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Pantry remodel advice needed

posted by: tl1969 on 01.15.2013 at 05:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

My current pantry has 82 inches of wire shelving and each shelf is 16 inches deep. The pantry itself is 36 inches deep. In addition, to the right of the shelves, not seen in this photo, there is an additional 24 inches, that can be utilized. There has been a mystery box (24 x 36 inches and 2 feet high) there for 12 years, but today learned the box is hollow! So, what to do with this new found space? The area to the right of the wire shelves (above the mystery box) has a sloped ceiling as it is under the stairs, but the bottom 4.5 feet are not affected by the slope.

I am going to change the wire shelves to wood shelves in my remodel, and make the shelves only 12 inches deep. I would like to have pull-out shelves on the right side, that take advantage of that 24 inch deep space. Would you recommend that? I have a custom cabinetmaker so I think I can tweak the size of the pull out drawers.

Any advice you have on how to reconfigure the pantry is appreciated. It will not be as wide in the remodel, probably 1-2 feet less wide.

Here is the current chaos, I mean pantry:

This post was edited by tl1969 on Tue, Jan 15, 13 at 17:18


clipped on: 01.15.2013 at 07:05 pm    last updated on: 01.15.2013 at 07:05 pm

Mini Reveal

posted by: grlwprls on 12.06.2012 at 03:21 pm in Kitchens Forum


My feature wall cabinets have arrived and been installed. They are Shiloh inset in "vintage" cherry with their Sundance finish. Flush toe kick since this isn't a prep or clean up space. The countertop is 2" thick walnut with an eased edge and oil finish. The rear of the glass front cabinet will have a mirror installed. Eventually, these cabinets will have unlacquered brass knobs and long bar pulls from Colonial Bronze.

The fridge is an Electrolux Icon and I will tell you, it's a big step down in quality from a SubZero (which is what it is replacing) but I really needed to resize the fridge to improve kitchen function. On the bright side, we do have chilled water again. And ice.

So far, my contractor has been a dream and the project actually looks and flows like it is being handled by a professional. I am so pleased. It is such a relief after all the awful contractor experiences I have had. I can't wait til the beams and ceiling are painted in. Also, we have to blend in the floor finish since these cabinets aren't as deep as the "custom" cabinets they are replacing. Once that gets done, we can install the shoe molding and the bottom fridge grill.


clipped on: 01.08.2013 at 05:06 pm    last updated on: 01.08.2013 at 05:06 pm

Finished Kitchen ~ Green and Cream using Cliq Studios cabs

posted by: lisa_wi on 09.28.2012 at 02:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well I'm finally here! Just the backsplash left at this point. Our house was built in 1929, but the previous owners gutted and remodeled about 8 years ago. Unfortunately they went with oak, kind of a funky layout, and 30" uppers in a room with almost 9 foot ceilings. They cabinets hadn't held up that great either, so we decided to replace all the cabinets and change the layout. We bought this house 18 months ago when we decided to downsize so that I could stay at home with our 3 kids. With that said it was a relatively low budget remodel.

Before in all its oak and cranberry glory ~





and after ~ We pushed the refrigerator back into part of our front hall closet and turned a G into a galley. New 42" uppers and (almost) all drawers. I love the new layout!








The details:
Cabinets: Cliq Studios Tea Leaf lowers, Painted Linen uppers
Counters: Black Pearl Granite
Sink: 30" Kohler Whitehaven in biscuit
Faucet: Kohler Simplice in stainless steel
Ceiling Light: Rejuvenation Jefferson in black with glass shade from ebay
Sink Light: Hi-Lite Manufacturing Warehouse Shade 8" in Vanilla Cream
Undercabinet Lights: ProLED 1.5 watt strips
Peninsula Legs and Apron: Osborne Wood Products St. Simons Island Post and beaded apron painted by me to match
Hardware: Cup Pulls are Thomasville Garner 2 3/4" Cup Pull in matte black, Knobs are Liberty P40005C in flat black, both from Home Depot
Stools: 24" Saddle Seat Stool from Walmart
Flooring: Original maple with a little repair/replacement done
Wall paint: Sherwin Williams Compatible Cream
Trim paint: Sherwin Williams Creamy

I think its helpful to have a budget breakdown especially for lower end kitchens so I thought I'd include that as well:
Cabinets, crown, peninsula legs and apron: $5,500
Granite Counters: $2,200
Other Building Materials: $550
GC's Labor (including installing cabs, framing new closet): $1,600
GC Fee: $400
Lighting: $310
Plumbing Fixtures: $1,200
Hardware: $170
Plumbing: $1,285
Electrical: $1,200
Drywall: $1,100
HVAC: $100
Paint: $50
Accessories: $150

Total: about $16,000 which was pretty much the total budget we started with. Some things shifted back and forth - more on lighting, less on electrical sub, more on drywall, less on plumbing fixtures.


clipped on: 01.05.2013 at 12:10 am    last updated on: 01.05.2013 at 12:10 am

My "Hot" island

posted by: debrak_2008 on 01.01.2013 at 12:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is not a kitchen reveal but a basic 101 on heating your island granite.

I will get into why at the end.

We got the idea from Fine Home building magazine. It's basically like installing electric underfloor heating. Uses the same elements.

Built a base of 3/4" plywood. Over that a layer of metal bars and plywood, 1/4". Then a 1 1/2" decorative flexible strip was put around this base. Then heating elements wires were laid and then covered with thinset up to the edge of the trim. The granite was laid over this.

Here are some photos.

This is the base under construction.

Base in place.

Heating element.

Outlets and thermostat.


Could not get the thermostat in black.


DH tells me that Thermosoft has a new product that would have made this even easier.

Also note, our base had to be designed to support the granite. Talk to your granite fabricator/installer to see what support you would need for the granite and the heating element.

We plan to sit alot at our island and eat some meals. We find unheated granite too cold in the winter for comfort. The heat is completely adjustable. We have it programmed for different temps at different times of day. You can override it up or down at anytime.

I am not concerned about bacteria as I don't keep food directly on my counters. Spills are not harder to clean because they get "baked" on. Due to the granite pattern I find stuff everday on my granite that has been there who knows how long and everything wipes up easily.

We love it. If this granite could not be heated we would have done a wood top instead.


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New Kitchen for Christmas....Layout Feedback Please!!

posted by: Joyful_Noise on 12.31.2012 at 03:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Many years ago we embarked on a kitchen remodel, but for various reason it was put on hold. For Christmas this year, I was given the "green light" to move forward with the kitchen. Woo Hoo!!! We have had many years to think about the design, but we lack the expertise and are hoping to get your feedback.

We want a suitable, functional kitchen for a large family and multiple cooks. We also want to increase the pantry storage (the small existing closet pantry is all we have now). Finally, we want to keep the sink in the corner by the large windows. We realize that a better layout might be possible if we moved the sink from the corner but after much consideration, this has become a non-negotiable.

Any and all feedback is welcome, but specifically we could use help on determining:

1. Isle spacing around island: is 42" enough on work side and 36" by pantry?
2. Is 48" adequate spacing from island to table?
3. Microwave drawer island or between fridge/DW?
4. Prep sink placement?
5. Awkward corner to left of range...ideas?

Thanks for all your help!


clipped on: 12.31.2012 at 06:05 pm    last updated on: 01.01.2013 at 08:42 pm

Granite was installed yesterday! (Tropic Brown)

posted by: SMPop18 on 11.08.2012 at 09:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm in love!



clipped on: 12.31.2012 at 09:20 am    last updated on: 12.31.2012 at 09:20 am

Kitchen open floor plan remodel, 6 months later. Thanks GW

posted by: ratrem on 12.30.2012 at 01:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

We moved in the end of June and have SLOWLY been putting the finishing touches on. We gutted the first floor and much of the second floor. This is a remodel of my husband's grandma's place that we moved into. It is a 2 family philly style in Boston. Auntie lives on the first floor w/ 2 hidden bedrooms on 2nd floor, We occupy the second (living space) and third floor (3 bedrooms, 2 baths). We do not have have a finished basement or family room so this is our only living space for soon to be 2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 adults, so space is a premium and opening the floor plan was a must.

We still need to finish painting and Window Treatments (why do these need to be so expensive), new front porches and update our heating system. We already put in all new windows (both units), new electrical (our unit), new floors, 2 new bathrooms, new insulation, kitchen.... an so on.

This forum was a great help in deciding what we needed, wanted and great for resources. There are quit a few things that we did that are direct result of all the research and threads on GW. Thanks:

photos on a cloudy day, much brighter when it isn't so gray out:

looking into the living space from kitchen:
into kitchen from living space:
saved the old dining hutch:
Living space:
My office tucked away with door to front porch and DD easel, my desk is tucked away on the other side as well as a closet.
Pantry/half bath/laundry off the kitchen on the right of photo:
Close up of quartzite:
Anyone that lived in the city might understand why I am so excited about this "room" our half bath/laundry/pantry. To not have to walk 2 or 3 flights of stairs to the basement to do laundry has been awesome (especially since I have a new baby coming end of January). This room needs to be painted and I think I will hang a curtain or fabric to close of the w/d. This was an old useless unfinished 3 seasons porch:

Thanks for looking, sorry if it is so long.


clipped on: 12.30.2012 at 10:17 pm    last updated on: 12.30.2012 at 10:17 pm