Asked on Jan 6, 2012

BEFORE & AFTER kitchen under $35k

Jennifer GDesigns by BSBShelly L
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Completed in Lilburn, GA. Design by BeckySue Becker, CKD, CBD, CAPS ~ Designs By BSB
BEFORE
BEFORE
BEFORE
AFTER - private label custom cabinets, stained maple
AFTER - private label custom cabinets, mapped island with butcher block island top
AFTER - backsplash detail
AFTER - island detail, maple butcher block.. no cutting boards needed!
AFTER - Microwave drawer in island to save counter space and wall cabinet storage
46 answers
  • April
    on Jan 6, 2012

    Wow, looks great! I love the cream color on the island! :)

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 6, 2012

    Getting rid of that old style wall paper would have been enough for me....all of the other stuff is BONUS. Modern tile and backsplash details. well done

  • Belco Electric
    on Jan 6, 2012

    What a difference! Great job!!

  • Teresa D
    on Jan 6, 2012

    That Before floor was funky! Was that linoleum? I like the transformation. I need to look into that microwave drawer for space saving. Oh, and I love the backsplash design. Great job!

  • Great job Becky Sue! What a dramatic difference.

  • Miriam I
    on Jan 6, 2012

    Absolutely amazing!

  • Becky Sue, you are a fabulous Kitchen Designer!!!! Everything you do is incredible.

  • HUGE change for the better. . . I bet they love it.

  • Designs by BSB
    on Jan 6, 2012

    Thank you .. thank you all! I've been doing this a long time.. and the day is rare I don't absolutely love what I do!

  • April
    on Jan 7, 2012

    You're welcome! Well your experience shows, Becky! Thanks for showing us your creations! It's interesting to see the before and afters. Especially seeing what you can do with it. :)

  • Glenda P
    on Jan 7, 2012

    Great imrovement! Wow!

  • Kathy H
    on Jan 7, 2012

    Awesome transformation!!

  • Jill B
    on Jan 7, 2012

    It is the same layout as what my kitchen was except your old cabinets were much nicer than the ones we had. Your remodeled kitchen is beautiful!

  • Cindy E
    on Jan 7, 2012

    Beautiful! I would love to have this kitchen.

  • Kristy H
    on Jan 7, 2012

    Wow! Great Job

  • SHARON W
    on Jan 7, 2012

    The kitchen looks 1000 times better.

  • Faidra at CA Global Inc
    on Jan 7, 2012

    35k thats amazing / luv the microwave in the island

  • 58n58
    on Jan 8, 2012

    Really niceremodel. Complete transformation from blah to beautiful. What did a project like this go for?

  • Thomas R
    on Jan 8, 2012

    looks like one of my 12500 dollar kitchens. tom's workshop.

  • Mag N
    on Jan 8, 2012

    The BEFORE pictures are underexposed and darker than reality. Look at the ceiling and fridge colors to see that it wasn't as dark as shown. Changing out the wallpaper would have sufficed. AFTER: Nice enough but far from $35,000 improvement. Don't like not having a counter anywhere near the fridge and ovens... Have to walk around the island to not set hot dishes on the wood. Is the floor ceramic or porcelain tiles, fake tiles or vinyl? The old floor looked more expensive in the pic. Stoop over to use the microwave? Not me. How about a wall one?

  • Designs by BSB
    on Jan 8, 2012

    Yes before photos are amatuer but also understand this is how the room felt with such poor lighting and dark surfaces. The cabinet over the window cut off the natural light. Cabinets were old, rough and dirty. Drawers had terrible runners and many of the boxes were broken. No soft close or smooth operation of anything. The layout was not efficient, nor functional for the lifestyle of the homeowner, her complaints included: All base corners were impossible to access efficiently. Peninsula restricted traffic flow. Refrigerator that close to corner killed space and deem the corner useless. The pantry was small. The style was out of date .. Cathedral doors and small split/double doors. The vinyl floor was worn out in spots and out of style. Landing place? The island. Hot items should always be on a hot pad, even if it's granite. Granite is very susceptible to crack wth extreme temp changes. Floor tile is porcelain, she loves it. Brightens room and is not busy. No bending With ths micro! It's a drawer. Optimal solution when you don't want to give up wall or counter space. Only downside is their cost ($600-700) 35k is a very conservative budget with remodeling. No china products in this space and ALL work was done by a licensed Contactor. New cabinets, granite, tile backsplash and floor, recessed lighting and pendants replaced a fluorescent light, painting and mechanical changes to move appliances and new cabinet layout. The old ceiling was stipple.. Now she has smooth, new drywall. New duct work was added to vent the hood out. New cooktop, hood, sink, faucet, disposal, double ovens and microwave. accessories include rollouts in pantry, spice pullout, lazy Susan, pullout trash bin, cutlery dividers, dividers for cookie sheets, and deep drawers for Tupperware and pots and pans. A lot more than what meets the eye...

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 8, 2012

    So it hard to tell...but did that include the "home office" work station in the far back ground too?...was that there before?

  • Designs by BSB
    on Jan 8, 2012

    Ahh yes, I meant to add that to my long list ;). Before she was using a folding table, now she has a 6' customized to fit her computer box and printer (on Pullout)

  • Great work - in the metro Atlanta market you'd be looking at $25k to $40k depending on who did the work. She has alot of customs in the cabinets. Only thing I might have added was a pot filler at the cooktop....some like them..some don't.....awesome job thanks for sharing

  • Designs by BSB
    on Jan 8, 2012

    Thank you .. agree pot fillers are great. With strict budgets like this, its not often people are interested in splurging $500-1000 to add them (average cost of plumbing change with the fixture itself)

  • Mike N
    on Jan 9, 2012

    I can tell you that would have been far in excess of 35k in the DC/VA market...........unless performed by an unlicensed, under-qualified guy out of the back of his truck for daily wages! The pricing in this market baffles me to this day, and I've been doing it here for what seems like forever. Super job!

  • LandlightS
    on Jan 10, 2012

    Exceptional from old to new. Very well done. I would love the opportunity of working with you. Have a Happy New Year Gary

  • Murals by Monti
    on Jan 11, 2012

    Love this remodel. The island with the butcher block is great!

  • Hey there Monti! You must have been busy, I have not seen you on Hometalk for a spell.(:

  • Thomas R
    on Jan 11, 2012

    I GUESS SOME CABINET MAKERS ENJOY THEIR WORK AND NOT JUST IN IT FOR THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR. BUT WAIT TIME HAS CHANGE THE DOLLAR IS ALL PEOPLE CARE ABOUT. TOM'S WORKSHOP

  • Cheryl J
    on Jan 11, 2012

    All I can say is WOW! Love, love, love this kitchen.

  • DIY Show Off
    on Jan 11, 2012

    Wow! It's gorgeous!

  • Designs by BSB
    on Jan 11, 2012

    @Thomas Design/sales is a struggle these days. It seems there is a significant amount of people who have (maybe by no choice) had to lower their standards on what is worth buying. Its sad to see in my industry, because the areas of the home that I work are the most important in our daily living. Many understand that what they buy at the Dollar Store is cheaper.. and disposable. Its really no different than what is happening to the products in the kitchen/bath business. Imports are moving in faster and faster and they "look" just as great. The average lifespan of a kitchen or bath should be 15-20yrs at least. I've yet to see anything import stand the test of time to made in the U.S. of A. Hmmm.. different conversation I should have posted :)

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 11, 2012

    The issue is not so much of whether the item is made in China or in a Good 'ol US of A factory. The test of the products longevity has to do with its base material...ie: wood vs particle board. and the "mechanics" of the construction itself. :ie simple 18 ga staples or full mortise and Tenon joinery. As a custom builder and sometime antique restorer I have seen furniture that was 200+ years old and going strong. I build for the long haul...because I feel the quality is a better issue than price.

  • Mike N
    on Jan 11, 2012

    "Value" is a relative term, isn't it? Greater initial cost rarely winds up costing more in the end. In fact it is easy to make a strong argument for just the opposite. One of the problems is that folks rarely invest in a home they'll stay in and - one of our industries newest catch-phrases - "Age in place". So- what you have are couples moving into homes and personalizing them with a plan to move in 10 or so years. In that scenario the long-term isn't a primary concern. The next couple moves in, remodels again. The chain continues....

  • Designs by BSB
    on Jan 11, 2012

    KMS.. valid points! Mike N. I have one view point that challenges your statement about "Aging In Place" ... and yes, I am one of those Certified Designers :) ... Aging In Place is not personal. Universal aka Handicap Design is. Aging in Place is about designing a home to age with you.. with anyone. Additionally, its about making smart, safe choices all around. We have the obvious challenges of getting old and all that goes with that, but equal consideration can be given in a design to address the "what ifs" in life. What if .. you were in a car accident and lost a leg. What if .. you developed arthritis at a young age. What if.... I could go on and on.. Aging In Place is about smart design, done well. Its not about getting old, its about being safe and comfortable along the way.

  • Mike N
    on Jan 12, 2012

    I couldn't agree with you more, BeckySue! I'm my haste to post quickly, I certainly didn't articulate well enough and I thank you for doing so!

  • BeckySue, you are a class act and a good designer.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 12, 2012

    Quality....never goes out of style

  • Designs by BSB
    on Jan 12, 2012

    Thanks .. I am humbled by your compliments! I just do what I know .. so glad this time its ALL good :-D

  • April
    on Jan 13, 2012

    You're welcome! Keep up the good work! :)

  • Bonnie B
    on Jan 21, 2012

    Talk about taking it to the 21st Century ~~ ! Great taste, Great job!

  • Sue A
    on May 4, 2012

    Wonderful changes!!! I love the microwave drawer idea--brilliant!!

  • Shelly L
    on May 6, 2012

    You did a BEAUTIFUL JOB!!

  • Designs by BSB
    on May 7, 2012

    Thank you thank you!

  • Jennifer G
    on Nov 30, 2015

    This is a lovely upgrade! A much 'happier' feeling space without all those competing patterns (floor, wallpaper & chair rail moulding, dark cabinets, etc). Very user friendly now with a lot more USEABLE counter space, storage and lighting. Those 'before' small split cabinets are such a pain to use. If you have larger dishes or casserole pans, once they are in they are impossible to get back out without emptying the whole cabinet to wiggle it out sideways past the center support facing. Had them in my last house and they were just awful! And the drawer microwave? GENIUS! I love the dishwasher drawers, but have never seen a microwave drawer before. A wonderful solution to a bulky built-in above the range (which is impossible to use/clean if you're short) or sitting on the counter when space is an issue. Thank you for posting. Gives me inspiration for when we finally get to upgrading our 1970's kitchen with PLASTIC drawers in all the cabinets... ugh.

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