Meanwhile, for nine months his "kitchen" consisted of a refrigerator in the dining room and a stove in the middle of the new concrete slab. in his new open and airy 15-by-20-foot kitchen, surrounded by proof of his DIY chops.
On the plus side, Aaron estimates he spent only ,000 to ,000 in cabinetry materials for the kitchen—birch plywood for the boxes and drawers and solid maple for the fronts.
"I'm not sure what I was thinking," Aaron says now, with a laugh.Shown: The 1916 Craftsman's facade has its original cedar shingles, which had been preserved under aluminum siding, on the upper story.The stucco covering the first floor needed repair; the street-level walls are new.On the minus side: "I had no idea how much sanding there would be. His image of the ideal kitchen—"a classic white kitchen with dark countertops, a subway-tile backsplash, and a slate floor"—was taking shape through sweat, grit, and sawdust.
Shown: Base cabinets in the mudroom hold tilt-out recycling bins.
Having done plenty of tile work on previous renovations, he could do the tiling that the new baths would require.