We survived a kitchen remodel last spring. We designed the original space ourselves 25 years ago when the house was built, but as our family grew, the room began to feel cramped and inconvenient. The fridge area was a bottle-neck, the island was too large; the gas cook-top was located on the island which eliminated a large open workspace. In the 70s and 80s a drop ceiling was all the rage and it was time for that to go. The countertops were 3-inch tile—loved the forgiving tile surface but had come to despise the mass of grout. The high quality oak cabinets needed a face-lift.
One had grandiose/expensive ideas of cutting into the roofline to make an airy space; another kept poking fun at my 1980s kitchen claiming he would never have done things that way (he would have--it was the 80s); a third was unimaginative; I almost went w/ the 4th guy but then found out an old friend was still in town, still in construction, so we went w/ him.
We did all the demo work (demolishing ceiling and old island, removing countertops), leg work (finding lighting, a range, hardware, sink, faucet, etc.), painting, and we refinished the cabinets and other woodwork ourselves (which led to a hospital visit but that’s a separate post).
After 6 weeks we got ourselves a more spacious and workable kitchen (and more cabinet space). I’m more enthusiastic about cooking now that the room has a much better flow, nicer materials, and more available workspace.