Updating a 1950s kitchen
Even if you plan to live with things a while, get qualified and licensed professionals to look over your infrastructure (plumbing, electrical, etc.) to alert you of hazards as well as things that will need to be brought up to code. I had a friend who lived in a 1 bedroom 1920s bungalow that had so much smart storage (original to the house) it was unbelievable.Those things can affect the changes you make (and the cost) and you should know those things up front, particularly if you do need to go ahead and fix something. You can get ideas for built-ins that will help you work with small spaces.And new homes can sometimes be very creative as well, particularly those built on small lots in urban areas because they may also have to maximize space while appealing to a modern aesthetic.Set a budget and challenge yourself to try to come in lower.Personally my style moves more toward the black/white Art Deco classic vein.
Don’t get caught up in the hype of the home improvement stores and the TV shows they sponsor.
I mentioned in a comment yesterday that we hadn’t changed much with our “new old” kitchen, but actually, we did have the electrical brought up to code and the kitchen and utility plumbing completely replaced.
The sink drained fine when we had the house inspected, but before we had even moved in, it stopped.
This means that a professional came in to evaluate insulation, carbon monoxide, proper venting in the kitchen, bath, and laundry room, etc.
I would definitely recommend one of these to ANY new homeowner.