Our kitchen may have been the ugliest, most depressing room when we first purchased our house. Everything was so awful. In a kitchen that was roughly 100 square feet, there were a total of three doorways, including the bathroom door! Then there was the brown, 70’s flooring and blue laminate backsplash, a plastered-in half chimney, a super tiny attic access hole, and a space between the oven and built-ins that was maybe 20 inches wide. (Here’s a reminder of the initial layout)
We ended up moving the doorways around, bumping out a wall and gutting the kitchen, save for those beautiful built-ins.
We were pretty much done with the renovation a year ago, and then tile started coming up shortly after installation. Ends up, the subfloor needed some reinforcing, and the tile (this tile) was coming up because of the flexing of the floor and its oblong nature. I removed tiles as they started doing this, thinking that the hole would be a great reminder that we needed to fix the floor. We ended up living with a, a patchy, half finished floor for more than a year!
We went back and forth on whether we should hire a professional to fix it (we had installed wonderful radiant heating that we didn’t want to compromise). The price wasn’t small, contractors quoted us anywhere between $2000 (lose the radiant heating) to $4000 for a complete redo.
But we are tired of living in a half finished project, so we are pulling the trigger and doing it ourselves. We can’t wait to have a space we are proud of and I can already envision the styled countertops!
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