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My just-about-finished Super White kitchen **pics**

posted by: dragonfly08 on 03.28.2012 at 02:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our 10wk-long kitchen renovation that began on Jan 2nd finally came to an end 2 weeks ago. Moving into the kitchen has been a slow but fun process and we are enjoying every minute we spend in it. We are still missing some key items, an appliance garage (currently being made at the cabinet-maker's), microwave, furniture... but gradually, we are making this place the heart of our home.

House is a cozy colonial situated in central NY built in the 1980s that came with a magnificent piece of property. The inside, however, needed (and still needs) much update. We ripped out all the (irregular) flooring on the first floor and had them replaced. Structural changes took place in the mudroom/garage-entry area as well as the wall between kitchen and dining room (widened).

Prior to renovations, I had ZERO experience with reno of any sort, let alone in design. I stumbled upon GW and my world changed! You have all been fantastic and an invaluable source of information and support. I direct all my renovating friends here now! Your finished kitchens have all been sources of inspiration for me and I have most definitely borrowed some of your ideas (built-in paper towel holder, motion detector light switch in pantry, stone window sill...).

Lastly, this is my dream kitchen in the home we hope to raise our family in. White kitchens are fairly uncommon around these parts and so far, that is one main feature people are taken by when they first walk into our kitchen. I hope you all enjoy the photos!

Details
Cabinets: Custom-made by Concepts in Wood (Syracuse, NY), Shaker-style doors, painted BM Chantilly Lace
Counters: Super white quartzite and titanium soapstone
Main Sink: Shaws Original Sink by Rohl - 30"
Main Faucet: Single Side Lever Country Kitchen Faucet with extended spout and sidespray by Rohl
Bar sink: inexpensive stainless sink from Ebay
Bar Faucet: EcoPure filter faucet (runs water from an RO system)
Range: 36" Bluestar with griddle
Hood: Vent-a-hood
Dishwasher: Kitchenaid
Refrigerator: old Kitchenaid that came with house (plan to replace in a year or 2)
Island pendants: Restored vintage hologen industrial pendants with original Heisey glass
Hardware: Highland Ridge by Amerock in 4" and 6"
Backsplash: Bellevue 3x6 ceramic tiles in Glacier by Best Tile

Before:
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Before (view into dining room):
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Before (view into garage entry):
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Before (pantry with crazy-deep shelving):
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Before (view into family room):
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After:
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Coffee/Wine bar:
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Titanium Soapstone:
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View from Mudroom:
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Pantry:
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Microwave will sit on counter atop drawers:
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Mudroom (closet on opposite wall):
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I have to include this photo of our backsplash in the midst of being grouted, taken while my GC was at lunch. Amazing what a difference grout makes!
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Lastly, a fun shot of my girls having fun with bubble wrap and packing paper one evening when I was trying to move all my junk back in:
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clipped on: 10.23.2012 at 12:54 pm    last updated on: 10.23.2012 at 12:54 pm

Found our granite slabs!!! -"White Fantasy"

posted by: Mom23Es on 08.08.2012 at 07:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've almost posted several vents about our struggles to find *the* slabs, but I figured no one really wanted to hear (read) me complain. Let's just leave it at "it's been harder than we thought it would be".

DH finally got frustrated enough to just call all the stone yards around here. Turns out there are a bunch of different names for this stuff. In the end we got "white fantasy" but it was also called Vermont white, alpine white, and Donna Saundra. On GW, it's more commonly called super white. DH ran over to the stone place after work, and he made the call. I'm trusting his judgement! Below are the pics he took with his cell phone. These are pics of two of the slabs. First pic has the slab we will use on the island. The second two pics are the slab for the rest of the kitchen. We also tagged another slab from the same lot just in case.

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I'm in love. Lol. I will be on pins and needles until it is actually fabricated and installed.

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clipped on: 10.22.2012 at 07:02 pm    last updated on: 10.22.2012 at 07:02 pm

Hack job on my beautiful granite :(

posted by: Mom23Es on 09.26.2012 at 10:21 am in Kitchens Forum

About 2 weeks ago they installed my granite. I knew it was bad when everything was installed except for the L piece. After several calls, we were told that everything was fine- it was just cut a bit too big so they needed to take it back to the shop to trim it. Over a week later the piece was installed- with extra seams and mismatched. We are not pleased. :-(

I've been too upset to even post about it. Tomorrow we meet with the builder and a representative from the granite fabricator. Our builder didn't think it looked very good, but he said he's seen worse.

Here's the seam we ended up with
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Here's the templated seam we were supposed to have
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Also, we have two seams behind the sink. I can tell that something happened to the piece where the faucet holes were drilled. The swirls on the granite move opposite of the rest of the counter.
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I love the stone. It's beautiful. But as DH put it, they took filet mignon and made a meatball.

On a positive note, here's out island.
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clipped on: 10.22.2012 at 06:48 pm    last updated on: 10.22.2012 at 06:48 pm

Update on my granite

posted by: Mom23Es on 10.16.2012 at 09:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm happy. :)

Here's the picture of the area that was replaced. I don't think you can see the seams at all unless you really look for them.
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And here are the seams up close.
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This seam is the most noticeable simply because it was cut from a different place on the granite. We did the best we could to match up colors and movement, and I think it's fine.
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I was overall disappointed that they needed to put in so many seams, but there really aren't noticeable. Once the faucet is installed and kitchen comes to life, the seams will be totally forgotten. HUGE sigh of relief.

Thanks for all your support and knowledge. I'm so glad we asked and fought for better. :-)

Here is a link that might be useful: Previous thread on the hack job on my beautiful granite

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clipped on: 10.22.2012 at 06:44 pm    last updated on: 10.22.2012 at 06:45 pm