Starting from scratch... cabinets stolen (intro)
Hi everyone! I'm Stuart, I figured I would introduce myself because I think I might need some help in the future, I was sort of thrown into a kitchen renovation.
I recently purchased my dream house out of foreclosure, it needed quite a bit of work initially but now it needs a new kitchen as well. It seems as though someone liked the old kitchen so they decided to take it. I walked in one day and the entire kitchen was gone... all of it(yes they even took the kitchen sink!). I was needing appliances anyway and had been lurking on here for a bit but now I am truly starting from scratch, just the floor and sheet rock remain.
So.... it looks like now I get to build myself a dream kitchen (well on a budget) for my new dream house. The decisions for the rest of the house are wrapping up and all the renovation work is underway so it is now time to start thinking about my kitchen.
My plans are to try to make a rustic "warm" feeling kitchen. The one that was taken had maple cabinets with corian counters. I am thinking that I will put in knotty alder cabinets stained to match the new knotty alder front door that is on order. I would love to do a textured granite if the budget allows, I fell in love with soapstone when I saw it but it is out of my budget. For the most part I think I leaving things in the same place but adding a few cabinets and moving the fridge a little.
I do know that I am doing stainless appliances.
I've already purchased the sink, dish washer and microwave/vent.
The house is plumbed for a gas range so I plan to put another one back in.
I am trying to stay realistic as as I live alone and this is my first "real" house but I do plan to stay for a while and the house is big enough that I won't outgrow it.
here is a before picture, now it is just bare walls and the tile floor.