"We Found Our Dream Kitchen on Craigslist"
TOH readers Jack and Andrea Campbell saved on their remodel by buying a complete floor model from a showroom
You spend weeks painstakingly picking cabinets and researching countertops...or, sometimes, you just get lucky. Jack and Andrea Campbell of Quincy, Massachusetts, were remodeling their basement when they ran across an ad for a kitchen showroom that was relocating and selling off a complete floor model. "We were doubtful the model would fit into our space, but with a little rejiggering it worked perfectly," says Andrea.
They paid $6,675 for base and upper cabinets, plus additional cabinetry, trim, side panels, and appliances, then adapted the setup for their galley-style kitchen.
The cherry base cabinets, topped with Silestone counters, were configured in an L shape. The Campbells separated the bank of cabinets into two rectangles at the counter's seam, then placed the 8-foot and 6-foot sections on opposite walls. Here, on the sink side, "we made sure the basement door next to the dishwasher could open all the way," says Jack. "It just fit! It's like we were Cinderella and the kitchen was the glass slipper."
The kitchen came with an electric cooktop, but the Campbells wanted a gas one. "We bought a discounted floor model from the showroom, and one of their employees came to our house and enlarged the opening in the Silestone to accommodate it," says Jack.
The couple didn't change the basement kitchen's layout significantly.
The range was swapped for a gas cooktop and a wall oven.