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RE: absolute black honed vs raven caesarstone (or others?) (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: Bellsmom on 01.24.2012 at 11:49 am in Kitchens Forum

Like you, I did not want shiny black. I LOVE the brushed Black Pearl granite we chose. Most BP was not this figured, but we found one lot that was. It is subtle, no problem at all with staining, oil just wipes off. For us, perfect.
Since you asked for pics, here are two. IRL, there is NO hint of brown in the color. The first shows the granite as it looks in most lighting. The texture shows well in this pic.

The second shows it when the sun is shining at its brightest through the west window. Here you can see how it looks in the bright light, and in the unlit shadow:
Hope these are useful to you.


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RE: matte vs glossy countertops (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: Monomoy on 01.26.2012 at 06:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

We did Jet Mist granite with a "Leathered" finish, could not be happier. It is beautiful, doesn't show fingerprints and easy to care for.


granite to look into
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RE: Kitchen cabinets for bath vanity? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: OHinLA on 05.23.2011 at 01:00 am in Bathrooms Forum

I did this with IKEA cabinets. Just took 3 inches off the back of the boxes - I think as long as they're at least 21 inches deep the regular size drawers still fit. It looked completely built in but was pretty inexpensive. I think it was a 24" middle cabinet (where the sink was) and 2 18" 4-drawer cabs on either side. I loved it.


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RE: 30' induction--bosch...300? 500? 800? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: kashmi on 01.05.2012 at 09:24 pm in Appliances Forum

Wallycat: I was in your spot this spring/summer and ended up with the 800 instead of the 500. It was a decision based on reading comments on GW from folks who said they liked having the controls on the stainless strip instead of on the glass surface.

I've come to understand why. If you have one of those smart phones with a touch screen, you'll understand. If your fingers are wet - or, it seems to me, too dry (if that makes sense) -- there isn't enough spark to communicate with the touch pad on the ceramic surface. Finger condition, though, makes no difference to selections made on the stainless strip. (With the 800, you still use the touch screen to select the burners you'll use.) Maybe I'm just rationalizing my decision, but I think that for something I use every day, it was worth the extra price for the selections on the strip.

As to the boost issue, I just tried this experiment, I have a 36", so the two 7" burners on the left share power. I put one of the 7" burners on boost and then turned on the other 7" one. Turning on the second burner resulted in the cooktop automatically moving the first burner's cook level from boost to "9." I was able to put both burners on "9."

In day-to-day cooking, though, I've not found the boost situation to be a problem. Probably because I haven't needed to use boost on two "shared" burners at the same time. Usually if I need boost on two, it's the large center burner + one of the side burners. So there's not been a sharing issue.

Oh, yes, keep your eyes out for Bosch promos. The company seems to cycle at $300 off promo on cooktops with regularity.


strip and 300 promo
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RE: Top-quality vinyl window manufacturers? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: galefarm on 11.11.2007 at 08:51 am in Windows Forum

The problem in the window industry is there are over 3000 window manufacturers out there putting out windows, and really only 3 with any national recognition meaning representation in all parts of the country those being Pella, Marvin, and Andersen. The thing to look for in a vinyl window, are the joints welded together, is there any reinforcement to the vinyl such as a metal rod or clp in the corners under the vinyl. What is the U -rating of the window (this is a measurement where lower is better .33 is much better than .40) are the windows randomly tested for air infiltration or is every window tested before it is released. What kind of balance is used in the double hung. A block and tackle balance is the best rather than a spiral or spring balance. How long has the company been in business. Alifetime warranty is no good if the company goes out of business in a year, and this happens more often than you think.. Just some things to think about, You may not like Pella or Andersen but they have been around for years and seem to be here to stay. They do take care of problems (a lot of the problems you see on these posts are not neccessarily corporate problems but distributor problems)


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RE: 4'' Broom Closet from Ikeafans (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: flatcoat2004 on 04.02.2008 at 08:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

I didn't specifically need "tall" storage for brooms etc, so I went a slightly different way ... to make it easier on my contractor, I bought two of the 3" RevAShelf base filler units with pegboard, and had him stack them on top of each other next to my fridge. So I have a lower pullout and an upper pullout, each with a "drawerfront" on the face. Not finished yet because the drawerfronts haven't arrived yet.

I'll use this to store all the odds and ends that I *don't* want to accumulate on the kitchen counters ... dog leashes, baggies, grooming equipment, pens and pencils, scissors, grocery lists, rubber bands ....


next to fridge space
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RE: Painted tin tile as backsplash? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: kathec on 11.20.2009 at 10:19 am in Home Decorating Forum

I know my local Lowes and mom & pop hardware store both carry a plastic version. You could probably use a bonding primer and then paint. I've seen STIX by Insl-x locally, but I've not used it yet, so I don't really know how it will work. I'm sure the paint pros could answer that best.

Candace Olson from Devine Design did a kitchen with a cream colored painted tin backsplash. In that episode they used real tin, but it still had that shiny finish.


Here is a link that might be useful: Candace Olson kitchen


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RE: Need wall oven recommendations (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: mydreamhome on 12.20.2011 at 10:24 am in Appliances Forum

DS loves her GE profile & she bakes & roasts alot. She has the double oven version with self clean & convection in the biscuit color. She reports everything coming out perfectly (as long as she doesn't forget the food is in there, LOL!)

Here's a link to the Sears site with their GE Profile lineup in white--Advantiums, single & double ovens all available either under the $2K mark (single oven) or just above it (double oven). Don't forget that you can get the Sears Friends & Family discount for additional savings off their 'sale' price. I've been told by Sears just to ask for it even if they are not advertising it & they will more often than not give it to you.

Happy oven hunting!

Here is a link that might be useful: GE Profile Ovens in White @ Sears


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RE: Need wall oven recommendations (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: deeageaux on 12.20.2011 at 03:50 pm in Appliances Forum

A single electric white wall oven?

You can get one of the very well thought of Electrolux wall ovens.
Electrolux EW30EW55GW delivered for $1799

Electrolux Co. Description
Luxury-Glide Oven Racks
With a ball bearing system, oven racks are so smooth they extend effortlessly

Sure-2-Fit Capacity
Coordinate an entire meal - their oven features 4.2 cubic feet of cooking space with three adjustable racks

Baking Options
Features 7 cooking modes and 10 cooking options including their exclusive Perfect Turkey button for large holiday meals
Perfect Convect Third Element European Convection System features a
variable 2-speed fan for more even cooking

Luxury-Design Lighting
Their ramp-up designer halogen lighting is as beautiful as it is functional and their Luxury-Hold oven door stays put at whatever angle you place it

In link you will find 8 owner reviews that give an average rating of 4.9 stars out of 5.0.

Here is a link that might be useful: Reviews.


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RE: Need wall oven recommendations (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: aliceinmd on 12.20.2011 at 09:42 pm in Appliances Forum

We have the double-oven Fisher Paykel unit. I don't know if they make their ovens in white, but I do know the ovens have been reliable and accurate, and whenever I've had a question, a quick phone call to New Zealand has gotten excellent assistance.


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RE: Is $10k enough? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: deeageaux on 11.11.2011 at 04:32 pm in Appliances Forum

Samsung RF4287HARS $1800
JD Powers 5 years running best FD Fridge.

Bosch Vision 500 series dlx wfvc6450uc $612.96
with onboard heater which,unlike LG,engages in all cycles.

Bosch Vision 500 Series DLX WTVC6530UC electry dryer $848
With possible exception of Miele most water/electric efficient front loaders sold in USA.

SHARP Insight 24" Microwave Drawer Stainless KB6024MS $415

Manufacture refurbished comes with 1 month warranty with option for one year warranty.I have one so do several people on this board.

Miele Futura Dimension Series G5505SC $1749
Least expensive SS with built-in water softer.
For extra $100 you can get one with an end of cycle auto-open door which helps drying.

Electrolux ICON Designer E30EW85GSS $3399

BlueStar RGTNB Series RGTNB366BV1 ~$3200
Call or visit local BS dealer for exact price.

Prestige Power Pack UIB401200 $1634
40" insert with 1200 cfm blower. Best in class.

Total $13,657.96


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RE: Is $10k enough? (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: cj47 on 11.11.2011 at 02:22 pm in Appliances Forum

I have Electrolux double ovens, the non-Icons and I love 'em. They are great performers, bake evenly, roast nicely and I like the roll out racks for heavy things. If you are considering the Icons, be sure to measure the insides and compare that with the non-Icons. When I was shopping a few years ago, the Icons were a bit shallower than the non-Icons. That ruled them out for me, and saved me a bunch of money, too, because the Non-Icons were less $. AND, if you time it right you can get a pretty nice rebate on them. I also bought a huge french door fridge from E'lux, also with a rebate. Reviews on that are mixed, but it's given good service for the year and a half we've had it.

I also have a Miele dishwasher and it does a terrific job. In my household, we run that thing at least twice a day and more on weekends--it's worth it for something that works as well as this dishwasher does. I got lucky and found the model I'd wanted on clearance, it had been discontinued.

For those who are critical of other people's budgets, making accusations of snobbery and 'keeping up with the Jones' mentality, I'm glad you happy with your choices and stayed within the budget you have. However, If a person is able to, or chooses to spend more than you did, I don't see any reason to insult them for it. People that love to cook might allocate more budget to kitchen appliances, because sometimes you actually DO get more power or better performance for the extra dollars spent. Everyone needs to make their choices based on what's important to them, and I see no reason to be nasty about it.



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RE: Is $10k enough? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: Madeline616 on 11.09.2011 at 07:43 pm in Appliances Forum

I *love* my Jenn-Air cabinet-depth fridge. It has a frezer drawer, and cost about $1700.

Most of my neighbors have much "fancier" fridges, but I get a lot of sincere compliments on mine, even from designers and contractors who come into the house.

Besides being awesome in terms of function, it's so sleek...the filtered water dispenser in inside the fridge, and the icemaker is in the freezer (no freezer-door ice dispenser).

Can't recommend it highly enough, and will save you some $$.

As far as cooktop, I have the Kenmore Pro 36" slide-in and it's a workhorse. It has 7 different burner size options. Never a ring of flame larger than the pot. Absolutely recommend it. Retails for just under $2000.

(Scroll down a little bit to see the pic)

I've never had a problem with either of these in the 3 years I've had them.


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