OK, here's the scoop.
Our budget will carry us through most of creating a "clean space" to live in on the second floor. We'll still have a lot of work up there...but this will finally be a clean space for us. No open walls, no open ceilings, no open floors. Whoo hoo!
But we need a survival plan for the kitchen.
(Kitchen before we purchased the house.)
We know that we will have to be living in the kitchen without any major changes in cabinetry or appliances or such for at least five to seven years (if not longer). So the kitchen has to be made more useful and safe (and attractive) without a lot of investment right now. Triage only.
So, I'm going to put a (somewhat) 180 degree view of our kitchen up here. It is not pretty. But I love you, our gentle readers, for not making fun of our...um...really "interesting" kitchen space. Which will now be on the Internet. (sigh)
(Click on any photo to make it larger.)
I know. It's AUGH! in the round.
Checklist of things not useful/attractive about current kitchen:
That just gets at some of the major issues. We'll tackle some of the details in future idea sessions...