Remodeling Grandma’s Kitchen

September 15th, 2014

Matt’s grandmother passed away in January at the age of 104, she was a lovely woman who lived a full life and we miss her very much. Her small home that she shared with Matt’s grandfather needs to be sold, so we are evaluating the task of remodeling the kitchen before it’s placed on the market.

It’s a small kitchen with a nice L shaped layout that receives natural light from an adjacent courtyard. The location of the appliances makes sense so we have no plans to alter the configuration. We want to stick to a budget and not over improve the space, so we’re looking at affordable upgrades like laminate countertops instead of stone, and cabinets from IKEA or another similar brand that offers quality at good prices.

The remainder of this 1,100 square foot home is in good condition but the kitchen cabinets and appliances are dated and could hinder the sale. We stopped by over the weekend to take measurements and wrap our heads around what needs to be done to upgrade the space.

grandmas kitchen before

The cabinets are not horrible or bad looking but they are very old and layers of paint have left them sticky in places and dingy on the inside and upon inspection not appealing to a future buyer. The Formica countertops and appliances? Same issue, old and funky.

grandmas kitchen appliances

One of the debates we’re having is about this cooktop. We believe it was lowered decades ago before his grandparents moved in to accommodate a wheelchair bound person but to us it looks odd as it is.

lower cooktop

With any other remodel, we wouldn’t hesitate to raise it up but this home is in an age restricted 55+ community, so the issue remains whether to keep it at this height or raise it up to a standard countertop height.

sink cooktop

The sink and oven are a standard height, but not the cooktop, so we don’t really see the rationale of the lowered placement which makes us want to raise it up to a standard height for consistency but then again, is there value in having it lower in a retirement community? I welcome any insight you may have on the issue !      

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Weekend Reading

September 12th, 2014

Welcome to the weekend friends! I’m so looking forward to getting more sleep tomorrow, I’ve been so exhausted because of this fitness boot camp I’ve been doing and it is kicking my butt! I find myself crawling into bed extra early just to recover, oh to have the energy I had in my twenties…

I spent a few hours doing research on kitchens this week, we have not one but two to tackle this fall, one at the Nevada house and a second for Matt’s late grandmother’s small home which needs to be sold but the kitchen is dated and in need of upgrades. Decisions decisions!! I’ll have more to share on both soon.

Here are some favorite links from the week!

white kitchen copper pendants

Speaking of kitchens, yes please to this black and white kitchen with wood and marble countertops and copper pendants.

43 Pinteresty things you’ll see at the Pinterest offices.

Such a pretty dish pantry.

Go ahead, design a nursery for yourself.

Apples looking so good.

Vera Wang’s private office tour.

Good to know: preparing boxwoods for winter.

The myth of effortless.

Would you wear the new Apple watch?

Steve Jobs, the low tech parent.

So funny! Mental chastising at the buffet (been there) Oh and this too.


Have a lovely weekend !