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RE: Show me your counter overhang for seating (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: MDBmom on 06.17.2011 at 10:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is ours....


Mhmmm soapstone, white square legs, oak(?) foors
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My almost finished kitchen

posted by: mgkinz on 05.05.2011 at 07:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is what we have so far, I still need to accessorize, get wall hangings, window treatments, and various other knick knack things but I just couldn't wait to share :)


message center

looking toward eating area

beverage fridge in island

looking into kitchen from eating area

table and chairs

one more of the table...I'm just in love with it

view out the kitchen window...sorry it's one of my favorite parts :)



paper towel cubby


backsplash behind cooktop




cooktop and drawers

corner drawers....LOVE these

cookie tray shelves


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RE: Counter Height Windows Love them? Hate them? (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: jenswrens on 01.12.2008 at 07:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

Not yet finished, but here's mine.... Love them! Yes, they do get splashed a bit and need to be cleaned, but the view and natural light make it all worthwhile.


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RE: It's (almost) November- How is your build going? (Follow-Up #36)

posted by: mdev on 11.08.2009 at 01:40 pm in Building a Home Forum

I don't think I've posted an update in about 6 months... We have been in for a few months and the site has been graded and we now have a lawn! I think the exterior will look so much better once the hardscape and landscaping go in next spring but these photos will have to do for now. Once I get around to taking pics of the bedrooms and living room, I will post them.



Evening Blue Hardie
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soonermagic is moved in!!! LOTS of pics!

posted by: soonermagic on 11.13.2007 at 12:12 am in Building a Home Forum

We've been in for about 3 weeks now and while most of our stuff is unpacked, we're still furniture shopping and tweaking, and we have no window treatments yet. So most of these pics are of empty spaces just before we moved in. Can say that we're loving the house thus far and it exceeds our highest expectations, so the pain of the too-long building process is already diminishing. For those that may not have followed our story, we tore down a house a couple of blocks from the Univ of Okla and built new, but to look as if it's a renovated 1940's era house. One of the very first tear downs here.
Here's the exterior:

Front Door (custom made of knotty alder with custom stain):

Here's the kitchen (custom, site-built cabinets):

A better shot of the island:


From kitchen back towards front door, main living space (those are walnut hardwoods):

Our Master Bath (steam shower & funky way-too-expensive bathtub):

Laundry room cubbies:

Landing (with custom bookshelves):

Future Kids Bathroom (delirium granite--green & purple--much more impressive in person):

Linen Closet Hutch (narrow room, so hard to get good angle):

Guest Bath (Red Dragon Granite):


Tiny backyard, fully landscaped (view from balcony off gameroom):

Detached Garage behind house:


Love the front porch, the garage, the guest vanity, a lot of things really.
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RE: If you have a white farm sink, what did you use as prep sink? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: bostonpam on 06.25.2010 at 10:18 am in Kitchens Forum

We have a 30" Shaws plus a stainless steel Franke ARX11014. Here's a pic of our unfinished messy kitchen with both sinks Photobucket


I really like the brick walls.
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RE: What's your favorite porcelain tile? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: jejvtr on 12.28.2008 at 11:04 am in Bathrooms Forum

2nd pepperidge's vote & whatever Bill V says - gospel here!

he helped w/my small mud/powderoom flooring

Continental Slate in hopscotch pattern



This is what I'm thinking for the entry way. Slate butted up against hardwood looks pretty darn nice.
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Finished Farmhouse Kitchen

posted by: angel411 on 05.15.2010 at 03:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm a long-time lurker and could not have built this house without this site! I'm posting in hopes of helping someone else like you wonderful people helped me!

Our house is a coastal farmhouse style in NE Florida. I dreamed of white shaker inset cabinets (Jbrodie's to be exact) so we gave our cabinet maker a picture of her kitchen. I was a little nervous because he had never built insets before, but I'd say he did a pretty good job! They are wonderful! (and ended up around $6,000 less than full overlays that were quoted from Kraftmaid)
The undercabinet lighting reads a little yellow, but the walls are a soft gray...we went with only a 4 in granite backsplash and it works well for us.
Please let me know if you have any other questions...I'm sure I left a lot out!

Cabinets- local cabinet maker, white shaker inset, BM Simply White
Hardware- Amerock Revitalize from
Countertops- Black Aracruz granite
Island Bar top- custom pine
Sink- Bella Lavello 30" Fireclay from
Faucet- Julianne Decor Design from
Wall paint- BM Edgecomb Gray
Refrigerator- Frigidaire Professional series
Microwave- Frigidaire Micro Professional
Wall Oven- Frigidaire 30" Professional
Gas Cooktop- Electrolux 5 burner gas
Downdraft- Broan
Dishwasher- Bosch
Pendants- Bronze dome pendants 76101-89 from
Floors- 4 in. prefinished pine from Lumber Liquidators
Barstools- Target
Dining Table- Harvest collection Pottery barn
















Love the cabinets with the black counters, wood floors and wood counter.
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Beautiful White Kitchen with whole house to match

posted by: houseful on 04.14.2008 at 08:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just had to post these for you. They were taken at a model home. I was so surprised because you just don't see this often here in Phoenix. It looked like something you'd find on the beach. There was marble everywhere else, but the kitchen is concrete to mimic soapstone, I guess. Notice also the extra deep counters around the sink.

BTW, those are padded, fabric walls in the powder room. It was neat to see, but not very practical.

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Partial subway backsplash in kitchen is surprisingly nice.
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What could make this kitchen better?

posted by: liptonjl on 05.05.2010 at 12:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have been in our house for less than 2 years but I am not thrilled with how our kitchen turned out. I love our appliances, backsplash and granite but I feel there's too much "brown" in the floor, cabinets, and furniture.

Hindsight I wish I would have done a few things differently, but I am not going to say what, I'd rather hear some unbiased suggestions as to what can be done now. The easier the change, the better, but I want to hear everything! (Replacing the cabinets isn't an option though).

Thank you and here are pics:

We have a "coffee bar" across from our breakfast area:

Breakfast area:

We also have a fireplace in the kitchen/breakfast area if that matters:


And a long shot to try to see how it's set up:



Oak with Minwax special walnut stain. I'm guessing Red Oak.
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RE: HELP!! I can't make paint color decision! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: pirula on 02.22.2010 at 02:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

Consider "Off White" also if you like "Old White" it's lighter, but still definitely there.

Here's "White Tie" on the walls (that's "Pointing" on the trim and ceiling:



Love the simple country look
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My First Before and After pics of a very SMALL weekend project

posted by: polly929 on 03.16.2010 at 02:59 pm in Home Decorating Forum

DH and I bought this home 3 years ago and it was a total fixer upper. I have never posted any pics on here, only because every project is STILL ongoing. It is all DIY, and with 3 kids and 2 full time jobs, finding time to get stuff done is really difficult.

Anyway, we had a built in book shelf right next to our back door. It ended up being a total mess of pictures and knick knacks, that were never in their place. And my kids were always putting toys and other things on it. There is a walk in closet only steps away from it and yet my DH and kids never ever hang their coats in it. The coats always ended up on the back of the dining room chairs. So I had the idea to turn the space into a "mini mud-room" after seeing another GWer turn a closet into one. I'm sorry I don't remember who- would love to thank them! Now the coats don't end up in the DR any more! I'm really happy with how this turned out.


After: (painted BM White Satin)Photobucket


Nice little recessed entry nook.
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RE: Tin Backsplash (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: cooperbailey on 02.17.2008 at 11:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have a tin backspash behind my range. beadboard in the rest of the kitchen. Here is a pic. I dont have a closeup of the tin backsplash though. Please ignore the duct tape pulls and the dog bone on the floor!

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


Simple white tin behind stove. Yup.
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RE: Could my kitchen go in this direction? Pics included (Follow-Up #32)

posted by: young-gardener on 03.14.2010 at 07:22 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I LOVE your kitchen, and the new light. I love the look of natural fibers and vintage-style pieces in rooms like yours. Here is a beadedboard kitchen that I really like.


Big fan.
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RE: help with hardwood floor stain (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: duden72 on 03.13.2010 at 08:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

I refinished my oak floor using Waterlox. I combined Minwax English Chestnut stain with a 4:1 ratio Waterlox to Minwax. 1 coat of original sealer, 2 coats satin finish.





Chestnut + Waterlox. Possibility.
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RE: Our quirky kitchen: Range hood and faucet installed (pics) (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: dvdre on 03.13.2010 at 06:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

These pics are for brickton:

The cabinets doors are called an '8-piece' because 4 pieces are added to create the bead around the inset. On the upper drawers only (which are narrower) the bead runs along the outside edge of the drawer and there is no inset.

Detail of the door edge, showing the bead:

Detail of an upper drawer front with bead around the edge:


best. cabinet doors. ever.
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Could my kitchen go in this direction? Pics included

posted by: megpie77 on 03.11.2010 at 08:02 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Thanks in advance.
I've been so back and forth with the design of our kitchen I am ready to throw in the towel. I am forever changing my mind. I love many different styles and can't ever seem to commit. Some styles I always seem to continually like (or always go back to) are a bit vintage, farm, traditional and colonial, yet fresh and updated.

I found this really cool fisherman's pendant light and was wondering if it could work in our kitchen. I really like the one I have but am thinking of using it in our bathroom. Then I wondered if I could do a wide plank beadboard backsplash running horizotally. This gives me the option to reinvent my kitchen by simply painting the backsplash! But I've heard beadboard is a pain in the you know what behind the faucet. So mabey white subway? I'm going crazy with this decision!

For some reason I just really don't like the direction my kitchen is going. It's just a little to "polished" for my taste. I keep refering to Ballard Design's mag. and Brooke Gianetti's blog-I simply love her style. How can I get my kitchen to go into a less "polished" look?

So what do you think?

I appreciate your time and thoughts : )

I won't be doing the marble as I'm too afraid of the variations in it.


Another great full overlay shaker white cabinet kitchen.
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RE: White Kitchen - thoughts on our early choices? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: hmdennis on 03.08.2010 at 10:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

We did our white kitchen this summer. I say get whatever hardware you like, because it is an easy change out.

We used "Emerald Pearl" for our counters. Good luck!
Finished Kitchen 1

Emerald Pearl Granite


I love the simple cabinetry, with clean lines. It makes me happy.
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RE: Bathroom vanity P-trap Location (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: gtrshop on 03.02.2010 at 08:42 pm in Bathrooms Forum


It's far from finished, but it is fully operational..running water and the ability to get rid of same.


Because of the limited space below the vanity we chose this sink - somewhat of a cross between a vessel-style and a counter level basin. The extra inches above the top made for an easier fit underneath.

Here you get a good idea of the unique construction of this dresser that made for an easier installation. Notice the space where the p-trap is located...unused space behind the drawers. You can also see - right under the sink drain - a rail on either side for the smaller upper drawers. Another unused interior space, we routed supply lines here. Easy access for drain.

Another interior view. bottom of basin is visible between two upper drawers.

This scrollwork sits on a maple veneer 5" spacer between the two drawer fronts. Nice detail on the outside - you can see how convenient this is when you compare to location of drain fittings.

Still needs a bit of refinishing work, but the whole idea is it looks well loved! We couldn't believe how well it turned out.



Very nice vanity conversion
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RE: Bathroom vanity P-trap Location (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mongoct on 03.01.2010 at 01:56 am in Bathrooms Forum

You can use an offset drain tailpiece:

The trap assembly can also be "rotated" to lay flush to the back wall to minimize it's projection.


More strategies from Mongo for furniture style sinks.
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RE: vanity drawers under sinks (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: mongoct on 02.19.2010 at 10:20 am in Bathrooms Forum

Hmmm. I've made many a "U" shaped drawer to fit around sink plumbing while maximizing storage.

I make all my drawers with dovetail construction, so I just have to be careful to not lose track of which ends get pins and which get tails. Other than that, it's not difficult at all. The drawer is secure and not flimsy if he tries that as an argument.


Great shot of drawer under a sink.
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RE: Info/Pics Needed of Outlets on Black Granite Backsplash (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: nhbaskets on 01.30.2010 at 04:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is something I agonized over when we were doing our remodel last year. Our granite is Blue in the Night, which appears as black from a distance. We have four outlets that are in our granite backsplash (which is a bit higher than 4" where they are. My first thought was that I didn't want the switchplates to stand out on the granite. Since the switchplates would be near other switches that would be on cherry beadboard and tile, I decided I wanted to keep with the same style for all. In the end we went with Lutron stainless switchplates with black centers. I think they compliment our SS appliances.

Under our window on either side of the sink
Kitchen window looking from Dining Room.

On our peninsula
Beverage Refrigerator in peninsula.


I keep being drawn to this kitchen.
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RE: Where's your switch for pendant lights over an island? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: nhbaskets on 01.29.2010 at 12:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ours is with in a bank of 4 switches to the left of our sink. The 4 switches control all the lights in the kitchen with the expection of the general pots lights which is a separate switch in two different locations. These 4 switches control single pot light over sink, island pendants, under cabinet lighting, and in cabinet lighting. All have dimmers.

Beadboard and shaker pegs under upper cabinet to right of cooktop.


Again, I love their cabinets, especially the corbels and 'backsplash'.
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RE: Trash pullout under sink? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: jeri on 01.27.2010 at 10:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

Yep! IKEA! :-)

This is not mine, but mine is *very* similar.



Under sink pullouts.
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Finito! one more white/marble/soapstone kitchen

posted by: segbrown on 12.06.2009 at 01:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've posted in dribs and drabs, so this isn't exactly an unveiling, but we are 99% done. Thanks to everyone; I've been reading this forum for years, even in the "pre-model" we did a few years back (minor update). I am also greatly indebted to my wonderful designer and contractor; I lucked out there.

Before pics: we moved the kitchen into the family room, the dining room into the kitchen, and the breakfast area into the dining room. (The living room turned into the family room, and the office will soon turn into the living room ... more to do around here.)So these photos are not exactly classic before/afters. (And it's a snowy day, so bright outside, not the best for pics. Oh well.)

Old kitchen

Corresponding view

Old family room:

Corresponding view

Old dining room (both visible walls are now gone)

Corresponding view

I was previously opposed to knocking out both walls, but I am glad we did. For the way we live, it works much better. Entertaining is a cinch now. Because the kitchen is vaulted but the other ceilings are low, it doesn't feel like a huge empty space (that's what I was worried about). And I liked my "other" house, just not the kitchen. It was awful.

I'll post details here, and more specific photos in a subsequent post.

Aspen Leaf Kitchens in Denver/Berthoud, CO; proprietary Primer White, BM Taos Taupe on island and butler's pantry, and custom-stained antique pine on breakfast hutch

SubZero BI-36U fridge, pro handle
Wolf 48 DF range with 4 burners and double griddle
Viking 54 in. hood liner with heat lamps
Thermador DWHD64EP dishwashers
KitchenAid KBCO24RSBX three-zone beverage center
SubZero 700BCI refrigerator/freezer drawers
Sharp 0.8 cu ft microwave

Minas soapstone on perimeter cabinets and hutch
Calacatta gold marble on island and butler's pantry

Restoration Hardware Gilmore cup pulls, Aubrey knobs and handle pulls, Clear Glass knobs in antique brass, and Season knobs and Hanson pulls in ORB

Main: soapstone farm sink crafted by Terra Bella/Denver CO
Prep: Ticor S3650

Main sink: Kohler HiRise bridge with sidespray
Prep sink: Kohler HiRise bar faucet

Wilmette Clark pendants in ORB (breakfast nook)
Wilmette LaSalle wall sconces in antique brass (later photos)
Visual Comfort Classic Ring chandelier in AB (dining room)
Visual Comfort Four-Light Siena pendant in AB (butler's)

-Island stools-
Ballard Designs Dorchester counter stools in rubbed black (all other furniture and rugs previously owned)


White cabs with painted cabs and soapstone. And I like the pendants.
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RE: Help me design a wood range hood cover (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: eks6426 on 11.18.2009 at 08:54 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm having a hard time envisioning the total mantle hood look with the columns working in my fairly simple kitchen. I like the idea of trying to blend the cabinets into the whole hood but not to the counter like in peace rose's picture.

Love the idea of trying the foam board. I think we'll give that a shot.

Here is a picture of one that I thought could work. What do you think?

Here is the layout of my room. Those 15" cabinets would have oils and such but also casserole dishes, mixing bowls etc.



I love the shelf and mantle look to the hood surround.
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Off-White Kitchen with Marble Island/Table

posted by: annekendo on 02.15.2009 at 09:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm not 100% done, but the kitchen is done enough that I can post some pics & send a thank you to everyone here for all the great info I received from this forum. I know this kitchen isnt for everyone, but I figured I would share since I was inspired by bits & pieces of so many kitchens I saw on this site.

Cabinets: Brookhaven
Sinks: Ticor
Faucets: Moen
Counters: GM Original soapstone perimeter & honed carrara marble island
Backsplash: honed carrara marble 3x6 tiles
Floor: travertine
Appliances: all Electrolux except for KA dishwasher
Hood: Vent-A-Hood
Cabinet hardware: from Restoration Hardware
Chandelier: from Restoration Hardware
Chairs: from Arhaus
Stools: from Crate & Barrel

Here are some before pics at the start of renovation:


kitchen - temp wall

Here is the new kitchen. It was bumped out about three feet which gave enough room for an island/table combo:

kitchen - island

kitchen - from backroom

Here is a link that might be useful: more pics of new kitchen


I actually really like the full overlay doors here.
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RE: Soapstoners with a non-subway backsplash? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: trailrunner on 12.31.2009 at 10:49 am in Kitchens Forum

You don't have to have a backsplash at all. I don't like them for me so I have the painted wall. This way I can change what I want whenever I want. The tile etc is way too limiting for me. Here is one pic. I used BM Regal is perfectly scrubbable and looks the same after nearly 4 yrs as it did when it was painted. Hope this helps....also WAY cheaper to just paint and use art work. c

cooking area:

cooktop and deepfryer/teak counter

baking area:

Baking area w/ 30


Notice the lack of backsplash, of course love the cabinets, and the color is surprisingly nice. And again the leaded glass above a doorway.
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RE: Do you have more than 2 cabinet finishes? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: rhome410 on 09.25.2009 at 06:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have 4! :-) And I LOVE your choices, by the way. They will look gorgeous with your granite and the teak. You are right that choosing carefully how to divide the colors is key, and making them have a natural feeling fit with the room and style.

Here is our kitchen (The cream island still needs to be completed with more cabinetry under the overhang and the trim details. The temp. white wall cabinet will eventually be replaced by a fir or burgundy hutch that sits on the counter...DH is pulling strongly for fir and that was the original plan, but I waver.)




I like the multiple color cabinets... 4 might be pushing it, but I like the blue-ish gray and white.
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RE: Sanded Grout for Rialto Beige Tiles (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: weedyacres on 11.13.2008 at 11:33 pm in Flooring Forum

I used Rialto Beige and Mushroom grout. Here's what it looks like (part to the left of tape is not yet grouted):

And here's mushroom used with Rialtos Beige and Noche:


Rialto tile from Lowes. I like the Beige, but maybe a more complex pattern for the entry?
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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!


Double 8 gallon recycling / garbages under the sink. Nicely done.
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RE: Knob placement on trash pull out cabinet (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: nhbaskets on 06.17.2009 at 05:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

Also just getting around to post pictures of what I have, which seems to go against the trend. This was an issue that I was undecided about, so I ended up going with what the KD and GC recommended...knobs on the corner to make the door panel look like a door. So far it's been fine. Sorry for the poor quality pics.

Cabinet on the right is trash

Double recycle bin


Pewter / Weathered nickel pulls and knobs.
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Framing a tub deck/surround

posted by: mongoct on 01.15.2008 at 10:34 pm in Bathrooms Forum

There are different ways to skin this cat. Here's one way.

I don't have a decent step-by-step set of pictures, these pics are a byproduct of another shoot.

I always set non-cast iron tubs in a mortar bed. If your floor is not level, this allows you to level the tub. If your floor is level, then you can either set the tub, feet and all, in a thick bed or you can set the tub in a mortar bed and displace enough mortar so the feet of the tub touch the subfloor. Or you don't have to use mortar. Your choice.

ABOVE: Your tub will have a specified distance from the bottom of its rim to the bottom of its feet. In my example I used 19". Assuming I use a 1" (1" thick after the tub is set and mortar displaced) bed of mortar under the tub, my finished deck needs to be 20" off the floor or above the platform.

1) Tile plus thinset = 3/8" thick
2) 1/2" cement board plus thinset = 5/8" thick
3) 3/4" CDX ply = 3/4" thick

Add those three together to get 1-3/4". Subtract that from 20" and I want my framing for the tub deck to be 18-1/4" tall.

Using 2x4 material, the top and bottom plates (framing pieces with an "X" on them) will be 1-1/2" thick (maybe 1-3/8, measure your wood), so my cripple studs will be 18-1/4" - 3" = 15-1/4" tall.

ABOVE: The above pic is not a great example, because in this case the Lady of the House wasn't certain how high she wanted the tub to be. So I built the frame for the deck, stuffed it in place, and elevated it with the small pieces of 2x4 you see up against the walls. This allowed my to raise it or lower it as needed. Once the height was settled upon, the deck frame was leveled and screwed into the wall studs (do NOT use drywall screws!) and it was then under-filled with cripple studs to properly support it. Get the deck level.

ABOVE: I'm including this pic as it shows what a proper mortar bed looks like after the tub is set. You can see this tub had full support. You won't get that with canned foam.

ABOVE: Instead of a tiled tub deck, this one is teak. This shows the deck after it was epoxied up in place.

ABOVE: Three coats of a good urethane. Shiny because it's wet.

ABOVE: After the third coat, a nice satin finish. You can see that the teak deck doesn't reach all the way to the window wall. Later I installed a raised teak window sill that was about 7 or 8" deep.

Above: Here's the raised teak window sill. It hasn't been urethaned yet. The tub deck is 8/4 teak, the window sill 4/4.

ABOVE: A drawing of how I built this apron. What I like about this apron is that any of the three panels can be lifted and rotated out to gain access under the tub. Or the entire face frame that holds the three panels can also be lifted up and rotated out to gain access to the entire front of the tub. No tools required.

ABOVE: One panel removed.

ABOVE: Then whole face frame removed.

ABOVE: Everything in place.


I double heart this tub, and the walkthrough.
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Cabinets are in~Progress photos

posted by: katieob on 08.29.2009 at 03:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

The cabinets went in this week and I love them! Some moulding & trim need to be finished, but here's how it's looking:







Next up: Paint, vent hood, backsplash, stools, finish floors...

Thanks for looking!


I want dark pulls, but I like the pronounced (non-recessed) toe kick.
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Finsihed Creamy White and Soapstone Kitchen - Pics!

posted by: mary_in_nc on 07.17.2008 at 01:15 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally the last details of the kitchen are finished and I feel I can finally post pictures! So many thanks to all of you on GW, especially you stoners!






Here is a link that might be useful: Finished Kitchen Pictures


clipped on: 10.28.2009 at 01:52 pm    last updated on: 10.28.2009 at 01:57 pm