These Indianapolis homeowners decided to do something about their cramped kitchen.
After remodeling their small kitchen, one family found it hard to leave the newly renovated space.
The old, 10-by-14-foot kitchen was cramped, making it difficult for the Indianapolis homeowners to cook and eat comfortably. What they wanted was a more inviting place to spend their breakfasts, lunches and dinners, so they hired a designer to draft plans for a 28-by-14-foot kitchen with larger openings to the dining room.
The project also included removing an old bathroom between the dining room and kitchen, and installing a new half-bath and a mudroom, complete with lockers and cubbies for storing coats and shoes.
The homeowners hired Central Construction Group in Indianapolis to carry out the four-month remodel.
Who: Central Construction Group
Approximate Cost: $200,000
Timeframe: Four months
“The kitchen was very cramped before,” says Brian Oltmanns, president of Central Construction Group. “Their goal was to have a larger kitchen space, much nicer cabinets with all of the latest features and a kitchen space where they could all essentially hang out.”
Uncramping the kitchen cost the family about $200,000, and took four months to complete.
The most difficult part of the project was building and installing custom cabinets next to a booth where the family planned sit for meals. Oltmanns’ crew had to be sure the dimensions for the cabinets and booth were precise. If they weren’t dead on, the new features wouldn’t fit properly, he says.
Oltmanns and his crew also had to find a way to hide wires that connected to a light at the base of the kitchen’s new soffit.
“It was a lot more detail specific than your standard project,” he says.
The family had to deal with the inconveniences that come with losing full use of their kitchen for four months.
“It’s definitely an inconvenience,” Oltmanns says. “You don’t have all of the appliances you once had. Don’t have the countertop space.”
Fortunately, he was able to work ahead with the family and keep the inconveniences to a minimum.
Oltmanns finished the remodel last fall, and the family recently told him they’re spending more time in their kitchen than ever before.
“The transformation was very dramatic,” Oltmanns says. “Some are more than others, and it’s always good to see, when you get to the end, the transformation and being a part of it.”
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