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RE: Kind of OT: Laundry room (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: crazyhouse6 on 03.04.2009 at 09:25 am in Kitchens Forum

I went with a laminate for my countertops. I thought I was picking a fun, kinda crazy pattern, but when they came in they just look "normal." You can't see them well in this picture, but they are in a giraffe skin pattern. I think they look nice, are practical and inexpensive.

(Not yet in use laundry room)


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RE: pony wall (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mongoct on 04.17.2010 at 06:03 pm in Bathrooms Forum

If framed with 2x4s, the framing itself will be 3-1/2" wide. Half-inch drywall on each side of the framing will balloon it to 4-1/2" wide. Then if you add baseboard...add that thickness to each side.

The thing is that 5" wide wall is usually all wasted space.

Several times I'll widen the pony wall into a 10-12" wide cabinet for added storage.


vanity config
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White/white/white kitchen refresh FINISHED

posted by: wi-sailorgirl on 06.04.2013 at 11:39 am in Kitchens Forum

Hopefully the subject warned you that if you're not a fan of white kitchens, you definitely will not like this one. Fortunately, I am (and have been as long as I can remember).

This was more of a refresh than a reno. The cabinets, counters, sink and backsplash are all new. The floors and all appliances are not (we've replaced them all slowly over the last 11 years of owning this house). Although we only changed a few things in the kitchen in this latest go-around, I don't think there's anything left save for the basic layout that is the same as it was when we bought the house. So maybe this was really an 11 year reno!

Anyway ... photos (and lots of them). Details at the end.

Before (about three years ago). I know, it's not really bad looking, but the cabinets were in rough shape and I hated the dust-collector shelf on top of them.
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The inspiration picture (from Coastal Living magazine):
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Walnut trim on the mantel hood (thanks to Katieob for the inspiration). The panel above the mantel flips open for additional storage around the vent.

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The hutch and upper cabinets flanking the sink also have glass sides and I'm so happy we did that. It makes it feel so much airier. Dimmable LED lighting in the cabinets. The lighting looks a bit sickly green in some of these photos but it's actually a slightly cooler white (we didn't want to go too warm with the lights).

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When we bought the house, a stackable washer and dryer were walled in next to the fridge. We move the laundry several years ago and used the area as a pantry but the half wall on one side sort of stuck out into the space. We removed that and did a built-in pantry around the fridge. The difference in depth was probably less than a foot but having that protrusion into the room gone makes a huge difference in a small kitchen.

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Pantry area (we weren't planning to light it but we had extra LED strip lights left so we stuck some in there. Love the area for the roll-out dog food and step stool and of course I love having my microwave in there where we're had it for several years).

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Vertical storage over the fridge. Should have done more of this.
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Probably my favorite thing in the entire kitchen (other than the backsplash). I love not having stuff on my counters.
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A shallow drawer pulls out for cutting boards and oven mitts.
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By the dishwasher we need a spacer so the hutch would match up with the cabinet above but I told our cabinet guy to find some kind of storage to stick in there. I think it's really meant for spices but I obviously don't need spices there so we use it for various dog potions and pills and the big bottle of Advil.

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A few detail shots:

We planned the double molding around cabinetry as a design element but it ended up really saving us when it came to the molding because our ceiling is incredibly out of level. We took up the difference in that second piece of molding and you can't even tell now that the room is horribly crooked.

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The glass knobs. Love them SO much.
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Close up of the backsplash (with my little walnut tray).
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And lastly, the other side of the kitchen, which is where a lot of the color comes into the room. I painted the door black on a whim this winter and love it. The barn light over the sink was originally white but I spray-painted it black after the cabinets went in because I thought it would be good to pull the black over to that side of the room. This is our back door so we walk straight into the kitchen, so it's not just a functional space but a major thoroughfare as well.

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I took off all the window treatments (nice lined bamboo roman shades) to paint but I kind of like it with them off. I could, however, stain them a walnut color to match the other accents in the room. So I'd love to hear opinions on whether you think they should go back up.

Cabinets: Custom cabinets made by a local cabinet maker (he's done other things in our house too and always does a great job). Painted (several times, but let's not talk about that) Benjamin Moore Cloud White

Countertops: Caesarstone Eggshell (aka Osprey if you're outside the U.S.) Island is walnut butcher block, I think from Blockhead Blocktops in Michigan.

Hardware: Emtek Georgetown glass knobs (1.25") and Restoration Hardware Aubrey pulls in polished nickel (and yes, we had the problem with the screws breaking off and replaced them all).

Cabinet glass: Bendheim glass, mouth-blown clear soft seeded (a splurge but I'm so happy we did it). I need to take a better picture of the glass so you can see it to appreciate it.

Backsplash: 1-inch mother of pearl mosiac, purchased through Key West Tile (the source listed in the article I used as inspiration), but I've seen the same or very similar tile online through Glass Tile Mosiacs. Polyblend grout in Bright White.

Vent hood: Kobe 36-inch insert. We have an existing downdraft but when we replaced our range several years ago we had two ranges to choose from that would work with that venting situation, so we installed the overhead vent now so when it comes time for a new range (hopefully many years from now) we aren't limited in our selection. Plus, it works MUCH better than the downdraft (both vent outside).

Appliances: All existing Jenn-Air

Paint colors: Anything white is Cloud White. Walls are Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (previously they were Revere Pewter which is still a favorite color but I felt it was too dark with the tile).

- Large Thomas O'Brien Hicks pendant in polished nickel over the island. Even though this like is rather ubiquitous, I couldn't help myself. I still love it even if it's everywhere. It is polarizing though: people either love it or hate it.
- Barn Light Electric sconce over sink. It was white for several years but I spray-painted it black
- Roost glass cylinder lights over kitchen table.
-UCLs and in-cabinet lighting is LED strip lighting purchased locally. Sorry, I don't know the brand.

Sink: 32-inch single-bowl Kraus stainless steel

Faucet: Hansgrohe Talis S (DO NOT buy this from Home Perfect. I had a horrible experience, ended up filing with the credit card company and just buying the faucet for $10 more through Amazon.)

Let me know if I've forgotten anything. Special thanks to the helpful folks here, particularly the friendly voices on the Small Houses board as well as some of the experts here. It's no secret that I drew a lot of inspiration from many of your kitchens including Breezygirl, Katieob and Beekeeperswife.

This post was edited by wi-sailorgirl on Tue, Jun 4, 13 at 11:52


Dish hutch
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RE: Creamy Granite Roundup (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: buckeyegoldenmom on 05.08.2013 at 06:41 am in Kitchens Forum

I am using Cream Delicatus.


creamy delicatus Buckeyegoldenmom
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RE: No Door Shower - Opinions? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: mydreamhome on 04.14.2012 at 09:13 am in Bathrooms Forum

lvmadison--thanks for the compliment! The dimensions are 4'W x 7'4"L with a 12" deep bench on the back wall. The distance from the back wall to the 5' tall pony wall is ~3'10" give or take an inch or so.

As far as a wheelchair, the ADA sets the minimum turning radius diameter at 60" for a full 360 degree turn. So 48" wouldn't quite be wide enough for that. My parents' walk-in, no door shower is 5'x6' and there is plenty of room to turn in there IMO. Our plan with our shower is wheel in forward and wheel out backward without have to make a complete revolution--a T-configuration. Think of it like parking your car in a parking lot--90 degree turn into the space in a forward motion from the main lane of traffic and then back out and make another 90 degree turn in reverse to put your car in position to move down the lane again.

Hope this helps!


mydreamhome shower dimensions
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RE: No Door Shower - Opinions? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: mydreamhome on 04.13.2012 at 11:06 pm in Bathrooms Forum

No door, 1 pony wall (5'tall), no glass walls, no splash or cold issues.

As mentioned above, the cold feeling you get when you open a shower door is because of the drastic change in temp from basically a steamy shower space to the room temp bathroom space.

The biggest thing is making sure your shower spray direction is properly placed, you have enough depth to handle splash, and/or have a curb installed.

We opted to not do any glass in our shower--I didn't want to deal with cleaning it. We have all tile & we give it a quick squeegee after showering. Looks just like the day it was installed despite being used 3-5 times a day for the last 6 months. Here's a pic of ours...



Hope this helps!


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RE: Microwave Shelf Cabinet or Microwave Cabinet (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: taggie on 02.10.2013 at 02:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

We did the semi-built-in hybrid similar to what I think cathy725 is describing. We backed into that by accident. Were planning on a built-in and the cabinet is made to the specs for a panasonic built-in, but a month prior to our reno -- per Murphy's law -- our microwave broke. So we got a $99 kenmore to tide us over.

Then when we realized this microwave would fit the space nicely and the cabinet has the required clearances for it (the microwave is smallish), we decided it would be better to do the semi built-in option. So we asked our cabinet maker to put a strip of molding at the top to give it the appearance of being more built in, but the interior dimensions are actually larger.

We figure this gives us the best of both worlds. Lower up front cost by reusing our existing micro, ease of replacement if it breaks, and the cabinet is still sized for a built in if we ever decide to change our minds on that. But given our experience so far in the 14 months we've had this, I don't see ever switching back to a built in now.

Here's what ours looks like. A bit hard to see the molding strip that makes it appear more fit-to-size, but the interior cavity goes up to the bottom of the frameless cabinet door above the cutout.

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Please forgive this grainy pic that makes the mw look horrible, it's not a high enough photo resolution to be blown up that big, but hopefully it gets the point across:

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hutch with MW
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RE: Size doesn't matter- but how big is yours? Begging for pics (Follow-Up #46)

posted by: kristymc731 on 09.03.2012 at 08:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

No, purplepansies, it is not purple island. It is glittery gray quartz. Most of my kitchen accessories are purple + jewel tones though.

Love looking at pics of all these fabulous islands. So helpful + inspiring.


stainless hood
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RE: Size doesn't matter- but how big is yours? Begging for pics (Follow-Up #48)

posted by: cbusmomof3 on 09.04.2012 at 11:42 am in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine. It's 4'x9'. The aisle between the sink wall and island is 49", the aisle between the cooktop and the island is 41", and the aisle between the oven wall and island is 63". It's 43" between the cooktop counter and the wall oven counter.

The space is perfect for our three kids plus the dozen neighbor kids who are always in my house :-)

Hope this helps. Good luck with your remodel!!



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Please review elevations

posted by: jwillis96 on 03.14.2012 at 11:06 pm in Building a Home Forum

I really enjoyed and valued the critique of our floor plan...any ideas on our elevations...


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RE: Please review floor plan (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: jwillis96 on 02.14.2012 at 10:06 pm in Building a Home Forum

Sorry again, here is a better image


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RE: Any clever bathroom storage ideas? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: AnnieDeighnaugh on 01.07.2013 at 03:18 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We put an "appliance garage" with an outlet inside in our master bath to stash our stuff that is shared by us so it is accessible from either sink....the door lifts and there's a safety latch that keeps it from slamming shut...similar to what they use on toy chests.


Annie Deighnaugh bathroom 9 1/2 x 10 1/2
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RE: Almost Finished Pics - long time coming... (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: aokat15 on 02.09.2012 at 04:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks so much! The kitchen space is 20' x 12'. That doesn't include the eat-in area which from the island to the serving area between the kitchen and family room is another 15' or so. The island cabinetry measures 8' x 4.5' (the tops add some inches to that in the overhang). The refrigerator is the SubZero Pro48 - love it and it is definitely a conversation piece especially with men... something about it looking like the ultimate beer fridge :)


aokat kitchen dimensions
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Almost Finished Pics - long time coming...

posted by: aokat15 on 02.09.2012 at 02:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm still waiting to finish up some small details - such as having my potfiller installed - but I thought I'd post my almost finished pics. I've posted some pics along the way, but here is where we're at now. It's been almost 2 years since we purchased our home and we are slowly coming to the end of a long whole house renovation and addition. Gardenweb has been an amazing source for inspiration and guidance - thanks for all of your help along the way. Let me know if you want any info.

To the right of my refrigerator is an oversized walk-in pantry. There are temporary shelves in there now... someday soon we'll have cabinets and nice shelving and I'll share those pics as well :)


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One Kitchen Remodel (before/after)

posted by: amandapadgett on 01.18.2013 at 03:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

Title was supposed to be "One Month Kitchen Remodel." My first post here seems to be riddled with problems. LOL

I've been lurking around here for about two weeks. I SO wish I had discovered this forum before we started our remodel - I would have done some things differently (same goes for - just discovered that 3 weeks ago).

We are in the final stages of a ONE MONTH remodel (we didn't change the footprint/move plumbing so it was quick). We live in a 140 year old house, so I have done/lived through some serious renovations and remodels. This kitchen remodel is unlike any we've done before. It always seems like we were laying down the track after the train was part-way over.

The story is a long one, so I won't bore anyone with it. Just know that everything you see has some type of decision/had-to-do-it-that-way story behind it.

The list of to-do's are:
Reattach undercabinet lighting
Install SS slide in range
Find a new fan or light fixture to go over island
Buy some accessories that will warm up the kitchen
Change out all the outlet covers to cream

I've attached a before/after image, both taken with my iPhone. We are not finished yet, and after everything is through I'll share the final shot.

This post was edited by amandapadgett on Fri, Jan 18, 13 at 16:11


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RE: It's done and I love it! (Follow-Up #83)

posted by: mpagmom on 09.03.2012 at 09:46 am in Kitchens Forum

miruca, I'm very happy to answer all your questions, and you can feel free to email me if you have more. I spent at least 9 months on my design. New construction is great because there are few constraints, but it also makes it hard to narrow down the choices. The L with island works great for me. Here's the design I started out with, and I would have hated it:


I would not have liked how closed in this design was, but it took me a while to get used the idea of totally opening up the great room. It also took me a long time to let go of the idea of a pantry cabinet in the kitchen. I have a lot of storage space in the mudroom just behind the kitchen, so I haven't missed the pantry. I put most of my food in the 12" pullout and the wall cabinet to the left of the range, so it's actually handier there than in a pantry. As you can see, I started with a 3-foot window, then I went to 4 feet, then 5, then 7, and finally ended up with 8. It's a standard size Andersen (I think it's the 400 series) window and it is about 8 feet wide by 5 feet high. There is about 4.5" between the granite and window. Many prefer to put the window exactly at counter height, but I went a little higher to make it match the height of other windows in the room.

My ceilings are just about 10 feet high. I have the standard 18" between the countertop and cabinets, the cabinets are 54" high, and there is about 1 foot above the cabinets for the trim piece and crown.

There is nothing special about Amish made cabinets - any custom cabinet maker can make the same thing. I went for these because they were the best construction and value at the kitchen store my builder sent me to. They also allowed me to design the wall cabinets exactly the way I wanted them. The base cabinets are much more standard, but one on the island is 15" deep to fit my appliances better.

To the right of my refrigerator is a wall that extends only as far as the cabinet above the refrigerator, so there is no issue with opening the door. The trim board to the left of the refrigerator is 1.5" wide, and the cabinet above the refrigerator is 38" wide (really a 36" cabinet with 2" of filler that was trimmed onsite to fit the space exactly). I have about an inch to spare on each side, but there is a baseboard on the wall so it is pretty tight at the bottom. I left 72" in height for the refrigerator - more than I need now, but I might need it in the future. Here is an almost-accurate layout of the base cabinets.


I switched it to a 12" pullout and a 6" tray cabinet. The 6" tray cabinet is surprisingly useful for its size:


I went with full overlay cabinets on the base cabinets because it saved me 10% and allowed me to do things like an 6" wide tray cabinet and a 12" wide trash pullout. I went with inset on the wall cabinets because I like the look better. Those cabinets are 13" deep (standard for our cabinet maker) and it makes up for the lost space of the inset door. Inset cabinets cost me 10% more, so I used them sparingly.

This is a picture I drew in photoshop to help me get the proportions right. It's what I gave to the kitchen designer so he'd know exactly what I wanted. The wall cabinet dimensions are accurate on here, but I switched to a 3-drawer stack on the base cabinet next to the refrigerator.


Hope this helps. Like I said, feel free to ask more questions or email me. When you get a plan, post it on the forum and you'll get a lot of good feedback. Good luck!


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RE: It's done and I love it! (Follow-Up #88)

posted by: mpagmom on 09.08.2012 at 09:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

You're too funny rhome410. And you're right - Mr. Mpagmom is looking especially dashing, and he does have quite the sense of humor.

angela12345, here is the 12" trash pullout in action. It has a shelf above and room behind it for a few supplies.



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RE: Foregoing the Granite Backsplash (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: may_flowers on 12.20.2012 at 08:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

Yes, I would do just regular 12 inch wall cabinets and keep it nice and clean. I didn't want the big overhead box shadowing my corner counter space, and I didn't want a hinged door with an easy reach cabinet. I know most people prefer the easy reach, but it would take away from my cabinet on the wall near my fridge. I chose a blind corner cabinet with a 12 inch door. Small, but it's useful enough for paper towels, cat food, and glassware I seldom use.

I would enclose the entire fridge wall in pantry for a more custom and modern look. You didn't get much feedback from your old thread, so maybe you should repost if you haven't bought cabs yet.

This is the best photo I have of the entire kitchen. I hope you can see the corner well enough.


Fridge with broom closet next to it - built in look.
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RE: Please post pictures of kitchen sinks without a window (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: numbersjunkie on 10.23.2011 at 12:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine is against an inside wall. We use the cabinet above for medicines, and other odds & ends. Here it is before backsplash..

and after....


sink without window
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RE: Cabinets over Sinks (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: numbersjunkie on 06.24.2011 at 02:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

I left 24.5 inches between my counter and the cabinet, and also used a shallow unit that projects 10 inches from the wall including the door. Works great for me. I actually used a regular cabinet, turned it on its side, and installed my own special hinges to hold the door open. its a great place for medicines, etc.



sink with no window
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RE: Need Range Hood Advice -- Sticker shock!! (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: bevangel on 12.21.2012 at 03:33 pm in Building a Home Forum

Those prices seem outrageously out of line to me! In early 2010, TOTAL cost for ours, including the actual working vent was less than $2500.

Here is a picture of my kitchen where you can see the hood.
My custom cabinet maker charged me $800 to make the custom range hood cover out of clear coated mahogany. (I JUST looked up his invoice to make absolutely sure that I was remembering the price correctly.)

He designed and built the cover so it would fit over this stainless steel vent hood that we purchased from Sears for about $1500 on sale.
The purchased vent rests on a couple of very small ledges inside the custom cover and fits so that bottom edge of the stainless steel hood sits about about 1 inch higher than the lower edge of the curved section on the front face of my vent cover. That way the purchased vent is completely hidden by the vent cover but the controls are easily accessible. In the shot below, (taken from underneath) you can see how the purchased vent fits inside the custom cover and you can see one of the "ledges" at the side of the vent.

BTW, I just looked and Sears currently has the exact same stainless steel hood we used on sale for $1626. Here is a link to it:

Or for even less money, Sears also NOW sells a 27" Broan range vent that is designed specifically to be installed in a custom enclosure for less than $600. See the link below. When we were building, I couldn't find ANY vent hoods that were designed to be installed inside a custom cabinet. (They may have been available but I could not find them for sale to consumers anywhere and I'm usually pretty good at finding things.) Thus we paid extra for the fancy Modern Euro "finish" on ours and then paid to have a custom cabinet cover made to give it the old-fashioned look we like!

So, even if cabinet builders are now charging twice what we paid 3 years ago to have our vent cover made, it still looks to me like you should still be able to get the look you want for under $2500. You might need to pay a bit more if a very high powered vent fan is important to you...but the cover alone SHOULD NOT run you anywhere close to $4000.

Sounds to me like maybe your cabinet maker probably ONLY knows how to make cabinets (boxes) and drawers and then probably purchases pre-made doors to go on those. He's probably doesn't know HOW to make a vent cover and the mere idea of making one scares him. Thus, he quoted you that utterly ridiculous price in order to scare you off from ordering a vent cover while still hanging on to the rest of your cabinet business. If it were me, I'd talk to another cabinet builder or two. And if by any chance, you're in my neck of the woods (central Texas), I'd be delighted to give you my custom cabinet builder's name. He was absolutely terrific!

Here is a link that might be useful: vent designed for installation in a custom mantle style hood.


Vent hood information.


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RE: Final Drafts!! Input please!! (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: lzerarc on 12.19.2012 at 10:22 pm in Building a Home Forum

Anytime you can put money into your shell, it benefits you in various ways. Sure, there is the typical reduced energy costs. But there are things that you do not put a price on that you gain from. A lot of people put in elaborate hvac equipment to provide comfort. However what about instead, spend less money on shell upgrades that will give a bigger effect on the performance and not require maintenance? Upgraded shells actually require less elaborate hvac and makes your home more comfortable. drafty and cold spots are eliminated in the home. This means you can sit by your wall on a cold night and not feel a radiation draft off the wall.

One size doesnt fit all with the design, however most homes can benefit with similar applications depending on climate. One that works in all climates is air sealing. NEVER let a contractor tell you your house is too tight and it needs to breath. Make your home as tight as possible and then you can control the air inside the house. its easier to control humidity. easier to control fresh and stale air. spray foam is the typical go to for a lot of people. while its a great product, does not give you the gains many claim, still can give you the cold draft feel I am talking about, and you can achieve a similar air tight effect with cheaper products.

While I have done some fairly extreme energy saving design, its obviously a commitment for the home and design does suffer due to it. But you can still greatly boost the performance of the home without adding much cost. A cost that would pay for itself in a very short amount of time.
At a minimum, try to achieve these goals. They are not too hard, but can provide a life time of comfort and lower bills as we all know energy will continue to increase in cost.
1. Air seal. Number one. Stop air moving through your walls. This is coming from everywhere. sill plates, through the wall, around windows and doors, through outlets, can lights lose tons of energy. List goes on. ALl of these locations need addressed and there are plenty of products on the market to do so that in most cases do not cost much more. Make your exterior sheathing your air barrier plane. Caulk and tape the exterior sheathing (Huber Zip sheathing is a great product I recommend). Stop the air before it even enters your house. Note- not to be confused with a vapor barrier.

Do not forget your ceiling. Just as important. The common trend is to load the ceiling with can lights. Google thermal imagining for can lights and you can see how much for your energy goes through can lights. If you must use them, use air tight insulated cans, sealing the gyp to the can rims. This will reduce (not eliminate) energy loss. eliminating it requires a little more effort. Electrical boxes both in the ceiling and walls should also be sealed for air infiltration.

2. Insulate. Add exterior foam board insulation. Consider at min. 1", 1.5-2" all the better. Once you get over 1.5" however, you need a designer familiar with the details. That will help seal the exterior wall if joints are taped and foamed. This reduces some of the air infiltration. More importantly it creates a small thermal break at your exterior studs. You have studs going 16" oc (some cases 24" if you want to add more insulation). So every 16", you have next to no insulation. On most houses this accounts for a framing factor of 20-25%. Lots of big windows, this factor increases due to support studs and headers. Assuming 25% for your design, a typical r19 batt (2x6 framed wall) actually reduces its whole wall r value to around r14. Adding 1" of exterior foam board adds a continuous r5, bumping that up to r19. This puts insulation on the oustide of the stud and helps to reduce the cold draft off the interior of the wall. More foam, the better. It doesnt matter what you put in the wall, it all gets reduced by the framing factor. Advertised r value is never what you actually get in the real world.

For the interior of the studs, consider a blown product such as cellulose or fiberglass. Batts are cheap, but you get what you pay for. They are rarely installed correctly. blown products fill all of the voids, around outlets, pipes, etc. Blown products will come with an upgraded price, but still a lot less than foam walls and gives you similar r value. If you stop the air at the sheathing line, spray foam is useless since you are already stopping the air. (FYI- fiberglass or cellulose does not stop air movement like closed cell and open cell foams can)

if your head is spinning, its probably normal. There are many ways to enhance the performance of your shell. Remember, if you increase r values and add exterior insulation, get your hvac company to recognize that and run their manual J calcs to reflect that. You will most likely be able to down size their equipment, which reduces the upfront cost of the gear, sometimes offsetting some or most of the added insulation costs. Check with your local utility. They often offer energy enhancing rebates. For example, mine offers up to around 7200 in rebates to hitting certain energy efficient goals. Oddly enough, a code min. 2x6 wall will not hit it. Adding insulation and air sealing to hit the goals, factor in the rebates, and your upfront cost of construction is LESS than a code min, worse performing house.

Take your time to read and research. Green Building Advisor is a great resource. They are freaks about conservation there, but lots of good stuff to pull from.
Check out Building Science website as well. see the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Building Science high r assemblies


Energy efficiency from architect.
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RE: Modest Kitchen Budget - that 1 splurge - what would it be? (Follow-Up #66)

posted by: mydreamhome on 10.17.2012 at 02:22 am in Kitchens Forum

Autumn4--here's a pic of our kitchen--9' ceilings like yours and only the hood goes to the ceiling. I think you'll be fine without going to the ceiling with yours too...



range hood
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RE: What about a 'shower pan' instead of tiled floors? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: weedyacres on 02.12.2008 at 08:31 pm in Bathrooms Forum

snowyshasta: We did that in our last bathroom. The tub already had tile, and we enlarged the shower, using swanstone pan and walls. Here's the finished product:

k&k: The pan is 60"x60" neoangle. We get plenty of water pressure running both shower heads (and sprays) at once. We do bump elbows a bit when we're both showering at the same time, but my DH likes excuses to "bump". :-)


goes with clipping below for size
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RE: What about a 'shower pan' instead of tiled floors? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: weedyacres on 02.10.2008 at 12:03 am in Bathrooms Forum

We used a shower pan for the reasons you mentioned above. We didn't go with a cheap acrylic one, we bought a solid surface pan from Onyx and tiled the rest. I think they look fine and don't detract from the look, if done right. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so you've got to make the call for yourself.

FWIW, the realtor that helped us buy our house a year ago stopped by today to see what we had done with it so far, and she raved (unprompted) about the shower. Here's what ours looks like:


Shower size
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RE: Master Bath Plan 16 x 9 (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: dekeoboe on 08.20.2012 at 01:14 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We have a similar size bathroom and this is what Summerfield designed when I asked for input. Our final design was not exactly the same, but very close and we really like it.

I realize that ours has the hallway on an outside wall, but I thought you might be able to use it as a starting idea



Master bath but nixing the tub. Would fit in about a 10x12
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RE: crosspost:-Going with the 1.5 story - Thoughts on this plan? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: downsy on 09.28.2012 at 11:41 am in Building a Home Forum

Hi Autumn - I'm posting some photos of my kitchen and family room so you can see the window configuration. You will have more windows in your breakfast nook than I do.

I'm posting a few photos, but you can click on a photo and it'll take you to the album to view more angles of the rooms. BTW -we also have a covered deck on the back of our family room. The ceiling is tall on the deck (maybe 14 ft). The back of our house faces mostly north. Our family room & kitchen are on the back.

My bar/peninsula is a 90 degree angle and the sink faces the window. I did a bar height (vs counter height) to conceal my sink from the family room. of finished home/IMG_0024.jpg


Corner of family room toward kitchen windows



downsy - covered porch. Kitchen, dining, living layout
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RE: Layout help & brutally honest advice needed! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: desertsteph on 11.27.2012 at 04:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

you could also do something like this on the upper corner area. something like it in the lower corner area also if you don't like a SS.

scherrs h


corner upper
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RE: Layout help & brutally honest advice needed! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: blubird on 11.27.2012 at 09:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

I found the pix on my iPad. Here's a picture of the lower L-shaped cabinet closed:

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Here are two of the doors opened:

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

And here it is where the third, hinged door is open:

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

As you can see, everything is very accessible.



corner option - not a susan but a helene.
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RE: Windows are in, I'm not happy. Advice needed. (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: athensmomof3 on 11.19.2012 at 09:39 am in Building a Home Forum

Just so you know, with 10' ceilings our architect specced a 6'8" door and an 18" transom and they look nice proportionally. The rest of our doors are 8' when the ceilings are 10 and 7' where the ceilings are 9'


windows/transoms sizes
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Finished pics - Creamy white, stained island

posted by: marmoreus on 01.25.2011 at 11:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is long overdue (we finished at the end of last August), but I wanted to thank all you Kitchen forum members for the great help. Thank you, thank you!!! I've really appreciated all the great information on this site. It has been such a helpful resource as we built a house for the first time.

On to the pictures.







So far the kitchen is working out really well for us. Other than not loving the performance of my wall oven, I am happy with how it all turned out.

The details:

Perimeter cabinets: Decora (Chantille finish on maple)
Island cabinets: Sorrento (Hermosa finish on alder)
Backsplash: Walker Zanger Gramercy Park (Heirloom White and Pipe Smoke)
Granite on perimeter: Antiqued Nordic Black (love this!)
Granite on Island: Alaskan White
Pendant lights: Schoolhouse Electric
Knobs & pulls: Amerock Highland Ridge
Barstools: Restoration Hardware (bought during Friends & Family sale--20% off--yay!)
Wall color: BM Revere Pewter
Flooring: walnut w/ Waterlox finish
Sink: Shaw's farmhouse sink
Sink faucet/soap dispenser: Danze Opulence
Range: NXR
Wall oven: Kitchenaid
Fridge: Bosch
Dishwasher: paneled Bosch
Micro: cheapo GE

Thanks again!


marmoreus kitchen - layout
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RE: Microwave on an open shelf (Pics) (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: creek_side on 05.02.2009 at 04:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

Google found these.


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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: a2gemini on 11.12.2012 at 01:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is ours - I have to credit GW for all of the help in my decision making to get out of the ABB club!

Field tile and mosaic from in California
Grazia Rixi Crema
Beach Mosaic

Accent pieces from Malsnee tile near Reading PA
Accent tiles - Impulse deco
Grout Tek Antique white



The medallions are copper colored - but in this light - it doesn't look quite copper

The beach mosaic just fits under the garden window!

Close up of the medallion, field tile and mosaic - with some of the grout choices

And where are the outlets hiding?

Basic plugmold - not industrial - I was chicken and do have 3 outlets on the wall as some GW didn't like them - wish I didn't do any wall mount outlets - but this way, I do have a choice.


outlets and low divide sink
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RE: Please post picture of your backsplashes (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: AboutToGetDusty on 11.12.2012 at 01:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Gabriella 3x6 "warm white" field tile with Artistic Tile Granada Smoke Glass and Stone Water Jet Mosaic. Can't remember the grout picks off the top of my head.


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RE: Need Help with Backsplash (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: EAM44 on 11.05.2012 at 01:09 am in Kitchens Forum

I am glad you liked them. I can tell you all of the tiles I picked are about the same price, but I really believe you can find something you love in any price range. For example, this marble mosaic is $15/sf, followed by a stone mosaic for $14/sf, and the slate diamond mosaic below it is around $6/sf. They are all beautiful and could work in your space. I found them at at the link below. If you let me know your budget I can keep my eyes open for more.

Here is a link that might be useful: Stone


stone tile at the bottom
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RE: Need Help with Backsplash (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: may_flowers on 11.03.2012 at 11:01 am in Kitchens Forum

Here's a well-designed tiled wall. All the tile is framed by some type of molding. Note that they've also brought the tile up past the bottom of the cabinet, which looks great. Maybe you could hold up a piece of molding to see if this would work in your kitchen.


tile past cabinets and down wall
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RE: Backsplash? No backsplash? What kind of backsplash? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: lisa_wi on 11.13.2012 at 05:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

If its no splash or just that small wall I think I'd skip it. I think if you just did the small wall it would end up looking unfinished. Another option would be just up to the bottom of the window all the way around, or a full splash under those cabs then just under the window on the other wall.

I briefly considered Hirsch Silhouette glass for my backsplash. I think the XCM224 would be beautiful with your colors.


In any case I'd keep it light.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hirsch Glass


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RE: How did you decide....white or stained? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: gaonmymind on 07.20.2012 at 04:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am just as stuck as you are. I love WHITE/ Gray kitchens. But am still deciding if I want to do all white or a combo. It will all come down to the countertop I choose. If I do honed black granite then I will do all white cabs. However If I go with marble I will probably do a combo like this.

My favorite white painted kitchen of all time is this.


white perimeter cabs with stained island and fridge area
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RE: Help needed to make granite decision (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: boxerpups on 01.29.2012 at 11:27 am in Kitchens Forum

I already had my cabs and was only replacing counters. I chose
a granite that would make my heart sing and of course
go somewhat with my white cabs. I chose JetMist.

In my next house (we hope to build) I am chosing my
granite first and cabs after. I agree with others above
that for me the granite is like a piece of art. I have
to truly love the stone and all the other elements
can fall into place.

Below I posted images of Bianco Antico first with different
cabs and then further below ------- you will see some
Creama Bordeaux's with different cabs. I prefer
Bianco A with a dark cab and Creama Bordeaux with a medium.
But this is just me, you might love a totally different

Good luck on your granite search hope these ideas help.


Bianco Antico

bianco antico

i wish I had a better pic for you. Can you see the
color of the cab on the left hand side? I prefer the
darker cab above.
bianco antico

love this combo
bianco antico



And creama bordeaux

Chloe's mom's kichen from GW. In this case she
chose a perfect slab for her dark chocolate cabs.


bianco antico and creama bordeaux
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RE: Countertops that are not neutral? (black, browns, white) (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: kitchenkelly on 10.08.2011 at 08:50 am in Kitchens Forum

I would never feel stuck with my granite because I chose one that I love. Mine is Aquario and has primarily green and grey in it which are my two favorite colors.

My remodel was done over four years ago and I still love it.



Aquario granite - gray/green Kitchenkelly
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Finished! White, Statuary, and Aqua Grantique

posted by: niffy on 05.22.2010 at 02:09 am in Kitchens Forum

Egad, I think it is done - well except for the dinette chairs that are on a container somewhere in the Pacific, and the base moulding for the fridge/freezer. Done enough, anyway....
I owe GW a great debt for many things, but a special thanks to all the marble lovers out there whose kitchens convinced me to go for it. I almost became a Virginia Mist convert, too, until I happened upon this brushed Aqua Grantique which fulfilled all my soapstone/marble/but low maintenance fantasies.... Margieb2- if you are still around, thank you for your arch! We had the half walls/columns on our plans, and once I saw yours, I knew EXACTLY how ours needed to be trimmed. We owe you big time.

So details....
Cabinets: custom, antique white. Island is maple stained dark walnut with a dark glaze or something.
Hardware: Polished nickel pulls and knobs, through cab company
Island countertop: statuary marble, honed
Perimeter countertop: aqua grantique (a granitic gneiss, apparently) - brushed finish
Backsplash: statuary 12x12 cut down to subways, statuary herringbone, and cut statuary slab
Floors: Brazilian walnut
Walls: SW Silvermist
Chandeliers: Schonbek New Orleans mini
Appliances: 30" Gaggenau fridge/freezer columns, GE Monogram Advantium 240 oven, GE Monogram Convection single oven, Wolf 36" induction cooktop, Miele La Perla dishwasher, and GE Monogram microwave (in end of island)
Sinks: Rohl 30" and Kohler Irontones for prep
Faucets: Rohl Country in polished nickel (avoid the burgundy felt "protective" bags. They stain when wet - stain things like new white marble. Don't ask how I know. Bags. Are. Evil.)

Hood/cooktop wall:

Sink wall (well, part of it anyway):

Fridge/freezer wall:

Perspective on location of pantry/butler's pantry:

Breakfast room and Family room:

Breakfast room hutch:

Aqua Grantique Close-up:

Countertop and Backsplash:

Cooktop backsplash:

Built-in Pantry (across from butler's pantry cabinets/counter)


windows flanking stove
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RE: Is two-toned too much? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: boxerpups on 02.02.2011 at 12:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love two toned kitchens. I do not think it is trendy or
that it would be dated. At least not anytime soon, as this is
an effect that can lend itself to many different kitchen
decor styles. It can be country, contemporary, rustic,
organic, modern, urban, english, french, spanish revival...
It is timeless.
I agree with you that you can lighten up the space with
going lighter on the uppers.

Crabtree Kitchens

North East Cabinetry

Beverly Leigh Binns

Johnny Grey

Luxury Kitchens


messages from the mothership blog

Kitchen and Bath Ideas

Chocolate Cabs


Attic Magic

Detroit Home Magazine

Tommy Smythe


The Clean Lines kitchen

Bungalo Hutch

Gray Cabinets

Pulp Remodel


two tone cabinets
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RE: Is two-toned too much? (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: never_ending on 02.02.2011 at 07:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love two tone. I saved this but noticed upon closer inspection it was stain not paint.



two tone
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RE: Crown molding placement. ? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: nhbaskets on 12.29.2009 at 11:27 am in Kitchens Forum

I have cherry crown molding that extends over our 3 casement windows, over the opening to our dining room, and around the chimney of our cooktop hood. One thing that was not included in these areas that is on our cabinets is a frieze. At first I questioned why this was not continued throughout the space, however, the more I live with it, the more it makes sense to me. Now my dilemma is whether or not to continue the crown to our adjoining family room, but painted white to match our other trim.
Finished kitchen

Pantry and peninsula.


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Almost Finished- Light and Dark Kitchen with White Alaska Granite

posted by: brianadarnell on 12.03.2011 at 10:25 am in Kitchens Forum

First of all, thank you to everyone who contributed so much to this kitchen. I learned so much and made so many wise decisions because of information I gained on this site. I found this site just as our new build construction began and was able to utilize all of the wonderful information into my kitchen design for function, even though I already knew exactly how I wanted the kitchen to look.

We ended up completing the house project ourselves so finalizing the kitchen and getting settled has taken some time. Hosting Thanksgiving for 14 was a major catalyst in the effort to at least get our main floor permanently decorated. Now the only thing missing is the barstools!

from the great room
Side by Side Refrigerator- Love it. I hated the previous french door refrigerator we had. So happy to go to the side by side.
Angled Corner cabinet- I know these aren't popular, but the storage is fabulous for all of our stemware.
Cabinet on the back of the island- its amazing how much fits under there!
Microwave cabinet- Since we don't use the microwave that often, I'm glad we hid it. With our open floor plan, I didn't want it visible from the great room and dining room except when in use.
5 Piece Drawer Heads- these were an upgrade, but I love the way they look.
Drawers, Drawers, Drawers- Love them! I had a lot of drawers in our old house and went with all drawers this time except for the sink base and the corner susan.
Pantry- Custom designed the shelf layout.
Lower Corner Cabinet-
Dining Room Table- just off the kitchen. Thanks for your help on selecting the table. It was delivered just a few days before Thanksgiving. It has one more leaf that we take out for everyday use.

Some details:
Kitchenaid Appliances-
Refrigerator: KSC525MVMK
Wine Cooler: KURG24RWBS
Dishwasher:KUDE40FXSS panel ready
Range: KDRS467VSS
Lights: International Lighting 23341057 London Mist Four Light Seedy Glass Bell Pendant
Backsplash- Horus Cristalli Crackle Subway in Bianco
Knobs and Pulls: Alno Creative Inc knobs:ALN56206 1 1/4" / pulls 3 1/2" cup pulls solid brass in barcelona finish ALN56510
Faucet- Moen Brantford in Stainless
Disposal- Insinkerator Evolution Series
Sink- Blanco Silgranit in Biscuit with Offset drain Diamond Single Basin #440196
Granite- White Alaska/Delicatus
Cabinets- Brookhaven in Antique White for Perimeter and Matte Brown with black glaze for the island. Door style is edgemount recessed
Floors- 5" wide white oak quartersawn vertical grain with glitza (no stain)


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Finished Kitchen Pictures!

posted by: ayerg73 on 05.28.2012 at 05:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

After over a year of planning and lots of great advice from this forum, it's time for the big reveal! The kitchen is finally finished!!

Ok - here are all the details...
Cabinets - custom builder. Shaker style. Full overlay. Painted cabinets - Colored Lacquer used is same color as SW Impressive Ivory.
Wood cabinets - natural cherry.
Hardware - Amerock Highland Ridge in Dark Oil Rubbed Bronze. 128mm and a few 3" pulls on small drawers.
Countertops - Anasazi Soapstone from The Stone Studio in Batesville, IN
Backsplash Tile - Debris Tile from Fireclay Tile. 2x6 subways in Kelp Green with swirl accents.
Fireplace Tile - Modern Mythology Phoenix Mixed Stone Mosaic
Paint - Walls are SW Krypton. Trim is SW Impressive Ivory at 50% intensity
Floor - Historic Blend Hickory floor from Tennessee Wood Flooring with hand distressing and square nail holes. 3, 4 & 5" planks, mixed.
Range - Bertazzoni Dual Fuel 48" range in black
Hood - Vent a Hood
Dishwasher - Bosch 800 Plus
Microwave - Sharp 24" Drawer
Sink - Blanco Silgranit Super single in Anthracite
Faucet - Grohe Concetto in Chrome
Soap Dispenser - Elkay Deluxe in Chrome
UCL - Neutral White LED strips from Environmental Lights
Pendants - Kichler Sayre 12" in ORB
Chandelier - Murry Feiss Sullivan Collection in ORB

The old kitchen was not in a terrible state, it was just not functional for us. The double ovens wouldn't close and we'd been reduced to duct taping them closed. The cooktop didn't cook anything evenly and the tile was coming up. There was also a ton of wasted space, which just irritated me when I couldn't find a place to store anything.

I knew I wanted a traditional range because I have short arms and always worried about burning myself when getting things out of the wall ovens, so I knew that a layout change was in order. We also had a very dark space with almost no natural light. We opened up the room to the dining room and put in light colored cabinets with lots of great lighting. The room definitely doesn't feel dark anymore. YAY!

Here's what we were working with before:
house 014

house 013

house 015

And here's what we have now...









Love the dog food storage. It makes feeding time a whole lot easier.

And my spice/knife drawer - thanks to Breezy for the idea!

It seems like just about every decision in our space has been touched in some way by you guys. Thanks for helping us create our dream kitchen!


stained cherry with white - spice/knife drawer
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RE: Please post pics of your wood countertop (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: breezygirl on 02.02.2012 at 01:00 am in Kitchens Forum

I should have mentioned that mine is finished with Osmo Polyx Oil, a food-safe, green product. It looks as if it doesn't have a finish on it. It has a natural look with a soft glow. I can easily apply some to a spot or two that might need a little bit of finish (like around the sink where I wipe a lot) in only a few minutes without having to do the whole top. Just wipe on, wipe off.



Walnut island with sink and finishing information
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Where should the speed oven go?

posted by: ppbenn on 10.23.2012 at 01:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm thinking of using the GE advantium 240 speed oven either the built in or the above the range version 240.
Apparently you cannot install the built in under a counter.
It can only go above counter. (The 120 version can go under counter but if I'm getting one I want the faster cooking version.)
I would put either of these behind sliding doors because they are ugly.
Which would you do?
Sit the built in on the counter? This would be in the middle of the counter run which is 6 feet. I can recess this unit so I have 1 foot of counter in front of the unit.
Advantages are it is bigger and would be my second oven.


Use the smaller above the range version built into the cabs above the counter. This would free up all the counterspace underneath. This unit is more like a regular microwave size but still cooks as fast. The door opens from the side. The built in opens like an oven.

If you have one of these how do you like it? Guess I should post on appliance forum but since this is primarily a design question I need to throw it to you guys.

Cabinet guy can make anything work even to covering with doors since these units are ugly.
I have to stick with the GE as the local appliance store can give me a great deal.
Thanks for your help. I'm so stuck on this.


drawing of 'hutch'
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RE: How deep are your mudroom lockers? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: mairin on 05.23.2010 at 01:16 am in Building a Home Forum

our lockers are 18" wide (I wish they could have been wider!!), with separator at 12" depth - could definitely have had this a shorter depth, with 19" deep seat.

kateskouros: our cubbies are 51" tall above drawer area/seat with cabs above to the ceiling. I would think that 3.5' might be a little short for some of the adult jackets, but you might be okay. Can you measure how some of your coats hang off a hook? obviously no long/dressy coats will end up in the mudroom, but from the looks of how my ski jacket (and bibs during winter) hang, it might be longer than that.

this picture was taken right when we moved in (May, so no boots, big coats, before I put the nice organization baskets in the corner, etc.)


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RE: How deep are your mudroom lockers? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: hollyh3kids on 05.23.2010 at 01:59 pm in Building a Home Forum

I LOVE LOVE LOVE our mudroom cubbies! They are 26in wide and 20in deep. We have a hook on the back and hooks on each side. So each cubby has three spots to hang stuff. You need to really think about the width because in the winter you have thick puffy coats that need room to hang. We have no problems with room. We also love NO 'bins' underneath for shoes. We are a family that loves to kick off our shoes rather than have to 'pick' them up to place them on a ledge or in a basket. Works great for us and keeps them out of the walkway. Here is a pic:


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RE: Is there a warm, white granite/quarzite? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: pipdog on 10.22.2012 at 12:02 am in Kitchens Forum

Madre Perla has a warm tones mixed with gray and taupe. Some slabs even have some orange/rust in them. The best thing about MP is that it is totally bulletproof and in 2 years we have no etching or staining. We love it!



warm granite color
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Cabinetmaker Gone! Finally Time to Talk BS!

posted by: motherof3sons on 10.19.2012 at 09:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally! We can talk backsplash. I checked and the cabinetmaker's truck, trailer and tools are gone! Five months past the due date, but hey - what's a few months living in a house with a partial kitchen and no cabinets in the master bath?

The cabinets are a blend of stained cherry and paint, counters are walnut and Kashmir Creme. While searching for the granite, I found this Glazzio (formerly Mirage) mosaic in the Flower series. It immediately caught my eye and I have had it for months - just waiting.

My first thought was to do the entire backsplash in the mosaic. Perhaps this is a bit overkill as it is a pretty bold pattern. Though I must say many GWer's have a fantastic BS with bold color and pattern that make me swoon. Thought number #2 is to be safe and pair it with a nice "subway" tile. And, I must admit I have always loved subway tile - long before it came in style - again.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated from the many talented GW members! Thanks so much in advance.






wood accents
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Finished Kitchen Finally!! Pics

posted by: laur66 on 05.15.2011 at 08:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello GWers,

I am so happy to be the person saying that our kitchen is finished. I have lurked on this site for months and received invaluable advice and ideas. I didn't even know that there was such a thing as a single sink for a kitchen when I started this process! I can honestly say without this forum I would not love every little bit of my kitchen the way I do. Thanks!

Before (realllllly ugly)



After (love it!!)










Granite color - white springs
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RE: Final decisions, floor plan help pls (Bevangel, Summerfield, (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: kirkhall on 08.09.2012 at 08:27 pm in Building a Home Forum

Yay! I feel like I am getting somewhere. I really appreciate everyone's responses and perspectives. My DH is really awful at this sort of stuff.

I went on Houzz the other day and looked at master bedroom window pictures... I pinned a few, and then today, drew this--what do you think? It salvages/reuses 2 windows that will have to come out of the dormers in the girls' rooms, since once they are officially bedrooms, they need egress windows (and the double hungs that are there, are not. I can switch them to casement windows though, and they will be fine). The double hungs are not old--we replaced them about 7 years ago, so I don't think I am ready to just toss them...

So, the salvaged windows are the outside on the main wall (30x48"). Ceiling height of the room is only 7'8" on the drawings I have from the contractor, so I think finished it will be close to 7'6", which is what I've drawn for this perspective.

So, my drawing, then a couple inspirations from Houzz.

From GWfloorplans

(like how the windows go across the top of bed:

Source: via Dayna on Pinterest

Light from 2 sides:

Source: via Dayna on Pinterest

Think it will work?


bedroom windows
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RE: Final decisions, floor plan help pls (Bevangel, Summerfield, (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: kirkhall on 08.09.2012 at 09:16 pm in Building a Home Forum

Ah! You got me! (I am a sun lover living in Seattle...) Guess I need to figure out how to let a little less light in. I just don't want to end up light-deprived! (I am light deprived 11 months out of the year.) ha!

Okay... So those of you with a King size bed, what is the distance between your flanking windows?

Here is a picture with a window covering on windows over the bed:

Source: via Dayna on Pinterest

Source: via Dayna on Pinterest


bedroom windows
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RE: Please show me your cream colored cabinets. (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: christine40 on 10.21.2012 at 03:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine are BM clay beige (OC-11) They are very similar to Kraftmaid Mushroom I think!!


Inset cabinets - warm kitchen
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Pip's Kitchen - updated photos

posted by: pipdog on 02.08.2012 at 12:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I posted my kitchen last year after our reno was mostly complete, but I never got around to taking photos of it after we got our banquette table and moved back in to the space. A friend of mine is a photographer and snapped some recent photos for us, so I thought I'd share the final, finished photos of the kitchen, one year later. Thanks again to this super helpful forum which helped us so much in this remodel!

--pip aka pipdog


Here is a link that might be useful: Original post with all the details


MW and coffee space
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Backsplash to warm up white-ish cabs & granite

posted by: starfish24 on 01.22.2010 at 01:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have been stumped by the backsplash for far too long now. Have looked at so many pictures and read so many of your enlightening posts, but I think the best strategy now is just to ask. Our cabinets are espresso on island and one side of kitchen and an off-white glazed color on a large section of the perimeter (pictures below). The backsplash will go where all the white-ish cabinets are. We love the granite -- mostly white with grays, taupes, and bits of garnet. It looks gorgeous on the dark cabinets but needs some warmth near the lighter cabinets so it does not look so washed out. Am hoping the backsplash can help without overpowering or contrasting too much.

General plan was to have a mosaic (glass -- maybe Sonoma Tantrum) above stove and keep all else simple. Field tiles I've considered either blends in too much with the granite (eg, the light olive green limestone I wanted to use originally) or competes too much (eg, most slates seem too rustic and busy). Seems like a creamy or beige tumbled stone would be too plain, but would their smoothness and uniformity in color make the granite pop more? And, actually, tumbled or glazed ceramic? (I like Ann Sacks and WZ type tiles and what many of you have done with them, but would that be too cold here?) Though I love color (dining room next to kitchen is chocolate brown), I think a really dark or bold backsplash would contrast too much for us here (but I like the warmth of the copper plate above hood! BTW, we can paint that area above hood a different color).

Am striving for an elegant, simple, warm look for the kitchen. Am totally confused! Any advice on color or material? TIA!

kitchen needing backsplash

granite close-up


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RE: pls show me your white kitchens (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: michelle16 on 10.13.2012 at 09:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

white dove cabinets, white calacutta quartzite counters


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RE: What color hardware with Natural Cherry (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: nhbaskets on 01.02.2010 at 05:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

Not sure if brickton was referring to my hardware or someone elses. I have weathered nickel knobs and cup pulls in our kitchen with natural cherry shaker cabinets. Our appliances are SS as well as our sink. Our faucet is brushed nickel and blends in well. I'm really pleased with the look. Our cabinets had only been in about 2 months when the pictures posted in the link above were taken (at the end of the thread). Amazing how things have darkened in six months. This picture was taken about 5 months after installation.


Here is a link that might be useful: remodel blog


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RE: Beams/Coffered Ceilings (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: crazyhouse6 on 06.11.2010 at 11:40 pm in Building a Home Forum

Ours is just framed, then drywalled. Sorry that I can't help you out with pros/cons of your options. Personally, I prefer the real deal - actual wood beams, but there was a large price difference!



coffered ceiling
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RE: Beams/Coffered Ceilings (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: tracey_b on 06.11.2010 at 11:35 pm in Building a Home Forum

Right after beams were built (in 2 different rooms):

coffered ceiling great room

coffered ceiling study

I've since added rosettes to the "intersections". The beams will be painted the trim color (SW Dover White).


coffered ceiling
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RE: Kitchen island sizing (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: mairin on 07.31.2009 at 02:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have a 9ish' (close to 10) by 4' island, with sink centered that looks out into our open family room, so similar plan. Our dishwasher opens into our stove top (no ovens there, though) area and it has worked well for us because a priority for me was placement of pullout trash closer to fridge for my prep area. While I don't mind the location of the DW, every once in a while I do wish for a couple more inches inbetween the cooktop wall and island - I have 36" which works, but a smidge more would be perfection when it's more than just me in the kitchen. For our island we used standard depth cabs on the prep side, then added 2 12" cabs flanking for baking pan and tall storage. This gives those sitting on the 'ends' of the island just over 12" of legroom, and those in the middle get over 15" - very comfy IMO. Don't know if you can even see this well in the picture...still trying to find the perfect stools :)

I do think that the 40" of space in between our island and the collumn (and imaginary line extending from that), plus the hallway space before our couch is gigantic. I do think a few more inches on my island would have been fine because there is so much space. But, it's also become this standing/hanging out place during parties, so having the open room is nice. I'm 5'5" and find that I go all the way to the other side to clean the island anyway. But I'm pregnant, so big belly is starting to get in the way. blah, blah, blah...long way of saying you could get away with the extra 6".


kitchen layout and windows
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RE: 2 colors of granite and cabinets - worried!! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: SunnyAlberta on 10.07.2012 at 04:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

I used two different quartz countertops and two different color of cabinets. My backsplash is marble. I love marble but it was not a practical choice for me with young kids as a countertop. Make sure you go with gut not just what the designer tells you to do. I looked through thousands of pictures and was always drawn to the same kitchens with two different cupboards, marble and greys and bright. It is really hard to know exactly what you want but it almost always comes together. If the permitter granite is simple then I would go for something with movement on the island. Here is my kitchen(ignore the pendant burnt out light/ iphone picture quality):



layout for l shaped house
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It's done and I love it!

posted by: mpagmom on 08.30.2012 at 04:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our house is a new build and we started moving in about 2 months ago, but I just got the last dining room shade hung last night. I've been posting pictures here and there and wasn't really planning doing a "reveal," but a couple people asked about it so here it is. If nothing else, it can show people what NOT to do. :)

I know it sounds trite, but I REALLY want to thank all of you for your help. Buehl was particularly helpful in tweaking the design. Rhome410, steph2000, breezygirl, and many others were there for me during my backsplash angst. I had already chosen my windows before I saw PPS7's kitchen, but seeing hers helped me feel comfortable with the decision. Her kitchen also inspired my island design. I can't name everyone that inspired me, but know that I appreciate your input.

I was going for a calm kitchen with easy-care contertops. My husband was going for "happy." When I told him about the sweeby test, he responded by writing this:


"I want my kitchen to be tranquil, soothing, calm and happy. It should be cozy and bright, too.

"The perfect backsplash for my kitchen will not add an element of romance or whimsy but it might have a fish tile in it. Even a bear tile would be nice, as long as it's not within striking distance of the fish.

My perfect countertop will be level and divert attention from the mess my kids have made in the living room. When friends see it they will remark, 'Have you lost weight?' and 'You're looking quite dashing today!'

But most of all, my ideal kitchen will make my wife happy. Every time she sees it she'll smile at both the design and with fond memories of the process she used to create it. My ideal kitchen will perfectly match my wife's kitchen mission statement, even if it doesn't quite match mine."

Isn't he cute? I'm not sure if I have fond memories of the process - it's more of a fog. I was trying to make a million decisions about the entire house, so some details fell through the cracks. I don't know who picked out the crown moulding, but it wasn't me. I told the KD I wanted something simple, and sometime later this was installed. At least it's 10 feet off the ground! But I still smile when I see the backsplash, and I feel like the space is happy. Oh, and it works great as a kitchen. I just tested out the lunch-making, breakfast-eating, homework-finishing morning rush for the last week and it came through for me!

On to the details:

Cabinets: Locally-made Amish painted white (it's their standard white)

Countertops: Leathered Kodiak Brown granite

Backsplash: Sunflower mosaic in ming green marble from Saltillo Imports (purchased from Caledonia Tile in Indianapolis) and AKDO 3/4" x 3/4" mosaic in ming green light (it's supposed to be all light, but there seems to be dark in there)

Floors: White oak stained with Minwax Provincial and finished with satin polyurethane

Walls: Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray

Knobs and pulls: Restoration Hardware Lugarno knob in satin nickel and Restoration Hardware Asbury pull in satin nickel

Faucets: Brizo Solna (loved the hidden pullout spray) standard and bar-size

Sinks: Silgranit precis super single bowl and large bowl

Stools: West Elm rustic counter stool (thanks PPS7!)

Pendants: Kichler 2665OZ in olde bronze

Refrigerator: Samsung RF266 in platinum

Dishwashwer: Bosch SHX68R55UC in stainless

Range: GE Cafe Electric

Hood: Zephyr Breeze with baffle filters

Lighting: All-Pro 5" LED recessed lights, LED under-cabinet lights, and LED puck lights.

And here are the pictures (finally!)

Full view of kitchen

Range wall


With lights on

Close-up of tile


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RE: Mudroom cubby/built in question. (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: kateskouros on 03.24.2012 at 06:59 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

sorry this is an old pic, the cubbies are stained now. each cubby also has three double hooks installed for hanging. i originally designed them with doors, but later decided that wouldn't be as efficient as just leaving them open. i think it was a wise choice. we are just shy of a few weeks of our move in, but i use the mudroom every day. i have all the kids' camp stuff stored in here and am in the process of packing them up. the washer/dryer is stacked in a closet to the right of the cubbies and there is a large pantry directly opposite.
shoe storage is below the cubbies. since this pic, i've had an additional shelf put in so there are two levels for shoes. i'll also be getting trays for the shoes so the built ins will hopefully stay cleaner.



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RE: Beekeeperswife (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 06.28.2012 at 10:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm here!

Thanks for asking. The movers arrived on Monday with our stuff. Very exciting to be reunited with my things. What a thrill to have more than one pot to cook in! Got the kitchen unpacked as they were moving our stuff in. So, it was great to get one room "done". Of course, there is some tweaking to do regarding items and their locations.

Builder still has a punch list to complete. But we are so happy to be out of temporary housing. Here are some pictures.....I'll post more later.









Bee's kitchen - cabinet style.
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Couldn't resist - banquette cushion in!

posted by: a2gemini on 08.05.2012 at 10:01 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi all
Tried going cold turkey on posting any new pictures - but couldn't resist. I picked up our new banquette bench cushions yesterday and love them. The iphone doesn't do them justice - but a start. I couldn't get a good overall picture of the area due to the light - The bench is in the east windows and there are also another set of windows on the south side.

The seat is actually cayenne and some of the dots match perfectly. The GC sill has to instal the back -so the cushions are just there for looks. I have 2 pillow all dots, 2 pillows in cayenne and 2 pillows that are reversible.

The bench is between the two "caves" - one for DH and one for me. We each have a pull out work surface and we each have our own charging station. I put mine under the 2 drawers and DH uses one of the drawers - nice to have flexibility.

I ordered our table for the area. It will be an Amish shaker style table with a lift top. I specifically didn't try to match all of the cherry but contrast the color (still cherry but a different color) - the picture is just the stock picture and not the actual unit that we ordered.




Shows pull out works space and drawer

Last one - DH side of the area

Picture of the coffee table that will be in front of the bench - the top will rise up to be 30 inches and moves towards the bench so DH and I can use as a breakfast area.



Love that table!
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RE: Stranded on the Island (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: ppbenn on 08.15.2012 at 02:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

Honestly why is this so difficult for me!


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RE: Stranded on the Island (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: Laura12 on 08.16.2012 at 12:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

In case it helps, here is how I thought out zones in my kitchen.

The one change in the plan that isn't shown here is that the island is going to be a bit deeper, and little more narrow, with room for three stools facing the window and three facing the stove. The idea was that we wanted more prep space near the stove on either side of our prep sink.

kitchen paths


kitchen zones

We are also going to do a "hidden" pantry door so that it blends in with the cabinets, something like one of the below pictures (the last is a similar cabinet in a corner I thought may help you).

"Hidden" corner pantry.


Last picture - corner pantry with oven on left - stove on right
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RE: Stranded on the Island (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: lolauren on 08.16.2012 at 10:52 am in Kitchens Forum

ppbenn -

The attached photo shows a 55.5" aisle between cabinets with DW door fully open. There is still enough room for me to fully open the cabinet facing it (with a few inches to spare.)


Aisle width
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I'll bet you think I want help with my layout, don't you...

posted by: deedles on 08.09.2012 at 11:15 am in Kitchens Forum

...don't you, don't you now?

I do.

I'm not so vain as to think that I'm the layout queen :>P
sooo...would you all take a gander at what I've patched together in paint on top of our antiquated house design software plan?

Salient points:

1. The only window is over the sink as shown in the layout.

2. Main entry is through the kitchen to the rest of the house. We have no "front" door d/t how the house is situated. I say this to head off the "is there room for an island" question, as the floor needs to be open for traffic flow.

3. We want the (south) wall between the kitchen/dining porch open as much as possible as the best view of the river is that way.
Also, after walls went up on the bedroom side of the house (not visible here), I became aware of the need to not 'wall off' these main living areas from each other. AND, after seeing bunches of references to natural light in various GW threads, I realized this kitchen is d.a.r.k. with only a west window/deep roof overhang, so figured opening the wall on the south could only help with the overall light in the place. It's a pretty dark, shady house overall.

4. My concern with this plan is that the fridge is about 10' away from the sink (not that I couldn't use the exercise) but if I pull the wall behind the fridge into the kitchen more, I lose precious cab space by the stove. If I move the fridge to the left of the sink, it seems to bork my prep area/counter space over there, esp since the fridge would be next to a wall (door clearance yada, yada). I thought of putting the fridge to the right of the stove but then I have what? A wall and no storage. And the fridge still 10+'away from the sink.

5. There is a step down into the dining porch of about 6-7" AND the ceiling starts at 7 1/2' and slopes down to 7' at the outside wall. Kitchen ceiling is 9'. This makes opening the whole space into one out of the question, I've been informed and I guess that makes sense.

Does anyone see any possibilities that I don't see?

I suggested to DH that we could run cabs on the south wall instead of the open railing and put the sink there but he nixed that idea. Wants it as open as possible with a rustic-y cedar railing type thing. I could lean on him in that direction but I'm not sure it would gain me a whole lot by introducing another corner in the equation.

Please help.


p.s. to anyone that paid some attention to my prev. layout. Yes, there used to be an entirely different layout UNTIL I got freaky about the dark factor and the closed off factor. That's when the idea of opening the wall up to the porch took shape.


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Lower level for melsouth (pics)

posted by: AnnieDeighnaugh on 08.06.2012 at 09:18 am in Home Decorating & Design Forum

Melsouth, "Terrace level" pictures (I hate calling it a basement as it isn't!) We have a guest room with en suite bath, exercise room, music nook, and craft room as finished space....unfinished space on this level is a one car garage with work shop and a mechanical room.

Guest room with tray ceiling:

Exercise room with tray ceiling:

The ductwork is basically under the part with the beam...the rest of the ceiling is boxed out to make a tray....rather than an awkward bump that everyone looks at and says, "Oh there's the duct work."

Just to the left (a real mess so I didn't take a photo) where the carpet is, there is a recess for a music nook...change in color of walls and ceiling help to define that separate space though it is open.

Craft room has just a flat ceiling as it needed no duct work space.

Also, as we didn't want the lower level to feel like a basement, we put in a full open staircase from the door, no narrow entrance. As you descend the stairs, you see light from the exercise you go up the stairs you see light from the glass front door. It really makes it feel integral to the house and not a "basement".

The other thing I love that our architect did was, as I knew I wanted carpeted stairs, he built up the edges and put in the cherry trim, so the carpet nestles nicely on the stairs and doesn't need to do the "70's wrap" that an open step would've needed. It looks very finished.


Tray ceiling in basement
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RE: Please show me your 36' & 42' aisles, and your Long Thin Isla (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: FiveZs on 04.10.2012 at 04:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

My island is 82 x 36 (end of counter) I have 46 inches to sink wall and 41.5 to fridge/oven/pantry wall. The double oven goes about 6 inches into island space. There is plenty of space. The space between the end of the island and stove wall is 35. The kitchen is still in progress, all bottom cabinets still need to be stained and sealed.




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RE: Please show me your 36' & 42' aisles, and your Long Thin Isla (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: roulie on 04.05.2012 at 09:40 pm in Kitchens Forum


I have a long, thin island: 10 feet long and 39 inches wide.

My aisle is on the narrow side: 38 inches if you measure between cabinets; 37 inches if you measure between the edges of the countertops.



This is the only picture I have that actually shows the whole aisle, but it was taken "in progress"

view of the kitchen from the family room


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RE: Coffered Ceilings (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: downsy on 05.04.2012 at 09:52 am in Building a Home Forum

Chloe - we did coffered ceilings in our great room (12 ft ceilings) and study. The great room are deeper coffers - I believe the framers charged an extra $500 ish for the framing. Of course the finishers charged their fee for the crown and trim at the edge of the boxes, but I don't know what that was broken down at. Also the painter charged extra because I painted them a color instead of the ceiling paint in the rest of the rooms. That all adds up but I love the look. This photo is the great room. My study has a more decorative type of coffer - but I haven't taken a photo of it. Its in a 9 ft ceiling so I did a shallower coffer in there.

Ignore the medallions on the wall next to the french doors/windows. I have yet to make my own drapes (I'm in the biz - but you know the cobblers children have no shoes.)

Hddana - no I don't see a problem with dust. However, I have a long extension pole with a duster on the end so it's easy to reach.



Coffered ceiling in great room
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RE: Coffered Ceiling Color (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: babs711 on 01.10.2012 at 10:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

We're having a great room in our build. The kitchen is open to the breakfast area which is open to the living area. We're having beams of some sort to separate the three areas. I think we'll coffer the living room. My thoughts have been to do something like BM Revere Pewter on the walls and possibly doing a warm green blue on the ceiling between the trim. I LOVE that look in the photos I've saved. If we don't end up doing that, then I plan to tint the ceiling at about 75% of the paint color we use. In the other rooms that are non-coffered, we'll probably do the ceilings at 50% of the paint color that goes in that room. I just don't want white ceilings when they can be something more. I definitely thing that with a coffer, you should have contrast of some sort. Photos for you...

Painted a color or a tint:

This is similar to what we're planning to do...a coffer in the living (but a looser one than this) and not do one in the dining/breakfast area):



Coffered Ceiling
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where we currently are (Follow-Up #45)

posted by: gingerjenny on 03.06.2012 at 10:03 pm in Building a Home Forum

Here is where we currently are:


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Lolauren's finished kitchen -- photos! -- white, inset, shaker...

posted by: lolauren on 01.02.2011 at 10:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

I can finally post photos of my kitchen from our new construction house! I am very relieved to be able to say that. I designed every detail in this kitchen down to the inch and loved the design process. This forum was my biggest help and inspiration, so thank you to everyone!!

I had to cut myself off from posting too many photos. So, the rest of the album is here: ALBUM

Or, for the slideshow version: SLIDESHOW

Please feel free to ask questions.


Cabinets: Huntwood (Custom) Cabinets with shaker, inset doors (Huntwood does custom cabinetry. The color is their white paint option, as opposed to their creamy option. The closest match I can find to this is between Benjamin Moore's "white" and "super white." My door trim, baseboards, etc. are all BM's "Super White." It is just slightly brighter than my cabinets, but not noticably.)

Countertops: Cambrian black granite in a leathered/antiqued finish

Backsplash: White US Ceramics 3x6 subway tile

Appliances: are all Frigidaire Professional, except for the Electrolux cooktop (and my cheap GE microwave in the pantry)

Hood vent: I have no idea. It was whatever the builder used standard. I didn't splurge here, but the unit works perfectly.


* Main Sink: Grohe Bridgeford Bridge faucet with sidespray in ORB

* Island Sink: Grohe Bridgeford pull-down faucet in ORB

* Reverse Osmosis/cold water faucet: Newport Brass (I had to add this after the fact, upon learning that I needed a RO system. The Newport Brass model matches the Grohe faucet surprisingly well. The finish is almost identical.)

Sinks: Blanco Silgranit sinks in anthracit - larger is BlancoPrecis Super Single and smaller is BlancoPrecis 15.5" x 19.5"

Hardware: Rejuvention Hardware latches, pulls and knobs in ORB

Flooring: Lewis & Clark hardwood - color is Beacon Rock - wood is hickory - very distressed (this is a small company... it isn't the line Shaw offers)

Paint: Pittsburgh Paint's "Moth Gray" cut down to 75%

Window treatment: I didn't want any window treatment in the kitchen, but some days the sunset glares on me when I'm cooking dinner. To solve this, I put in a cellular shade that is almost completely hidden when closed. It looks like there is no window treatment, unless I really need it during those 10-15 minutes of glare.

Lighting: 10 recessed lights - I ended up opting out of pendants so the space appears more open. The three recessed lights above the island are on a different switch, for less light or future pendant additions.

Counter stools: Sturbridge Yankee Workshop's "Henry Leather stools" in black

Island dimensions: 51" x 91"

Island overhang: 19 inches on the long side, 11.5 inches on the short side (it was supposed to all be 19", but nothing ever goes right in construction! I still would prefer 19", but this doesn't bother me now with the stools in.)


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RE: Will This Sink Look Wierd in My Kitchen? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: suzannesl on 06.01.2012 at 12:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

The layout:

Sink option A:

Sink option B:

I have the Krauss sink and I like it very much. I think you could go either way though.


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RE: Please post pictures of kitchen sinks without a window (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: loves2cook4six on 10.23.2011 at 12:25 am in Kitchens Forum

Ours is very simple. Finished in 2008 and have been meaning to put up a backsplash but haven't found the right one yet. I do have some art up there now but I must say we love the clean open space of it and I MUCH prefer having the window behind the cooktop. I spend more time cooking than cleaning ;)


sink without window
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RE: Pantry photos/ pics of pantries (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: rhome410 on 02.07.2009 at 06:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine is in the .pdf linked above, but here it is again:


Shelf spacing, starting at floor: 19", 15" 14", 10", 10", 14", approx 22" to 9' ceiling.


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RE: Any install advice for fire and ice? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: jodi_in_so_calif on 06.09.2010 at 06:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

I sent an email off to our Fire & Ice installer asking what kind of thinset she used and if she removed the netting behind the glass pieces. I don't think she did, but we'll see.

I do know whatever thinset my installer used was slow drying because I'm at the office all day and wouldn't see her work until late at night after she'd left. Good thing she did because I wasn't terribly happy with the way she ended the run. I redesigned the "waterfall" look and she was able to redo the pieces the next morning though she had to pull about 18" of tile, recut and reposition to make it all work.




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RE: Anyone see a pantry like this one? (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: natal on 08.09.2008 at 02:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine is similar, but it butts up to a doorway, not a cabinet/counter. The top shelf is 9" deep, the 2nd & 3rd are 12" deep, the 4th 18", and the bottom 12". On the left side the top shelf is 9" deep and the rest are all 12". On the right all shelves are 8" deep.


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RE: Breezy- thanks for your storage idea info (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: badgergal on 04.04.2012 at 10:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

2littlefishies: my drawer is 12 9/16 in. wide, 2 3/4 in. high and 20 inches long. Forty of the TCT 4 containers would fit in it perfectly.


Spice drawers.
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RE: Breezy- thanks for your storage idea (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: breezygirl on 04.04.2012 at 11:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

It's my drawer's long lost, but not evil, twin separated at birth!

Spice drawer awaiting new labels

I seriously will throw a party when I find that darned label maker! Oh the things I want to tag in my newly remodeled house....

I should take a new pic now that I've added my paprikas in the drawer. I'll link to the company, Specialty Bottle, below. Badgergirl and I both used the smaller TCT4 tins and the larger TCT8.

Love yours!! Your more petite drawer actually snuggles the tins better than mine. And wait until you're in the middle of a trenches cooking a big meal. You'll get a thrill from being able to see all your spices laid out where grabbing and measuring takes a mere second. You'll wonder how you ever got by reaching into a dark upper cab with toppling towers of spices.

And thanks for the kind shout-out. I can't believe I actually helped someone! You brightened the end of a sad day full of good-byes and made me smile. :-)

Here is a link that might be useful: Specialty Bottle spice tins with clear lids


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Finished: Curvy Kitchen (picture heavy)

posted by: badgergal on 12.15.2011 at 02:32 am in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen has been finished for a couple of weeks now and I love every inch of it. My kitchen was originally a u-shaped space 10ft 8in x11. We decreased the width of an entryway from 6 ft. 10 in. to 5 ft. and thereby increase the 10 ft. 8 in. wall to about 13 ft. I can"t believe how much more spacious my kitchen is with the new layout. I have 51 inches between my cook top wall and my island and 42 inches between my fridge wall and island. I'm not sure how much more counter top area I have but it certainly is more functional than previously. I thought I had lots of cupboards before but even though my kitchen now has some curved and angled cabinets, I have much more storage space (and I haven't even put things on the top shelves yet).

My new appliances are not high end but I love them. I have a 36in. Dacor gas cook top, a 30 in. GE Profile electric wall oven with convection and a 30 in. GE Profile Advantium 120. I love having the cook top and ovens separated. I can't believe how nice the heat control is on the gas cook top. My refrigerator is a counter depth Samsung french door.
The Venta hood dual blowers and halogen lights are awesome.

My cabinets were made by Amish cabinet makers who have a small shop about 80 miles from my home.I made one preliminary trip to their shop and then a second trip with my blue prints. They hired a driver when it was time to come and do the in house measurements and the delivery/install. All of the rest of my communications with them was through written letters. It took them five weeks to build the cabinets. Four guys came at 6 a.m. for the install and finished it 10 hours later.

The cabinets are natural,select cherry with a satin finish,

Counter tops are Verde Peacock granite. The sink is a 60/40 low divide Blanco Performa Silgranite (Anthracite). Grohe Lady Lux Cafe faucet.

The backsplash tile is a combination of glass, stone and stainless.

I had to have wood added to some areas of my kitchen floor and then a complete sand and refinish. My floors are natural ash with some cherry accents.

I was extremely fortunate to have the entire remodel go off without any problems or issues. I am thankful for all the insights, information and knowledge that I acquired through this forum.

I don't have a very good camera so picture quality and colors are not the best. Also I tried making all the pictures smaller but some still came out big.

New Kitchen:
With flash:Photobucket


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RE: finetuning my kitchen layout--feedback please (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: badgergal on 02.28.2012 at 10:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Okapokesfan, since you specifically asked about island sinks and dish storage I thought I should respond. My previous kitchen was a small U-shape space with cabinets above the sink and dishwasher area. To open it up more we eliminated that leg of the U and put the sink and dishwasher in the new island. Our island is only about 7 1/2 feet long and we do not have seating at it. But your island is certainly large enough to have both.

It seems like the majoriity of the GWers do not favor the cleanup sink in the island but I have to say I love my island sink set up. My sink faces a sitting area and my back yard. Directly behind my island is my cooktop wall. Except for a curved end cabinet I have all drawer bases there. The sink is slightly off set from the cooktop so that they are not directly opposite each other. The dishwasher is to the right of the sink? The aisle is 50 inches wide from the counter top edges. The dishwasher door and the cabinet drawers can both be fully open with out touching each other. I keep all of my everyday dishes, silverware, utensils and my pots and pans in the drawers. Unloading the dishwasher into the drawers is a breeze. I like it so much better than lifting dishes into overhead cabinets. I do put my glassware in an upper cabinet a few steps away. I do not have a separate prep sink but I find I have plenty of room to prep on each side of my cooktop and on the island. It is great to be able to pivot from sink to stove and visa verse. The aisle width and offset placement of the sink and cooktop also allows for one person to be at the sink and one at the cook top with out actually bumping butts. So there you have it from my perspective.
I posted this picture of my kitchen on a different thread yesterday but here it is again so you can see my set up in case you haven't seen it before.
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


Corner of a kitchen without a lazy susan.
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RE: Please Help with Mudroom Plan (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: SummerfieldDesigns on 12.19.2010 at 05:10 am in Building a Home Forum

i think that the 18" depth is adequate ... gave you a deep drawer alternative ... love the charging station idea Image and video hosting by TinyPic..very clever!


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RE: Please Help with Mudroom Plan (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: SummerfieldDesigns on 12.18.2010 at 07:58 pm in Building a Home Forum

Image and video hosting by TinyPic


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New home- new kitchen pics.

posted by: Pcandlyte on 01.23.2012 at 08:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our custom build was completed last month, and I am really enjoying my new kitchen. As I worked with the interior decorator and the kitchen designer, I objected to almost everything they suggested, so I just knew my new kitchen would be a disaster. Our last home had a great kitchen, also new, with excellently crafted white cabinets. I was so tired of looking at the white cabinets and wanted to go a little darker. Well I went a LOT darker, and much to my amazement, I love how all the different elements came together.

Altough it is a smaller kitchen, we were able to pull off cooking a Christmas dinner for 14 in about 5 hours, and quickly found out that 2 cooks work great in this kitchen!

Countertops: Giallo Fiorito
Cabinet color: Ebony
Wall color: Sherwin Williams Bamboo Shoot
Backsplash is a tumbled tile, I don't have the specifics on hand.
Floors: Somerset wood floors in Natural color
Appliances: Kenmore Elite to include convection microwave
Sink: 16 gauge Ticor S305D



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