Kitchen Renovations

In the almost three years that we’ve lived here, we’ve done a lot of renovating. We’ve gutted the entire old part of the house, rewired the entire house, dry-walled, painted, reconfigured the upstairs, added a bathroom and two closets, carpeted the bedrooms… and on and on. (When I say “we”, I mean “my dad” mostly. We’ve been very fortunate that my dad is retired and has chosen to help us with his time and talent. He’s very dedicated to the project – up to and including discussing with Thomas how he could make our in-progress bathroom temporarily functional with only a bucket… while I was labouring in the delivery room.)

When we bought the house, the back room was a large mudroom/canning room/place to keep crap, unchanged since the 1960s. Last year we insulated the foundation of the back room, added an attic above, put in new windows, rewired for appliances, installed lighting and put in the duct for the range hood. Our renovations stalled last year when we didn’t have the money to dedicate to this enormous project. We’ve been making slow but steady progress on paying off our debt and building an emergency fund so we decided to dedicate our entire tax refund to moving on with the kitchen.

Here’s the breakdown:

58% radiant floor heating and floor. The kitchen is in the WAY back of the house and a fair distance from our furnace. By the time the furnace could get air back there, it wouldn’t be warm anymore so we decided to go with in-floor heating. We’ll be going with a lower priced flooring (probably vinyl) as we expect it will be trashed by two kids in the next few years.

25% gas line. We bought a gas stove from IKEA’s as-in room last summer. It was the lobby display model of a discontinued line.

We have gas service to the house for our furnace so we need to extend that line to the back of the house. This has been the first time during our renovations that we have had to call a professional.

10% drywall for the ceiling and walls. My dad has used up scraps we had to drywall behind where the cabinets will go. I think he enjoys the challenge of minimal waste.

7% sink cabinet. We have a specific sink in mind but we can’t afford it right now.

We’re getting the cabinet we need for that sink to make sizing everything else easier and using an old kitchen sink leftover from my parents’ kitchen renovation for now.

In the end, we’ll need to wait a year to put in the cabinets and countertop but we’ll have a warm and functional kitchen for the fall and winter. I’m happy that we’re able to do the work on our house that needs to be done without going (further) into debt.

Good-bye, Scary 60s mudroom!



Filed under Frugal Living, Renovations

3 responses to “Kitchen Renovations

  1. Grr… I’m really, REALLY not liking wordpress these days! It just ate the comment I just wrote.

    Anywho… Yay for renos! (and super-yay for Dads who are skilled and have the time to help!) I am drooling over your new stove. It’s been ages since I cooked on a gas stove, and I’m sure I would probably scorch a few meals, but I would gladly sacrifice them to have a stove like that!

    We have talked several times of putting in granite/stone/something-other-than-laminate in our kitchen, but sadly the money just isn’t there. It would improve the looks of our galley kitchen immensely. Perhaps next year we will just have to make a point of saving for it.

  2. That’s wonderful that your dad is so skilled! You’re saving a bundle right there! I can’t wait to see the photos’ as it progresses!! 🙂

  3. Linden Townhouse

    I look forward to seeing your kitchen progress. We too are plunging into our kitchen remodel in a few weeks. We live in a townhouse with a tiny 8 ft x 8 ft kitchen, which we plan to gut. We are going the IKEA route and paying cash. The farmhouse sink pictured is the IKEA sink that we bought. I love it! Our budget is $3,500 dollars (USA), and we are doing every single thing ourselves. ( Thanks goodness Hubby is handy!) However, we do not need to buy appliances since we will reuse the white ones that are here. I love your IKEA stove.

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