Going Swedish — The Boston Globe


Can a Cambridge architect pull off a complete renovation — including a new high-end range — for less than $20,000?

Is a budget-minded kitchen renovation with a high-end range and custom carpentry an oxymoron? Not in the case of architectural designer Chiong Lin’s rehab of an 11-by-14-foot Cambridge kitchen.

The story begins in 2005. Lin was living in a late-1800s four-unit brick row house on a historic street near Central Square that seems to be a magnet for architects. “There are about half a dozen living nearby,” she says. “It’s both a community and a great location.” Lin had bought the building a decade before and had moved into the apartment that occupied the first and second floors. When she decided to buy a home in Brookline, she realized that her old apartment would need serious updating to be a proper rental. Lin, who was then working full time for a large firm, took on the project in her spare time, including a new kitchen.

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1 Comment on Going Swedish — The Boston Globe

  1. Aaron Wintergreen

    The most inexpensive kitchen cabinets I’ve found were located online. Kitchen cabinetry can be very tricky especially if you are at the mercy of unscrupulous contractors.
    The rta cabinets were great for starting a home and I know they have some higher priced ones if you are looking for something fancy.
    The kitchen looks gorgeous!