Topic: Kitchen/bath restoration rather than renovation?
Kitchen/bath restoration rather than renovation?
I’m close to making an offer on a coop that still has its original deco tiling in the bath and 30s solid wood kitchen cabinets. Both seem to be in pretty good shape, and rather than gut the rooms, I’d like to strip/restore the cabinets and maintain the bath wall tile. This is as much for aesthetic reasons as for cost — of course like everyone else we’ll be on a tight budget.
I haven’t heard much about this type of work as opposed to complete re-dos, but I assume that it’s done and that there are some contractors who would be better at it than others. We’d keep the tub in the bath as well, but would have to replace the floor tiles, sink, and toilet. The kitchen would get new appliances and tile, and the cabinets might have to be adjusted to fit (and/or a new one cut to match).
Has anyone done something similar, and have a contractor to recommend? And if I need a reality check and this kind of work would actually be *more* expensive than gutting and starting with new materials, I’d like to know.