70s Kitchen remodel
Buying a older home can be a challenge to take on. If still in its original condition there is going to be lots of work to do, but one area that may require more work than others is the kitchen. Cheap plywood cabinets, walled-off pantry and laundry, non-functioning appliances and coloured tiles are just a few of the projects you are looking at.
This is an era when the kitchen was not put on display, but rather hidden behind closed doors. A separate scullery, pantry or laundry were added to be closed off and kept separate from the main kitchen. Thank goodness for the 21st century, when open plan rules and rooms are light, airy and spacious.
I came across this kitchen renovation project and thought the visual difference between the kitchen before and kitchen after was a great way to show what can be done with an older kitchen design. And without spending a fortune to do it.
The original kitchen remains basically unchanged, with the exception of enlarging the opening between the breakfast room, kitchen and scullery.
Even the plumbing has been left untouched, with pipes and new fittings installed where necessary and this is one of the ways that you can cut down on the cost of a kitchen renovation.
As soon as you start to move water and sewer lines, as well as electrical supply, the cost of a kitchen renovation can increase dramatically.
The design of the kitchen is a long galley that spans three separate rooms: breakfast room, kitchen and scullery/laundry.
The only structural change to the layout was to enlarge and curve the openings between these three rooms to create the feeling of a larger, more open, space. The new layout also allows more light into the space.
[ images: jeff b/p base ]