Our home in Phoenix was built in 1993. The exterior is stucco. Interiors at the time were entirely white paint. The carpeting was a beige throughout the entire house. The countertops were a light colored formica. The exceptions to the carpeting were the kitchen floors and bathroom floors which were covered with a light colored linoneum.
The stock market was strong in the early 2000’s and we decided to do a fairly major remodel. The first item we chose to do was to replace the countertops with granite. We searched about 4 suppliers to find the granite that we preferred. It was from Italy and is predominately dark brown with silver specks and gold specks. The raw granite comes in 16 foot long slabs that are 48 inches deep.
The contractor priced out our job and stated that it would require 4 slabs of granite at $1800 per slab. I got out some paper and drew the layout of the counters and could cover all of the space with only 3 slabs. I told this to the contractor and they said that they always get one additional in case of breakage. I said that I would risk the breakage, so I saved $1800 by eliminating one slab of granite.
They installed the countertops without incident. The kitchen remodel allowed us the chance to select a new sink. We selected stainless steel with a large tub on the left and a smaller tub on the right with the garbage disposal. I upgraded the power of the garbage disposal, doubling the power of the builder’s model that was originally installed.
The disruption in the kitchen was the most difficult to endure. We were forced to eat out or to get take out for every meal for about two weeks.
The second task was repainting the walls. We added color to the walls. I painted each room myself. The walls are as high a 16 feet in the den, so the task was a bit time consuming. The bedroom proved to be much easier.
Of course, moving all the furniture away from the walls was the harder part of that job. Some of the remote rooms did not disrupt our lives at all.
We replaced the carpet with a medium brown carpet. We replaced the linoneum with 18 inch ceramic tile. We added a tile walkway that separates the formal dining area from the den. The entire outcome has substantially modernized the look of the interior and we are pleased with the outcome.