Renovation Realities - Kitchen Remodel

Posted by TM5 Properties Agent on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 11:44am

As many of you may know, I love making old things new again... especially houses! This blog will entail several of my 're-designs', and each one will focus on a specific area of one of my favorite renovations/remodels/additions - a 1956 Mid-Century Modern within walking distance to Texas A&M University. When I purchased this home it was less than 1,300sf and consisted of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1-car carport, and (as you can se below) some extremely outdated interior fixtures.This particular Blog focuses on the kitchen remodel.

One of the best ways to 'envision' a home prior to the remodel is to live in the space if possible - feel your way around and put down on paper what you want to see changed and how best to use the space. After a few weeks of looking at the terrible garage-cabinets in the kitchen and the orange-red brick on the double-sided fireplace, I knew a complete overhaul of the space was necessary.

I met with an architect ($1200) and designed the house 'as-is' and then added my changes (the architect is not included in this budget as that cost was spread over the entire home addition/remodel).

Most of the homes I help families purchase focus on the 'great room' concept - with the kitchen being the main focus of the home. As such, this home screamed for a more open kitchen concept, complete with a gas cooktop, and breakfast bar. I created a budget and the plan. As gas and water lines were being re-routed - plumbers were hired, cabinets and granite were ordered, and the remodel began. Taking a sledgehammer to the walls was extremely thrilling!


The kitchen became one of my favorite places in the entire home - not just for cooking, but for entertaining. Knocking down walls and opening up the space made the home feel brand new!

Budget: $6,000 Cabinets; $2000 Granite; $3000 Appliances & Light Fixtures; $2500 Plumbers

End Result: PRICELESS!!!

Stay Tuned for more Renovation Realities. And be sure to contact me if you need assistance in planning your own space! With the Brazos Valley in a 'Seller's Market' some of my Buyers are realizing that their new home isn't 'PERFECT', but it may be the only option. I can help you find that almost perfect home, and with a few changes we can make a BIG difference without needing a BIG budget!

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