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What should I do with this layout & outdated kitchen?

Ross Flinton HomesJanuary 22, 2013
I'm thinking about knocking out a wall or two but would like to stay within my reasonable budget. What are your thoughts?
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Marilyn Wilkie
Wow! Kind of whimsical! I wonder if the cabinets were always white? I have seen worse projects, that is for sure. I suppose the valances and deco molding could be removed to reveal some basic cabinets? Or is that not true. I would definitely update the hardware.
    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 7:28AM
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Jayme H.
That trim is so distracting...I would pull it off and reassess. Are u planning to keep the cabinets?
    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 7:40AM
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Dytecture
To reduce costs, keep all plumbing fixtures and appliances location. Opening up the wall between the living room and kitchen would be the a good choice.
3 Likes    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 8:39AM
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charleee
If you're planning to replace the cabinets, try to find some that have hidden hinges, I think they're called Euro-hinges. I would also lose the scalloped trim! White Shaker style cabinets are quite beautiful, you could look into those.
    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 8:50AM
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onthefence
If you're not opposed to open plans, I'd love to see that wall between the living room and the kitchen become a big island.

If the existing cabinets are sound, you could do a lot to update them rather than replace. If it's within your budget, it would be great to see that soffit gone. You'd probably have to replace the upper cabinets to do that - but if you're replacing doors and hinges on the lowers, you could match them up.

That's a fun looking kitchen. Very charming.
    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 9:05AM
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maureenindk
Can you get rid of that trim? Paint the hinges white and put on new handles. I would also knock out that big desk, cabinet area on the end and make it an eat in kitchen.
    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 9:20AM
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Ross Flinton Homes
I like the open floor plan idea. The plan (for now) is to remove the upper cabinets and leave the lower cabinets. I am going to get rid of all the distracting trim. How can I make it a cleaner look without going "all out" contemporary?
    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 9:25AM
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onthefence
For the lower cabinets, take off the doors and replace the hinges with euro-style hinges. Put some molding on the front of the doors to make them a shaker style door and repaint.

I think a lot of how modern that style looks is controlled by the handles and pulls. See the photos for a modern look and a more traditional look. I think Shaker is really versatile!

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    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 9:30AM
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onthefence
Oh - and consider putting pullouts in every lower cabinet you can. Those older cabinets are pretty small and IMO anything you can do to take advantage of available space is a bonus!

Are you going to be replacing the tile countertop? I do have to say that looks beautifully well made - but I hate tile in a kitchen. If you ARE replacing (and have the door space) consider a magic corner pullout for the corner to the right of the sink.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 9:36AM
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Ross Flinton Homes
Demolition phase complete! What do you think?
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 10:43AM
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decoenthusiaste
Alright!
    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 11:42AM
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curacaoblue
Can't wait to see what you do with it!
    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 11:45AM
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Marilyn Wilkie
Wow! That was fast...I didn't know it would happen so soon!
1 Like    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 11:57AM
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charleee
Looks better already! Just kidding :))
    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 12:04PM
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Jayme H.
Wow! U rock!
    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 12:27PM
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sacapuntaslapioz
if you save the cabinets, put them in the garage or basement. they come really handy for storage or workshops
1 Like    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 1:18PM
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onthefence
Just based on the 4th photo, that is going to be one gorgeous space! Congrats on the hard work.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 1:36PM
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Ross Flinton Homes
What do you think about the results?!?!
3 Likes    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 9:28AM
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Ross Flinton Homes
The long-awaited results. What do you think?
2 Likes    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 9:38AM
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Marilyn Wilkie
A Home Run!! Beautiful! I really like the floor. How about some detail photos (backsplash, etc.). You used the space wisely and have a work triangle that makes sense also.
2 Likes    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 10:03AM
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Ross Flinton Homes
Here is the Sink and Backsplash detail!
2 Likes    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 10:15AM
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Ross Flinton Homes
New Bath!
1 Like    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 10:26AM
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Marilyn Wilkie
You have been busy! I love the choices that were made to update these two spaces. Great work. Kudos to you!
    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 10:49AM
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handymam
Hey, Ross Flinton! Great job! I think you know how to do this without any help from the houzzers! Just beautiful! Love that kitchen floor!
    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 11:06AM
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Jayme H.
Much better...nice job!
    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 11:10AM
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artemis1
All I can say, is looks awesome!
    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 11:27AM
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charleee
I think you are faster than the average remodeler! Did you have a crew of about 1000???
    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 11:48AM
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