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Beautiful Backsplashes:Links to BreathTaking Pictures & Resources

posted by: cupofkindness on 06.21.2004 at 08:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

This thread is to provide links or in-text pictures of backsplashes that, unlike the other backsplash thread in the Gallery, are not a forum member's own backsplash. It is also to provide links/pictures to inspiring manufacturers and designers, tiles, stones, metals, glass and other materials that are backsplash elements. Please limit "conversations" about various links to the "Discussions" section of the Kitchen Forum so that this thread can be a resources list only. Please, please post any completed backsplashes or materials that you have come across as you have worked on your own backsplash. Let's start this thread with the gorgeous red tile backsplash that Sharon G found for me on a "Discussions" side of the Kitchen Forum. Thank you!

Here is a link that might be useful: Red Tile Range Mantle: Tile By Country Floors, Work By Jose Diaz Contractors

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show me your knob 'placement' please!

posted by: nunk on 07.13.2006 at 11:34 am in Kitchens Forum

tomorrow is a big "detail" day for our remodel. electric will finally be finished, all cabs will be adjusted so we can fill them, maybe the granite on our island (that was originally done last thurs. but now being redone) and knobs/pulls put on.

my ? is where did you place your knobs on your doors and how exactly did you pick that spot? our gc has recommended where ours should go but it seems a bit high so i'd love to see others to see if i'm "off" or not.

thanks in advance,
nicole

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recessed lighting - low voltage vs. line voltage

posted by: kensliger on 03.07.2006 at 05:14 pm in Electrical Wiring Forum

What is the major difference? I found a model that I think would look nice in my kitchen. It is the Halo H99ICT, which is a 4 inch IC type lilne voltage. Does anyone have any experience with this model?

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Recessed lighting-again-low ceilings, size of cans

posted by: jemstones on 07.09.2006 at 11:24 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi all,
I think I am in an unusual situation. GC wants to bump UP our start date. He asked this past Thurs if ok & we said "bring it on!" Of course now I'm behind the 8 ball with things I didn't realize were so important, or at least time consuming.

So now lighting. Pretty much decided on only recessed cans. I've done a bunch of reading here and on the links you have provided. Thanks for all the info. A big thanks to catluvr and the insight you provide.

One question I can't seem to find an answer to is the recommended size of the can with a less than 8' ceilings. My ceilings are 7.5'. GC mentioned that he usually uses 6" white baffle recessed lighting. I will revisit the white baffle with him (I'm seriously considering the black or clear Alzak or the haze). Most likely will use halogen. But with my ceilings, would 6" cans be too big? If I use the 6"ers will 4' spacing be close enough? What are the spacing guidelines for 5" cans with 7.5' ceilings?

Is this really that big of a deal? I just want nice even lighting and appropriate task lighting. I think I can handle placement if I know what appropriate spacing is.

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Sources for counter stools?

posted by: ramses_2 on 06.12.2006 at 08:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm stumped, flummoxed, and bewildered, I can't seem to find any decent counterstool and I've been looking for months. This is far worse than deciding on a backsplash, and I'm realizing a counterstool can effect the whole look/style every bit as much as the backsplash. In my head I envision a black ebony chair with maybe a gold leafed greek key across the back and a small hand painted amphore(wine jug) and grapes on the seat.(Yes, I've become so desperate I'm dreaming:0)

Can you please share your counter stools with me(failing that can I see pics:)) and where you found them?

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Undercabinet lights: Finish and Spacing questions!

posted by: klb_2000 on 04.23.2006 at 01:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am FINALLY down to my last few decisions, and I have a couple of questions about undercabinet lights. Based on my reading of all the other threads on this topic, I know I want Xenon lights. The fixture will be hardwired, but my contractor has not installed a transformer, so not low voltage. Based on this, I am leaning towards the Kichler lights that seem to be favored on this forum. ALso, FWIW, I'm planning on black richlite counters, so not very reflective.

First question: The upper cabinet I want to install the lights under is 45" wide, with a 42 1/2" recessed space along the bottom. What do you all think---can I get by installing a 30"/4 light fixture, or do I really need to string together two fixtures to fill the whole area? I am unsure how much the light 'spreads'--so if I use just the 30" fixture, will there be obvious dark areas on both ends of the counter? In the picture below, I'm talking about the upper cabinets to the right of the range.

Second question, regarding the color of the light fixture: How visible do you find the actual light fixture to be? I'll be installing undercabinet fixtures under the (white) cabinet pictured above, as well as under open shelves (probabably unpainted wood) on the opposite wall of the kitchen, and I can't decide if it is more important for the light fixtures to match each other, or the surfaces they will be mounted on. Any thoughts?

Third question: I had not been planning on installing any undercabinet lights under the wall cabinet to the left of the range, since that shallow base cabinet below will never be used as a work surface (I'll probably have my coffee maker there or something). BUT....I can see where it would be nice from a purely aesthetic point of view to be able to turn on the undercabinet lights on both side of the range as accent lighting. It just seems sort of silly to light an area that doesn't really need any light (especially since originally I hadn't planned on installing any undercabinet lights at all!). What do you think?

Thanks!

Kelly

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Upgraded cans, huge difference - photos

posted by: chiefneil on 06.07.2006 at 01:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

I had an electrician come by today to install some new recessed cans for me. Turns out he's a lighting specialist and he talked me into upgrading the cheap builder trims in my kitchen to Juno alzac trims. He also swapped out my mix of fluourescent and incandescent bulbs for the GE Edison bulbs. The difference is amazing.

Here's a before shot - you can see the bulbs glaring in your eyes in this photo.

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Here's the after shot with the new trims. Note that the lights are on in this photo, but you can't tell! The colors in the kitchen really pop now, and the lights are significantly brighter - I need to install a dimmer now. The only downside is that the quality of the light seems more directed and less difuse, leading to some slight shadows that I never noticed before; this may be due simply to the fact that the lights are so much brighter and might go away when I install a dimmer.

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Here's an in-between shot. All the lights are on, but you can only tell with the three trims that haven't yet been replaced. BTW, I was sweating bullets (worrying about my granite cracking) when he had to get up on a ladder on my island. I put down some 3/4" plywood and kept a sharp watch to make sure he didn't stand or put the ladder over the overhang.

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Has anyone used Salem Stone Design in CT

posted by: jemstones on 07.05.2006 at 08:40 am in Kitchens Forum

Just wondering if anyone has used or knows of anyone who has used this fabricator. They are located in Waterford, CT. I've seen other fabricators mentioned on this forum, but not this particular one. My GC has worked with them, but just wanted to see if I could get some feed back from you all.

Thanks!
Jem

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Rules on recessed lighting in kitchen?

posted by: netshound on 07.05.2006 at 09:07 am in Kitchens Forum

We want to put recessed lighting in our kitchen and finally get rid of the old round globe!! Our kitchen is a galley kitchen, narrow. Do recessed lights come in sizes? Are there any rules or suggestions you can give so we can pick the right set-up?

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Victoria Regina Granite

posted by: jemstones on 07.02.2006 at 11:05 am in Kitchens Forum

I think I've read most of the posts about granite. I'm curious about this particular color (Victoria Regina).

Does any one have this color? Do you know if it is also called something else? Any problems with this particular one?

From what I've read, I think the pricing seems reasonable. Probably about the same as the Corian and ES we were contemplating. We were quoted $60 per square foot for the surface and $34.75 per linear foot for the edging we liked (the edging ranged from $14 to $47), plus the usual extra for polishing the edges for the undermount sink.

One scary thing....is it ok just to order it from the kitchen place? They are a reputable remodel/lumber yard company in this area (SE CT/SW RI). Being natural stone...what happens if the particular slab you get doesn't look like what you thought it would look like? Are you just stuck? I have seen a pretty big piece of it on an island in their showroom. It doesn't have alot of veining. Pattern wise it is probably not much different than the Ubatuba sample we saw.

If interested, here's a little of our counter dilema. DH & I have been in a deadlock over the counters for some time now. We didn't think we wanted granite because of the sealing/potential staining, etc. We started with Corian then moved on to ES but couldn't agree on a color. We are 2 weeks out from demo, so I'm getting a little nervous about not having all the major decisions made. Yesterday morning we were saying that we wished we could just see something and both say, "Wow, that's just what I had in mind!" We each want the other to be equally thrilled with the results. That afternoon we walked into a kitchen showroom and saw an island covered with a granite they called Victgoria Regina and our wish came true. Total WOW for both of us. So granite it is. Just want you to know that if there is a deadlock, as long as you both keep an open mind, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

I'd also like to say a HUGE thanks to all of you on this forum. I have only posted once or twice, but I love to come here and see what you all think on various topics. A special thanks to Starpooh. Your Finished Kitchen's blog is amazing.

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Franke Orca cutting board

posted by: jemstones on 07.04.2006 at 12:30 am in Kitchens Forum

Hope this isn't a dumb question, help settle the debate...Does the cutting board fit on top on the sink, or on the accessory ledge? I just can't imagine that it goes on the ledge,but DH thinks it does. If it does go on the top of the sink, how does it work with a negative or flush reveal? Or does this accessory jonly work with a positive reveal?

Thanks,
Jem

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RE: Lighting with low ceilings (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: bmorepanic on 07.04.2006 at 07:52 am in Kitchens Forum

Modern or Traditional or Dunno?

As far as I know, the only rule is that the tallest person in your household shouldn't bump head on the light while getting into or out of seat.

Generally speaking, the bottom of the fixture should be at least at 30" above the top. I find 36" above a 36" countertop to be the starting place - because I never want to have to look through the fixtures to see people. With your ceilings, you can still have a 17" tall fixture. The fixture below is about 7" tall and you could have 10" of chain.

A tip someone else suggested, to preview your fixtures, blow up a balloons to the approximate size of the fixture and tie a piece of string to it and tape it to the ceiling.

Here is a link that might be useful: bellacor lighting

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Reveal questions/concerns. Does anyone have close up pics?

posted by: jemstones on 07.04.2006 at 12:52 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi all,
We know we want an undermount and are now deciding on the sink reveal. I have read the posts on here and am soaking up all the info I can. I have concerns about each type of reveal.
Positive:
I am leaning toward a small positive reveal. I'm not so much concerned about gunk accumulating as I am about the sealant showing.

Flush:
Pretty much the same concern with the sealer showing.

Negative:
Any problems with the under part of the counter getting dirty? I think I'm more concerned about cleaning the gunk I can't see than the gunk I can see. Meaning I would be more likely to miss a place or two and have a unsanitary environment.

Does anyone have a close up pics of the "joint" where the sink and counter meet that they would be willing to share? I've seen many great sinks on this forum, but can't quite see in to the nooks and crannies of the sinks. If I could see what it looks like up close and personal I might be able to make a better decision.

Little vent....Don't get me wrong. This is a mostly fun project. But...does any one else get tired of making all of these decisions? I mean, in the whole scheme of things does it really matter what kind of reveal I choose? Tongue in cheek, obviously it matters or I wouldn't be asking. There, I've vented.

Thanks again,
jem

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online shopping

posted by: vaaft on 05.12.2006 at 07:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Can anyone recommend an online store for purchasing a sink and faucet. I am looking at the hansgrohe faucet and a blanco or franke sink. I have been to faucetdirect.com and homeclick.com sites.

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On-Line Ordering for sinks and faucets???

posted by: joyko on 06.22.2006 at 09:00 am in Kitchens Forum

Has anyone ever ordered online for faucets and sinks? I've looked at FAUCET DEPOT and their prices are unbelievable!!!
The Moen Aberdeen kitchen faucet in ORB is $100 cheaper than all the stores I've walked into and shopped! Also, the Silgranit sink by Blanco is much, much lower than stores in my area....
What do you think? It's been rated Best of the Web by Forbes for 2 years.....

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Anybody ever use Fausink.com?

posted by: billp on 06.09.2006 at 06:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

They seem to have the best price on a Franke Orca sink and grids. Yes, I did a search before I posted but nothing came up. Anybody out there care to share their experiences, good or bad? Thanks!

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templating done!

posted by: vicko_wa on 05.18.2006 at 09:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

The templater came today. He was here about 3 hours.
First he went around and took down lots of measurements. Then we got out the cooktop and downdraft and he measured them precisely, even though he had the literature right there. He said he wanted to be sure, since the downdraft and the cooktop were not the same brand.
I have the Franke Orca for my main sink. I already had little circles set up on the countertop to show him what seemed like good spacing for the faucets, airswitch and detergent diispenser. He said the distance I had from sink edge, 2.25 ", is their usual. I had the filtered water faucet and the airswitch at the center of the radius at left and right corners, in the back. Then we put the soap disp about 5" to right of main faucet. He was willing to put things whereever I wanted, but I asked him what the typical distances were. He has had 15 yrs experience fabricating and templating.
I didn't want any sink reveal, but it turns out this company ONLY does quarter inch positive reveal, so I wasn't very happy about that. If I had known, I probably would still have used this company since several people had recommended the company.
Then we discussed overhang, which again he said he would do whatever I wanted, but the typical was 1.5" from the front of the cabinet BOX, (not the front of the doors or drawers) which means it will end up being 3/4" over the front of the cabinet piece. He set that all up with a carboard overlay, and we checked to see if we liked it, which we did.
Then he got out a slab size piece of cardboard and moved it back and forth over the cabinets, as we talked about the best places for seams. The showroom had examples of how their seams look and they were very good. Just hope they can do that well with my seams!
There wasn't really a BEST place for a seam, I'd rather have none, but we discussed the pros and cons of each. (We are getting Cambria engineered stone.)
We are waiting on our backsplash to get a feel for the look of the counters. He asked what we were going to use for backsplash, and if it was alright to have the counters a cardboard thickness off the back wall for "wiggle room". Since the tile we will use will be thicker than that, I told him it was OK. I am thinking I should have them put that epoxy at the back edge when they install, so water won't go down the back of the counters.
He took our sinks with him, and they do all the holes at the shop. Makes me very nervous, but he measured lots, and we talked about everything, so nothing more can be done by me!
This is long, but just wanted to post in case someone is curious about another templating experience.

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Granite templating/sink trouble--How's this solution?

posted by: msrevise on 06.05.2006 at 12:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well, the templater was here this morning, and we had an unexpected problem come up having to do w/the sink. I told my KD which sink i was getting months ago, to make sure the size would be okay; he said no problem. However, templater took one look at it today and said i'd have to have a negative reveal, and it would have to be one inch at the front and back! Huh? news to me. Not only was i set on zero reveal, but i certainly didn't buy a big sink so i could lose 2 inches to granite hangover in the front and back! Plus, the drain is at the back, and that would put the drain too close to the edge of the counter.

Templater said he wouldn't warrant the granite by the sink even under NORMAL use without add'l depth in front of and behind the sink. This is even with rodding it. I was dismayed. He also said it was my KD's fault for not telling me when i told him the size of my sink; he said it's happened before that the KD leaves out this critical information and then lets them take the heat. He was pretty annoyed w/the KD.

I called the KD and he was giving me a lot of stuff about stone being brittle, blah, blah, so i said, are you telling me that this isn't a sturdy, reliable countertop material that i'm paying 5 grand for??? and why didn't you mention it before??? (at which point he had to CYA...)

I know you'll want to know which sink--it's the Kindred double undermount, KSDC2RU, the biggest dbl i could fit in my 36" base, and it's just under 20" front to back on the large side. I told the templater i know others with this sink who have no issues, but he was unwilling to budge. He said it wasn't even the specific granite i'm getting, it was any granite. We explored a few options, among them different reveals on different parts of the sink (zero on the sides, negative front/back), but none of these seemed aesthetically pleasing or practical.

Finally, we settled on sinking the granite back into the drywall by 1/2 inch or so to allow more depth at the back (luckily GC was there to say that would be okay, and in fact he ran some interference on this discussion which wasn't really his job, since the KD sold me the granite), and having a 2" overhang instead of 1 1/2 in the front. With these modifications, templater was willing to warrant the work. Still, he cautioned me not to abuse the area in front of the sink (no one should sit or stand on it, etc.--i would hope that won't be a problem!). He gave me an example of when a painter stood on someone's counter there and cracked it.

Anyway, i think i'm okay with this; i went around and checked to make sure the drawers would still clear the counter, and they do. Is 2" too much for any other reason? Is there anything else i should be considering? I'm so done w/this KD, let me tell you; he was no help at all.

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Learn from my mistake when you get your granite cut....

posted by: mskathyny on 06.25.2006 at 06:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

My granite (except for the island) was installed yesterday and a couple of things are not quite right. I'll learn to live with them and it's no disaster but I wish I'd remembered to be more careful in outlining things with the granite guy. For one thing, the sink cut out is exactly mid-way between the front and back of the countertop. I think it should be closer to the front. It's amazing how much difference an inch or two can make in the ergonomics of using the sink. With the sink placed 5" in from the edge, I find I have to lean just a little bit.... It would have been better 3 or 4" from the front. This placement more to the front would also have made more room for the faucet/soap dispenser.

The second issue was that I was casual in telling the granite guy on exactly where to place the soap dispenser. He cut the hole too close to the faucet hole. the faucet is Kohler Clairette (sp?) and it has a big base. The lever is intended to be mounted on the right but because the soap dispenser is so close it can't be done that way. Instead, he's mounted the lever in the front.
As I said, these are not really big deals and I'll get used to them in no time but it's a reminder to those of you getting your granite cut:

Make sure to specify precisely how much reveal, if any, you want (I did do this!)

Make sure to specify exactly where you want the faucet and any other cut outs. Check to be sure that all those parts will fit and operate in the space you've designated.

Make sure there's enough room between the backsplash and sink back for the faucets/soap dispensers, etc., to operate correctly. (Just a tiny bit closer to the backsplash and my faucet wouldn't have fit!)

Well tomorrow the range goes and in the island granite and I'll probably have another cautionary note for others by nightfall.

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