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Kitting Out Kitchen and Bath

The most intensely used rooms in the house depend on good plumbing, ventilation, 
and electrical systems, and contain the highest number of fixtures per square 
foot—all of which makes renovating them expensive.

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To maintain your investment, these rooms should be renovated every 15 
to 20 years. In this kitchen renovation 
by Geoffrey Warner of Alchemy Architects, architect and client had to make some resourceful choices in service to the budget.

The architect used Fireslate instead of costly Corian for counters, stripped existing slate tiles of shiny sealant to give them 
new life, customized IKEA cabinetry and an ugly vent with inexpensive galvanized sheet metal, and opened a wall that separated the kitchen from the rest of the condo to make the kitchen feel larger and bring in light. Warner carved out a large well space around the skylights to reveal beautiful old structural ceiling rafters. It involved Sheetrocking and mudding but created a focal point for the space. The light over the dining room table 
is made from two old beams, some rope, and halogen bulbs. It perfectly expresses what the architect calls “tightwad panache.”

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We saved a TON by getting our cabinets at a charity auction put on by the cabinet company. I didn't like the door style, so we ordered all new doors. Even with that added cost, the cabinets were still a deal - and of top-notch quality.