This Old #%&@*$ House

Yeah definitely pricier than other options.

Been thinking about it more. I have to admit, it could probably be built such that it would very neatly solve all of these issues. The one down side is the permanence of that option. I kind of lock myself into a TV/media center on that wall, but it's a very clever solution. I might even be able to make it modular, such that I could remove the TV and fill that space with matching shelving, to convert it to a complete wall of installed shelving instead. Gold star for you, LeapingGnome!

Three months and innumerable curse words later, It's (very nearly) complete! And we couldn't be happier. Still some finishing touches that those with sharp eyes will notice, but it's basically done now. We have like quadrupled our storage space; we even have empty shelves! Which is weird.

Also, Absolute Black granite is gorgeous.

So are edison bulbs, but boy howdy are they laughably inefficient. They use like 10x the energy of our undercabinet LEDs and put off about 1/30th the light.

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Pardon the pile of construction crap on the peninsula in the final shot; like I said, still a couple pieces I'm waiting on to finish things up.

Lovely! I can't wait to be on the finished side of construction as well. We're in the process of replacing all the upstairs carpet with hardwood and new oak stairs.

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The longer bottom steps are special order so those will go in next week. Meanwhile all this week flooring people will be doing their stuff upstairs.

That kitchen looks fantastic!

Absolutely gorgeous Minarchist! Wish I had the general knowledge to tackle a monumental task like that myself. Stunning work.

Well done, Min. Looks great. Come fix up the one in our rental house next? It's a disaster.

That kitchen looks awesome Min!

Minarchist wrote:

Three months and innumerable curse words later, It's (very nearly) complete! And we couldn't be happier. Still some finishing touches that those with sharp eyes will notice, but it's basically done now. We have like quadrupled our storage space; we even have empty shelves! Which is weird.

Also, Absolute Black granite is gorgeous.

So are edison bulbs, but boy howdy are they laughably inefficient. They use like 10x the energy of our undercabinet LEDs and put off about 1/30th the light.

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Pardon the pile of construction crap on the peninsula in the final shot; like I said, still a couple pieces I'm waiting on to finish things up.

Are you sure this is DIY? Because I swear I saw this kitchen get made on Love it or List it, or Property Brothers, or some show along those lines.

Yeah. I mean, he didn't even link to the picture of this in progress. Well done, man. I am impressed. How did you have time to play any video games?

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Lately, I haven't.

Also, just in case anyone's curious, here are some pics we took before we bought the place. I guess it's not surprising that we were the only ones to be able to see its potential. (It was on the market over 9 months and its price cratered in that time.)

Looking into the old kitchen, through a wall that we've since removed to bump the kitchen out about 5 feet. Check out that swanky faux-medieval chandelier!

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Previously, the longest run of countertop we had. About 3'8".

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"Sunburst" was always my favorite appliance color.

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Nice job on the reno, Min! I am also glad that you all got a good price on that house!

I am focusing on selling fixer-uppers in Williamson, Davidson, and Rutherford Counties, and love getting ideas to help them out. I will be using yours for inspiration.

Great work on the kitchen! We went with uba tuba (black with a greenish tint to it) in the house we are building. I'd post a pic but all of them are early construction so dust covers most of everything or too far away to really see the countertop well.

I've been watching a TON of Property Brothers lately. The show's about these twin brothers(shocker), one of whom is a GC, the other is a real estate agent. They get clients with mile high dreams and rolling hills budgets, then convince them to buy a fixer upper and let them design/reno it to wind up with something that comps at the house they saw first that was usually a good 25% or more above their budget. Min's kitchen could have been ripped straight from that show.

Try watching Fixer Upper too. It follows a husband/wife company that does a similar thing in Waco, TX. They're really funny, and the budgets are usually way lower, so they take houses that usually look downright awful and make them good. I really want to find a company up here that does something like that.

Chaz wrote:

Try watching Fixer Upper too. It follows a husband/wife company that does a similar thing in Waco, TX. They're really funny, and the budgets are usually way lower, so they take houses that usually look downright awful and make them good. I really want to find a company up here that does something like that.

Yep, I watch them as well. The husband is pretty hysterical if you ask me

Yeah, I would totally hang out with that dude. I think we'd get along great.

AnimeJ wrote:

I've been watching a TON of Property Brothers lately. The show's about these twin brothers(shocker), one of whom is a GC, the other is a real estate agent. They get clients with mile high dreams and rolling hills budgets, then convince them to buy a fixer upper and let them design/reno it to wind up with something that comps at the house they saw first that was usually a good 25% or more above their budget. Min's kitchen could have been ripped straight from that show.

It is funny, because we were expecting to eventually spend roughly 3x what we did to redo the kitchen, and wait several years longer 'til we had enough saved up. The dishwasher forced our hand by flooding the damn place. Ultimately, though, I think we got like 97% of what we would have gotten otherwise for 1/3 the price. Once we really looked into it most of our decisions would have led to serious law of diminishing returns walls. But stuff like Ikea cabinets instead of local cabinetmaker, doing most of the work myself, decent floating laminate instead of site-finished hardwoods, etc. takes a bunch of big chunks out of that initial cost. Pretty interesting to see the breakdown.

All for the low, low cost of inhaling enough drywall dust to shorten my lifespan by 5 years!

From a taste perspective, we know what we like and try to do that. We spent weeks planning out that floor plan ergonomically, looking at it from every aspect and making sure everything had a logical place to go. It's not the kind of thing most people take the time to do, but makes a HUGE difference in the finished product. Our original kitchen was 15'x12'7", not small by any means. We expanded it a mere 5 feet to 17'8" and we have roughly four times the usable space. Because it's no longer laid out like crap.

The fine folks at the GardenWeb forums were a huge help in this regard. Highly recommend them.

The ergonomics of homes are something that homebuilders get wrong most of the time. My wife wants to move back into the city now that our house is in good shape to rent out and we've looked at finished, expensive apartments and they're almost universally terribly designed. Gigantic bathrooms and tiny kitchens with zero counterspace. Or gigantic walk-in closets and no room for a dining room table. It's an art that many fail at. Your home looks beautiful. Well done on putting so much thought into it. I'd love to work in a kitchen like that.

Thanks! I appreciate it. I'm just happy it's not eating every weekend and weeknight anymore.

That's gorgeous, Min. You should be very proud of yourself.

Minarchist wrote:

Thanks! I appreciate it. I'm just happy it's not eating every weekend and weeknight anymore. :)

Fasting to lose your drywall dust weight?

Why would you get rid of that swanky wood paneling wall and all that lovely laminate countertop??

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Why would you get rid of that swanky wood paneling wall and all that lovely laminate countertop??

And that wallpaper is to die for! Really, it made me die a little on the inside when I saw it.

Rainsmercy wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Why would you get rid of that swanky wood paneling wall and all that lovely laminate countertop??

And that wallpaper is to die for! Really, it made me die a little on the inside when I saw it.

I can't believe he wanted to get rid of all that wood trim to match the cabinets. What's better than a wood trim fridge and light switch plates?

Rainsmercy wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Why would you get rid of that swanky wood paneling wall and all that lovely laminate countertop??

And that wallpaper is to die for! Really, it made me die a little on the inside when I saw it.

If you think that wallpaper was great, you should have seen the two (yes, two) separate floral print wallpapers underneath it!!!

My wife just saw these photos over my shoulder and said, "Why on earth did we ever buy this house?!" I see why flippers are a rare breed. It takes a lot to see through potential like that. or some of the other totally amazing images of this house...

EDIT: really, though, that Viking-esque chandelier was a thing of true beauty and high class. I kinda wanted to save it just because.

Minarchist wrote:
Rainsmercy wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Why would you get rid of that swanky wood paneling wall and all that lovely laminate countertop??

And that wallpaper is to die for! Really, it made me die a little on the inside when I saw it.

If you think that wallpaper was great, you should have seen the two (yes, two) separate floral print wallpapers underneath it!!!

My wife just saw these photos over my shoulder and said, "Why on earth did we ever buy this house?!" I see why flippers are a rare breed. It takes a lot to see through potential like that. or some of the other totally amazing images of this house...

EDIT: really, though, that Viking-esque chandelier was a thing of true beauty and high class. I kinda wanted to save it just because.

You should have sent that chandelier up to the GWJ castle and it would have fit right in.

Yellek wrote:

You should have sent that chandelier up to the GWJ castle and it would have fit right in. :)

Damn, you beat me to it. :p