Where the money went (for the Glassell Park kitchen remodel):
Appliances: $3,750 (including front-loading washer and dryer, refrigerator and stove, minus several rebates from utility companies)
Cabinets and hardware: $4,000 (note: half the cabinets were original, half were custom made to match)
General contractor: $14,700 (included: demolition, raising the sunken floor, all the plumbing and electrical work, installing a new back door, removal and patching of a window, sink installation, tile-floor installation in the laundry and powder rooms, installing the old laundry room sink in the garage, and installation of a tankless water heater.
Hardwood flooring: $2,870 ($1,800 for flooring, $1,000 for installation)
Granite: $3,075 ($1,100 for two slabs, $1,650 for kitchen fabrication, $325 to fabricate counter for laundry room)