It's spending money, but it's all in an effort to save money, right??
I know I should call a contractor and ask for an estimate, but that always makes me wary like i'm letting the guy down if I just want to know how much to expect and what to save towards, yk??
here is a photo album with 4 existing (albiet some rather old) pics of my kitchen
Its basically setup in two areas, the main kitchen with sink/stove/fridge and a tiny table that doesn't fit well all centered around the oh-so open concept to my main living area. ex refused to consider anything that wasn't 1980s brass and oak open concept HELL. me I like vintage arts and crafts and doors diving stuff up. LOL.
the other half is kinda a butler's pantry? there are upper and lower cabinets directly across from the laundry area. there is probably a 18+ inch gap between the W/D, and a door that leads to what I assume is supposed to be a formal dining something room. it's really long and oddly shaped and has white carpet for crying out loud. its the kids playroom with all the toys, a lovesaq chair and the old 32" tv. hey, there are 2 kids and only one adult!
I also have a upright freezer now that is basically against those existing upper/lower cabs and directly across from my tiny pantry that evidently had a small door (bifold? might have been accordian like laundry area had) at one point.
What I envision is removing the door to the front playroom (right now I have a piece of furniture against it anyway) and drywalling up the hole. Then tearing out the upper and lower cabs since while I LOOK like I have a ton of space they are really poorly designed and all the shelves are odd heights and blah. I barely fit more than my old kitchen that had like 4 cabinets total. doh.
Sliding the W/D over to one side (they are already) and building a wall that runs where the cabinets end currently over towards the W/D area (minus a door)
then building floor to celing, U shaped shelves that will go on the newly built wall, across where the cabinets are now, and across that back wall where the door is, and all the way into the laundry area (also some poorly thought out cabinets above the laundry that are nearly useless) above the W/D
This would make a fairly substantial pantry with plenty of room for food and things like TP and cleaning supplies.
I'd also like somewhere (possibly just a pole running across the room) to hang clothes periodcially. I have a few things that I won't tumble dry, but wouldn't be very often.
I'd like to remove the existing pantry shelves and (hopefully!) be able to put my freezer where the pantry is currently next to the fridge.
That'll give me an actual wall to put my kitchen table against and I can store my crazy tupperware canister collection (that was my nesting with #2...teehee) on shelves above the table area on the "new wall"
I actually HATE my home, it's not at all what I wanted but after looking at in excess of 150 houses (I wish I was joking) my ex finally said "this one isn't bad" so we took it. it's the polar opposite of my style and we are REALLY upside down on mortgage and ex couldn't afford it so he moved back in with mommy and daddy and left me to deal as per usual.
We lived in the house jointly for 36m EXACTALLY, and i've just paid my 1st mortgage payment of my 6th year now paying alone. whoo.
we got one offer for nearly half of what we OWED on the house when I had it up for sale, and i'm planning on saving and possibly renting this home out in say 3-4 years when I have enough saved to buy a new and cover both homes repair and mortgages incase of emergencies.
So I am partly torn, it really would make me feel better about the home, help me towards stocking and cooking vs takeout that we got used to when I was traveling all the darn time. And I think it would help sell or rent the home when the time comes.
I'm just curious how much a reno like that would cost me. EEP!
if it wasn't TOO bad, I could see doing it for sure.
Anyone have any exp with this sort of thing?
I sure don't :(