From Budget to Blowout: Imagining 3 Renovation Scenarios For a Tiny Kitchen

The New York Times

What makes a $2,000 kitchen renovation different from a $62,000 renovation? That may sound like a ridiculous question, but the premise is intriguing: take a tiny rental kitchen in Brooklyn, bring in a few expert opinions, and get three different renovation proposals that run the gamut on price. That's what one NYT writer did, and it's such an interesting look at the why and how of small kitchen renovations.

Steven Kurutz's goals for his 95-square-foot kitchen were modest, as he writes in this New York Times article: he wanted modern-looking cabinets that would maximize storage, a little more counter space, and new flooring. So he asked three experts—an IKEA kitchen installation expert (budget), Gita Nandan of Thread Collective (middle road), and Roger Zierman of German design firm Poggenpohl (luxury)—to create a design plan for the kitchen. Here's a quick rundown of each plan:

The Middle Road Option

Total Cost: $20,000 for materials and installation, $7,000 for the architect's fee
What You Get: Reconfigured doorways, a recessed nook containing the refrigerator, two extra feet of counter space, built-in cabinets, shelving, and a shallow pantry, a Verona oven, a Miele cooktop and a Heath tile backsplash.

The Budget Option

Total Cost: $2,398.70 for materials (minus flooring and backsplash), $2,113 for installation
What You Get: One row of pressed-wood cabinets, particleboard countertop, and new sink, fixtures, flooring, and backsplash (all from IKEA).

The Luxury Option

Total Cost: $62,381.76 for materials, $6,300 for installation.
What You Get: Reconfigured doorways, a 27-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator, Swiss pear lower cabinets, high-gloss lacquer upper cabinets with lighted glass shelves and sliding door, aluminum backsplash, Ceasarstone countertops, a 30"W x 12" D floor-to-ceiling pantry, a floating shelf that extends to the foyer, a 24-inch Miele oven and gas cooktop, extra drawers, a Fisher & Paykel compact dishwasher.

So interesting! For more details and photos on each one of these renovation scenarios, check out the full article below.

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