anneofgreentables asked: We are about to start on an apartment renovation, and I am desperate to avoid an Ikea kitchen (no judgement about them, but I have had them my entire life and they fall apart in a matter of months). Where did you guys get your tile and finishes, etc?
So sorry I’m just getting to this now! Your renovation may be underway already, but a number of people have asked about mine, so I figured I’d answer anyway.
Contractor: Probably the most important part of the project. You need to work with someone you trust and someone whose work can be vouched for. My contractor did my bathroom years ago when I first moved in— he stuck to the time period he said he would, his work was great, and the bathroom has held up well. If you need his name, just send me a message.
Cabinets: This was actually included in my contractor’s price and he built them custom. I chose to go with a laminate outside. It’s cheaper, but as long as the cabinets themselves are solid wood, the outside doesn’t matter so much. It can also be changed out easily, so I decided to put money into things that can’t be changed as easily.
Tile: I got my tile from a local seller, Cancos Tile. I chose them because of the price, the timing, and the fact that I liked who I worked with there. I cannot stress this enough— work with people you trust and who you like! (Also, shows how far customer service goes.) I chose a blue glass tile for the backsplash and a matte, grey porcelain tile for the floor that looks slate-ish.
Appliances: I did some research and got all my appliances through online retailers. Each from a different source, depending on price and delivery process. If you want specifics on any, let me know!
Counter: I went with a Silestone countertop. My contractor recommended a guy and he would have done it in a week, but charged over 50% more than Cancos (where I got my tile). The wait was LONG (made worse by the company’s early July vacation) but honestly, saving over $1000 was definitely worth it.