So over all the time I have owned a home, and all the home and garden shows I have watched….I have put together enough information to know that remodeling my kitchen is a great step in increasing my homes value. New cabinets, flooring, some drywall, paint and countertops. Its no picnic, but I think it will pay for itself over time.
First off the cabinets had to go. I knew the flooring was coming out, and I knew taking the cabinets out first would make swinging a sledge hammer much easier. After about an hour of hitting, pulling and pushing I was able break the upper and lower cabinets apart and load them up a trailer.
I then took a sledge hammer and a pneumatic hammer and went to town on the ceramic tile. Ok that was really really hard work and I never want to do that again. I went back in my kitchen with hard wood, so It was very important to get the tile chipped completely up all the way down to the concrete slab and smooth.
I ordered custom white cabinets to contrast to the walnut floors I put in and installed them in about 1/2 a day. Next I added formica countertops to the cabinets because they are inexpensive and scratch resistant. I then finished out the kitchen with new stainless steel appliances. The kitchen looks super good and didn’t cost as much as I thought it would. Over all I can expect to see about a 20,000 dollar increase on my homes value, and I spent about 8,000 dollars and about 3 weeks of my own time to finish it. I am really happy with the results and my new kitchen gets compliments all the time.