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One of the easiest ways of giving your home a freshen up is to remodel the kitchen. In some cases, people choose to do it to increase the value of the home. In other cases, they’re looking to create a space more functional for their family’s use. Or, perhaps they’re just bored looking at the drab old design from when the house was originally built.
In my sister’s case, it was all three. We’re from a big Italian family, so the kitchen is naturally where we tend to spend the majority of our time. She’s a great cook, but as her family continues to grow, there’s so much more food for her to prepare and so many more bodies trying to sneak a taste! They weren’t interested in moving, so, they decided a new kitchen was in order.
They worked through their budget before the project began, which is always a great place to start. They hired a contractor and took their time to plan out exactly what they wanted—Beautiful granite countertops with a big island, a double oven, a quiet dishwasher, an oversized over-the-range microwave, and the biggest refrigerator the space could fit (for all those Italian leftovers)!
Once all the plans were laid out and the materials were purchased, it was time for the demo. While smashing things with a sledgehammer was tempting, they tried to approach it in a more systematic way. They were able to salvage much of the building materials and donated them to Restore.
If you’ve done any home improvement projects before, you know they usually end up costing more than you anticipated and taking twice as long, so they were sure to build in a little extra time and money just in case. And good thing they did! As soon as their contractor got into the walls, he realized the electrical was not up to code. They immediately created a plan to address the increased scope and cost—So it was good they built in that buffer!
Since their old appliances were still in good condition, they made a plan to sell them on Craigslist, and they rented a dumpster from City Disposal to help easily manage their construction and demolition (C&D) materials. (This includes things like wood, glass, metal, concrete, and reclaimed building parts.) We, like most waste management companies, participate in a construction waste recycling program, so they felt good about the extra efforts keep C&D materials from showing up in our local landfill.
In the end, my sister’s kitchen took a few weeks longer and cost a little more than anticipated, but they were very happy with the result. Their grandkids, although young, are already learning their way around “grandma’s kitchen”, which is exiting—that means they’re well on their way keeping those Inglese family recipes alive for generations to come!