Budget Breakdown: A Bay Area Family Splurges on a Dream Kitchen for $91K

Premium cabinets and appliances turn a dim, disconnected kitchen in San Bruno, California, into a central space that checks off all the boxes.

After being repeatedly outbid while house hunting, a young family in the San Francisco Bay Area decided to shift their strategy by setting their sights on more affordable homes that would require some work. The lower price tag meant that they would be able to put more money towards crucial renovations. Eventually, they found a midcentury, ranch-style home with admittedly "very little curb appeal" in San Bruno. After the purchase, they sought out Ayesha Sikandar of MA Dimensions for a complete renovation. Transforming the cramped, dated kitchen into a functional, modern space was their top priority.

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