Before & After: A Boring Kitchen Gets a Modern Update (And a Lesson)

Before & After: A Boring Kitchen Gets a Modern Update (And a Lesson)

(Image credit: Nicolay Siclunov)

Nicolay was a first-time homeowner when he moved into this two-bedroom Boston condo. The kitchen remodel was high on the priority list, but he knew they would be facing some budgetary and spacial constraints — not to mention the fact that their apartment was on the second floor of an old church.

The modern remodel is stunning, and Nicolay learned a few valuable renovation (and life) lessons in the process.

(Image credit: Nicolay Siclunov)

First things first: the kitchen had to transition seamlessly into the living room due to the open floor plan. They achieved this with a large cantilevered countertop highlighted by pendant lamps. It is a similar arrangement to the original kitchen, but just with sleeker look.

At the end of the kitchen, Nicolay's designer worked in a mix of open and closed storage to make everything easily accessible, while still keeping most things hidden. They used IKEA cabinet frames with doors from Semihandmade to keep them from being too generic.

(Image credit: Nicolay Siclunov)

So what did Nicolay learn in the process? First that remodeling projects never go quite as you planned because you can't plan for everything. Once they got contractors working on the plumbing and electrical portions of the remodel, they found out that the building wasn't up to code, which added significantly to their budget and their timeline. The project ended up running nearly 3 months behind schedule and $20,000 over budget.

So what's the best piece of advice Nicolay can give? Plan everything down to the absolute last detail including the knobs on the cabinets. Oh, and expect everything to cost 20 percent more than you estimate.

Thanks for sharing your remodel with us, Nicolay!

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