This place started out as an 7’11×11’11 nightmare. It contained the usual Kitchen stuff as well as a Washer, Dryer and Hot Water Heater…. the remaining space was limited by an exterior door as well as an oversized window.
We moved the Water Heater under the house, the Washer and Dryer went out onto an enclosed porch (we added plumbing lines and electrical service for the set) and removed the oversized window and door. Since the exterior of the house is brick, we matched brick color and patched in the holes. The walls were the old wallboard – consisting of drywall, mortar and plaster – over an inch thick. We tore that out, added insulation to the exterior walls and replaced it with standard 1/2 inch drywall, gaining an inch square around the room.
The resulting space was perfect for a galley style kitchen.
Price, $21,000.00 including new appliances
This Kitchen suffered from a surplus of space which had no definable use. There was plenty of counter space, but the huge empty spot in the middle was too small for a table and unsuited for anything else. The lighting was horrible – long recessed tracks of flourscent lights just above the cabinets.
We tore out the light troughs (I’m sure there is some technical term for them, but frankly, who cares – they sucked) and added recessed lights throughout the room. The only drawback was the AC vent, which had run through the trough, the owner opted to leave the vent exposed. The cabinets and appliances were so bad that Habitat didn’t want them for their ReStore… We went back in with cabinets and granite countertops from Panda and added an island to put the empty spot in the middle to better use. The floor is 8×12 brick cut slate from Floor and Decor. The new closet doors are maple stained exterior door slabs which were rigged to fit on site.
Price, $25,000.00 including new appliances
New Homeowner Punchlist
This one was a bit of a bear. The owners needed a long list of small improvements on their home before they moved in. The list included replacing all of the plumbing lines in the house, replacing most of the windows with energy efficient versions, installing new light fixtures and painting / wall repair.
Most of the progress is apparent through the photos .
Unfortunately I didn’t get any “before” photos, but this was another space challenged by poor layout. The original measure was 10×12, which isn’t bad for a kitchen, but there were doors on three sides – which severely constrained the layout of the room. One of the walls was load bearing, which presented further challenges.
We started by taking out the interior walls – including the load bearing wall. We replaced the load bearing wall with an 8 inch beam supported by two columns in the center. Opened up, we were able to double the counter and cabinet space as well as add a dishwasher – which was lacking in the original layout. Although we didn’t have to significantly change any of the plumbing, the existing electrical had been modified by a “do it yourselfer” former owner. Several of the circuits were backwired…which means that the circuit is supplied by two breakers. We wound up rewiring the entire front half of the house.
The resulting space is open and really improves traffic flow both in the kitchen and the living areas. The cabinets are Ikea, the appliances are Bosch, the counters are from Panda, floor tile is from Floor and Decor, wall tile is glass – ordered via the web.
Price, $17,000.00 Not including cabinets or appliances
This was an oddly-placed space. Basically it was a hole of a room stuck in the middle of a condo with doors leading into the den and dining room. It had no natural light and an unworkable traffic flow. There was no usable space and functioned largely as a dumping ground.
We took down a portion of the wall which lead into the den and expanded the cabinet area past that wall – effectively combining the two rooms. The kitchen now has natural light from the den windows. We also rerouted the electrical, plumbing and HVAC lines, which allowed us to create a functioning “work triangle”. Cabinet space was quadrupled, counter space was increased by a similar amount. We also added under and over cabinet lighting as well as task lighting, which gives the room a formal but inviting feel.
The cabinets and countertops are from Panda, the floors were unchanged – hardwood.
We got a call from a property manager who had a tenant scheduled to move into a condo in three days. The pervious tennant had reported that there had been a water leak several months previously and it seemed that the leak had been repaired. However, her bed had rested over the floor where the leak had been and the floor had buckled….
It turned out that there was a continuing leak from the sewer stack which was continuing to pool under the hardwoods in this unit. We repaired the damaged floor, repaired the damaged electrical outled, patched the wall and replaced the trim. Since the association was responsible for the comunal sewer lines, we reported the leak to the association and walked the plumbers through the problem – assisting them in finding the source of the problem.
Closet to Half Bath
Unfortunately, again, I didn’t get any “before” photos, however, this was just a fun project. The original layout had called for two master bedrooms with walk in closets – sort of a roommate plan. Our task was to convert half of one walk in closet to a half bath, making the space euitable for an Au Pair.
The Galanti’s were getting older and were starting to have trouble climbing in and out of their tub. They asked us to convert the tub to a shower with grab handles and a seat that help them to stay independent as long as possible.
We kept the existing floor, walls and door, but took out the outdated vanity. The result looks good and kept the cost to a minimum.
The tile is from Lowes, the cabinets are from Panda, as are the granite counters.
This was a fun project. The homeowner was a little hesitant about working with us at first (I missed our appointment and had to reschedule a few days later), but they are quite happy now. In fact, this is the first time I’ve ever been blogged. We knocked out their list in the two days specified and were even able to add in a few extra tasks.
From the blog post…
“We hired the merry team at Decatur Handyman, which included Sherman, Steve’s giant blue truck. I don’t know what your experience with contractors has been, but mine had not been very positive until now. These guys are quick, thorough and hilarious.
In addition to all this below, they added electrical outlets in our upstairs bathroom, basement and side porch. They also re-plumbed our retarded downstairs toilet so it now flushes without requiring prayer. And they built a trundle counter in the corner of our kitchen so that we have extra counter space but can also access the back door. They did it all in two days, and it all looks great.”
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