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Old 02-25-2018, 07:27 AM   #1
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Removable Kitchen


I've gut renovated a house upstate NY and need help deciding what if any kind of kitchen to install. My kitchen area has a new floor, new brick walls, new gray paint but no no kitchen cabinets, countertop, stove, etc. I've basically been camping there weekends and using a Coleman stove and microwave while I work on the house. I do have a huge LG fridge.

Virtually every "DIY" kitchen I view on the web looks like Paul Manfort's 23,000 sq ft East Hampton getaway, or else some hideous Home Depot type kitchen with fluted molding and display cabinets galore. I hate this suburban style. Even the industrial style kitchens I see online are "luxury industrial" with 20ft high glass walls overlooking the Caribbean lol.

To get around this a friend advised me to set up a kitchen that is entirely removable, for example 1-2 base cabinets, Coleman with propane tank, steel sink, fridge, simple clean countertop. This would obviously turn off some buyers but possibly be attractive to those that wish to customize anyway. I absolutely know my own style would not appeal to most homebuyers, I'm the guy who puts my forks and spoons in a Husky tool chest, nuff said.

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Old 02-25-2018, 08:27 AM   #2
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Removable?? What will you do with your plumbing and electrical? They are pretty much fixed.
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Removable?? What will you do with your plumbing and electrical? They are pretty much fixed.

Sink would be fixed of course, both walls of kitchen area have 110 and 220 outlets so anything electric is moveable.
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I've heard that some foreign countries it's common practice to have cabinet 'furniture' that follows the owners from house to house. Unless that is common where you live I think you'd be better off installing traditional cabinets.
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Garage cabinets!
And what makes them tool/garage cabinets other than where you put
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Garage cabinets!
And what makes them tool/garage cabinets other than where you put
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yep now we're talkin'

I love the look plus they are more durable and functional than most wooden cabinets. I have 2 Huskys already and am thinking of buying a 46" one as my main base cabinet. A plywood countertop sheathed in stainless steel over those could be sharp.

I frequently see people raving about how good these are as islands but never as base cabinets. Is it lack of imagination or fear of bank appraisers?
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Perhaps I'm missing the point. Are you trying to give it just basic functionality for sale and let the new owner determine their own kitchen needs. Not great sales marketing unless the asking price matches a some-assembly-required presentation.

If it is for your own use, Ikea has some good stuff. You might have some problems with final inspection (i.e. any place counters go can/go would have to have appropriate receptacles, stove venting, etc.) and perhaps an insurance inspection (Coleman propane? - like as it a camping stove?).
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Are you trying to give it just basic functionality for sale and let the new owner determine their own kitchen needs.
That's what I posted originally but the more I read I see there's a trend toward kitchens that mix kitchen / office / living functionality. So I think I can satisfy both myself and some trend aware buyers, if it's done well.

And what's the difference between this 9 drawer cabinet and a finished 9 drawer wooden one from HD or Ikea?

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-46...946R/206839475

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That's what I posted originally but the more I read I see there's a trend toward kitchens that mix kitchen / office / living functionality. So I think I can satisfy both myself and some trend aware buyers, if it's done well.

And what's the difference between this 9 drawer cabinet and a finished 9 drawer wooden one from HD or Ikea?

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-46...946R/206839475
Well, when it comes to providing input on anything trendy, I'm afraid I'll have to bow out.

As for the Husky cabinet, in terms of simple functionality, the shallow drawers might not be that suitable for kitchen use beyond cutlery (and how many of those do you need) and the deep drawers might not be big enough for pots, etc. In terms of marketability, my view is you would be targeting, at best, a single male buyer, and only a segment of that market at best.

Heck, my first rental as a single guy had an aluminum folding picnic table screwed to the wall as a kitchen table and a water bed frame made from 2x10s and L-brackets, but that decor matched the house and the rent. Tool box kitchens scream either starter or college rez.
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the shallow drawers might not be that suitable for kitchen use beyond cutlery and the deep drawers might not be big enough for pots, etc. Tool box kitchens scream either starter or college rez.
yea I spent 4 hours at HD last night comparing depths, heights and widths of traditional wood drawers and Huskys. Surprised at how many 2.5" height most wooden kitchen drawers have, and how flimsy the frameless ones are.

The smaller Husky drawers I posted are even shallower, so that unit is out. Found one with these drawer dimensions which seem way more functional.

top drawer: 47.6 in. W x 17.1 in. D x 3.9 in. H;

3 small left drawers: 13.5W x 17D x 3.8H

1 large left drawer: 13.W x 17D x 12.7H

3 small right drawers: 31W x 17D x 3.8H;

1 large right drawer: 31.3W x 17D x 12.7H

Combined with another that has five 7" height drawers and 3-4 wall cabinets that's pretty good storage. The aluminum table sounds great by the way. And women are hipper to new design trends than you seem to think.
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The question is, how soon are you selling ?

If in the near future, Iíd go with a more traditional kitchen. Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. Unless you are in a real hot market where everything sells, you do not want to eliminate a large group of potential buyers.

A buyer that doesnít like your kitchen is going to place a zero value on the cabinets and appliances at best. They may even place a negative value on it.

Be careful about chasing trends. If you are not an insider to whatís happening, some of the trends are actually over by the time you hear about them.

A bad kitchen can be a deal killer for a lot of women. You can have a guy totally in love with your man cave approach. If the wife puts a thumbs down on it, you usually lose the sale.
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Combined with another that has five 7" height drawers and 3-4 wall cabinets that's pretty good storage. The aluminum table sounds great by the way. And women are hipper to new design trends than you seem to think.
I didn't think I was following any trend - just a single guy starting out on a starting out type income. If tool box kitchens on wheels with a camp stove are a current trend, I must have missed that.
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If tool box kitchens on wheels with a camp stove are a current trend, I must have missed that.
yep you missed it
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A bad kitchen can be a deal killer for a lot of women. You can have a guy totally in love with your man cave approach. If the wife puts a thumbs down on it, you usually lose the sale.
It's a risk but many of the buyers around here are artsy types who grew up in factory lofts or imitations thereof. Most of the advice here seems more appropriate for a suburban demographic but it's still helpful. At any rate I will post pics once it's taking shape and see what you folks think.
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