sale and a very nice employee discount. Adding in the cost for new lighting, some paint, some backsplash, extra materials, and electrical work and plumbing, we figure we are looking at about $10,000.
Our former Kitchen:
After much discussion on whether or not we wanted to do this (we are doing most of the remodel ourselves) we broke down and started work on it yesterday. Thanks to 3 friends of mine who came out to help, we managed to get the whole kitchen ripped out in just a few hours. Thatís when we found a few problems.
The first problem we found is that whoever built our building did not use any kind of back board to attach the tile to. They just applied it straight to the drywall, so we are going to have to redo the drywall for most of the wall space.
Second, one of the shutoff valves on the water line doesnít work. We canít disconnect the dishwasher now until a plumber comes out and puts in a new valve.
Third, we found a LOT of mold in the drywall where the sink was and the electrical outlet that was under the sink is tinged with black mold.
Fourth, we found some PVC pipe behind our old pantry cabinet. It comes up from the floor and forms a large ĎLí before going up through our ceiling. Further investigation revealed it to be the Comcast cable for the 2 units above ours. We now have to pay to have Comcast come out and move it.
Our 'Current' kitchen:
Ms. Oogie and I will be working on this a little each day. Stay tuned to see what happens next and to see if we can reach our goal of having this done in 2 weeks.