My kitchen could rival those on the ugliest kitchen renovation shows. It's poorly laid out, has all really ugly 70's colors (beige!, brown!!, monarch butterflies on the tiles!!!), and it is drafty. And when I say drafty, I mean it's usually around 50 degrees in the winter. The people we bought the house from put a separate heater in to heat the kitchen area but it's hard to heat the arctic tundra when there is air flowing through the uninsulated crawl space and the beautiful drop ceiling tiles are moving with the blowing wind. Why didn't we insulate the crawl space ourselves you ask? Well, you would have to be able to get in there and you can't. It's blocked by heat ducts. You can't reach the plumbing under the sink either because it's down there too (and yes the pipes freeze...often). Also, there's no hood over the stove and no place to plug one in even if you wanted to buy one. Also, there was paneling in the table area. Wood grain paneling. It looked like it had animals burned into it (remember those wood burning projects you did in middle school?). Pheasants and deer and elk and stuff. I'll see if I can find a photo of it. We actually painted it because it was more hideous than any of us could bear to look at every day. All in all, it's awesome.
I've lived in this house and used this kitchen for over 9 years and we just started a kitchen renovation project. It's been planned for more than 2 years but it's been a crazy mess to try to to figure out. If my budget was unlimited, it would be great but it's not.
Anyway, I thought I would chronicle the events on this blog and also see how Evil Sid deals with it. It should be entertaining.