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Stainless sink, how do I choose?

posted by: plumberry on 06.30.2010 at 11:49 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm overwhelmed and don't understand how a quality sink can go from $250 to +$1500. I know there are different gauges but if I want a quality sink how much should I budget and what brand should I choose?


clipped on: 04.02.2011 at 03:35 pm    last updated on: 04.02.2011 at 03:35 pm

Which Kitchen Faucet Did You Pick?

posted by: rococogurl on 05.25.2010 at 12:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is more or less a classic post -- last one I remember was a few years back when the Grohe Ladylux was pretty much #1 followed by various bridge faucets with gooseneck spouts (if anyone has that link please post -- it was a long thread).

Things have changed so much with faucets and sinks I thought it might be fun to get a snapshot of what people have on the main and prep sinks right now.

I'll start off. I have a KWC Systema pulldown with a Newport Brass cold water faucet for the filtered with a Julien 3211 ss 10" deepp sink.

In our weekend place I have the Dornbracht Profi with Side sprayer together withe the Rohl 30" farm sink and a Hansgrohe Axor stainless steel pull out faucet in the mudroom with an Elkay D-shaped ss drop in.

You and yours?


clipped on: 03.31.2011 at 10:54 am    last updated on: 03.31.2011 at 10:54 am

Kitchen Sink Faucets with spray - Pullout or Pulldown?

posted by: wtdedula on 03.26.2011 at 10:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello All;
I am having difficulty selecting a kitchen faucet for a new remodeled kitchen. I am getting a nice Cambria countertop with an undermount single bowl sink. I have already visited two professional kitchen supply dealers. I want to get a faucet with a integrated sprayer but now I find I have to decide between one that pulls out and one that pulls down. I think one thing I learned is that with a pullout faucet, you hold the sprayer like you would a garden hose sprayer and for the pulldown one, you wrap your hand around it and hold it downward (Am I correct about that?). I have found that some seem to be uncomfortable if the sprayers are too short and part of your hand extends onto the hose. I think I perfer a pullout type as it seems more natural to me though never having any sprayer before, I don't have any past experience with them so I am posting this message to try to get some insight.

For everyone that has a integrated sprayer, I'm curious what type you have (Pullout or Pulldown), What make/model you have (If you can remember), and what you like or don't like about it ? And if you can give me any additional advice that will help me make a more informed decision. Since the countertop is being installed in 1-2 weeks, I need to make a decision pretty quickly. I've been mulling over this for the last few weeks already.


clipped on: 03.31.2011 at 10:46 am    last updated on: 03.31.2011 at 10:46 am

Some move furniture, I move cabinets.

posted by: cfmuehling on 03.29.2011 at 08:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm letting off steam.
I'm exhausted.
I am rebuilding and doing it all myself.
I have $0.00 on my yoga teacher income, so I'm making my kitchen out of donated cabinets, some from reuse centers, people who are remodeling, who let me have their stuff, and from a gift from my sister, 6, brand new, 100% plywood cabinets that I think hold the whole thing together.

It wouldn't be so bad, but today I put up 2, W2142, and then took them down and replaced them with a W4230. When I get a newer, better made cabinet? I take out the often old, particle board cabs. Some of these cabinets outweigh me.

I think I'm at the end of that row, though. I have 13' 6" on that wall alone. On another wall, 72" of uppers and lowers in a credenza layout. Add in my MBR with 16' 10" of cabinets happening? [sigh] Someday I'll have storage. No closets, but cabinets galore.

I hate to paint, but I sure can't wait to do it. The drywall is done in the kitchen, and with these cabinets up I can paint the whole kit and kaboodle. I'm planning ahead for under cab lighting, etc.

OK. I'm feeling better now. Plus, I still have to screw in a W3642. Ever tried to balance cabinets on your knees, to get them up and balanced on drywall buckets so you can find a stud and hook 'em to the wall? Well.....

Wish me luck.


clipped on: 03.29.2011 at 11:09 pm    last updated on: 03.29.2011 at 11:09 pm

Gas + induction modules - anyone have? worth doing?

posted by: ctreno on 01.27.2010 at 11:26 pm in Appliances Forum

I can't believe I am still trying to figure out the cooktop. After thinking 100% I was going to go with a pro-style 36" AR, Bluestar, or Wolf rangetop, I am now considering doing what I saw at a friend's house - 30" 4-burner gas with a separate 15" induction module right next to it - well, as close as you can put it. Heck, I'm even thinking that I might just go with induction 100% but I have questions:

So - what might be the cooking point of having both?
I mostly cook sauces, stews, rice & pasta, melt chocolate for many desserts, saute, steam veggies. I don't sear much now because my exhaust died. I never really perfected stir frying, but my kids love Asian food, so that's a goal. I have open gas burners now and on low, I do have to watch very carefully. So I'm thinking maybe I don't even need gas but...
Can you put a griddle pan over two induction burners for pancakes (which we make almost every weekend?)

2) Builder Roughs question -- If I have to decide ASAP for builder (like this week,) can I hedge and have them do roughs to accommodate both, even if I end up only doing gas or only induction or is that really dumb? (We already have a natural gas line in house, but not in new location.)

3) Framed or Frameless induction? Is that just personal taste decision or is there something practical about it re the stone counter?

4) Induction brands. Is there a huge difference? I saved a lot of money on my other appliances by doing ebay and CL so I can splurge a bit on the cooktop configuration, though I don't believe in overspending just for a name - it has to perform well first, good logical controls, good look too.

5) How does this affect hood choice? With 30" gas + 15" induction, do I just do the same hood I would do over a 36" 6 burner all gas? If I do go all induction, what then?

Anything else I should consider


clipped on: 03.25.2011 at 11:50 am    last updated on: 03.25.2011 at 11:50 am

Some of the best advice from the braintrust on this forum

posted by: gsmama on 02.05.2011 at 11:25 am in Kitchens Forum

I was googling gardenweb and advice last night and came across a great thread that is no longer open but that had been bumped up a few times since it was started by justadncr in 2007 by asking everyone to share the best advice they'd picked up on this forum.

There are a bunch of gems I hadn't run across and wouldn't have even thought to ask or google ( don't know what you don't know). Plumgold? Never MT? All news to me from reading the thread. I consolidated the info so that I could print it (it would have been a breathtaking 41 pages had I tried to print it straight...) and thought I'd share for other newbies and to maybe get any other additions...

The biggest tip I learned and did as a result was that lumberyards sometimes carry mainstream cabinet lines for less. The place I ordered for carries Dynasty Omega, Shiloh and Meridian and the bulk of their business goes to contractors which helped with the pricing in my case vs. going with a custom cabinet maker--I got a variety of quotes.

With thanks to the OP and everyone who shared, here is their wisdom (please pardon the bullets are reading as diamonds with question marks. Oh well.):

Best advice I got from this forum:

� lay the kitchen out on the ground outside with all the measurements and walk around it to see if it felt right. I took my measurements and scraps of wood and laid them out in the various plans I had come up with.
� check out the sound of the fan in the new ovens. I would have been pretty steamed to spend a bunch on a new range and have that sound come blaring out each time I used the oven.
� putting Blumotion on the cabinet doors. This is my favorite feature in our kitchen and the cost was cheap to add these on after the cab install.
� "zones" on this forum, and designed my kitchen around them, with a tremendous amount of help from my forum friends. In my old kitchen, the dishwasher opened across from the island (right into the backs of my legs). Now, the cleanup zone is on the peninsula, the prep area is between the fridge and sink, etc. It's really wonderful.
� No air gap -- most modern dishwashers don't need them, so you don't have to have that extra unattractive "thing" on your countertop. Easy way around that if you need to pass code inspection is to drill the hole for air gap... pop it on for inspection and when they've gone take off the air gap and pop on your soap dispenser. Then put the loop in the hose at the back of your dishwasher...
� Advantium
� Miele dishwasher
� Test tube rack for spice storage
� Lay it out with tape to double check
� advice for setting up a temp kitchen
� Measure from 3 points wall to wall. Had I known this when we remodeled the entire house in 1990, I would now have the room to put in a pro-style range. As it is, I am exactly....1/4" short. Talk about frustrating! Our cabs are in great shape and I love them, but I'm stuck with the 29-7/8" width on the range.
� I really like this that I stole from Dmlove--- I love not having all those cords on my desk/countertop! So best advice from this forum... details make the difference! for now my phone sits over the hole
� pull down (rather than pull out or side spray) faucet
� Bluestar, after asking about the best 30 inch slide-in range
� batch-feed garbage disposals
� adding outlets
� Galaxy Tool Supply for our sink
� NeverMT
� Plugmold
� Wide / shallow cabinet for William Sonoma ultra-thin step stool.
� Airswitch on disposal. Never minded the wall switch, but now that I have a nice backsplash and an island
� Floodstop on icemaker and washing machine.
� I put power into the back of 4 drawers, so each family member has a place to charge the cell phone (or camcorder or whatever) out of sight.
� I also have a false panel behind a niche so that the power / wallwarts / phone wire / wireless access point is hidden. Only the phone sits out exposed. Similar to the idea above, but using depth.
� Don't pack your booze prior to remodeling (this is VERY important! VERY IMPORTANT!)
� Lacanche
� caulk on change of planes verses grout...look at the underside of your cabinets
� plugmold for under the ends of my island so I didn't have to cut outlets into my beautiful cabinets
� integrated drainboard cut into the countertop
� raising the countertop for my wall oven - which gave me a bonus "standing desk" for my laptop
� never thought I could get talked out of gas. So, that is the best advice so far
� I'm a single sink convert, based solely upon the reviews on this website.
� Dh and I made a "never mt" out of tubing bought for $0.46 at Lowes. It's really not very exciting, though. It's clear tubing (like the kind you see on aquariums) attached to the bottom of the soap dispenser thing, and then extends down through the lid and into the bottom of the bottle of soap. (We just drilled a hole in the top of the bottle and shoved the tubing down.) So low tech! The tubing is something like $.23/ foot and we bought 2 feet. Super easy.
� Landing space between appliances
� Aisle clearances
� Wait until its right - the right plan, the right time, the right appliances.
� instant hot water heater
� Getting a 36" range
� baking center
� online resources for sinks and faucets
� the importance of putting functionality first in all design decisions
� how to test granite for durability
� remote blower for hood fan
� single deep fireclay sink
� lots of great online resources for sinks, faucets, etc
� Never NEVER NEVER!!!! Leave your construction site to go on vacation ::scary music:: I MEAN NEVERRRRR!!!!!
� the best (and most costly) is don't settle. You have to live with this kitchen for quite some time. Don't settle! (Even if that means you scrapped the cabinets today, called of the GC for 8 weeks while you order new ones, and you can't live in your home so you have to find somewhere else to live for three months). And maybe Santa won't know where you live!!!
� Pegasus under-cabinet lighting here. Slim, good-looking, very energy-efficient, and reasonably priced.
� I was convinced of the superiority of the Miele cutlery rack
� do not rush..get a good plan in place. Pick what you love ..NOT what the designer loves
� Brizo Floriano/pulldowns in general
� xenon lighting
� Venting
� Tapmaster
� take pictures of everything while your walls are open. It is very helpful to have that photographic record of where electric, pipes, studs etc. actually are. Also, plan for where you want to install pot/wall racks, shelf brackets, etc.--and add extra framing in the walls before they get closed up.
� Get your floor plan right!
� The Franke Orca sink ... to die for.
� Inexpensive but quality Ticor sinks for laundry and prep.
� Plugmold giving me a crisp, clean and outlet-free backsplash.
� The personal, real life stories shared here gave me the confidence to push back at the stoneyard and insist on marble for my island. It pairs beautifully with the soapstone perimeter.
� Bertazzoni range
� White America Quartzite to go with SS
� LED undercabinet lights
� internet and ebay vendor recommendations
� Hancock & Moore leather furniture (from GW furniture forum)
� Microfiber cloths for cleaning SS and granite.
� we had scaled drawings, pictures, and sketches taped to walls and cabinets all over the kitchen. A sketch of the island layout, a drawing with dimensions for light fixtures and switches, a sketch showing the spacing of shelves, a picture of how we wanted plugmold installed - you name it, we had it on a piece of paper and taped on a wall. When we would discuss anything with the electrician, plumber, etc., usually we would show them a drawing or sketch so they would know exactly what we were looking for. Then we would post it on the wall in the kitchen. It may have been slightly annoying to those working there, but it was amazing how much it helped. A number of times after someone screwed something up I would just point to a drawing and they would immediately have to take the blame and offer to fix it. There was never any chance to claim that we never told them or that we had said something else. It was right there on the wall the whole time.
� undercounter light switch for undercounter lights
� tilt-out shoe storage cabinet
� Get hardwoods instead of laminate. Once I investigated I couldn't believe at how little difference in cost between the two (good decent laminate vs. hardwood)
� This is AWESOME! I now have a list of things I had never even heard of to check on...and I thought I was on top of things!
� posters here are willing to share their good and bad experiences so that newbies like me can have a smoother reno.
� Something that I'm slowly realizing as I continue to read the posts here is that, despite the best of planning, something (or things) likely will not go as planned.
� Buy appliances available locally (so service is available), from retailers who will actually stand behind the sale instead of shifting all blame and responsibility to the manufacturer - even when they shipped a defective product. Just finished reading a long thread about someone that bought from an internet retailer, and it was shocking to see the attitude of the retailer. Forget the pre sale promises and assurances from some of these disreputable internet companies who won't be there if you have a problem and just get them locally. No small percentage of savings is worth it if you end up with a defective product shipped and the retailer says it isn't his problem. If you must buy via internet, make sure you get in writing that the product will be shipped defect-free and if there's anything wrong with the unit at all - IMMEDIATELY contest the charge with your credit card company. Don't rely on promises that a minor (or major) problem will be promptly repaired by a service company.
� learning all the lingo was great. When the contractor asked if I wanted plugmold I didn't go "huh?" I think by being knowledgeable before talking to the contractor it helps a lot.
� Knobs vs. Pulls. There have been several discussions of knobs vs. pulls. Some comments:
� Knobs on base cabinets can catch on clothing (and rip sometimes).
� Cabinets/drawers w/pulls can usually be opened w/one finger...even the pinky finger.
� Susan Jablon glass tile. Everyone who comes in my house walks up to my backsplash and has to touch it. I had just about given up the idea of a glass tile backsplash before finding out about her site on this forum. The price of her tile, even with shipping, was about half of what I could have bought it for locally and it is gorgeous!
� No sockets/switches in backsplash (under cabinet plug strip)
� Toe kick on trash pop out BUT... ADD a second spring to add power to the pop (thank you for whoever mentioned this ingenious bit of info)
� Double layered cutlery drawer (secret drawer within a drawer)
� What to look for when choosing undercabinet lighting eg... reflection, spread of light, color of light, heat...
� Benefits of a large farmhouse sink
� Miele dishwasher � superb
� Thermador cooktop and all the controversy about the popup draft and how I could get away with not having one. THANK YOU!
� Miele warming drawer FANTASTIC and thank you for making me realize that it doesn't have to be on the floor under the oven!!!
� PLAN YOUR STORAGE SPACE. measure boxes, measure food processer, mixer, stack of plates etc. etc. then make a note of contents in the drawers or cupboards on your plans or diagrams or in your notes.
� Plug strip under center island.
� ARE NOT ALONE- PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT YOUR CD FRIDGE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU and it's OK to really take your time with your decisions
� Orca single sink
� Pot rack in upper cabinet (I think this idea was from loves2cookfor6??)
� Electrical outlet inside a drawer for a charging station
� filling in the gap between the fridge and the cupboard above it with some leftover filler and a piano hinge. Cambro...where did you see this idea? Just yesterday we discovered that we might have a significant gap b/w the top of the refrigerator & the bottom of the cabinet above. Our contractor is just going to use filler to hide the gap, but if we put it on hinges it would actually become usable space!
� knife drawer (I hated that block)
� gel stain
� Getting rid of my ugly phone jack and getting a phone that doesn't need one!
� How to get rid of the drip inside my oven door - with a hanger and a sock going up through the holes at the bottom of the door. Worked like a charm!
� Get a spine when talking to GC about his version vs. my version of cleaning up the jobsite each day (aka our home).
� Use masking tape and a measuring tape and make a mock up of where your new cabinets will go. This is a biggie!
� Dimmer switches! I put them on ALL of the new lighting, including the patio lights adjacent, and have not regretted it once.
� how great Silgranit sinks are to live with. Never even heard of one before GW.
� Buying Sources
o Ticor sinks: Ticor Sinks at Galaxy Tool Supply:
o Tapmaster�:
o Never-MT: Never-MT:
o Pop up Outlets: Popup Mocketts:
o Plugmold�/Power Strips:
o Angle Powerstrip:
� Our Vac Pan. Ours is hooked up to a wet/dry vac in the basement because we do not have central vac. The idea came from this forum and our electrician and contractor figured out how to make it happen.
� DIY on gel stain. Thanks Celticmoon and Projectsneverend.
� Soapstone, getting it, finding the right fabricator right here, and caring for it
� where to find a deal on saddle stools
� Kohler Vinnata
� Not to put my cooktop on my island.
� best advice I got was around my budget and how to make the hard decisions on what should stay in and what should go (that was from Beuhl).
� What is not that important to me and doesn't add functionality? [Candidate for elimination altogether]
� What can I do at a later date? [Candidate for deferring until a later date]
� What can't be done at a later date and I can't live without? [Candidate for keeping and doing now]
� This forum helped me see which terms are worth using, and which can be saved for later. This forum helped me get clearer communication going. Resistance could be expressed when I raised ideas; it all helped to refine the concept.
� This forum helped me justify personal innovations. This forum confirmed ideas.
� Tweaking and innovating. I tweaked everything in my kitchen along the way.
� I don't know if I would have a remodeled kitchen if it weren't for this forum. I would have still been looking at the dreadful old one wishing it was nice and not knowing how to get it nice. Even the ideas & photos of things I didn't want for me helped to define what I did want.
� I have to give credit to my carpenter, too. There was a time when his eyes rolled when I said, "but the people on the kitchen forum say......." But I had photos and conversations printed off to show him what I meant.
� Lisalists organized drawers where the dividers go from front to back or side to side so you don't have to nest objects-and you can fit so much stuff in. Easy, easy access. No nesting. Yay
� Layout, efficiency. This has to be the most important thing I've been learning here. What tasks do you perform, what zones will you organize them in, what items do you need close at hand in each zone, how does traffic between and through zones flow. etc.
� Styles, materials, looks. People here have great ''eyes'' for style and looks. My eyes have been opened to these looks, and I've learned the vocabulary to describe them.
� Specific ideas/features I learned about here that seem like they'll be useful: prep sinks, base cabinet drawers, counter top materials other than granite, true convection ovens, unfitted kitchens, under-counter refrigeration.
� Many things, one of which is using a 13-15" depth cabinet for inset cabinets, as 12 is not sufficient.
� Carefully placing all the appliances and storage thinking about what you use with what. For example, I moved the microwave to be next to the refrigerator because we use it mostly for reheating leftovers. I have fridge, prep sink, prep area, range, more prep area on one side and on the other I have prep area/ landing zone (across from fridge), main sink, prep area / dishwasher (across from range, but offset so both people can work) in the island.


clipped on: 03.17.2011 at 12:18 pm    last updated on: 03.17.2011 at 12:18 pm

If you were choosing three different counter surfaces...

posted by: lavender_lass on 03.02.2011 at 11:48 am in Kitchens Forum

If you were choosing three different counter surfaces, in your kitchen, what would they be...and why?

How would they function and where would you have them? How would they relate to each other?

How many different countertop materials did you use (or plan to use) in your kitchen?

I am not necessarily using three, but I'd like to see what everyone would choose...and where they would put them. It's a slow day and I thought we might get some interesting ideas :)


clipped on: 03.02.2011 at 01:21 pm    last updated on: 03.02.2011 at 01:21 pm

RE: Buehl- Can I ask you a favor? :) (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: lavender_lass on 02.26.2011 at 04:04 pm in Kitchens Forum

The kitchen/seating area is 13' x 22' and the porch is 10' x 17'. It's 3' from the front of the seating area to the interior front door and probably another 6' to the stairs.

Not that this probably matters, but the pantry area is 9' deep and 23' wide...but the bump out is gone and there's a half bath and the other bath is separated and accessed from the stair hall. The mudroom is about a foot deeper and that window is now a door into a greenhouse...this is my favorite part of the new plan! Somewhere to have plants in the winter...that the kitties aren't chewing on :)

I really like the layout of the seating and dining area, but if you want to get creative...go for it! Since there are many aspects of the house (like the living room fireplace) that are not centered, I've tried to make the plan, a bit quirky, or a little bit 'fairy tale' or woodland cottage.

I like traditional style, but more of a french country/english cottage, than formal. Also, I like lighter colors, wood floors, maybe some beams and creamy white cabinets and trim. I look forward to seeing your plan. Thanks, again!


clipped on: 02.27.2011 at 12:36 pm    last updated on: 02.27.2011 at 12:37 pm

DIY copper countertop

posted by: jenathegreat on 11.22.2004 at 05:18 pm in Metalworking Forum

We'd like to cover our countertop base with copper sheeting. We've found it locally and online in 3'x10' sheets in either 16 oz or 20 oz.

We've never worked with metal, but since there are only 2 straight runs of countertop, we'd only have to cut out a hole for the sink and cooktop, and bend the metal to cover the edge of the plywood. We plan to bend it over and under the base and fasten it to the bottom and also have it curve up the wall to form a little backsplash.

1) See any problems with this plan? Anything wrong with using copper sheeting?
2) Will we be able to bend it without any special tools? What will we need to cut it with? I really have no concept of how hard or flexible either 16oz or 20oz copper sheets would be.
3) Recommend either 16 or 20oz?
4) How do we handle the outside corner?

Thanks for any advice or warnings...


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Any suggestions on storing pots and pans in upper cabinets?

posted by: tsherman on 12.29.2008 at 09:53 am in Kitchens Forum

I am finalizing my layout and have made most of my lower cabinets drawers (never would've thought of it but I'm so excited about it - thanks gardenwebbers!) In reviewing my plan I realize I'm so drawer happy I've got over stuffed bottoms and I'm empty on top (I'm talking about my cabinets - although the Christmas cookies have taken their toll!) Anyway, I'm wondering if it's better to try and stash my pots and pans in the upper cabinets. I know Loves's2cook4six has a really cool hanging pot rack (and a really cool kitchen!) but her cabinets are custom, and I'm not. It is my inspiration though. Does anyone else have a hanging pot rack in their cabinets? If so, where did you get it - through your cabinet manufacturer, after market, or home made? I'd appreciate any suggestions.


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RE: Pot rack in blind corner cabinet (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: lolauren on 06.28.2010 at 12:27 am in Kitchens Forum

here is another,



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RE: Pot rack in blind corner cabinet (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: jrueter on 06.27.2010 at 11:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Was it this one? (from sally123)


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RE: Trouble with kitchen layout... (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: holligator on 05.16.2009 at 02:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

Your space is very, very similar to mine, and the island layouts pictured are very close to what I did. You have a little more width to work with, which would allow for a bigger island or wider aisles. I find this layout to be extremely functional.

And here's what it looks like in 3-D, looking from the dining area into the kitchen...


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Finished Kitchen~White, Marble, Soapstone

posted by: katieob on 12.04.2009 at 02:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi all.

A huge thank you to everybody on this forum who helped graciously with advice, photos, experience & info. What an incredible resource this is. Shout outs to Erikanh & marthavila for hood help, willowdecor for tile, all the stoners, and many more.

We moved in last week-bottom trim on fridge & dw are still missing, excuse the messy bottoms.

I'll be happy to provide details if anyone wants them.

Thanks for looking!





Marble Close Up


Soapstone Close Up



clipped on: 01.29.2011 at 09:35 am    last updated on: 01.29.2011 at 09:44 am

Help with my layout, please

posted by: ash6181 on 01.29.2011 at 08:59 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi everyone. I'd appreciate any help you can give me with my suggested layout. I've tried to provide the information requested for a floorplan review; if I've missed something please let me know. One specific question/area of concern that I have is the location of refrigerator and double ovens- should they be switched, should the refrigerator be to the right of the sink- I'm just not sure about the location.

A few notes: all aisles are 48', the aisle behind the island seating to the doorway is 6'. I tried to include a little of the plan around the kitchen so you could get a feel for the flow.

Thanks in advance for your help. I've lurked for a long time, and I'm glad we're finally ready (I think) to start building!

What are your goals?
More counter space, better/more practical and organized storage space, seating in the kitchen for people to sit and chat while I cook. Ability to host family gatherings and entertain.

What is your family composition?
Right now, it's just me, my husband, and our two dogs. Children is an undecided issue.
How many kitchen workers are there?
I'm generally the only cook. My husband helps with cleanup. If we host holiday gatherings or parties, usually our family/friends want to pitch in and help with prep/cleanup.

Do you or anyone in your home cook?
I cook regularly. I typically cook dinner every night Monday through Friday. Saturdays I look to cook a larger breakfast/brunch. I like to bake, esp. on the weekends.

How do you see your kitchen used?
Right now, a place to cook and clean up, and a place for my husband and I to catch up on each other's day while I make dinner. I will probably do meal planning in the kitchen at the island, clip coupons, pay bills with my laptop, update the household calendar, etc. I'll probably drink my coffee, eat my breakfast, and read the news on my laptop in the morning in the kitchen. If children come into the picture, I could see them maybe doing homework at the island while I cook. I could also see people gathering in the kitchen when we host parties- in our family the women usually end up congregating in the kitchen.

Do you entertain a lot? If so, formal? Informal?
Right now, we don't entertain, but only because of our current living situation. We would love to be able to entertain regularly. Our entertaining would typically be informal.

Do you want your kitchen to be a 'hang out' place? Parties only? Everyday?
I can see me hanging out in the kitchen. I'll definitely be there everyday. I would like to have people keeping me company in the kitchen during parties.

Do you have a separate DR?
We will have a separate dining room. I like the idea of eating dinner in the dining room every night. I definitely want a separate dining room for holiday family gatherings.
Would you like to open up the kitchen to adjacent areas? Close it up?
I like something between a totally open floor plan and closed off areas. I don't like the great room concept where one large room is the dining room, living room, and kitchen. However, I do want the kitchen to connect with the living area so that I can feel connected to what's going on in there. I like defined and separate areas, but a good flow and connection between the most used rooms.

Where are you flexible?
Basically everything is flexible because this is new construction and the plans are not final. I'll consider anything.


clipped on: 01.29.2011 at 09:23 am    last updated on: 01.29.2011 at 09:24 am