Back to the regularly scheduled remodel

Looks like the kitchen remodel is back on, which means my anxiety is back up. I have total confidence in my abilities, but it’s been a while since I’ve done any remodeling. We totally remodeled the kitchen of our very first house, back in 1999–a whopping ten years ago! The only thing that I wanted was to have a big island (got it) and glass-front cabinets (got those too.) I pretty much left the rest of the kitchen planning up to the Golfer.

I know. Crazy!

This time, however, I care a lot more about how my kitchen is set up. After spending the last ten years in the kitchen (that’s what getting married and having kids will get ya) I have a pretty good idea what works for me and my stuff and what doesn’t.

But designing is all about having an “eye” and you’ve either got it or you don’t. I would say that I’ve sort of got it. I mean, I know what I like, I don’t necessarily think that I’d know what someone else would like. I can look at lots of pictures and say, “Ooohhh, I like that!” but actually doing it? Putting it all together so that it’ll fit in the space provided? Well, that’s different.

So here are some of the pictures that I’ve found:



Notice the similarities between the two? White, L shaped, center island, etc. We have dark wood floors (like the top picture) and I love the open shelves (like the second picture.) I want a stainless hood, maybe one that’s a little more sleek and modern. I need the island to seat at least two, unfortunately our kitchen’s not big enough to hold more than that.

It’s easy for me to find pictures of kitchens that I like. It’s the whole “making the dream a reality” thing that has me worried.

Guess that’s why designers get degrees to do this sort of thing.

One Comment

  1. Lauren

    When you say that you're worried about turning the “dream into a reality”, what do you mean? Do you want your kitchen to look like the pictures you posted?

    I would suggest finding a kitchen remodel firm that has good designers and references. I would also suggest having a realistic budget in mind…the kind of kitchen that you are going for probably can't be done for under $10k, but something between $10k-$20k should get you the appliances, cabinetry, and countertops that would make the dream a reality. I don't want to really push our website, but if you take a look at some of the Sample Projects on our site (, you'll be able to see price points and scopes of work for some kitchen remodels that we've done. I hope that's helpful! Best of luck with the remodel!

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