Thomas Singer Associates AIA

Millburn/Short Hills Kitchen

Environmental Stewardship and Financial Benefit.

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Pre-construction condition (circa 1950) of the kitchen. This project includes a small addition of 16 square feet to allow for a center island. The addition made a substantial difference in the character and functionality of the kitchen. A range in the center island made a communal space where family and friends can gather during meal preparation. Upper cabinets are limited to interior walls, leaving the perimeter open to windows.
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Cabinets, counter tops, appliances and plumbing fixtures were gathered over time from a series of demolition projects. This kitchen reused finished construction materials, eliminating the need for reprocessing and keeping them out of landfills.

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Material cost for this renovation and expansion project was $9,500. Most of this cost was used to purchase materials for rough masonry and carpentry. Reclaimed cabinet ($1,500), re-cutting of granite countertops ($1,500) and labor (500 hours).
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The total cost of this project, including materials, appliances, labor and permits is under $30,000. Estimated increase in real estate value resulting from this renovation is $85,000. The homeowner saved over $55,000 in the cost of this kitchen. The quality of finishes is as good or better than new.

Thomas Singer Associates AIA - Architects and Planners