1960's Kitchen Update

Ingelwood Neighborhood, Tallahassee


  • Added storage
  • Updated cooktop
  • Better lighting
  • Total cost: $42,340.92

1960’s Kitchen Update Project Overview

A small 1960’s home in need of an update. This original kitchen was lacking in counter space and storage. It was a small kitchen and the owner did not want to expand it. The goal was to maximize the counter and storage space while keeping the original footprint.

We moved the fridge across the kitchen and added a tall cabinet for storage. We also removed the wall oven and installed a range. This added about 5 feet of countertop space to the kitchen and add a ton more storage. Because the home was older we also had to update the electric panel.

The kitchen is still on the small side but it’s much more functional and enjoyable to work in.

Kitchen Update: Before vs After

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Project Costs

Initial GBB Budget: $40,145.00
Fixed Price Proposal: $42,042.00
Change Orders: $298.00
Final Project Cost: $42,340.00

Cost Increases

This 1960’s Kitchen Update finished up very close to the original budget. The original Good Better Best budget was just over $40,000. The fixed price proposal was just over $42,000.

During the design process the client decided to add a few things that were not in the origianl budget. We added flooring in the kitchen and in the hall bathroom. We also added a few bells and whistles to the cabinets and updating the electric panel.

During the project there was just one change order. The homeowner decided to upgrade their facuet to a nicer one made by Brizo.

Cost Breakdown

  • Installation Labor 31% 31%
  • Fixtures and Materials 34% 34%
  • Design and Project Management 19% 19%
  • Overhead and Profit 12% 12%
  • Shipping and Sales Tax 4% 4%

Scope Of Work

This 1960’s Kitchen Update is what we call a “gut renovation” with some minor layout changes. We did not have to move any plumbing other than the icemaker line for the fridge.

There was a good amount of electric work… moving plugs, adding lights and updating the electric panel. The rest was just new cabinets, counters and flooring.


Before and After Electric  Plans

1960's Kitchen Update Before Electrical plan
19060's Kitchen Update After Electric plan



The homeowner chose Bellmont Cabinetry from our “better” cabinet line. Bellmont is the premier maker of frameless cabinets in the US. We love frameless cabinets. They offer a more contemporary look and provide more storage per linear foot than more traditional framed cabinetry. 


Countertops are from Silestone. The color is call Sygnus. The tops are 3CM thick with a roundover edge profile on the top and bottom. There were instaled by Tim Peachey from Southern Tops. 


Ceiling lights are simple 6″ LED Disc lights. The pendants are from Millenium Lighting – Neo Industrial 17″ pendants in Satin Nickel

We also installed undercabinet lighting from Task Lighting and an Angeled powerstip at the end of the peninsula.


The sink is a pretty standard 16 guage stainess steel sink from Kraus. A solid sink but nothing fancy. 

The client originally chose a Peerless Bridge Faucet but after some discussion we recommended against the Peerless brand (they do not last in our experience) so the client upgraded to a Brizo Litze Faucet which is beautiful and will last a long long time. 


The flooring in the kitchen and bathroom is a luxury vinyl plank from Happy Feet. The color is Rescue Lake Placid. 

Backsplash Tile 

The backsplash tile is from Crossville. Its a 4×12 in Empress White installed in a 50/50 stagger pattern. The grout is Mapei Biscuit. 


The client chose to do their own painting on this project. 

Trade Partners

We’ve been developing relationships with quality trade partners for years and we tend to use the same subcontractors over and over again because we trust their work and have deleloped a great working relationship with them that helps make projects run smoother.

Demo:  All American Demo

Plumbing: Watts Plumbing and HVAC

Electric: TrueVolt Electric

Carpentry: Murrane Improvements


Flooring: Mike Lammert Flooring

Tile: Turner Tile

Painting: Done by Homeowner after project completion. 

Before Photos

After Photos

Thank you for reading! We’d love to be a part of your next remodel. Check out our Design Services page.

Paul McManus

Certified Residential Contractor, CRC1331326

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