Before And After A $162,000 Kitchen Remodel

Before And After A $162,000 Kitchen Remodel

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Before/after: Remodel transforms San Mateo kitchen

The redone kitchen in the San Mateo home of Madhu Charan on Jan. 29, 2013.

The butcher block was custom made by Grothouse Lumber in Pennsylvania and ties in the warm wood tones from the cabinets. To free up a longer run of counter space, a desk that had been a magnet for clutter was removed and a U-Line beverage fridge was added to augment the capacity of the new KitchenAid counter-depth fridge. The neutral envelope of the kitchen was created by walls painted in Benjamin Moores Manchester Tan and anchored by 12-by-24-inch porcelain floor tiles from Architectural Ceramics in a pale gray matte finish with tight grout lines. Unlike the previous square tiles, these rectangular tiles were laid in a running bond pattern to add to the spacious feel of the room. Counters of honed Calcutta Gold marble were paired with a backsplash of polished 2-by-4-inch Calcutta Gold subway tiles; the smaller-than-typical size adds interest to the walls.
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Before & After: Transforming a McLean Kitchen

But in the current lending climate, its easier to get a mortgage to buy a bigger house than it is to get a home equity line of credit to add to an existing home. Among the home improvement projects Pekel is seeing these days, many focus on updating the envelopes of homes with new siding, windows and insulation. For people who plan to stay in their homes, investing in those projects, as well as in more energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems and appliances, saves money all year. [ Do you want to remodel your home? Click to find a contractor now. ] He points out that resale value is one factor to consider in a remodeling project, but the value to you as an occupant matters as well. This is especially important if you plan to stay in the home for a long time.
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He reasoned that if the couple was going to spend so much money and effort on the overall job, everything had to be perfect. “I’m not sure where the mistake happened,” Sikandar says. “The whole idea of buying a slab vs.
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