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Mission Statement - Vision

Posted Jun 21st, 12 at 11:44 am by MJ5898

Since this is my first blog post on the forum, thought I would do a bit of an introduction and then share my mission statement for the pending kitchen remodel.

I am a 40 year old attorney from Central KY. To date, I have had 2 houses built. The first was pretty much a nightmare - shoddy builder and not really set out the way I needed it to be. So many things I had never considered about little details until actually living in the house for 2 years. I was able to incorporate a lot of what I learned into the 2nd house and have lived here for 7+ years. However, we recently bought 2 acres in the country near my spouses' extended family and plan to build in the next 3 or so years. Until that time, we opted to buy a small house as a short sale instead of renting. The new house is only 17 years old, but the previous owners did no maintenance and just generally did not take care of the property, so we have pretty much gutted it to start fresh. We did new painting throughout from ceilings to trim and doors to walls, all new lighting, minor electrical upgrades, new interior plumbing, attic and crawl space insulation, new bathroom fixtures (except the 1-piece shower/tub combos since they could not be easily removed and replaced, but extensive cleaning/scrubbing was performed to get rid of the ick factor). Also had a new roof, all new flooring, the deck redone and a new fence constructed. We yanked out the old kitchen cabinets (sellers took the appliances) and will be replacing once we close on the house tomorrow and move in this weekend.


Since we are moving into a smaller home on a temporary basis, we want an attractive and functional kitchen at an affordable price. We are not certain whether we will retain the house as a rental property or sell it after our new house is completed in a few years, so we want quality cabinets that will last. The 25-year IKEA warranty makes their cabinets seem like the ideal option for us. The kitchen is a somewhat small galley style and the structure of the house does not allow expansion of the walls. Therefore, our plan is to simply install cabinets of a similar size as those we already removed to retain the existing layout including location of all appliances. Given the limited amount of space, it is vital that we make the most efficient use of the space available. We also hope to visually increase the spaciousness of the kitchen by installing cabinets with nice clean lines in a white finish specifically Akurum cabinets in Stat White with Tag, Attest or Varde handles and the Pragel black stone effect countertop. We have already had the walls painted a nice shade of taupe and carried that color into the adjoining great room and hallway. We have also replaced all the lighting with brushed nickel fixtures with alabaster shades. The flooring will be a light brown and gray stone-look vinyl.
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