Sunday, October 09, 2011

Kitchen Remodel

We've lived in this house for 23 years and have improved upon a lot of things we simply could not afford when we bought the house, or for that matter, for many years afterward.

We did most of the improvements ourselves because it was the only way we could justify the expense and because we enjoyed doing it ourselves.  Of course we had to learn as we went in most instances but even the learning part, mistakes and all, were fun.

The most recent improvement was to get granite countertops.  The old Formica countertops had pretty much seen their day.  So new countertops became the highest priority.  It was expensive but well worth it in the end, especially when we opted to tile the back splash ourselves.  In addition, we installed the plumbing which included a hot water recirculating pump that will probably save us 15,000 or more gallons of water that went down the drain while waiting for it to get hot.  By us doing the plumbing and back splash install ourselves we saved $1,000 in labor costs.  And we think we actually did a better job than what a contractor would do.

Take a look at our latest project.

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