I'm Lost - Kitchen Disaster=Remodel
New to this forum, but not to Gardenweb. I've read a lot of the posts here, but I'm still totally lost.
We had a fire in the kitchen a few weeks ago, so it's time for a remodel. A total remodel. It's a 1950's kitchen and I absolutely hate it, so I'm not terribly distressed about the fire, to tell you the truth.
The only things damaged in the fire were some upper cabinets, part of the wood on the window above the sink, the faux brick backsplash and the hideous Formica countertop. That's all we are getting reimbursed for by the insurance company.
We need a new floor. The existing one is 1970's peel and stick tiles, most of which have come off. So it's raw plywood. Charming, I know.
The layout is horrible, the storage is non-existent and we've cobbled together some old laminate cabinets, a hutch, etc. just to have a place to put "stuff". We cook a lot and DH loves pots, pans, appliances, gadgets, etc. and there is nowhere to put them.
Where do I start? Pick the cabinets first (we are going to replace them all) or the flooring (we have two dogs, two cats, and two messy cooks so we're looking at sheet vinyl for easy clean-up)? DH and I have never been able to agree on decor - it's a 1920's bungalow so I want an Arts and Crafts look but I'm not a purist.
The appliances are all stainless. The window above the sink will probably be replaced with a narrower one, and we may move the door, but I'm not sure about that yet. Depends on the budget. Which isn't much.
Here's the existing layout for reference (I'm too embarrassed to post photos :-) Any ideas? DH was a cabinetmaker, so to save some money, we'll install the cabinets ourselves. Not sure exactly what we will be contracting out (my brother is a contractor, so that helps) and what will be DIY yet.