We fell in love with our condominium for its roomy, pre-war structure and for the sunshine; on a sunny fall day, the Sixth-floor dwelling was flooded with solar and tough to say no to. What we didn’t love a lot was the galley kitchen. It was roomy sufficient, positive, however the restricted cupboards and counter area left lots to be desired for 2 avid dwelling cooks. Nonetheless, the pass-through window from the kitchen to the eating room obtained us pondering — earlier than we knew it we had been signing the lease, arranging for movers, and planning our very personal rental kitchen renovation.
How We Determined to Replace Our Rental Kitchen
As ill-advised as a rental kitchen renovation sounds, we determined it was value it for a couple of causes. First, the maths labored. By transferring in collectively, my accomplice and I’d be saving $900 per thirty days. We reasoned that was cash we may earmark for dwelling enhancements — together with an up to date kitchen.
As a result of we conferred with our landlord earlier than making any adjustments, we additionally felt assured that we wouldn’t should undo our renovations once we ultimately moved out. Presumably most significantly, although, we knew that cooking was such an necessary a part of our dwelling lives that we couldn’t think about not upgrading our kitchen.
So, we began wanting into our choices.
Our Rental Kitchen Renovation: IKEA Cupboards and Formica Counter tops
We knew immediately that we wished IKEA cupboards. Inexpensive, versatile, and easy-to-install, IKEA cupboards are the best way to go for therefore many kitchen remodels. We selected the SEKTION line and, as a result of our current storage was largely cupboards, we went with all drawers, a choice I’d make time and again (and over) once more.
We additionally knew that we wished to create a breakfast bar on the opposite aspect of the pass-through window. There was a small countertop already there, however we wished one thing extra substantial.
What we didn’t know was what sort of countertop we wished. We considered butcher block, we checked out marble and quartz remnants, after which we determined to go along with formica. If it hadn’t been a rental kitchen, we wouldn’t have even thought of formica. However it had a couple of issues going for it.
For starters, it was cheaper and sooner than the opposite choices on the market — by lots. For a earlier kitchen, I had rescued an oblong piece of marble for round $600, reducing and set up included, so I believed we would be capable to discover a salvage yard in Brooklyn that might do all of it for round $1000. I used to be incorrect. Our estimates had been within the $1500 to $2500 vary for remnants and butcher block, and the wait, whereas not offensively lengthy, wasn’t insignificant.
Our formica counter tops price $700 all in and we may get them put in in every week. In fact, formica is a less expensive materials, however one more reason the formica counter tops had been low cost and quick was as a result of our landlord had a prepared provide of formica available and a go-to crew able to measure and set up.
We additionally appreciated the thought of our counter tops matching, even when they wouldn’t have been our first selection, and we appreciated that our landlord was a part of the method.
The ultimate contact was including knobs and pulls (to match the brand new knobs and pulls) to the previous cupboards to attempt to tie every part collectively much more.
Finally, we doubled our counter area and our cupboard area for round $1500 (a bit bit much less if my calculations are proper). A yr later, after many breakfasts eaten, cocktails served, meals prepped, and kitchen necessities saved, we’d 100% do it once more.