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Shopping for more modern faucet? Please share your pics

posted by: thedork on 04.18.2013 at 08:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

Flat doors, quartz - modern look of the kitchen - don't know which one to pick - so it looks not very traditional, good quality and great functionality.

Please share your recommendations as far as brands - thank you!


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RE: Upper Cabinet Layout - Need Advice Please! (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: 1929Spanish on 08.20.2012 at 11:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been gone a while with vacation and other stuff, so I haven't caught up on your kitchen work.

We have an easy reach cabinet and it's great. Here's a picture of ours. My second choice would be Option #2. I'm not a fan of corner cabinets - their look or their function. :)



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Request for Final Layout Help, Please! About to order cabinets

posted by: ralphs95 on 06.27.2011 at 05:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks everyone for the advice back in May. We've incorporated several ideas you recommended including adding the prep sink.

Would love to make sure we're not missing something in this final layout. We're bumping out(~9 feet) our galley kitchen and expanding the opening from the kitchen to the dining room (which opens to our living room and then to the new screened porch).

I'm including a layout with dimensions and then several views of the kitchen. Please provide any advice, recommendations, suggestions that you have for us. We'd really like to make sure we get this as right as we can (we've been thinking about this re-model for almost 10 years).

Specific plan details:
- White Kemper cabinets
- dark honed (or non-shiny)granite or soapstone
- stainless appliances
- hardwood flooring
- Most of the kitchen will have a vaulted gable ceiling that peaks over the 3 casement window wall (they are casement even though the drawings show double-hung)
-wall height is 8 foot 2 inches

Thanks again for all your help. I've learned a ton from you all!!!







These final views are with an option to nix the corner cabinets and just run the cabinets straight to the window wall and have no cabinets on the window wall. We are also considering doing a non-corner cabinet (just turning 90 degrees with a blind cabinet).




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What Kind of Food Storage Containers Do You Like?

posted by: gilmoregal on 12.05.2011 at 11:51 am in Kitchens Forum

I had to box up all of the contents of my kitchen cabinets and drawers while the painters were here. It has actually been a good thing, because as I put things back, I am trying to weed out the things that are worn out or rarely used. The lazy susan where I keep my plastic storage containers had become a huge mess - partly because I had accumulated too many containers, and also because many of them didn't 'nest'. (I have many of the early Lock 'n Locks that are square/rectangular) Which made me wonder -- what kind of storage containers do other people use and like? And how do you store them, ie lid on?


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Everything I Wanted to Know About Drawers...

posted by: aloha2009 on 02.02.2013 at 06:31 am in Kitchens Forum

I was hoping to make this thread not only informational for myself, but that other information regarding drawers could be collected together. This is all about function.

Obviously to maximize storage and ease of use, drawers are the way to go.

Some things that are not so obvious are about framed, frameless and inset cabinets.

Another is how do cabinet manufacturers differ (if any) on the available usage.

The usage of 3 drawer vs 4 drawer (or even 5 drawer) stacks.

Determining the width of cabinets for your kitchen.

If you have answers to any of these please proceed.

Framed, frameless and inset cabinets utilize differing INTERIOR usable measurements. Please specify the type of cabinets you have (framed, frameless or inset) your manufacturer (or custom), the size of the cabinet, and what the entire TOP drawer INTERIOR measurements are (width, length, height). I stated top drawer only for comparison purposes since only the height should change from drawer to drawer. Perhaps certain manufactures have better storage in their cabinet lines.

Why did you choose cabinets with 4 drawer (and 5 drawer) stack when you did? How many do you have? How did you deal with the "horizontal lines" differences between your 3 and 4 drawer stacks? Just one aesthetic question isn't too bad.

Though wider cabinets are highly prized here, why did you choose narrower cabinets, instead of the widest available that would fit in your kitchen?

If there is anything else, I haven't though of to ask to have this thread be as complete as possible regarding drawers, please feel to add.


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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!



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RE: Is there a warm, white granite/quarzite? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: Steph2000 on 10.21.2012 at 08:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is called White Pearl Granite. It is over at HOUZZ and many marble lovers are discussing it. However, it does seem to lean to the cool compared to the warm side to me, so it is likely not what you are looking for.


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RE: pendants (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: joaniepoanie on 01.04.2014 at 10:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

Check our Rejuvenation Lighting and Schoolhouse Electric as two resources for vintage looking lighting...I'm sure there are probably many out there.


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RE: Rocks #4 marble, granite, quartzite (Follow-Up #97)

posted by: JoanLast on 11.22.2013 at 08:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

Island sea pearl quartzite - island panels not installed yet. We picked where each section would go. Love the movement by the high top.


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RE: Kitchen Sink - Single or Double ? (Follow-Up #26)

posted by: mgmsrk on 06.09.2012 at 09:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

Amazon is out at the moment but that is the style I was thinking of getting for the new house. Ohhh but BB&B has it, and I have a coupon!

I don't know how to make them all active links, sorry.

Here is a link that might be useful: another dish rack for sink


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RE: show me your Blanco Sigranit Diamond sinks! (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: rovo on 09.03.2012 at 10:14 am in Kitchens Forum

Just had our installed yesterday and I am in love. I thought the drain might look weird, too, but haven't found that it looks odd. I like the fact that you can have a large item on the right side, and still have plenty of room to drain on the other. Here is a terrible shot of ours:

Silgranite in metallic, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPad App


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RE: ISO the perfect modern faucet - please show me yours (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: uroboros5 on 11.23.2011 at 12:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

My Kohler Simplice is an absolute joy.

The handle was front-mounted, instead of side-mounted to avoid dirtying the back splash and to have any potential leak fall into the sink rather than the granite.


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RE: Show me your faucets, please... (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: localeater on 02.06.2013 at 12:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

Love mine because it is simple and I don't think anyone else posted it. It is the Elkay Gourmet in Brushed Nickel
From GW Photos


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RE: Show me your faucets, please... (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: oldbat2be on 02.05.2013 at 04:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

KWC Sin at prep sink, Kohler Karbon at cleanup sink. Love the Kohler Karbon!


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OMG! I finally have cabinets...

posted by: robinson622 on 03.11.2011 at 08:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

I can't believe this day is finally here. I won't bore everyone with details, but let's just say I met with my cabinet maker in November of 2010. No fault of the cabinet maker, just my poor judgement in selecting a builder.

Anyway, I'm going to try to post a few. I only have the base cabinets right now, and I LOVE them. No high end stuff here thanks to first builder stealing my money, but we're happy.

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Ask any questions you'd like. I've received soooo much information over the past years, and I would love to give as much help as possible in return.



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RE: Almost Finished...lots of pics (Follow-Up #63)

posted by: michelle16 on 09.09.2012 at 09:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

love the sink pullout to hold all the cleaners, and the spot for the sponges, it's the little things that make us happy!


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RE: Show me your cabinet knobs and pulls!! (Follow-Up #41)

posted by: pipdog on 11.06.2012 at 12:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

brushed nickel pulls in my kitchen. I got them at the now-defunct Great Indoors in Burbank.


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RE: open shelving - love it or leave it? (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: justmakeit on 08.14.2013 at 06:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wow, it's good I didn't read how impractical my open shelves would be before I did the kitchen :-) I actually agree with circuspeanut that it is a very personal decision with a lot of factors going into it. I'm really happy with ours. I cook every day, and having all the mis en place stuff at my fingertips is hugely helpful. The top shelf is purely decorative. I get up there and dust about once a month, which doesn't seem prohibitive to me, and the rest of the stuff gets used so often it doesn't gather dust. YMMV. (I should probably add, it's just DH and me, no pets.)

Stove wall


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RE: do you like you kitchen pantry cabinet? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: mdln on 12.16.2013 at 10:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

@CT_Newbie - sorry for confusion, the pantry cabinet would NOT add counter space, the wall cabinet to counter would.

The attached picture shows the 2 options I am considering. The 60" wall cabinets that extend to countertop (which gives me some additional counter space) vs the tall pantry cabinets.

Seems like everyone loves their pantry cabinets. That is reassuring...they are expensive.


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RE: Do you like your Viscont White granite counters? (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: Nan57 on 10.29.2013 at 11:23 am in Kitchens Forum

The tops were installed yesterday. Very happy! At first I wondered if the white of the granite would blend with the creamier white of the cabinets, but then thought it may all come together once the white subway backsplash is installed...thoughts? (Our painter just gave me a quick coat of paint for now in case the splash wasn't done for Thanksgiving)

I especially love the brushed black pearl on the perimeters. It is soft on the eyes and to the touch.

After reading so many tales of woe regarding the fabricators, I have to say I breathed a huge sigh of relief as they did a spectacular job. Of course, I owe much to the kind community here at GW who shared their experiences...I was armed with all the right questions. :)


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RE: Size doesn't matter- but how big is yours? Begging for pics (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: mary9915 on 08.14.2012 at 02:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is our island. It's 8 x 3 and we have 42 to 48 inches of clearance around it. I love having all the counter space!


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RE: Size doesn't matter- but how big is yours? Begging for pics (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 08.13.2012 at 08:04 am in Kitchens Forum

Old one was 2x4 (little bigger since stone hangs over cabinets)


The new one is 4 x 10. (Actually slightly larger, but this is a good round down number)



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RE: Size doesn't matter- but how big is yours? Begging for pics (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: pps7 on 08.12.2012 at 01:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ours is 4x8.



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White Kitchen w/ walnut, 99% finished and lived in!

posted by: alabamamommy on 03.15.2012 at 03:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello all - I was nudged out from under the newborn rock by a post yesterday, so I figured I'd share our final photos. With a caveat... I'm still on the hunt for the appropriate decorative pieces... a properly scaled urn or raised bowl for the countertop, an arrangement of the stuff in the glass cabs that works, etc.

Overall, I love this kitchen. It's proving very family friendly and I haven't had any issues with the primed shiplap as a backsplash. The marble island top DOES etch, but we're closing our eyes and hoping to make it to patinaland sooner than later. With 18 years of school fundraisers ahead of me, I'm certain we'll get there. But there's NOTHING like making pastries on it and I'm going to try my hand at fudge and candies soon!

Our FAVORITE spot, where we spend 70% of our time, is firmly planted on the BOOs block. Chop chop chop. Walnut end-grain... can't say enough. A quick sudsy soapy wipe after each prep and a once a month oiling and it's beautiful.

So here are the pics of our very lived in by a young family of five new kitchen!


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RE: Use of an AIr Switch for operation of a garbage disposal? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 01.08.2013 at 09:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Love mine. I have 2. One at each sink.



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RE: Filtered water thru faucet (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: jkom51 on 02.20.2012 at 08:13 pm in Appliances Forum

We have filtered water at the sink with a GE SmartWater undersink system. Used to have an RO, but the wasted water bothered us (we live in high desert country and everybody's very water-conscious as droughts happen every 5-7 years). When it died we went to the undersink system.

GE makes 3 different filters at various price levels. We use the mid-priced filter and are extremely pleased. It's amazing how much easier it is to remember to drink water when it's right on tap, and so much more economical than buying bottled water with all the resulting plastic waste.

For us it was a decision based on taste; our water is actually pretty good from the municipal system.


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RE: For Those with Prep Sink (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: cj47 on 12.05.2012 at 12:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

My island is 4.5 feet X 7.5 feet. On the long side, there are drawers for prep and lunch supplies, vertical storage for baking sheets, and the prep garbage. On the short side, it runs in front of the cleanup area, and has drawers for towels, containers, and other items used for cleanup. The remaining sides are seating areas. These pictures are a few years old, but show placement of the sink and garbage pullout. I have another garbage pullout by the cleanup area for general trash and recycling. If placement and design strike you as implementation of suggestions made by Rhome, Buehl, and's because I had a LOT of help in the design phase. :-)




Here is a link that might be useful: Tapmaster. Awesome.

This post was edited by cj47 on Wed, Dec 5, 12 at 12:44


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I love my prep sink!

posted by: morton5 on 12.13.2008 at 10:57 am in Kitchens Forum

Forgive me for bragging, but I love my prep sink. It is close to my refrigerator, range, and ovens, and has 66 inches of counter space and two drawer stacks beside it:
What makes it really special, though, is how much my GC was able to fit into a 30" sink base for me. I have a 16x21x10 zero radius sink, a compact disposal with airswitch, a Never MT, and two 8-gallon trash pullouts. The trash cans (Ikea) come with a dividing mechanism, so when warm weather returns I can separate my non-recyclable trash into compost stuff and dump stuff. We were able to do all this with just millimeters to spare, but we did it! The trash pullout set-up is a modification I learned from Ikeafans.
The only sacrifice I had to make was that we had to flip the orientation of the zero-radius sink in order to fit the plumbing in the space between the trash cans. But I have grown to like it this way (water hits the drain better), and wish I had turned around my main sink, too. My GC is my hero!


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RE: I need all fridge/ all freezer suggestions (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: will2kz on 07.09.2013 at 05:38 pm in Appliances Forum

If you don't want to spend 16K on a Miele set, then spend half as much on a Thermador and get 90% of the same product. They are made in the same factory, Miele adds a different electronic control system, but you will find drawers, lights and layouts to be similar. We love ours so far. The builder loved the way they installed, commenting on many benefits over installing a subzero. Truly hidden panels, great hinges.....

And, shh, don't tell anybody, I bought mine on Ebay.... took the savings and put in bank in case they explode which I hear all non retail appliances do....


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White Painted Shaker Cabinet Pricing Comparison

posted by: kompy on 05.11.2012 at 04:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

For my own personal use, I priced out a wall and base cabinet in a few of my cabinet lines to see where each line stood on price. These prices do not include any manufacturer promotions currently running. All include freight costs. I looked up...with a bit of difficulty, the prices of IKEA. I thought there would be more SKUs and doorstyles.

Shaker door style
Maple Wood
White Paint
Drawer guides: Whatever comes standard
No upgrades
Note: All are full overlay...except with Shiloh you can choose from full overlay or inset. Both are the same price right now. Ikea, Debut, KraftMaid and Plain & Fancy, all have full extension, soft close drawers as a standard.

Cost to Homeowner:
$600 to $650 for Ikea Akurum (req. assembly-$55 per box?)
$657 Debut Cabinetry: Oxford
$669 Medallion: Silverline Lancaster
$888 Shiloh: Shaker Inset (reverse raised panel shaker)
$916 KraftMaid: Atwater
$963 KraftMaid: Huntington
$983 Medallion: Potter's Mill
$987 Showplace: Pendleton
$1494 Plain & Fancy: Vogue Beaded Inset

So for 24' Lin. Ft of cabinets, costs would be:
$5,352 Medallion Silverline Full Overlay
$7,104 Shiloh Inset
$11,952 P&F Inset

I realize, much of this could change from dealer to dealer and region to region. If you add another brand of cabinet, I can add it to the list. Also some brands are higher on the extras like accessories, moldings and custom modifications. For cost comps in your area and for your kitchen, you still must do the footwork. But maybe this will help somebody.


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RE: Relative cabinetry prices: brand vs. brand: take 2 (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: maggiebkit on 05.12.2012 at 10:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

There is a much more helpful thread going around (see link below) but I didn't want to abandon what I started so I incorporated your corrections (thanks!):

Scherrs custom cabinets
Kraft Maid/Kitchen Craft
Diamond/Thomasville/ Schrock
Omega Dynasty
Brookhaven/Cabico/Wellborn/Lifetime/Canyon Creek
Signature/Omega Custom
Plain & Fancy/Quakermade
Crown Point

Here is a link that might be useful: great thread on cabinet pricing


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RE: OMG!!! $21,068 quote for Kraftmaid Cabinets!!! (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: rococogurl on 01.16.2011 at 10:02 am in Kitchens Forum

You might want to contact this place. They are Amish and it's a father and two sons. They make beautiful cabinets -- I found them at a home design show. They deliver to NY.

I'm in Manhattan and got insane quotes for a very small kitchen. We painted the old cabinets instead. But if I'd replaced I would have gotten a quote from Graber, Plain and Fancy and at least 3 others. Cost for the same kitchen in any cabinet brand can vary a lot depending on the cabinet shop markup. Ditto the granite & marble. It's obnoxious.

Here is a link that might be useful: Graber


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RE: Need to know quick! Sanded vs unsanded grout - what to use? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: ngng on 10.01.2008 at 02:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Eliz:

Post your question in the John Bridge tile forum. They are a HUGE help when it comes to all types of tiling questions. They were great help when we were doing our backsplash project. Good Luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: John Bridge tile forum


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RE: Why are vinyl siding choices so unattractive? (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: scanmike on 04.24.2010 at 03:24 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

When we bought our 100 year old house it had ugly aluminum siding in white. We also priced different options but felt the Certainteed siding had the most authentic look. Honestly, it looks like wood shakes. There are alot of options you can add to get those details that give character. (my husband is out taking a photo for you now of a new home going up down the block). My neighborhood has alot of old homes. We live near the beach and the weather plays havoc on homes here. We are so happy with the Certainteed brand. It doesn't fade or warp. We have had it for 7 years now and paid about $20,000. We chose the color natural clay and I can't tell you how many people stop and ring our bell to ask what color it is. We were thinking of doing the grey, but went with clay and it fits the each environment perfectly. Sort of a greige.
I don't think you will be sorry.


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Finished Pool Build - Charlotte, NC (Pictures)

posted by: NewLKNPool on 06.25.2012 at 07:56 am in Pools & Spas Forum

We're DONE...well almost, there are a few minor things that the PB is doing, but for the most part we are done!

38' x 17'
3.5 feet to 6.5 feet
Custom Spa w/7 jets
2.0 HP Jandy Pump
340 Sf Jandy Cartridge Filter
Standard Pool Lights
SunShelf with Bubbler
Flagstone coping
Salt System
Jandy Remote Control
Quartz Plaster Finish
Pool Builder: Superior Pools and Spa
Our Rating: Happy!

Started with this....

then to this.....

then to this...










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RE: Finished Pool Build - Charlotte, NC (Pictures) (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: natural_one on 06.27.2012 at 04:44 pm in Pools & Spas Forum


Two simple recommendations you may already know:
1- paint the exposed white PVC at the plumbing with a UV protectant paint.
2- consider sealing the flagstone with a salt resistant sealer (i.e. dupont or 3M) as salt is very corrosive on porous stone.

Both preventative measures to keep you as happy as your are now in a couple years!


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RE: Need dimensions help for master closet and 2-car garage pleas (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: pps7 on 02.15.2013 at 03:16 pm in Building a Home Forum

I agree with almost everything Ms. Pete said and our closet is designed almost exactly as she described.

1. Ours is 9x11. No you don't need 9' width if you are hanging clothes on either side, but it feels nice and more like a dressing room.

2. We store EVERYTHING in the closet. We do not have any dressers or other storage elsewhere.

3. Although we do not have a door to the laundry room, we have a pass thought. it is so convenient!

Closet side hamper;
 photo IMG_0369.jpg

Laundry room side:
 photo IMG_0367.jpg

4. We ordered our closet door such that there is a mirror on the back built in. I just talked to DH about adding a few hooks.

5. We have a window and I love it! Our closet faces north and we never get direct sunlight on the clothes. We've put a bench under a window which DH requested for putting shoes on.

6. We had orignially thought about putting in an island but it did make the closet extremely large so we cut it out.


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re: garrell house plans (amicalola & etc) (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: SilverSpurTrust on 02.11.2012 at 02:43 pm in Building a Home Forum

Oh & are some links to sites for doors & windows that we're getting quotes from:
(actually spoke to an owner of G&A similar house plan that used them and she said they were wonderful and had the best prices compared to other quotes they received).

Y'all feel free to also share any links to suppliers/companies for quotes please. :)


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RE: Love to spend millions, but only have $250,000 (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: bmh4796 on 02.06.2013 at 05:59 pm in Building a Home Forum

i second faucetdirect and lightingdirect. they were great when we built a little over 6 years ago.

i'm looking into a website called builddirect for the build that we are about to take on late this year. they have great prices on marble tiles in multiple sizes as well as blue slate tiles

you really CAN find nice wood floors for 5 dollars a square foot online. of course you wan't to see your wood floors in person. so find a good price on a few floors online that look like what you think you may want. then go to a big box store to see it in person. if you like it in person, get it online for the lower price.


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Blog post that might be helpful

posted by: pps7 on 01.30.2013 at 10:35 am in Building a Home Forum

Although this blog post is for individuals looking to purchase a home I think it has some useful ideas on what makes certain houses work while others fall flat.

Here is a link that might be useful: cote de Texas blog post


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RE: What to buy from Ikea? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: wishiwasinoz on 02.01.2013 at 12:20 pm in Building a Home Forum

This is a pretty good thread on what to buy from Ikea:

Dana at House*Tweaking has done some great budget Ikea projects, including her beautiful kitchen:

I am planning to doing the photo below in our mudroom. As long as it isn't moved, I am not worried about quality issues. There are some pretty amazing Ikea hacks on Pinterest.

Ikea Entertainment unit:


Custom Built-in cabinets:

Built-in closet:

Ikea kitchen:


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RE: Itemizing ALL the costs? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: bjewell1 on 02.10.2012 at 05:47 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hey, I'm not sure which one you used. But there's one I found that is actually pretty accurate. You choose the size, levels of quality for different things, where you're building, and the price includes everything including the contractor markup. So here's the link, if you want to try it:
Good luck!


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RE: Subcontracting a home (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: bevangel on 09.08.2011 at 11:39 am in Building a Home Forum

Depends a lot on where you're building. In some places you might be able to qualify for a loan by working through one of the "construction consulting" companies like OwnerBuilder Network or UBuildIt or Build4Yourself or by hiring someone with a license to be your on-site supervisor. In other areas, there are banks that specialize in making owner-builder loans. In others (like mine) becoming a registered "builder" is as easy filing a little paperwork with the state and paying a registration fee - then, once you're a registered builder getting a construction loan becomes a whole LOT easier and banks don't seem to care if you're building your own "forever home" or a spec home you plan to sell.

You might also try talking with a local "mortgage professional" since they may already know which banks are likely to approve an owner-builder construction loan.

And, depending on where you live here are some websites that might be helpful:


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RE: Where to start looking for house plans (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: macv on 06.07.2010 at 08:36 am in Building a Home Forum


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RE: Itemizing ALL the costs? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: nanj on 02.11.2012 at 09:21 am in Building a Home Forum

It sounds like you are in the 'education' stage of building. I recently bought the book, "What Your Contractor Can't Tell You" by Amy Johnston. I've only read about 2 or 3 chapters but I have learned so much and I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about building. She breaks down the process of building into easily understood parts and not only explains the details but gives you things to think about.

I thought about this forum as I read the chapter on architects. She explained the process, the contract types, even the personality/work styles of architects and I can see many people on this forum could benefit from her expertise.

A home is likely the biggest purchase of your life so $22 for this book will be the best money you're ever likely to spend.


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RE: Can you afford it? How to know before you commit! (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: Laura12 on 09.28.2012 at 02:42 pm in Building a Home Forum

One more resource for you, the information on BYOH (Build Your Own Home) was very helpful, and the calculator provided on that site was remarkably close to the preliminary bids we received. Could be a good place to start.

As for who is on first, second etc. I suggest a splatter approach. We started with a builder, who recommended a designer, then things didn't work out with the builder but the designer suggested new builders. I think upfront it is good to talk to a couple of designers/architects and a couple of builders and then go from there. It helps if the designer/architect and builder also have a previous working relationship.

It has been stressful, but I'm certain it will be worth it in the end.

Here is a link that might be useful: BYOH site


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Best websites for find deals while building your home?

posted by: Laura12 on 08.22.2012 at 01:19 pm in Building a Home Forum

Does anyone have any websites they used to buy items for their home they would like to recommend?

I am looking for EVERYTHING, bathtubs, sinks, cabinets (probably get that one locally), fixtures, hardware, windows, doors, flooring, lighting and anything else that I could possible get a deal on!

We don't actually start building until December, however I'm 7 months pregnant, so I'm trying to come up with a list of resources and ideas now so that I'm not searching around for all of this with a newborn on my lap! ;)


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RE: First time build, where to start? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: MichelleDT on 01.29.2012 at 12:35 pm in Building a Home Forum

We are are also building our "forever dream home". We knew what we wanted, spent hours trolling web sites including Houzz (IMHO, one of the best for ideas), hand drawing a few ideas, pulling floor plan ideas from the many online sites. Interviewed many builders and architects before final selection.

Two books I felt worth the small price are:

Designing Your Dream Home:

Good information on what to ask during the interview process, checklists for each room of the house, etc. A few of the checklists well worth the costs of the book and things I probably would have missed such as cabinet size for those large platters and chargers (larger base cabs than standard boxes). Those interview questions helped us weed out more than a couple builders.

We also purchased What Your Contractor Can't Tell You:

Again - tips worth the price.

Don't rush the design phase - will save stress and money down the road. Get the design right! Pick the best architect you can for your budget and style. Several of them leaned toward Old World and we are Contemporary and we knew it would not be a good fit.

And ditto what Kelhuck said - stay calm and enjoy the process of creating your dream home.




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Anyone build a Don Gardner home?

posted by: SCinPA on 11.11.2005 at 03:10 pm in Building a Home Forum

I've been looking at house plans for several years and really like Don Gardner plans. Just curious if anyone here has built one of his plans and If so did you run into any problems with the plans you purchased? If you have pics, please share.


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RE: is/has anyone built a frank betz home? (Follow-Up #43)

posted by: bebetokids on 12.11.2007 at 08:08 pm in Building a Home Forum

Craig-we built the Kensington Park and moved in in August. I have never gotten around to posting interior pics here but maybe I can get a few in the next few days and put them on for you. I do love the floor plan although we made a few changes.

Here are a couple of exterior pics:

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RE: New here - building our first home - any advice welcome! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: bevangel on 01.14.2013 at 07:02 pm in Building a Home Forum

Congrats on finding land you love! Below is a link to an old Gardenweb thread you might want to read before closing on the land purchase. If there are things mentioned that you haven't done before you close, they should definitely be at the top of your list to take care of ASAP.

As for doing part of work on the house yourselves, it is certainly possible but how successful you'll be depends in large part on just how 'handy' you really are and on how much time and energy you have to devote. You don't mention having any children yet but, since you mentioned wanting 3 or 4 bedrooms and that you're in your late 20's, I'm guessing that you may plan on having a child or two eventually. A pregnancy WHILE you are in the midst of building can severely cut into your time/energy for devoting to the build while simultaneously putting a sense of pressure on you to 'just get the darned house finished!' LOL!

So, my advice is be careful not to bite off more than you can chew. But, if you have some actual building experience already... like maybe having volunteered extensively with Habitat for Humanity or having done some major renovations on a previous home... and can accurately judge both your skill level and the time you'll have available to devote - then go for it. Nobody else will ever put as much CARE into building your home as you will!

Getting a contractor who is in charge of finishing the entire house to agree to let you do certain portions of the work yourself MAY prove difficult. Contractors are much more likely to prefer to hire 'professionals' under the claim that they can rely on professionals to get in and get the job done and that having the homeowner do part of the work could delay the overall progress. It also puts you and the general contractor in a rather odd relationship in that, the general contractor works for you but, to the extent you are acting as subcontractor for some portion of the work, you work for him. It kind of blurs the lines of authority.

It is also possible to enter into a contract with a builder to him do the foundation, framing, rough plumbing, roofing, and finish the shell (up to dried-in stage or to the sheetrocked stage or to whatever point you decide) and, once he has completed all the work he was hired to do, he gets paid and steps out of the picture leaving you to finish the rest of it yourselves...either by directly hiring subcontractors or by doing the hands on work yourselves. Getting a bank on board with this kind of plan can be a bit difficult though. Banks typically want the house to be finished and ready to be lived in when the last of the construction loan money is drawn down. Plus, if there are any warranty issues once the house is fully complete, it can be difficult to nail down responsibility.

Another option would be to go the owner-builder route so that your are your own general contractor for the entire build. That way you hire can subcontractors or do specific jobs yourself, as you desire. You're in total charge. There are consulting companies that, for a fee (which is much less than a general contractor's typical percentage) will guide and assist you as you owner-build. They lead you thru the applicable laws so that you get all the necessary permits and inspections, advise you on the order in which to do various jobs...including how far in advance one usually needs to order certain materials, provide you with lists of pre-vetted subcontractors which you can choose to hire, etc. They'll even help you find banks that will give construction loans to owner-builders. Working with such a consulting company can give you the same clout with subcontractors that a volume builder would have because the subcontractors know that, if they don't do a good job for you, they lose all future business that might come their way via the owner-builder consultant. (And owner-builders tend to pay subcontractors ON TIME so, once they've worked for an OB, many subcontractors actually wind up preferring it.) Be aware that, as an owner-builder, YOU are responsible for any state mandated warranties if you sell the house to someone else before the warranty periods have expired.

My sense, from being on this board for more than 5 years now, is that owner-building is MUCH more common (and much more accepted) in the south than in the north...maybe because we tend to have fewer laws that protect homeowners from being victimized by unscrupulous builders here in the south so, to protect themselves, more southerners decide to owner-build. Or, maybe it is simply because having warmer weather most of the year just makes owner-building seem more attractive. Let's face it, most of us know that we don't want to be freezing our buns off hanging sheetrock or installing tile in an unfinished unheated shell in the middle of the winter! We don't even want to have to be closely inspecting a sub-contractor's work when it's 20 degrees outside. LOL!

I know at least a dozen different people who have owner-built custom homes (with guidance from one of several different owner-builder consulting companies) and every single one of them says that they saved money, got a nicer home, and would owner-build again in a heartbeat.

As for plans... you have several options for finding a plan and there are pros and cons to each:

1) If you want a custom design, hire an architect and have them create one just for you. Expect to pay anywhere from about $5/sq foot to 15% or more of your build price for architectural services. Price depends how detailed you want the plans and specs to be and what services, if any, you want the architect to provide beyond just rendering basic plans. If you want the architect to oversee the build process (i.e., ride head on the general contractor) expect to pay quite a bit more than if you just want them to render plans for you. At a minimum, if I hired an architect, I would want them to provide plans and complete specifications and then agree to be available (perhaps for an hourly fee) to settle any disputes regarding interpretation of the plans. And I would also expect them to provide, for free, any additional architectural services that proved necessary due to any flaws/omissions in the original plans.

2) Find a design online or in a house plan book that you generally like, purchase it along with a CAD version, and have it modified as needed to meet local codes. Some of the online plan sources now ask where you plan to build. I assume they do so so that they can advise you on whether the plan you have chosen already meets the building codes in your jurisdiction or can be modified easily to meet codes. Unless you find a plan that needs very very little modification to suit you perfectly though, you may wind up wasting significant time and money going this route. And apparently a lot of architects really don't like being asked to modify a pre-existing plan. You may have more luck if you hire a younger architect who is hungry for work. Alternatively, take the CAD to a draftsman to revise then have it the revised plan reviewed by a structural engineer with knowledge of local code requirements. Note that, in this case, if there are any flaws/omissions in the final plans, you're on your own hook to work out an acceptable solution with the builder.

3) Find a house built locally that you like, track down the architect and find out if he/she will license the plan to you. Be aware that if the house was fully custom, the architect may have contracted with the homeowner NOT to re-license the same work within a certain distance from the original build. (Folks who have paid for a truly custom design may not want another home exactly like theirs being built a block away!) Building a house from a plan that has already been successfully built minimizes that chances that there are undiscovered flaws/omissions in the plan.

4) Hire a design/build company that has an architect/draftsman on board. The really major potential problem with going this route is that, once you have a satisfactory plan, you can't put the design out for competitive bids. You are locked into either accepting the price the design/build company gives you for building the house or starting back over at square one. And, if midway thru the build, you find you have to fire your builder (it happens) or he goes bankrupt (it also happens), I'm not at all sure what legal right you would have to use the plans to finish the build.

5) Hire a volume builder and just choose one of their designs. Typically the only customizing that a volume builder will allow is in the finish work. I.e., you can choose paint colors, carpet colors, and choose from among the a limited palette of tiles, hardwoods, plumbing fixtures, and lighting fixtures. Don't go in thinking you can ask them to move walls or add in a window or two. Probably won't happen!

6) Design your own home. This takes an immense amount of time and study. It is definitely NOT for the faint of heart or those who are unwilling to learn one heck of a lot about architectural design and building codes AND be willing to learn to use a reasonably good CAD program. It also probably helps to have a good knowledge of basic physics and, even then, you'll probably eventually want to have your design carefully reviewed by a structural engineer. And of course, if there are any flaws/omissions in the design, coming up with a way to fix them is all on you.

Here is a link that might be useful: What do you need to do/know if buying raw land


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Whole House Finished Pics

posted by: beaglesdoitbetter on 02.22.2012 at 10:36 am in Kitchens Forum

For anyone interested, the house is about as done as it is going to be for a while since I'm not moving in until some time in April and even then, have very little furniture and plan to collect stuff over time to get unique items.

There's a few representative pictures below and lots and lots more on the blog.

Kitchen at night:
2012-02-20 18.04.19

A few more cabinet interior shots:
2012-02-20 15.56.39



Breakfast nook:
2012-02-20 16.08.24

Great room:
2012-02-20 16.00.34

2012-02-20 15.58.45

Gathering room:
2012-02-20 15.45.58

Sun room:
2012-02-20 15.44.08

2012-02-20 15.43.07

2012-02-20 15.59.38



2012-02-20 13.07.11

2012-02-20 13.07.01

Dog room:
2012-02-20 13.06.19

2012-02-20 13.06.02


2012-02-20 13.05.09

2012-02-20 13.04.18

2012-02-20 15.58.30

2012-02-20 13.31.02

2012-02-20 16.00.06

Upstairs laundry:
2012-02-20 16.02.26

Master bedroom:
2012-02-20 13.29.03

Master bath:
2012-02-20 13.32.00

My closet:
2012-02-20 13.33.26

2012-02-20 13.33.56

2012-02-20 13.27.03

Fiance's closet:
2012-02-20 13.36.52

Guest bath:
2012-02-20 16.01.19
Jack and Jill bath:
2012-02-20 16.04.17


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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 :)


I love the inset over the stove, the fridge, and the counters.
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I Finished my White Zen Kitchen!

posted by: celineike on 07.10.2011 at 05:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ahhhh, it's good to be done.
What fun this whole process has been!
Here's the low down.

We had a slab leak in February. The entire downstairs had wood floors and water had been leaking into them for weeks/months? we don't know. But long enough that the walls and cabinets were wet as well. So they gutted and we got to work.
Our old kitchen was a dark place for me. We have north facing window and the light was always dim. We also had light wood cabinets and dark greenish black granite (Uba Tuba?) on the counters, island and backsplash!!!! ugh! what a light sucker that was!

I had always known that if we changed the kitchen it would be to white. I know people say timeless doesn't exist in kitchens... but every decade I can think of has had white as an option. So I never thought of this a trendy thing. -til i got here, lol.
Anyway, White cabs and grey counters were the only things I had in mind for sure. The rest fell into place the more I looked around and if you see a part of your kitchen in here... THANK YOU!!!! I stole SO many details from GWer's.

Apparently we have a small kitchen,lol... didn't think so til i got here either, it's 13'x12'

Counters.... Qortstone perimeters in Cemento
Island & Bar is Statuary Marble
Butcher Block on Island.... oiled Dark Walnut End-Grain 18"x38"
Cabinets .... shaker, inset, framed
Paint on Cabs ...BM Cloud White
Paint on Walls ... BM Smokey Taupe
Hardware is mostly RH & Rejuvenation for the Latches (way worth that investment!) All Polished Nickel
Island now measures 38"x 84"
walkways are 38" on sink side; 42" on oven side; and 36" on fridge side... all plenty wide, i was worried about pushing these measurements.
Bluestar RNB 36"
Proline 36" Hood
Sharp MW Drawer
Kenmore Elite French door Fridge
Fisher & Paykel Dish Drawer Washer
Sink.. Krauss 33" double Bowl Stainless
Main Faucet is Hansgrohe Pull Down PN

way before

and after...


Fridge wall, Appliance garage on right and coffee station on left

Island with BB and Rubbish/Recycling Bins/drawers - love these!

Bluestar tee hee

I'll post some more pics of fun details. Things i liked seeing from other's kitchens and ended up adding to mine.

At one point, I had chosen everything and had a huge set back of worry that the whole thing would be boring instead of calm and bright and peaceful. Thank you all for your encouragement and opinions on various choices and ideas. This is such great forum with wonderful people.
I love how my kitchen turned out!



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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


I like the light fixture above the table.
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RE: Window Suggestion- Similar look for less? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: angel411 on 02.08.2012 at 09:09 am in Kitchens Forum

Here's what we did to get the arch look with out arch windows...don't know if it would fit your plan.



Love the windows.
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RE: Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Ideas/Photos Needed (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mydreamhome on 01.24.2012 at 12:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

How to post photos:

1) Go to and open a free account.
2) Follow their instructions for uploading your pics to their site.

Now your pics are ready for posting on sites like GW!

Posting pics in a GW message:
1) Begin the written portion of your posting on GW.
2) When you are ready to add your pics, simply open a new browser window and log into your photobucket account.
3) Go to 'My Album' & copy the 'HTML Code' underneath the photo you wish to add to your GW post.
4) Toggle back to the browser window with your GW posting, place the cursor where you want to pic to appear, right click and select 'paste'.

Your pics will appear in the preview so you can ensure they appear properly before the final submission.(I know, this looks like a lot of potentially confusing steps, but trust me, once you copy the pics into your posts once or twice it's a piece of cake!)

As far as hardware, you could easily go with oil rubbed bronze or venetian bronze, black, dark grey, or even brushed nickel. Your cabinet & glaze colors are neutrals so it will make it easier. Here are some sites for you:

Hope this helps!


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RE: Question for Boxerpups (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: mpagmom on 12.02.2011 at 10:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

Yes, Steph2000, I'm cracking the whip! Do as I say, not as I do!

Really, I'd take the wall down first, too. I think I even suggested it.

While I was just perusing pictures for you I found a closer-up picture of the inspiration picture way above and it looks a little different than the Sonoma tiles:

Of course, I like this one better because I can't find it!


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RE: Seen Your Kitchen, What's the Rest of Your House Look Like? P (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: sidney4 on 01.16.2012 at 11:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Beautiful homes! Mtnrdredux, I have enjoyed seeing glimpses of your house on the Decorators forum. I just keep wanting to see more. Roarah, your sitting room is wonderful. I love the gray walls against the light colored chairs.

We've lived here 18 months and a lot of my house is still a blank slate but with the help of GW I'm getting there. Here are a few rooms.... some are done and others...not so much.

Here's the breakfast area:


Here's our den where I sit with my lap top and work.


Our master bath:

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

Our front entry:


Here's the great room as viewed from the kitchen


Come back and visit anytime!


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Soonermagic, ? about your window trim

posted by: lisa_a on 01.23.2012 at 06:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

Are you still around, Soonermagic? I saved a photo of your kitchen's window trim to my inspiration file and it looks like you did something similar to what we hope to do: add a bead detail below the window without removing the existing window framing. A quasi-sill, if you will (hey, that rhymes!). I'd love to know more about how you did this, please.

In case Soonermagic isn't around (no email link in profile, either), maybe someone here can help me.

Here's what I'm trying to copy.


If you look at the bottom of the window, there is a shadow profile between the sill and the bottom bead, which means that the bottom bead isn't part of the sill. I showed it to hubby and he wondered if it would be a weak point. I've looked through tons of photos in mags and at and searched for instructions on-line with no luck.

Which other forums should I try? Remodeling? Woodworking? TIA!


I like window sill and curtain style.
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RE: Type of door for pocket installation (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: mikect05 on 12.04.2011 at 04:22 pm in Remodeling Forum

Thanks for the input. Went over a friend's house today who has some pocket doors and they are very nice, and open and close with ease. I don't think it will be a bad thing at all to have one.

So if I get this correct, I use a router to put a grove on the bottom of the door, then fasten the aluminum angle directly to the floor? And then I just leave off the plastic guides that come with the johnson kit?
Thank you!


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What was your best bathroom remodeling decision?

posted by: ashlander on 02.19.2007 at 12:40 am in Bathrooms Forum

We're having a difficult time making decisions for our bathroom remodel: choice of shower stall, toilet, flooring, counter, and perhaps even a fireplace. This will be the first and only remodel for our bathroom, so we hate to mess up.
Would appreciate any words of wisdom or advice.
What do you regret? What would you change? What was your best decision concerning the bathroom?


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RE: Who makes gorgeous crackle subway tiles that look hand-made? (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: ZacsDaddy on 05.15.2011 at 12:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

We're using Grazia Listelli in Laguna. They also have a white and cream color available. The shape is a little more modern than a traditional subway in that its 2.5" X 10". But they look great to me. The price is well under your $20/sq ft. goal!

Close Up



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RE: Kitchen organization - Resources and Inspiration (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: Angeleyes54020 on 01.22.2012 at 12:58 am in Kitchens Forum

I have a few sites that might help.

Organize your frig:

Freezer Organization:

Pantry Organization:

Here is a link that might be useful: Organizing Tips


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Teach me how to make those custom blue tape pulls

posted by: breezygirl on 11.19.2011 at 02:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

No pulls at my house yet. ((sigh))

As I wipe down drawers, I've been trying to stick on some blue tape to make those fancy little pulls y'all use. I must not be doing it right. I'm taping it to the inside of the drawer and sticking a big tab out of the drawer, but when I close the drawer above one, the botom one gets tucked in.

How, exactly, do you fabricate a blue tape pull? Please be specific for the blue tape impaired me. :)


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RE: Would love help identifying this backsplash! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: Madeline616 on 01.15.2012 at 04:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm sorry I can't ID that particular one, but this Ann Sacks glazed terra cotta tile has a reflective sheen/iridescence, similar to iridescent glass. The color is light blue, the name is Medina.

Good luck!



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cutting into ceiling joists??

posted by: jbug1960 on 03.28.2011 at 04:27 pm in Remodeling Forum

I am trying to install a wall mounted stainless steel rangehood that will extend to the ceiling. My exhaust pipe needs to go through the kitchen ceiling and up 6 foot through the roof. Unfortunately, there is a ceiling joist directly in the path. The rangehood will be on a west interior kitchen wall between great room and kitchen, and the ceiling joists run north and south. Is there someway to sister the joints or strengthen them some other way so that we can cut a 6 or 8 inch pathway for the exhaust pipe without endangering the structure? Also, do you know if you would need a city permit for this work. Thanks


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I like iridescent glass backsplashes (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: ellaf on 11.19.2011 at 03:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

You bet. As background, we got new countertops, appliances, and a backsplash and kept the existing cabinets.


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When I fall in love I fall hard, we have it on our fireplace surround too in a darker color.

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Here is a link that might be useful: vihara glass tile in minka iridescent


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RE: Beautiful Backsplashes:Links to BreathTaking Pictures & Resou (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: Sharon_G_in_MA on 06.21.2004 at 09:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

I guess I'm next! I'll go looking for more, but here's a current favorite.

Here is a link that might be useful: New Walker Zanger splash


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Rikerk (Follow-Up #62)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 01.19.2012 at 01:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

rikerk--sorry. I thought I typed it. It's Java. It's gel stain. but you use it like a paint, meaning you don't wipe it off but you let it dry very very very good in between coats. If you go on the "REad me if you're new" thread Buehl keeps active there are directions from celticmoon on how to do it. In my case, I skipped the early steps and went right to the Java for the look I wanted.

Good luck


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RE: Seen Your Kitchen, What's the Rest of Your House Look Like? P (Follow-Up #55)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 01.19.2012 at 12:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mrs Brad--the tile is from Mikado, it's 6 x 24. Lovely stuff, glad you like it

eriepatch--you can see photos of the house on the first thread (link in OP). But I sent you an email. If you get it just respond and I can send them to you.

rikerk-I used General Finishes Gel Stain. Use it like paint, several coats, then use a top coat to seal and give it that little sheen. I did all my vanities.

sidney-you crack me up. thanks


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RE: LED strip- which should I choose? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: ethan7557 on 11.28.2011 at 11:36 am in Lighting Forum

I just installed the flexible LED strips under our cabinets as well as using them for up lights. I used the tape variety. They come in two versions the low intensity and high intensity. I used the warm white high intensity, which is not as warm as a regular bulb, but not as ugly as cool white and nothing beats a good old fashioned incandescent bulb. LED's also come in a packaged unit that has all the parts need to run them off of line voltage 120v. The one thing I did not like about those was they had switches built into them which you could use to dim them as well. I just wanted lights all the time. You can dim LED's as long as you use the correct driver and electronic dimmer switch. They are more money for both, and it depends on how many LEDs you are going to use will dictate the driver used.

Here is a link that might be useful: flexible LED light strips I used


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RE: Lighting - Under Cabinet (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: mountaineergirl on 01.29.2011 at 02:23 pm in Lighting Forum

Please don't assume all LED are a cooler light (as opposed to a warm yellow light) You need to check the color temp (measured in Kelvin) some LED lights are 2700-3000K which is a warm light, comparable to incandescant . I prefer them around 4000K which is a brighter white light - still not bluish. There are charts online that show the difference. I don't want to post a link because I don't want to appear to be advertising or spam. I'm just someone who has been looking at the LED stuff for a few months now.


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RE: Disappointed with my LED recessed lights ... what now? (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: triphase on 05.30.2011 at 02:50 am in Lighting Forum

I wish I had seen this sooner. The answer to your dimming issues will be solved with an electric low voltage dimmer from lutron. Lutron LN-DVELV-303P.
This will take care of all the LED's out there that have any and all noise and stobe light effect (flashing) The dimmer is a bit pricy but it WILL fix your problem. Even the new Diva's from Home Depot that are LED specific won't stop all the noise and possible flashing issues. We use this dimmer here at tri-phase electric since we install a ton of LED recessed lights. It took a while to figure this all out, but once we did, all the customers were shocked at how good these lights and dimmers are.



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RE: Under-cabinet lighting, pt. 2 (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: jscout on 01.09.2012 at 12:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have LED strips from superbrightleds dot com that I really like. The color is whiter than incandescent (maybe a tad more than halogen) but warmer than fluorescent. It's a thin light bar, thin power supply and a small touch dimmer. Here are a few pictures.

Installation - Lights off:

Installation - Lights on:

Front View with moulding at eye level:

Angled view of lights:

Here is a link that might be useful: Super Bright LEDs


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RE: Under-cabinet lighting, pt. 2 (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: billy_g on 01.09.2012 at 12:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

You should check out the other undercabinet lighting threads.

We have undercabinet LED lights from Philips - see link below.

Some of the things we like:

- line dimmable - no transformers needed

- they have a curved lense to spread out the LED light

The strips mount at the front of the cabinets and direct the light both down at the counter and back against the backsplash. Lovely!


Here is a link that might be useful: Philips undercabinet LED lights


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RE: Under cabinet lighting? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: pegasuslighting on 12.29.2011 at 03:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Fpagnotti - Emily here from Pegasus Lighting (online lighting retailer). We sell a variety of under cabinet lights. Regardless of what company you decide to go with, I think the guide below might help you make some decisions about what you're looking for. Hope it helps!

Here is a link that might be useful: How To Choose Under Cabinet Lighting


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RE: Under cabinet lighting? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: suzannesl on 12.29.2011 at 11:50 am in Kitchens Forum

We used Kichler LED undercabinet lighting. It's one of our favorite parts of the new kitchen.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kichler kitchen lights


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RE: Under cabinet lighting? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: katsmah on 12.29.2011 at 11:17 am in Kitchens Forum

We used WAC Xenon light strips for our under cabinet lighting. They were hardwired in and on standard dimmer switch, though each unit can also be controlled by a switch on the unit.

Here is a link that might be useful: WAC Xenon light bar


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RE: Can you suggest some under cabinet lights? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: jgs7691 on 01.11.2012 at 08:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have Seagull Ambiance Low-Voltage strip, dimmable xenon bulbs, and we absolutely LOVE them! Very easy to add or remove additional lamps/bulbs, if you want more or less illumination in certain areas.

We have another "desk" area that is unconnected to the rest of the Ambiance -- we used a single Juno xenon undercabinet unit, like this: -- with a high-low rocker-style dimmer. We like that one, too -- but I would definitely go with the Seagull throughout the kitchen.

We looked at LED too, but they were more difficult to make dimmable, so we stuck with the xenon. Love 'em.

Good luck with your decision!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Seagull Ambiance


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RE: Show me your kitchen lights! (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: leela4 on 01.15.2012 at 08:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have turquoise pendant lights from Bruck lighting that we purchased through a local store. The ones over the island and the sink are halogen and the ones over the bar are LED. We also have LED under cabinet lights.

I love our lights. We went through (too) many iterations of lights before finally deciding on the Brucks. The only thing I would do differently would be to have the light over the sink be an LED. It really doesn't need to be halogen.


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RE: Seen Your Kitchen, What's the Rest of Your House Look Like? P (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 01.17.2012 at 12:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love looking at everybody's houses. So much fun to see into your other room! I just realized there were some changes in our house since that last post, so I have some more for you.

Upstairs hallbath (thank you gel stain!) The floor is a tile even though it looks like wood

the master bedroom:
Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

and looking the other way:
Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

and the ugly dresser I bought at Home Goods for $200, Drexel Heritage. Thank You Gel Stain, again!

who can forget the tile in the laundry room?
Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

My daughter's room. Very pale lilac/gray color. BM Slip.



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distance between island and counter

posted by: pearl2007 on 01.13.2008 at 07:58 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm looking for what people's thoughts are on what the minimum distance could/should be between the main counter top and the island. Is 30 inches too small a distance? I think 4 feet is typical, but I'd like to try and keep it less.... thanks for your suggestions.


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Please post pictures of your narrow island and work aisles

posted by: scrappy25 on 05.03.2010 at 10:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am in sticker shock after getting one bid back for my kitchen expansion- over $300/sf for the addition, not including the cabinets and appliances! Hopefully the other bids will come in lower but this bid sent me back to the drawing board to fit my remodel into existing space. I only have a 10'2" wide kitchen/eating are so either it is a peninsula layout or a long kitchen with 24" deep island , 24" sink run, and 36" inch aisles. I prefer the long narrow island because it gives me much more counter and storage space, and we are generally a one cook family. I have left 48" in front of the fridge and the sink so the narrow aisle will only impact the range and the dishwasher beside it.
My passage aisle will be 40". I am even thinking of putting the island on wheels so it can be adjusted slightly, but that means I'd have to forgo the rock countertops.

I'd like to see pictures of kitchens with narrow islands and/or aisles, and comments from the owners as to functionality. I realize that the countertops will have to overhang the cabinets so I may shorten the cabinets to 23" depth- wasy to do with either Ikea or custom cabinets.


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Pictures- small kitchen island with seating on end

posted by: mark64 on 04.10.2010 at 05:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our latest kitchen layout has a smaller island in width (27 or 30" wide by 7'). We do not have room for seating the entire length of the island since their is a wall on the outer side and it is a traffic area. We would like to put a seat for 1 or 2 at one end. I am trying to figure out how that would look. Does anyone have a picture of their island with seating at the end? I was thinking one at the end and another on the same corner on the outer side. Thanks


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Rev-A-Shelf Knife Drawer Special

posted by: athomesewing on 01.01.2012 at 08:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

I fell in love with someone's knife drawer..sorry can't remember who. Anyway, in looking around recently I found what looks to me like a great deal on the Rev a Shelf knife drawer insert and the Spice organizer, $22 each with FREE shipping.

I bought the knife drawer insert before Christmas, wondering if there would be anything wrong with it at that price but it is gorgeous and I'm so happy to have caught the price. I just went back on and ordered the trim to fit spice organizer.

I don't know how long they are going to offer the free shipping. If you are interested in the same deal, check out link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Knife Drawer Insert


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RE: Knives and cutting boards (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: sally123 on 10.25.2011 at 11:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Bahacca - It's made by rev-a-shelf and is available all over the place, even at Amazon. It is made of maple and is trimmable to fit in your drawer. Its great.


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RE: Details: hardware, faucets (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: janealexa on 01.03.2012 at 10:42 am in Kitchens Forum

I've heard the same thing about big box stores, but I have no personal experience with them. For our current house and the new house, we bought fixtures through our local plumbing store. We currently have a Moen pull out kitchen faucet and after about 5 years the button broke so now the stream of water is half spray, half stream. Other than that all of our other Moen faucets have held up nicely. In the new house we purchased Delta Leland for the kitchen and some bathrooms, Moen Monticello for 1 bathroom (also have this in the current house and have seen the same style JW Marriott hotels), and Delta Victorian for the powder room. I did buy one faucet for the outdoor kitchen from I also bought our garbage disposals from

Saw a commercial for a touch faucet, looks awesome! Don't know anything about pricing/quality though.

For cabinet knobs/pulls: for the current house, we bought our ORB knobs and bin pulls from Ebay - excellent quality, great price. Just did the same for the new house - very inexpensive (around $1 per knob, $1.49 per bin pull), no tax, and free shipping if you buy 25+ items. Can't beat that! The ebay store is called The Knob Shop. From their description: "We have a large variety of Cabinet Hardware available: Amerock, Allison, Avante, Belwith, Hickory Hardware, Century, Liberty, Laurey, Knob Hill, Signature Brass, Carol Beach, JVJ, Gainsborough, Gatco, Ultra, Sierra Designs, so feel free to ask about any hardware you are interested in!"

HTH, Good luck!


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Backsplash hell part 2! Your help needed!

posted by: HomeNoobie on 10.28.2011 at 05:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi guys!
Thanks so much for all your input in my previous thread:

I went tile shopping again today and I came up with a couple more options, the last of which I'm kind of IN LOVE with.. let me know what you think!

Cream crackle, with Sicis mosaic (could do sicis on main hood wall)





And la piece de resistance:

Sici "fireworks" as I call it.. I'm in LOVE with this and would do it throughout the kitchen


and my kitchen again, FYI

Love y'all!


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RE: Electrician said we need 6' can lights, this seems too big. (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: Redhead47 on 01.07.2012 at 05:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

The Cree LEDs come with the whole trim.

Available online & at Home Depot. Currently $39.97 at Lowe's, but recent word on GW is that some areas have them available for $25.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cree LED can lights


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