Kitchen Renovation: The Need for Speed

Release Date: 
Apr 09, 2014

 

Kitchen Renovation: The Need for Speed
By Kristin Fletcher

An early 1980’s kitchen was the starting point for Erin and Richard in their brick home. By working efficiently, they managed to complete a full renovation in a busy household with two dogs and two children in just two months. Their main goal was to improve the flow with an open floor plan and make the space multi-functional; the new kitchen also serves as a homework station and a laundry station. Their approach combined do-it-yourself with the hiring of a plumber, electrician, and GHI’s fee for service. Richard and Erin used Ikea’s kitchen builder tool to select cabinets, and Richard did the drawings, which ultimately required some tweaking to get the plans approved by GHI. Richard also did the demolition, donating what was usable to Community Forklift (a great source for salvaged and green building materials), and Erin’s dad, a former builder, helped with the framing, drywall and cabinets. They tackled the project in stages, hooking up a temporary sink and moving the fridge and stove around so they could keep major appliances working during the process. One of the best things they did was insulate the cold slab floor with extra thick padding. Erin says that “having someone you can ask questions, especially technical ones, is really helpful.”  She also suggests “being ready to think on the fly” and being prepared for a “gigantic” mess!