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HGTV is very irritating

posted by: kateskouros on 07.18.2008 at 09:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

i'm watching "sizzling outdoor kitchens" and they are showing this fabulous nyc terrace kitchen with ipe cabinetry and kurtstone countertops. nope, not a typo. they said KURT stone.
it was lovely. looked just like ...soapstone! i ran it back three times to make sure my hearing wasn't going. do the people at hgtv really not know soapstone when they see it? or better yet, do they just go making things up? i searched for kurt stone to make sure i wasn't missing anything. am i?


clipped on: 07.19.2008 at 10:23 am    last updated on: 07.19.2008 at 10:24 am

We have granite (pics)!

posted by: bellsrus on 07.12.2008 at 09:34 am in Kitchens Forum

Our granite was installed yesterday (new build, not a reno)! I was at the job site for a while, but left before they finished. For some (as yet) unknown reason, they did not install the backsplash.

It is verde butterfly granite (cabinets are cherry with a honey stain).


Beverage area:


Peninsula (cooktop area):

They ran into a couple of issues - the sink was cracked and also wouldn't fit in the sink base, even after they "scooped" the edges of the base cabinet (there was an extra sink on site which they were able to use). The granite was templated before the trim was put around the French door in the family room and the installers were not allowed to take the trim off. They ended up calling our KD who arrived to save the day! He figured out how to make the sink fit, and told them to take the trim off the door (our contractor will replace it with 2 pieces). Whew!

There are more photos and info on my blog:
My blog


clipped on: 07.12.2008 at 01:58 pm    last updated on: 07.12.2008 at 01:58 pm

How do you organize your baking supplies?

posted by: gardenwebber on 07.03.2008 at 05:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

In my new kitchen, I have a 27" upper cabinet dedicated to just baking supplies (sugars, flours, other ingredients, all that good stuff)

I do not know how to organize it. Right now, all my bags of flour/sugar are in there with the tops rolled down as tightly as I can, and I have small stuff (like baking powder, vanilla, etc) sitting on the shelf taking up only 1/2 or less of the vertical room that is actually there. My cabinets are 36" tall, so there is a lot of room in there. Was thinking of getting an additional shelf or wire lift to put another layer of things on.

Anyways - I don't like rolled-over bag tops. I would love to store my flours/sugars in a more airtight container, but don't know what? I was thinking even if I just got some plastic bins with airtight lids (like gladware, perhaps) to store it in, then I would label the outsides.

Would anyone like to show me the inside of their baking cupboard?


clipped on: 07.04.2008 at 02:02 pm    last updated on: 07.04.2008 at 02:03 pm

Whimsy Backsplash Wanted - Maybe

posted by: akarinz on 06.26.2008 at 05:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am doing my cabinets in white with a reddish/brown glaze. The granite is crema bordeaux with stainless steel appliances. The floor is red oak. I want to do a different backsplash, maybe glass tile. I thought it would be fun to have a little whimsy, whatever that means.

Does anyone have any ideas or recommendations as to what would look good? My brain is fried and can't think anymore.

Thank you for your feedback.


clipped on: 06.27.2008 at 07:58 pm    last updated on: 06.27.2008 at 07:58 pm

Looking for Creative Layout Ideas

posted by: lascatx on 05.05.2008 at 12:14 am in Kitchens Forum

Yes, I already did my kitchen -- this is for a friend. She is a single parent with 2 children -- one has MD and is currently in ICU. She doesn't need to be worrying about this now, but I have seen new evidence of how bad her current situation is and want to look for ways to beg, plead, and otherwise haggle her a new kitchen.

Here are some considerations:

This has to be an extreme budget job, but it will have to include cabinets since some are broken, the sink base is rotted, they were site built and are likely to come apart rather than be moved.

Dead ovens are gas as is the cooktop. She'd like to replace both with a range.

She is short and hates the sink in the corner -- she can't reach behind it to clean

The stairway cuts across the entire pantry -- it is awkward and hard to use storage space.

The corner of the family room near the fridge was plumbed for a wet bar that was never put in -- but there is at least cold water supply there -- not sure if that wall to the side of the fridge is load bearing, but the idea of opening that wall up is appealing. The family room has wood panelling and the cost of dealing with that and the wall in general may not be possible.

The windows over the kitchen sink are short -- to the counter. The ones in the breakfast room come down low. Exterior brick wall makes changing any of them unlikely.

The shelves in the laundry area are freestanding and there are no cabinets on either side now. She is using some of them for food storage since the pantry is so limited and awkward.

Current kitchen flooring is linoleum over a concrete slab -- needs replacement.

Her son with MD is wheelchair bound and blind.

Here is a link that might be useful: Existing layout


clipped on: 06.23.2008 at 06:16 pm    last updated on: 06.23.2008 at 06:16 pm

A few more cabinet photos...

posted by: bellsrus on 06.04.2008 at 04:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

DD and I stopped by the house today. The kitchen cabinets were mostly in and the installer was working on the details. (sorry about the not-great photo quality -- I think my flash was turned off)

This is the beverage area - the center cabinet needs to be re-hung. It is supposed to be higher than the adjacent cabinets...

beverage area

This is the cooktop penisula that I forgot to photograph the other day...

cooktop penisula

Here is the island...


There is a spice pullout in the beverage area - added as a filler by the KD at the last minute. I'm not sure what to do with it, as my baking spices will be in the island and my cooking spices near the cooktop.

spice pullout

And here is the cabinet run between the sink and the cooktop...

sink to cooktop run


Here is a link that might be useful: My house building blog...


clipped on: 06.04.2008 at 08:56 pm    last updated on: 06.04.2008 at 08:56 pm

Cabinets going in!! (pics)

posted by: bellsrus on 06.03.2008 at 09:42 am in Kitchens Forum

The kitchen cabinet installation was started yesterday. It's so exciting to see the kitchen start to come together (for those who don't know, this is a new build kitchen, not a reno). Ignore the red floor in the photos - it is just the paper that is protecting the tile on the floor.

This is the refrigerator wall...

This is the sink wall...


An end cabinet and 3 drawer unit...


The beverage area...


I forgot to get photos of the cooktop penisula. We may have to drive out there again tonight so I can see what progress they make today!

A couple of the doors seem to be hinged on the wrong side (or maybe I just don't like having them hinged that way) and hopefully the KD will get his guys to change the hinges on those doors. For example, the tall slanted end cabinet to the right of the refrig opening has all 4 doors hinged on the right and I think the 2 doors on the left need to be hinged on the left so the doors open up wider.

The granite is supposed to be templated on Monday and then installed 2 weeks after that...


clipped on: 06.03.2008 at 06:38 pm    last updated on: 06.03.2008 at 06:38 pm

Any appliance lifts for the Kitchenaid Pro Mixer?

posted by: gozalyn on 04.13.2008 at 06:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

All the appliance lifts seem to be too short. My Kitchenaid Pro Stand Mixer is 16.5" high. Any suggestions?


clipped on: 04.15.2008 at 02:31 pm    last updated on: 04.15.2008 at 02:31 pm