Not long after we were married, we bought a house in a great area that an architect had designed for himself and his family. We loved it – very Frank Lloyd Wright, with lots of land. So began the adventure. Having just moved into our new home, we came to the conclusion that the kitchen definitely needed to be redone – yes, the kitchen interior design project was on.
There were so many things to be thought about and planned for during the reconstruction. We plunged head first into the project with little experience and our heads full of remodeling ideas, just an ideal of what we want the kitchen layout to be.
We had the contractors start the parade – looking at the layout of the kitchen and the cabinet construction, the overall construction of the house and the kitchen in particular. The bids came in – slowly at first and then in a deluge. The prices were astounding. This was in the early 1980’s and the low bid was $12,000, and that was for a new sink, paint and “new cabinet facings” (new doors on the existing cabinets!) Now the house was not inexpensive, but these prices were out of sight! Times were much like today, many people out of work and contracts were few and far between.
We looked and planned the movements around the kitchen, what we wanted to do with the space and how we wanted the kitchen to function. So, one week, we ordered a 40 yard dumpster to be delivered to the house. We knew about these as when we moved in, we had filled five of these babies with junk from inside the house as well as the yard. We checked with each other hoping that we were really sane, picked up sledge hammers and started on the walls. What fun it was, tearing away what had become a kitchen that we did not like and could not stand.