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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 :)

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clipped on: 02.10.2012 at 11:15 am    last updated on: 02.10.2012 at 11:15 am

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

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Here is a link that might be useful: Original post with all the details

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RE: Cabinet whites: Soft vs. creamy (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: breezygirl on 12.04.2011 at 07:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

I tried all of those colors (and many, many more) when choosing my white. White Dove, while a lovely color, when paired with my marble sample in my kitchen had a sickly yellow/gray/green undertone. Cloud White was much too yellow with my Carrara, which has a very gray-almost-blue undertone.

I chose Simply White for my cabs and then used it to paint all of the millwork and every door in my house. In some lights it is a bit too stark, but works well in the kitchen. I am very happy with the color.

Here are a couple of pics from just after the counters went in. Sorry if you've seen these before.

Peninsula with Carrara

Sink end with Carrara

What are you putting on your counters?

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clipped on: 12.04.2011 at 09:31 pm    last updated on: 12.04.2011 at 09:31 pm

RE: big islands (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: cali_wendy on 05.04.2010 at 12:42 am in Kitchens Forum

My counter measures 46 1/2'' x 122 1/2'' which includes 14'' of overhang. No trouble cleaning and I don't have to move the barstools. At 60'' I'm guessing you will probably have to move the stools and tip toe a little to clean the center. I think it will be worth it though! Love big islands. :)

We have no trouble at all with the 14'' overhang, but can't comment if 12'' is sufficient. Sounds like it works fine for others.

Close-in view (sorry the lighting is awful):
Kitchen with island

Here's an older one with better lighting, but father away:
After - TV room looking towards kitchen

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clipped on: 11.26.2011 at 12:28 pm    last updated on: 11.26.2011 at 12:29 pm

RE: Liebherr Fully Integrated Fridge v. Built-In (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: marthavila on 03.03.2011 at 05:45 pm in Appliances Forum

Here's what my fully integrated Liebherr HC2062 looks like (Note that my cabs don't run all the way to the ceiling, though.) I hardly ever notice the grill at the bottom of the unit and neither does anyone else. Most first time visitors think my fridge is a pantry.

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clipped on: 11.21.2011 at 07:47 pm    last updated on: 11.21.2011 at 07:47 pm

New pendant lights installed. :)

posted by: cali_wendy on 04.26.2011 at 02:31 am in Kitchens Forum

Well, thanks to all of the great GW feedback, I was finally able to choose some pendant lights for over our island. A special thanks to shanghaimom who suggested the pendants that I ended up purchasing.

I originally thought that I wanted to go down a more "organic" route for the pendants, but I think these capiz shell lights work beautifully in the space. The brown finish on the iron really looks nice with our Barcelona finish hardware on the cabinets. The shell on the lights has a pretty silvery sheen to it, which plays well with the small of amounts of stainless we have plus the brushed nikle faucet. When the lights are on, they cast a warm glow that looks lovely against our Linen White cabinets.

Thanks again for all of the feedback on my previous post that led me down a path to making the right decision. :)

The lights are the Regatta pendant from Currey & Company. I purchased them through Layla Grace during a 20% off sale and ended up paying $237 each. I am very happy with the purchase.

Except...now with the new, pretty pendants my barstools, dining light, breakfast nook light and wall sconces are looking pretty sad. And, so it begins... Ha ha.

Here's a photo I took late Saturday night after I finished hiding eggs and putting together my DD's Easter basket. Not the greatest, but I'll try and get something better during the day when the light is nice.

Thanks again GW friends! You're the best.

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clipped on: 11.20.2011 at 03:33 pm    last updated on: 11.20.2011 at 03:33 pm

Help picking bar stools to complete kitchen! (pic included)

posted by: jillandmatt on 10.29.2011 at 02:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

Kitchen is finished. Now I would love some help/ideas for bar stools. I have a lot of brown wood/stain(floors, table, island top) so I'm thinking maybe some thing different like black or metal. Any ideas? Here's a picture of our kitchen. I could fit two medium or three smaller size. Also, should I do some with backs or backless?
Thanks!
Jill
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clipped on: 11.03.2011 at 09:05 pm    last updated on: 11.03.2011 at 09:05 pm

RE: please help me with countertop decision-soapstone?? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: positano on 04.23.2010 at 06:07 am in Kitchens Forum

oh, I looked for nordic black satin back when I was deciding. I love it, the look of soapstone and the ease of granite. Since you don't have many soapstone options near you, I think I would go with nordic black.

Here is a kitchen with it that I think is beautiful.

Here is a link that might be useful: jen4268's kitchen

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clipped on: 10.20.2011 at 07:14 pm    last updated on: 10.20.2011 at 07:14 pm

White Cabinets with White Countertops?

posted by: pugrolls on 06.18.2010 at 04:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello, wonderful GWers,

Of all the funny things, DH is now totally in love with the white cabinet/espresso island look. (Despite throwing hissy fits early in the planning process about how much he HATES white cabinets. Yes. He actually typed "HATES" in all capital letters when we were emailing about the kitchen design). In any event, I am delighted by this development and am going to run with it. So now the question becomes, what countertop?

I love love love the look of white carrera marble on white cabinets, but DH wants to go with something more bulletproof. So, OK. Does anyone have or have photos of white cabinets with white countertops other than marble? White quartz, maybe? I would love to see them, thanks!

But just to drool over marble a little....

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clipped on: 10.20.2011 at 07:13 pm    last updated on: 10.20.2011 at 07:13 pm

Finished pics - Creamy white, stained island

posted by: marmoreus on 01.25.2011 at 11:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is long overdue (we finished at the end of last August), but I wanted to thank all you Kitchen forum members for the great help. Thank you, thank you!!! I've really appreciated all the great information on this site. It has been such a helpful resource as we built a house for the first time.

On to the pictures.

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So far the kitchen is working out really well for us. Other than not loving the performance of my wall oven, I am happy with how it all turned out.

The details:

Perimeter cabinets: Decora (Chantille finish on maple)
Island cabinets: Sorrento (Hermosa finish on alder)
Backsplash: Walker Zanger Gramercy Park (Heirloom White and Pipe Smoke)
Granite on perimeter: Antiqued Nordic Black (love this!)
Granite on Island: Alaskan White
Pendant lights: Schoolhouse Electric
Knobs & pulls: Amerock Highland Ridge
Barstools: Restoration Hardware (bought during Friends & Family sale--20% off--yay!)
Wall color: BM Revere Pewter
Flooring: walnut w/ Waterlox finish
Sink: Shaw's farmhouse sink
Sink faucet/soap dispenser: Danze Opulence
Range: NXR
Wall oven: Kitchenaid
Fridge: Bosch
Dishwasher: paneled Bosch
Micro: cheapo GE

Thanks again!

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clipped on: 10.20.2011 at 07:08 pm    last updated on: 10.20.2011 at 07:08 pm

My almost finished kitchen! LOTS of pictures

posted by: michiganrachel on 02.22.2011 at 10:28 pm in Kitchens Forum

I posted some pictures a few weeks ago. Today was a nice sunny day (rare during the Michigan winter), so I decided to try to take some pictures.

I say almost finished as I still need to decorate and fill those windows and I have a problem with the cabinets - Almost all my cabinet doors need to be replaced. You can't see it in the pictures, but the paint job is pretty bad and the seams on almost every door are starting to split. I knew this would happen eventually, but not as soon as I moved in. ARGH = frustration. However, no one really notices but me. However, between the problems with the paint job and the splitting seams I feel like my cabinets look 5 years old.

Also, still need some fillers, the kickplate on the island, and my window treatments are getting put up on Friday (woven wood shades).

So far, I am loving the kitchen. The "barrier island" some warned me about hasn't been a big issue. I just get what I need from the fridge and put it on the island. My fridge drawers help durign meals at the island as I keep what I need during meals in there. My ovens are awesome and have made great cookies, chicken, steaks, pork roast. I love the microwave drawer and have used the warming drawer to keep cookies, pancakes, waffles, and dh's dinner warm!

As some of you know, we did a whole house renovation and 1900 sq. foot addition (the original whole house was 1500 sf). I have some other pictures on flickr, but haven't taken pictures of everything yet as some rooms still have boxes, no pictures have been hung, and some rooms have paper taped over windows for privacy until our window treatments come in. If you'd like to see what I have so far, you can visit my flickr album.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/91801398@N00/sets/72157625738507421/
Here's my info - hopefully I won't forget anything.

Cabinets - Holiday Cabinets. White shaker doors and walnut island.
Granite - BIANCO ANTICO!!! :) Love
Backsplash - American Olean 3x6 white subway tiles. This is where I decided to save money and I love how they look
Appliances - Wolf 36 inch rangetop, best 42" hood, Wolf L series double ovens, subzero fridge, sharp microwave drawer, kitchenaid warming drawer, u-line fridge drawers, Miele La Perla dw
Sinks - big one is a Kraus 32 inch single bowl, prep sink is Ticor, can't remember the size.
Faucets - Delta touch faucet
Lighting - pendants are Hudson Valley Randolph, 10 inch, kitchen table light is Murray Feiss American Foursquare 6+2 light in ORB
Hardware - Amerock Kane in weathered nickel
Floors - White oak to match the 75 year old floors in original part of house.

Without further ado:

View of kitchen from family room
View of kitchen from family room

View of kitchen from eating area
Kitchen from table area

View of kitchen from mudroom/outside pantry door
Kitchen taken from mudroom

Fridge & oven wall
Fridge & oven wall

Love my bianco antico!
Bianco antico granite = love!

More of the granite
More of the granite

Love my runnels
Love the runnels!

This was taken on Superbowl night. My prep sink used as a drink cooler. An unforeseen but very handy use! It took a lot of ice to fill that 10 inch deep sink!

Kitchen table taken from the kitchen. My table has 2 self storing leaves, so we can seat a lot of people!
Kitchen table.

My pantry. There's more shelves tothe right that you just can't see from this angle. Terrible lighting, but you get the idea and can definitely see I'm not one of those super organized pantry people!
Pantry

Family room. More shelves that need to be decorated! You can see my desk area to the right of the fireplace. DH has an office, but this is my space.
Family room

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clipped on: 10.20.2011 at 07:03 pm    last updated on: 10.20.2011 at 07:03 pm

Finished Kitchen creamy white, lacanche, calacatta

posted by: tearose21 on 07.13.2009 at 07:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

Posted earlier but pictures were too small. Hope this works.
Trisha

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clipped on: 10.19.2011 at 09:08 pm    last updated on: 10.19.2011 at 09:08 pm

Traditional Classic Styled White kitchen- 99% finished!

posted by: muranogirl on 01.21.2008 at 12:06 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi girls! My kitchen is almost finished. Although not a reno, it was a self built home and we are still finishing areas of the house including the kitchen. I had asked you for help choosing a backsplash, and thank you all so much! We chose a creamy matte subway in a 1 x 2 mosaic. It should come in this week and I've attatched photos of it. I'm so excited! Sooooo.... here's our 99% finished kitchen!
Details...
Creamy white cabinets (arctic), island in Alder stained with burnt sienna by Westridge Cabinets.
White Kashmir Granite
Black Iron pulls and knobs
Kenmore Elite Stainless appliances, including fridge, dishwasher, mircrowave, slide in range, garborator.
Delta aberdeen faucet
Daltile 1 X 2 mosaics full body porcelain tiles in "buiscut"
Wall paint Creamy White benjamin moore, Ceiling paint custom-mixed light gray, trim paint cloud white by BM.
Central vac pan/kick under island
Island measures 5 feet by 8 feet and features 6 inch turned leg posts extended to the corners. (island fits 4 bar stools)
Flooring, engineerd hardwood oak by bellefloor in wenge.
Wine rack on end of island.
Triarch "The Classic" pendants over island.


The backsplash that I've ordered.


view from livingroom
(please ignore the mess, we were tiling the entry in this photo)



Pantry door has since been frosted..


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clipped on: 10.19.2011 at 09:06 pm    last updated on: 10.19.2011 at 09:06 pm

A year in the making. My new kitchen w/pics

posted by: oldhouse1 on 09.11.2011 at 08:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our home is a simple 1840 Canadiana. We were living life quite comfortably when we drove by a home we always jokingly said we would buy if it ever went up for sale. Well, there it was, a big for sale sign in the middle of the lawn. Long story short we moved from our 4 bathroom home to one 1/3 the size with one bath that also happened to be off the kitchen. We immediately set out to design a small addition which included a kitchen. That was three years ago. With the exception of the foundation and framing, this has been a complete DIY project. After a year and a month of doing dishes in the bathroom I now have a kitchen. It doesn't have alot of bells and whistles and although we didn't necessarily want a period kitchen we did want one that suited an older home.

Details:

Ikea Tidaholm cupboards, professionally sprayed in Cloud White with alot of customization. Unfortunately, these have since been discontinued.

AEG Electrolux 36" freestanding stove. Bought for less then half price because someone bought it, used it once and returned it because they decided they wanted gas. We don't have gas and recently put in Geo Thermal heating/air conditioning. Wasn't in the budget to bring in propane. Stove was so reasonable that if we decide to do so later we can.

Liebherr 30" freestanding refrigerator. Purchased for half price because it had a dent dent in the bottom half. Bought a new door so it was good as new, until they delivered it and dented the top half. They replaced the door. Neither will be installed until house is complete (just in case).

Ikea farmhouse sink and dishwasher. I'm actually very pleased that it works as well as it does.

Perrin and Rohl Aquatine faucet in polished nickel.

Island and Jam cupboard - Special Order from Camlen Furniture in Quebec. Purchased with hand planed top in pine and may or not replace with marble. Will live with it for a while.

10" random length pine floors. All hand finished and dinged and finshed with Waterlox. This alone took us several weeks. We love the finish.

Honed Absolute Black granite. Bought the kitchen at Ikea's 20% off sale. Rather then cash back you get Ikea gift certificates. Used these and another $1300.

Faber Inca Pro hood

Light fixture- Sescolite, Burlington, Ontario

Finished kitchen, $19 thousand including all the small stuff.

I would like to thank the GW community. I found you when most decisions had already been made but early enough to make some positive changes based on the vast amount of information shared on this site. I didn't ask for much advise but I can assure you that I read everything written on the subjects that I researched on this site and then some. I do not have the incredible knowledge that so many of you do who share so willingly to those who ask but have from time to time tried to help out on the very few subjects I know a little about. I have taken much more than I have been able to give. I am grateful to have had a place that I could frequent with people who share the same desire to have a kitchen of their dreams no matter their budget. And to those who think their day will never come, keep the faith. I never thought that I would get here. After seeing so many unbelievable kitchens, big and small, elaborate and understated, new and updated thanks for looking at mine.







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clipped on: 10.19.2011 at 08:58 pm    last updated on: 10.19.2011 at 08:58 pm

99% Finished Kitchen--creamy white w/soapstone

posted by: jbrodie on 03.01.2009 at 06:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally! Our kitchen is finished! I never thought the day would come, and boy am I enjoying it. I owe so much to this forum. I can't tell you how much you all helped me. Thank you!!! I hope I can help others in return.

Hope I'm not putting too many pictures!

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Quick description (feel free to contact me if you have questions)
-Soapstone: Julia
-Cabinets: Custom, inset/flush shaker style with single bead (waiting to see if we get some issues resolved before I recommend the cabinet maker)
-Bookcase and desk tops: walnut
-Sharp microwave oven drawer (love it!)
-GE fridge
-Shaw 30 inch apron sink
-Wolf range top
-Thermador double ovens
-Vent-a-hood hood
-Dal tile
-potfiller: Newport Brass
-hot/cold faucet Newport Brass
-Main faucet: Mico
-Door to garage: one panel painted with chalkboard paint...fun! The kids love this and it's fun to put messages to guests, each other, holiday wishes, etc.
-Pull out baskets (love these...I keep bread in one and potatoes, onions, etc. in the other)
-Wine shelf--love it!
-Bar stools from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop (love these and they were so reasonable!)
-What would I do differently? More than 12 inch overhang on seating area of island (maybe 14-16 inch). And I might skip the bead board in the backs of the bookshelfs and glass cabs.

Happy kitchen designing to all! Thank you again!

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clipped on: 10.19.2011 at 08:57 pm    last updated on: 10.19.2011 at 08:57 pm

Progress pics and update

posted by: breezygirl on 09.28.2011 at 07:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

Celine asked me to post some progress pics.

Hardwood floors were installed almost two weeks ago, were stained yesterday, and are being polyed today. I was aiming for a warm brown without any red or yellow undertones. Wouldn't you know it...DH is on a business trip so I had to choose the stain alone. I've never done that before! And no, sadly, I didn't even have any friends/relatives available to come help me.

After some concern last night and today about the color not being warm enough, I decided to live with it on the advice of several on my other thread. (Thanks again.) I'm sure it'll be fine once the house is finished.

The kitchen floor looked like this early a.m. before poly went down.

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Here's a pic of the second coat of poly being applied this afternoon in the family room. The floor looks warmer here than IRL.

Stained floors at 2nd poly coat

This closer view of the mudroom floor is more yellow than in IRL.

Stained floors with poly in mudroom

All of my new interior and exterior doors are installed. New doors sure make a difference in a house! My carpenter has completed almost all of the trim work in the bedroom end of the house. When he returns on Monday, he'll start base and crown in the main part of the house where he couldn't work because of the wood floors. I thought I had some pics of doors and trim installed, but I don't.

Cab install is scheduled for mid-next week!! My cab maker is trying to finish the peninsula cabs and build some additional built-ins for the fireplace this week. I'll know a specific install date this weekend.

Marble templating is scheduled for Oct. 10. Still need to pick a top for my island. I'm strongly leaning towards wood, but need to find someplace or a way to do it under my $3K Elmwood Reclaimed Wood quote. This is research project #1.

Lighting choices need to be made. Peninsula pendants can wait, but I should order my island fixtures. I'm getting concerned again about my lighting plan after a few people doubted my choice and placement of those fixtures. Research project #2.

Paint!! ARGH!! I still need to pick paint for the master bedroom and for the entire public end of the house. My excuse of waiting for the floors to be in and stained won't fly any more. :-(

I need to schedule the trim and door painting and to find a new plumber, but I think we're on track to move back in late October. We moved out last Halloween so why not make it an even year? LOL!

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RE: Why do I only have ONE kitchen sink option?! (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: buehl on 02.08.2010 at 05:49 am in Kitchens Forum

Live_Wire_Oak...is that interior or exterior/overall width? I'm asking, b/c when we were looking for a sink, our KD told us the overall width (i.e., exterior width) of the sink we chose should be no more than 1/2" narrower than our sink base. So, a 36" sink base meant a sink no wider than 35-1/2". We ended up with sink that had an exterior/overall width of 35-1/8" wide that fit in our sink base with no alterations needed. Our cabinet walls are 1/2".

Based on my experience, it appears if you wish to install a sink w/no alterations to your sink base, then your sink should have an exterior width of no more than:

Width of Sink Base - 2 x Width of Cabinet Walls

(or, no wider than the interior opening of the cabinet...but if you don't have your cabinets yet, you cannot measure that!)

Additionally, you need to know three other things:

  1. How thick is your subway tile + hardibacker or similar board behind it if that board is mounted on top of drywall and is not the wall itself.

  2. Faucet dimensions...you need to know what faucet you're getting if you want to be certain it will fit. Some faucets need several inches behind them to work properly...handles that go back, wide stems, etc. So, check your chosen faucet's specs to see how much space you need behind the faucet. Also, if you have an undermount sink, the faucet holes cannot be drilled right at the back of the sink. You will need a little more than 1" b/w the sink & the faucet hole. The width of the stem of the faucet will vary depending on the faucet.

  3. Window (I know, you have no window, but others might): If there's a window behind your sink
    • If window is not counter-height (~36"), the sill height & depth
    • If window is counter-height, and has no sill, the depth of the window well
    • If window is counter-height, and has a sill, the depth of the window well and the depth & height of the sill (may be negligible height-wise, but do need to be sure it won't impact the amount of space available for the faucet hole.)


CalypsoChick...if you look at this picture, the measurements, you can see the overall width of 35-1/8". It was narrow enough to fit in a 36" wide sink base with 1/2" walls with no alteration.


Notes about your other sink choices:

First, though, you say you have a 24" sink base, but you really appear to have a 30" sink base...you need to confirm that with your KD or GC (or whoever did the final design and ordered or will order the cabinets) b/f you can decide on a sink. Meanwhile...

  • Franke PPX110199/16, PPX1101912/16
    Exterior Dimensions: 20-7/16" x 19-1/2"
    Interior Dimensions: 18-15/16" x 18-1/8"
    • Will definitely fit in both a 24" & 27" sink base (exterior width = approx 21")
    • Interior width, though is far less than 21"...it's 17", so 4" less than what you want
    • Front-to-back depth is 18-1/8" (need to use more precise measurements here)
    • Assuming a standard 24" deep cabinet and bringing the sink close to the edge of the cabinet, that would mean the sink will be approx 18-1/2" back
    • That means approx 24" - 18-1/2" - thickness of tile + backboard = space for faucet behind sink

  • PPX110199/18, PPX1101912/18 (Note: Discontinued, only stock on-hand)
    Exterior Dimensions: 20-1/2" x 19-1/2"
    Interior Dimensions: 19" x 18"
    • Will definitely fit in both a 24" & 27" sink base (exterior width = approx 21")
    • Again, Interior width is less than 21"...it's 19", so 2" less than what you want
    • Front-to-back depth is 18" (need to use more precise measurements here)
    • Assuming a standard 24" deep cabinet and bringing the sink close to the edge of the cabinet, that would mean the sink will be approx 18" back
    • That means approx 24" - 18" - thickness of tile + backboard = space for faucet behind sink


What about the sink linked below? Ticor S3660

Brand: Ticor
Model: S3660
Installation Type: Undermount
Exterior Dimensions: 22-1/2" x 17-1/2" x 10"
Interior Dimensions: 20-1/2" x 15-1/2" x 10"
Material: High Quality 18/10 Chromium/Nickel Stainless Steel
Sink Gauge: 16 Gauge
Finish: Brushed Bowl and Rim
Minimum Sink Base Cabinet Required: 24"
Features:
* Heavy Duty Sound Guard Coating and Padding
* Scratch-resistant Brushed Finish
Included With Sink As Free Items:
* Template for Sink Cutout
* Mounting and Installation Brackets
* 1 Deluxe Strainer
* 1 Stainless Steel Rinse Sink Grids

This sink has a bowl 20.5" wide...very close to the 21" you're looking for.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ticor S3660 Undermount 16-Gauge SS Single Bowl Square Kitchen Sink

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Our new house is finished! My white kitchen...

posted by: nini804 on 09.22.2011 at 10:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi Gardenweb friends!
You all have been so kind and I have learned so much from this site! I have been off-line the past month as we have been moving in to our new custom home. I joined GW this past winter, after our plans had been finalized by our architect...but I have incorporated so much from here into my finishes! We have a kitchen that is open to our breakfast room and family room, with a small butler's pantry between the kitchen and formal dining. I call the layout a "broken L with an island because I thought the architect was very cleaver to make the "corner" a little office space that also has the door to the pantry in it. This way, there is no "dead corner" in the kitchen. Maybe some people just starting could use this idea! :)

Anyway, here are the details:
Appliances: all KitchenAid, except for the Sharp MW drawer
in the island. Range is 36" dual fuel, with a
griddle.
Cabinets: Mid-Continent, maple painted white, with soft
close drawers and doors. We chose all wood
construction.
Perimeter counters: Honed Carerra marble
Island top: Dark walnut, with a mineral oil finish
Floors: 5" wide white oak, stained 75% jacobean, 24% dark
walnut.
Lighting: Pendants, Quiozel, I think. Breakfast chandy is
Overstock.com!

Things I love so far: 1. Soft close!! Love!! Although we have it on all the drawers in the house, we only did the doors on the kitchen and butler's pantry cabs. Wish we had done it everywhere.
2. KA dishwasher and range...both of these have been wonderful so far, DW is so quiet and cleans really well. Range and oven are very easy to use and have nice, consistant heat. Plus, I think very pretty! :)
3. MW drawer...so awesome, love it to pieces!
4. Under cab lights...never had these before, we have them on a dimmer, they are wonderful.
5. Walnut top...everyone who visits swoons over it...it is a wonderful, warm surface.

Things I DON'T love:
1. Fridge! Counter-depth french door is awful! We had to buy an auxiliary fridge for the garage, and I am contemplating adding a fridge drawer to the island.
2. The distance from the range wall to the island seems a scooch too big, I think it is 48". I could have moved the island a few inches closer to the range.

I will do a seperate post about my experience with honed vs. polished marble (I have polished in the master bath.) There are pros and cons to each, I have found.

Anyway, Nini's kitchen!
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