It took a few years, but Suzanne Bruey-Pingitore of Patchogue now has the kitchen of her dreams. Her husband, Joseph Pingitore, did almost everything in the remodel including cabinets, plumbing -- she finally has a dishwasher -- and the floors. "The only thing he didn't do was install the granite countertops," says Bruey-Pingitore, who worked as his assistant.
The project involved opening the kitchen to the dining room and adding more storage space, along with a designated area for baking, which is a passion for Bruey-Pingitore, who especially enjoys making and decorating wedding cakes. "I now have a place for all my baking supplies, my mixer and books," she says.
Total: About $34,500 (They estimate saving $40,000 by doing the work themselves.) -- SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN
BEFORE. The homeowners say the old kitchen’s Formica countertops had begun to buckle and had bumps all over them.
DURING. Homeowner Joseph Pingitore, who installs phone and security systems in the Hamptons, dedicated a year’s worth of weekends to the project.
GROUTED VINYL TILE FLOORING, $1,926.
From Long Island Paneling, Bohemia.
GRANITE BACKSPLASH, $800. From Bellport Stone Corp., Bellport.
GRANITE COUNTER, $5,000. Price includes the sink. From Bellport Stone Corp., Bellport.
PAINT, $200. Color is Oat Cake (four cans for kitchen and dining area) by Behr, from The Home Depot; applied by homeowners
MATERIALS, $2,263. From various sources including molding ($200), cedar shakes ($700) and Sheetrock ($260) from Speonk Lumber; insulation ($150), hardware ($253), plumbing supplies ($250) and lighting supplies ($450) from The Home Depot.
DUMPSTER, $1,000. This was for 10 days of use, from VGC Carting and Demolition, Copiague. (July 2012)
DESIGNATED BAKING AREA. For Suzanne Bruey-Pingitore, administrator at the East Northport Jewish Center, a baking station was a top priority. (July 2012)
REFRIGERATOR, existing. CABINETRY, $17,543. Price reflects a discount. Cabinetry includes the large pantry area with pullout shelves and the storage for the baking station. Some of her favorite features are a double-layered flatware drawer, oversized corner lazy Susans and built-in knife drawer. From Consumers Kitchen & Baths, Holbrook. (July 2012)
From Best Buy, Patchogue.
CUTTING BOARD, $0. Bruey-Pingitore made this herself from leftover wood in the basement. (July 2012)
MICROWAVE, $454. From Best Buy. (July 2012)
Includes over the sink ($411), the dining area ($948, for two), TV area windows ($494, for two) and a large bay window ($1,294) over the bakery station. All from Speonk Lumber, installed by homeowners.
FAUCET, $160. From lightinthebox.com.
KNIFE DRAWER. Included in price of cabinetry. (July 2012)
DOUBLE-LAYER FLATWARE DRAWER. Included in price of cabinetry. (July 2012)
DINING TABLE and SIX CHAIRS, existing.
FLAT-SCREEN TELEVISION, $420. From Sixth Avenue Electronics, Commack.
BLINDS, $380 (for 10). From selectblinds.com.
BACK DOOR, $369. From The Home Depot. (July 2012)