Kitchen Remodeling Renovation Features to Splurge or Save On

Kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on is the focus of today’s conversation.

Okay.

You’ve made the decision to remodel or renovate your kitchen.

Let’s work with this area first.

Remodeling includes demo, construction and changing the existing design of a space or structure.

Renovating details an update or restore consisting of mainly cosmetic changes.

Let’s throw another R into the mix.

Resale value is a choice point to consider when remodeling or renovating.

I find the cost vs. value comparison from Remodeling Magazine both interesting and informative.  It compares the average cost for 29 popular remodeling projects with the value the project retains at resale in 99 U.S. markets.

Undertaking a kitchen remodel or renovation comes with a myriad of decisions.

The answer to the kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on question is subjective to personal taste and lifestyle, while strongly influenced by and tailored to the existing structure, layout and budget.

Now that that’s established, let’s delve into the topic of kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on.

Kitchen Island

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Tiffany Farha Design

The well appointed standalone kitchen island is a multi-functional focal point center of kitchen activity that packs a powerful one-two punch.

The aesthetic lands the visual appeal while the design delivers navigational proficiency.

Kitchen spaces and sizes vary from house to home, style to space.  A large space with an open floor plan is a reality for some, a dream for others.

This is where thoughtful kitchen design becomes crucial to the prep, cook, store and clean environment.

Efficiency, distance and flow is key in regard to the design concept known as the kitchen work triangle.  The work triangle connects the main task areas of the sink, range or cooktop and refrigerator.

As a general rule, the sum of all three sides of the kitchen work triangle should be between 13 feet and 26 feet.

Factor in the proximity to the sink, range and refrigerator kitchen work triangle and design with convenience in mind.

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Specialty Stations and Appliances

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We are a thirsty nation with a design need to accommodate said thirst.

The increase in demand for kitchen specialty stations and specialty appliances is responsible for moving the gourmet coffee machine, commercial ice maker and wine chiller out of the luxury extra column and into the kitchen features splurge column.

Optimum kitchen design successfully integrates lifestyle and necessity.

coffee-wine-beverage-stationBetter Homes & Gardens

High-End Range, Rangetop or Cooktop 

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Gourmet cooks, home chefs, and entertainers extraordinaire know a high-end range, rangetop or cooktop is a must-have splurge of innovation, efficiency, functionality and performance.

In the words of interior design Miles Redd, “buy the best, and you only cry once.”

Many brands of mid-range appliances offer a quality smart performance with a modern aesthetic for an affordable price.

Quality is not necessarily accompanied by a budget busting price tag.

traditional-kitchen-rangetopDouglas VanderHorn Architects

High-end appliances are price justified if the homeowner has no intention of selling the home.

In terms of resale situation and return on your investment, high-end appliances may only appeal to niche buyers.

Pot filler

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Convenience makes a fabulous sous chef.

My preference for cooking on a gas cooktop or range is of no secret to Dave the Builder.

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A pot filler makes the kitchen features wishlist however, moving electrical, gas and plumbing is expensive.

Try, try as I may to justify the splurge on expense, a save on compromise is on the table.

Hello, new electric cooktop and kitchen sink faucet.

Cabinets

When Dave the Builder & Company renovated our kitchen, we kept the existing cabinet and drawer boxes and went with custom fronts.

This best of both worlds decision rendered significant savings.

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Storage

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Customized countertop storage compartments, cabinets and drawers qualify as smart storage options to splurge on.

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James Michael Howard

Dollars saved by going with a less expensive backsplash option such as  subway tile equals dollars well spent on details such as a custom range hood.

Subway tile is classic, on-trend, and budget friendly.

You gotta pick and choose your kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on battles.

Flooring

I’ve got enough to say grace over in the kitchen.

I don’t want nor need the extra headache of fretting over the flooring choice.

As beautiful as the hardwood floor is, it does present a water stain, spot and scratch issue.

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I prefer ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen over hardwood flooring.

Tile is durable, stylish, design friendly, and affordable.

I vote save on for this one.

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Porcelain tile in the style of hardwood flooring is gaining in flooring popularity.

porcelain-wood-tileMediterranea Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach Whitewash

If you ask me kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on suggestions:

A kitchen can never have enough electrical outlets.

The utility of a kitchen is found in the utilities.

An overhaul of an existing electrical panel by a licensed professional electrician updates the outdated and safely allows for additional lighting and outlets.

Save on the lighting fixtures, splurge on the electrical.

If your heart is set on granite, but your budget does not allow for tricking out the entire kitchen countertop in granite, consider going with granite strictly for the kitchen island countertop.

granite-white-kitchen-island Venegas and Company

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.

The answer to the kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on question is subjective to personal taste and lifestyle.

Areas of splurge should give maximum return on investment, performance and expectation.

Areas of save should give a maximum return on quality and functionality while being both stylish and cost-effective.

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Renew Home Decor With Leviton Renu

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Leviton Renu. All opinions are 100% mine.

Home decor revolves around the desire to create a look with style and function in mind.  When function meets style without compromise, decor synergy exists.  Small changes and “freshen ups” through color, accents and accessories breathe new life into your decor, maintains affordability and in most cases is instantly recognizable.

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I have focused attention on both my bathroom remodel and the upcoming master bedroom and bathroom remodel.  Paint colors, wallcoverings, and fabrics set the look but accessories pull it together.  Traditional  switches, wall plates and dimmers have their place, but when decorative lagniappe-that little something extra would better suit the space and perfectly bring it all together, a choice is now available.

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As seen on the DIY network, Leviton Renu is the way to update the look of a room in a snap. The Leviton Renu collection includes switches, wall plates and dimmers with faces you can update yourself whenever you’re ready for a new look.  Available in 20 popular paint colors picked out by decorating experts, Leviton Renu products can blend in or contrast with a room’s walls or trim.  Leviton Renu turns the electrical device into a decorative, easy to change accessory.

The Leviton Renu Collection includes:

Switches

Combination Switches

Wall Plates

Dimmers/Remotes

Tamper Resistant Outlets

Tamper Resistant GFCI Outlets

QuickPort Connectors

The Leviton Renu color palette offers trend appropriate color choices for today’s traditional, modern and classic tastes.  Replacing the traditional electrical hardware in my bathroom with Renu switches, wall plates and dimmers in tranquil Sea Spray is the all important gorgeous pop of color needed to further accent the wall covering, wall tile and marble countertop.  Whispering Wheat is under consideration for the soon to be under construction master bathroom.

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A major decorative impact for minimum costs, attractive color choices and easy installation shed new light on any home decor situation. Please do visit Leviton on Facebook for more Renu information, ideas and inspiration.  When only the perfect color will do, Renu!

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The Joy Is In The Home Furnishings and Home Decor Accessorizing

The color foundation is laid and now comes the fun part, home furnishings and home decor accessorizing.

The home decor marketplace is on its game with stylish options at every price point.

Manufacturers and retailers have done a great job of offering beautiful furnishings that can be easily found, regardless if the interior design and decorating budget is on a shoestring or the sky’s the limit.

Our existing furniture archives will fill out the spots.

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Dave’s favorite piece of furniture we own is an antique Walnut Scottish chest, and it will stand out against the wall color.

I have an 18″ X 30″ oil painting of a Victorian lady in storage that I can’t wait to retrieve and display.

The painting will complement the color scheme and furnishings beautifully.

There will be plenty of time and room to fill in when this part of the remodel comes to pass.

I am on a constant treasure hunt for a treasures that will look great.

That’s the real fun of all of this!

The Gotta Have It list is growing!


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Mohawk  Dana Landing Series in Ice Plant ~ Price available through Mohawk retailers

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Cassia Barrel Chair

Carson Carrington Ranglebyn Embroidered 22-inch Throw Pillow

Carson Carrington Ranglebyn Embroidered 22-inch Throw Pillow

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Evening Romance Canvas Print by Philip Jensen

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Gourley Classical Accent Mirror

Roma Table Lamp

Roma Table Lamp

On the gotta have it or one very similar to it list.

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1920s French Three Drawer Dresser

Piltzville Handmade Cowhide Cowhide Gray Rug

Piltzville Handmade Cowhide Cowhide Gray Rug

 

 

Master Bedroom Remodel Ideas

We are on a master bedroom remodel ideas roll here at Places In The Home.

Between the DIY projects, the oppressive heat that takes no prisoners, and the decorating tweaks over the last month, we are in full-on “what can we do next?” mode.

The next project to eventually tackle is the master bedroom.

The reason why this project is currently not under construction is a whole nother story, and one I may share with you all one day.

Until then, the master bedroom remodel ideas flow.

A picture shows it all and here it is- the master bedroom in all its pre-overhaul glory.

This photo, in all its 1980s decorating trends glory, was taken the day before the new carpet was installed last March.

This is the bedroom from about the half mark, and pretty much shows what I’ll be working with when the next phase of the remodel commences.

What’s not pictured is the master bathroom, dressing area, and walk in closets the entire length of the sleeping area.

We are talking nice square footage to work with- 800 sq. ft. to be exact.

I’m going big with the master bedroom remodel ideas.

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I am forever working and tweaking the master bedroom accessory board, and may I just add I am in home furnishings heaven!

I’m not one to jump into the trend pool too quickly or strictly attach myself to one particular style.

My signature style leans toward classic traditional paired with new traditional.

Classic stylings prove timeless, and can be easily enhanced with the addition of current accessories.

The all important pop of color is obtained through paint, wallcoverings, and/or window treatments.

But on second thought…

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Gold and silver are consummate favorites of mine.

I consider shades of gold and silver to be neutrals.

Empire Gold from Sherwin-Williams is a maybe contender in the wall color category.

Marshmallow white in all its neutral gorgeous goodness is the leading contender as an accent color.

I can’t help it,  I’m a fan of carpet in a bedroom.

I swooned when I found the Dana Landing series from Mohawk in Ice Plant.

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The other night we were watching a movie that now I can’t remember the name of.

The big scene with the leading man came up.

I put down my magazine (when a movie doesn’t hold my interest I tend to multitask) and Dave noticed me paying close attention.

When the movie was over he asked me if I liked it.

He made mention of noticing my attention turned away from the shelter magazine and to the scene with the leading man.

I assured him it wasn’t the leading man that caught my attention, but the crimson red dupioni silk drapes in the scene.

Talk about a scene stealer!

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Cucina Construction: A Kitchen Remodeling Project

Oh my decorating & designing goodness, this kitchen remodeling project was a doozy!

Our home is my childhood home, and I realize I’ve gone full circle in my house to home life.  Familiarity and fabulous memories from the past, the nail & hammer present, and the next generation future offers a comfort we can, and are, easily living with.

Design tweaks, adjustments, and repurposes have been met and mastered.

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Eight foot ceilings I love to hate have been embraced, especially when the architect gave us his bid on raising these puppies two feet.

Heavy, and I mean h-e-a-v-y five figures later, that’s a big negatory!

Please excuse the fact that I can’t help myself with the homage to the song Convoy from the 1970s.

Casey Kasam’s Classic American Top 40 is on the radio, and between the before pictures and the flashback tunes, I am swimming in 70s nostalgia.

The kitchen is a multipurpose high traffic area of the home, and ours is no different.

When my parents built the house in 1965, the kitchen was a design marvel among the ranch house set.  It underwent two decor remodels that simply did not stand up to the test of time or design.

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When we took a real look at the kitchen as the present homeowners, we realized this space needed some space.

To give you some idea of what we were working with, I am posting before and way,way before pictures of the space in question.

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The first order of demo was to take down the wall at the end of the kitchen as seen in the first picture of me with my paternal grandparents.

Immediately after the first demo we tore down the breakfast bar, broom closets, and cabinet built ins shown in top right  picture.

My thought process was to incorporate the formal dining room space into the kitchen.  I’m all about removing walls to open up a space.

We are picture deficient of the demo process. Just imagine dirt, dust, and chaos.

You get the picture.

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Dave and crew salvaged, saved and strategically placed existing cabinets in with purchased solid wood prefabricated cabinets.

Dave removed the door and drawer fronts off both the old and new cabinets. He ordered sixty MDF cabinets doors and twenty-nine MDF drawer fronts.

He primed all with oil base KILZ interior oil stain block and primer, and finished out the cabinetry in Sherwin-Williams Pure White.

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The wall color is (was) Sherwin-Williams Anjou Pear.

Counter tops were born from sheeting the new cabinet tops with 3/4 ” CDX plywood as the base.  I selected MS International 12″ square granite tiles for the counter tops.

For the backsplash, we went with 12 X 12 ceramic paired with 6″ copper half round rope metal molding wall tiles.

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Slab granite was definitely a consideration, but the $$$ difference between the two is money we can spend elsewhere.

Dave won the “discussion” of bull nose vs. wood trim for the counter top front edging.

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Dave dressed up the upper cabinets, existing fluorescent light fixture, and ceiling molding with decorative molding from Home Depot.

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The Sub-Zero refrigerator was moved from our previous home and repainted to match the new cabinets on site.

A casing was built to house the refrigerator to match the new cabinets.  Dave repurposed the doors as side casing decoration, adding them to the refrigerator casing.

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We removed the original windows and installed Pella replacement windows from Lowe’s.

I knew from the get- go I wanted 13″ X 13″ ceramic floors with the tiles laid diagonally, and I am thrilled with the result.

I was adamant the original Baccarat crystal chandelier my mother selected forty years ago fit into the overall look.

The breakfast area chandelier is from Lamps Plus, and the pendant light from Home Depot.

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Amerock cabinet hardware was purchased on clearance from Lowe’s.

Let’s build something and save money while doing it together, Lowe’s!

Both corbels framing the window above the sink and the ceiling medallion were purchased from Wish I Had That.

And now, without further ado, may we present a preview picture of our new kitchen.

****UPDATED****

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Click on the picture to begin the updated kitchen remodeling project tour

Remodels, Redos, And Renovations In Pictorial Preview

Remodels, redos, and renovations are the three R’s ruling the past two weeks at Casa de Places In The Home.  I’ve had a few things on the creative part of my brain, and there’s no time like the present so here we go.

Let me share a in progress preview pictures with you.

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You can never have enough lighting in a kitchen.

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Gone is the Anjou Pear paint color.

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Are we having fun yet?

You bet we are!

More details and pictures to come.  I have added the Our Home page with pictures of the spaces recently completed.

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DIY Home Remodeling Projects: DIWhy Did I Think I Could Do This?

DIY home remodeling projects are here to stay.  Books, blogs, websites, and entire television networks are dedicated to the pursuit of teaching and sharing the inside scoop on how to face, tackle, complete, and master the DIY  home remodeling project.

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Reluctant contemplators may at first over think their qualifications and/or limitations.  The sources of information available helps to reinforce the I think I can into the I know I can project.

One slip back into negative territory and here comes the overthinking it stage which leads to regression, which ultimately brings us to the solid ground of “suck it up (insert name here), let’s do this!”

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Perfect doesn’t always make for realistic instruction or television.

Into every DIY project a mistake-disaster-foul up will fall.  The professionals on DIY programs know this and know it well.  Editing allows for the illusion of perfection.

Seasoned pros in the know are eager to share problem and time saving techniques.  Dave the Builder is a sharing fountain of how-to information.  Over the years people have asked how he came to be able do so much of everything?

Vision, drive, desire, attitude, and financial creativity make you learn real fast how to jump in with both feet.

The more you do, the more proficient and comfortable you become with your level of expertise.

Each remodel or new construction job is often an exercise in controlled chaos.  It is true of professionals and DIY amateurs alike.

When it all comes together, and the light of the DIY day can be seen, you”ll know exactly why you do this.

One completed and beautiful project, one renewed sense of  confidence, two consonants and an apostrophe later you’ll ask yourself the final question.

DIWhy did I think I couldn’t do this?

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Making Fabulous Out Of Flawed With An Existing Space: Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

Dave the Builder and I had big, big plans for the renovation of our new house, which also happens to be my childhood home.  Plans change, life throws you a curve ball, and you find yourself “the guest” who will now be using the guest bathroom.  It’s time for the bathroom remodeling ideas to begin.

The before pictures have been lost in the shuffle, but you don’t need a great imagination to envision what we were working with.

A vast knowledge of outdated ugly will do.

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The first question Dave the Builder asked me was are you going to leave the existing tile walls.

I’m not a fan of what’s involved with the removal of ceramic tile, so no, Dave, we will not be removing the majority of the existing ceramic tile.

We will be adding to by taking away from.

The bathroom walls had the original gray and green decorative 4″ square tiles, randomly placed on a background of predominately white 4″ square tiles.

Not exactly atrocious, but leaning more to what was hot in style 40+ years ago.

I decided not  to remove the existing white tiles for one simple reason- the exact style of tile is used today.

Dave cut around and extracted the gray and green tiles, replacing them with 4″ glass tiles.  The original ceramic floor was left in place and overlaid with 12″ square slate purchased from Lowe’s.

Step three involved the removal of a double flush mount sink vanity.

Dave replaced it with a custom built vanity for the wow factor effect.  A decorative single sink and faucet from the Artist Editions collection by Kohler completed the look.

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The gorgeous framed mirror was a gift from my equally gorgeous mother-in-law.

Now came the time to select colors and make the decision to paint or paper.

I selected a classic brown Toile pattern with blue background wallpaper by York to enhance the colors of the slate floor and vanity.

Dave wanted to go with a dark brown glass tile, and I wanted to go with Café au lait glass tile.

We compromised with the old half and half trick.

The four light bronze bathroom fixture perfectly matched the mirror frame.

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One successful shopping trip to our local Marshall’s for guest towels, and one easy order placed at JCPenney for the shower curtain set put us in home decor business.

I could not be happier with the finished product.  It was the logical, practical and most cost efficient choice for us to make.

Our renovation and remodel repertoire grows.

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