Photos Of My Legal Home Kitchen Renovation

Business By rezzygirl Updated 22 Nov 2006 , 10:05pm by beesting

rezzygirl Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 7:52pm
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Here are some photos of part of my basement being renovated into a home bake shop. The project started in February, 2006 and I was up and running and legal in May, 2006. If you have any questions, please post them here or PM me. Hope this helps and inspires someone.

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rezzygirl Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 7:53pm
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This is a list of equipment that I have accumulated over time that I now cannot do without!!

Essentials in my kitchen:
Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
Kitchen Aid Food Processor
Large oven that fits full sheet pans
Large garbage Can
Lots of shelving
Large stand mixer (10 Quart)
Chocolate temperer (10 lb)
Chocolate Temperer (1 lb)
Food scale
Hand mixer
Sheet pans
Sheet pan rack
Cake pans (of course)
Much cake decorating equipment (too much to itemize)
Full size freezer (fits full sheet pans)
Full size refrigerator (fits full sheet pans)
Various food storage bins
Plastic bins with drawers
Kake Karousel
Agbay Cake Leveler
Floor Air conditioning Unit (windows cannot fit a conventional style)
Hooks for brooms & mops
Wall cabinets

Required Items: 3 Compartment sink, Hand sink, Hair nets, sanitizer for sinks, sanitizer tester, Fridge and freezer thermometers, Food service gloves, Fire extinguisher, smoke/co2 detector

Doug Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 7:55pm
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WOW...congrats. looks great

(and isn't amazing how it starts out so empty and then WHAM...ok where am I going to put this!!???!!)

kelleym Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 7:57pm
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That looks so fantastic...I am envious!

If you don't mind sharing, how much did the renovation end up costing?

Misdawn Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:01pm
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I am so freaking jealous!!!! I can't imagine being able to do something like that someday! Way to go! Good luck!

jen1977 Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:02pm
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Wow! Looks great! Congrats!

brookej01 Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:04pm
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that looks awesome...congrats thumbs_up.gif

rezzygirl Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:11pm
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Thank you. The room, plus some (not all) equipment cost about $15,000. This includes town costs, electrical, plumbing, materials, stove, fridge, (I had the mixers already) and many, many miscellaneous things that just come up. It cost $800 to incorporate through a lawer, and the Dept. of Agriculture and Markets was $200. There was much more that I can't remember right now, but I'll post when I think of them.

Pootchi Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:14pm
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I'm soooooo jealous!!!! One day it'll be my turn!!! hihihi Congrats!!!! it looks really good!!! Must be fun to use it also!!!!

sugartopped Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:15pm
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looks great!! how big is your room??

Lueet Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:20pm
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It is a work of art! Now I'm really sad that we don't have basements in Texas... -sigh-. icon_sad.gif

Michie21 Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:23pm
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Look awesome! Gongratulations! Makes me wish NJ allowed in home baking businesses! I have a HUGE basement just itching to be re-done into a kitchen!! Enjoy your new space!

rezzygirl Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:30pm
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It's about 22' x 11'. It's been amazing what I've been able to get in there since I'm still organizing the space. Seem like every day I rearrange something. It's a process I guess. I have a small area out side of the bakeshop for packaging supplies like cake and candy boxes and stuff.

ConnieB Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:31pm
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Looks really GREAT!!!!!

I am so HAPPY for you!!!!!!

Good luck in all you do! usaribbon.gif

MessiET Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:38pm
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WOW!!! That room looks great!! Congratulations and best wishes to you!! icon_biggrin.gif

gina1221 Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:40pm
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! thumbs_up.gif

It looks great. I would love to do something like that.

rezzygirl Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:43pm
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Thanks so much everyone! The best part is knowing everything will always be where I left it, (I have 4 kids) and I don't have to clean up everything before I can make dinner. I know I can come back and pick up where I left off. Also I make my own hours. Shop is always open. DH and I talked about what would make the most sense. this or renting.. Like I said, I have kids and this made sense. Being with my family and being able to stop whenever I need to has been priceless.

ps3884 Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:52pm
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Congrats!!! How exciting for you!!!

Cyndi1207 Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:58pm
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I'm a stay at home mom with 4 kids also and just wish I could do something like this. I'm in Lueet said......I wish we had basements here too. It's a beautiful space and it gives a lot of us inspiration so thanks for sharing. I will definately take you up on the questions offer sooner than later. Looks great!!!!

jennianne Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 8:58pm
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That is amazing! I am so jealous!!!!! Someday...

GenesisCakes Posted 27 Jul 2006 , 9:00pm
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Great move on your part. Boy that would be like a dream come true for me. I noticed that you live in New York. So do I. I wish you the best and much success on your endeavor. Hey you can advertise now!!!


yassy Posted 28 Jul 2006 , 12:17am
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Great set up. l love looking at the progression of the room. Thanks for sharing. icon_smile.gif

MeloMiMi Posted 28 Jul 2006 , 12:34am
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Congratulations! so professional looking. Wishing you much success and happy baking.

korkyo Posted 28 Jul 2006 , 2:14am
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Hi, I'm in the same process. What brand of freezer adn refrigerator did you get that would hold full sheet pans. Is taht comercial grade?
Thanks for sharing, it all looks great. thumbs_up.gif

ckkerber Posted 28 Jul 2006 , 2:23am
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I just wanted to add that I saw that Sears (Kenmore) makes an "All Refrigerator" and "All Freezer" meaning both are full size. I mention this because you usually have to buy a higher end brand to get full size refrigerators and freezers. The Kenmore ones are right about $1000 each which is low compared to commercial / high end brands.

rezzygirl Posted 28 Jul 2006 , 2:29am
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Originally Posted by korkyo

Hi, I'm in the same process. What brand of freezer adn refrigerator did you get that would hold full sheet pans. Is taht comercial grade?
Thanks for sharing, it all looks great. thumbs_up.gif

They are both Frigidaire residential models 16.7 cu feet. They both fit full sheet pans. Kenmore has a very similiar model now. Because of the town codes where I am, I couldn't have commercial grade equipment, so I got as close as I could. Congrats to you!

JanH Posted 28 Jul 2006 , 2:38am
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Awesome job!
Looks like a lot of time, effort and thought went into your kitchen.
Wish you the best, and happy baking/decorating.

You go Girl!!!!

playingwithsugar Posted 28 Jul 2006 , 2:41am
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Congratulations! I admit that I am jealous, as we are not allowed to have commercial kitchens in our homes where I live.

I want to thank you for the info on the refrigerators and freezers at Sears. I already have two freezers, but could use a refrigerator that is just for refrigeration only, no freezer. And since they're only 16.7 cf, it would easily fit through the door of my apartment.

Thanks again!

Theresa icon_smile.gif

2cakes Posted 28 Jul 2006 , 3:05am
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All I can say is WOW and congratulations. Keep us posted on your final completion of your shop. thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gificon_smile.gif

TPDC Posted 28 Jul 2006 , 4:36am
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!! thumbs_up.gif

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