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RE: Comments on Broan E6430SS range hood? (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: robj on 05.18.2011 at 09:55 pm in Appliances Forum

We have the Broan E6430SS over our Capital Culinarian. It is hooked up to a 3.25" x 10" duct and run straight out the back wall.

The sound on higher speeds is due to the air rushing past the baffles which all high powered hoods do to some degree. The motor hum is louder than some much more expensive hoods on lower speeds, but not unbearable.

For the price, it is an excellent hood. It exhausts everything the CC's 23k burners can throw at it and is easy to clean. We just toss the baffles in the dishwasher once a week.

I have touched the halogen bulbs a couple of times while reaching for the switches. I considwer their placement a design flaw.


Filler strip
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My kitchen is done! Here are before and after pictures:

posted by: Adrienne2011 on 08.22.2011 at 06:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

Aside from installing the Roman shades on the French doors, a couple outlet covers, and the Lee Valley drawer organizers, we are done with our remodel. The washer and dryer were relocated from the mudroom (adjacent to the kitchen) to the master bedroom closet, and floors in the office and foyer were replaced at the same time as the floors in the kitchen and mudroom.

Here is what we used/bought:
Kraftmaid maple cabinets, all plywood, "Lindsey" style in chestnut
GE Profile appliances (we already had the dishwasher)
5" Brazilian cherry engineered hardwood, made by Owens Flooring
Cambria Windermere quartz counters
Tumbled Durango 4x4 backsplash, with a mother of pearl accent tile
Delta Victorian faucets in Venetian bronze
Minka Lavery Salon Grand light fixtures (we already had several in the house, but added another)
30" copper sink in "Fire and Ice" made by Dino Rachiele
Environmental Lights LED undercabinet lights
Baldwin handlesets for the French doors
small copper bar sink for the mudroom made by EcoSinks, purchased through Home Depot online
Weybridge outlet covers, found at Home Depot
2.5" wood blinds, purchased via Blindster (online)



Here's the mudroom:

This is part of the mudroom:

This is what the kitchen looks like if you're in the mudroom:

A simple open storage area for backpacks and coats next to a $40 shoe bench (we need some artwork over that shoe bench):

Utility cabinet in the mudroom with a blotch from dust on the camera - oops:


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RE: Foot Pedal for Trash Can (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: buehl on 08.07.2008 at 12:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

The only one I know about is the one made by Häfele. Others have asked and no one seems to know of any other either.

You should be able to find installation info on either the Häfele site or one of the sites that sells it. There are two for trash cans mounted on rails (like yours) and one for trash cans mounted in a drawer-like base. Note that both are designed for frameless cabinets. However, a resourceful GWer posted what s/he did to adapt hers/his to framed cabinets. S/he has the rail type. See the info below.


From the "Pull Out Trash" thread started by ColdTropics on Fri, Jul 20, 07 at 2:43

Posted by metoo2 (My Page) on Wed, Aug 15, 07 at 19:27

Front View when cabinet is shut:

View of foot pedal when cabinet is open:
Keep in mind this view will be hidden when trash cans are in the cabinet.

Metal plate mounted on bottom back of door:
This is the plate that is 3.5" tall--to deal with a face framed cabinet.

Finally, looking at the bottom of the cabinet:
Glued a scrap of wood to the back of the face frame.

Posted by metoo2 (My Page) on Wed, Aug 15, 07 at 20:01

muscat: The rails are always attached to the door-regardless of whether your trash cans hang from a rail, or your trash cans sit on a base. In your picture, the cans sit on a base.

I believe that my modifications will also work with your situation (cans sitting on a base). However, you will need to make one minor modification that I did not do. That modification has to do with the elastic cords that come with the pedal.

Elastic cords (ie, bungee cords) pull the door open when the pedal is kicked. You would have to alter where the front of the cords are mounted inside the cabinet. Very easy to do.

Earlier posts on this thread refer to a version of the Häfele pedal for trash cans which sit on a base. I have not seen this product. I suspect they use the identical pedal, but altered the instructions relative to the location where to mount the elastic cords.

Posted by lowspark (My Page) on Fri, Jul 20, 07 at 11:02

I'm not sure what the door mount kit is, but you have to have a pull out trash in order for the foot pedal to work.

In other words, your trash bins should be hanging from a rail attached to the door OR sitting on a shelf attached to the door. The door should pull open like a drawer (not swing open like a normal cab) and as it pulls open the trash bins come out with it.

Note that Häfele makes two different pedals, one for the bins hanging from rails and one for the bins sitting on the shelf. I'm not clear on which one you've linked to above. Also note that these foot pedals are designed for frameless cabs. I don't know if they can or have been used on framed cabs and would be interested to hear about that if anyone has.

Here are the links I have to the two kinds of Häfele pedals:

Pedal for trash can which hangs from rails:

Pedal for trash can which sits on base:


Note: In the two links above, the foot pedals are on the bottom of the pages. Click on the "Specs (PDF)" link below the picture. Other places than KitchenSource also sell these. (When determining your "best" price, be sure to factor in tax and shipping!)



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Helpful Threads (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: buehl on 01.03.2011 at 05:36 am in Kitchens Forum

You may also find the following threads to be useful:

Best advice from this forum:

Scrimp on this, Splurge on that....:

Where to splurge and where to save??:

Scrimp and Splurge - Where'd you hold back, where'd you go nuts?:

Care to share your best kitchen storage ideas?:

What do you wish you had done differently?:

What do you wish you had done differently? [Part 2]:

Now that I have [X], I think I could have lived without it:

What 'cons' did you choose to live with?:

Things I would NOT recommend or things I dislike!:

Things I would NOT recommend or things I dislike! #2:

kitchen layout suggestions:

4" Broom Closet from IkeaFans:

Rev-A-Shelf Spice Racks for Fillers -- Have you seen these!!!! [discusses filler pullouts]:

pull-down vs. pull-out faucet:

Drawers vs Roll-Out Tray Shelves (ROTS):
* Drawers over pull outs in Cabinets:
* Kitchen drawers versus pull-out shelves?:

Curious about text in messages (adding bold, italics, etc.):


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Miscellaneous Information

posted by: buehl on 01.03.2011 at 05:34 am in Kitchens Forum


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Caulk @ tiled kitchen windowsill?

posted by: janealexa on 10.21.2011 at 11:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello, I am considering doing a tumbled travertine 2x4 kitchen backplash which will wrap into the window sill area like kitchenaddict's sill (KA, hope you don't mind me
referring to your beautiful kitchen!)

Delta Talbot Faucet

Crema Marfil Tumbled Marble Backsplash

In general, do you recommend caulking any part of the sill area?

On the horizontal surface of the sill, can I do caulk (same color as grout) instead of grout so it is easy to keep clean?

Thank you!


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Finished Kitchen - Thanks for the help

posted by: yttocs3 on 10.14.2011 at 09:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey everyone,

We've been in our new house for a couple of weeks now and the kitchen was finally clean enough to snap a few pics. I figured I better post some pictures after all of the help I got from this forum when planning our kitchen. I apologize for the pictures as they didn't turn out great, but they are what they are :). I took some with the lights off and then some with the lights on.

Nothing super fancy here like some of the kitchens that get posted, so I'll save you all the details...but if anyone does want details, just ask and I'd be happy to provide them.











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98.627% Finished Kitchen - Transitional White Inset w/ glass tile

posted by: theanimala on 01.02.2010 at 03:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

After reading this site daily for 6 months now and getting tons of great advice it's time for us to post our finished kitchen. In keeping with the style of the house we needed to go more modern than traditional, but we didn't want something too contemporary. Also, we couldn't decide on painted or stained cabinets, so we decided to do both by painting the perimeter while having the island stained.

Although we moved no walls, it ended up being a bigger project then we expected as the old tile floor went through our foyer, powder room and laundry room. Also didn't have correct sub-flooring, and we wanted to move some of the appliances around, etc. The reason the it is only 98.627% completed, is we still have 1.373% left to do, such as glass shelves in glass front doors so in cabinet lighting can shine all the way through, etc.


Cabinets - Inset Shiloh Homestead painted MB Softwhite, Island Maple stained Espresso
Flooring - Tile Fashion Coffee 12 x 24
Countertops - Ceasarstone Raven, Ceasarstone Misty Carrera - Mitred Edge
Main Sink - Franke 33" SS Apron - FHX710-33S
Main Faucet - Generic Costco Brand
Prep Sink - Elkay - ELU1618
Prep Faucet - Danze Como Pulldown
Refrigerator - JennAir CD FD - JFC2089HES
Ovens - Electrolux - EW30EW65GS
Warming Drawer - Electrolux - EW30WD55GS
Microwave - Electrolux - EL27MO45GS
Cooktop - DCS 36" Drop-in - CTD-365
Hood - Bosch - DKE9365AUC
Beverage Center - GE Monogram - ZDBC240NBS
Dishwasher - Bosch
Backsplash - White Glass subway tile from
Backsplash - Stainless Steel 1x2 tiles
Pulls - TopKnobs - Princetonian
Paint - BM 1542 Himalayan Trek






Sink Area:







Island - Backside:

Pantry Area - Closed:


Pantry - Open:


Lazy Suzan - Corner Pullout:


A big thank you to everyone who gave such great advice over the past few months. If anyone has any questions on what we like /dislike please let us know.


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RE: honeychurch and others- do you still love your runnels? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: florida_joshua on 12.16.2010 at 08:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

I base the runnels off the sink that is used. The size of the kitchen, the size of the sink, and the home owner's opinion has a lot to do with the look that we go for. I typically make them as I see fit, but if the home owner asks I'll do what they prefer. The way the runnels are fabricated will have a lot to do with the "look" of the runnels. The fixture I made will allow me to get a good deep taper to make the runnels as functional as they can be. Mine usually taper almost a 1/2 inch, form 3/8 to 1/2 is a good bet. The longer I make them the deeper the taper . . . you get the idea. Here are some pictures that shows our runnels well.





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Creamy White and Soapstone Finished Kitchen with Pics!

posted by: grneyesct on 08.04.2011 at 08:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

Cabinets: Custom cabinets built by my hubby some in place and some in my dining room, no joke!
Cabinet Paint: BM Satin Impervo, Ivory White
Wall Color: Behr, Ryegrass
Knobs: knobs4less Century Hardware, Highlander
Pulls: knobs4less Century Hardware, Baroque Circle
Countertops: Marisol Soapstone, from EleMar New England
Backsplash: Arabesque shape California Art Tile, Espanola
Flooring: Prefinished Teak installed ourselves
Sink: Artisan Sink
Faucet: Kohler
Appliances: are all Samsung
Lighting Fixture over sink: Rejuvenation, Ford Mills
Chandelier: Kichler

This took just about a year to complete. We utilized our family room for the kitchen and made the living room our main gathering place. My old kitchen will be re-purposed as a laundry room.

We have 2 or 3 minor things to tinker with. We need to move the family computer to the desk and put the stools in at the pennsula.

We're still debating what to do about window treatments - in a couple months when the leaves drop, we'll be like fish in a bowl.. any suggestions would be helpful!!

Please excuse the plastic that we left on the fridge.. lol Have no fear, I finally took it off. But some of the photos show with it on...

So here is my old kitchen which will become my laundry room. It is wedged in the center of the house. It measures 8x10.. and only had ONE drawer..



And this is the Family Room we moved the kitchen into:

We have tons (probably WAY too many) progress photos..Only going to post a couple to calm any question of these actually being built and painted in the space and in my dining room.. LOL



Forgive the Large Photos.. Photobucket and I werent getting along this evening and I got impatient trying to post this :)

Fridge Wall 2












I have to thank everyone here for being so fabulous!! I lurked 99% of the time, but I got a lot out of reading everyones posts, comments and advice.

I'll have to figure out how to unlock my kitchen albums on Photobucket so I can share the rest of the photos without boring you all to death ;P

~ Dana ~


A nice DIY kitchen in CT.
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Finished Modern Kitchen (with a nod to the past)

posted by: ZacsDaddy on 05.23.2011 at 12:32 am in Kitchens Forum

Well, I'm happy to say we finished our kitchen model a week ahead of schedule and even under budget! The kitchen gods truly smiled down upon us! We still have some addition work to do (painting the trim and other touch ups), but we're in the process already of moving back into our kitchen. Once we're settled in, I'll take some glamour shots for the finished kitchen site.

Background: Our house is a 1936 bungalow/row house, in the Spanish Revival style in San Francisco. The house is designed with a center patio with the kitchen, original breakfast nook, and dining room wrapping around it. While the room has no exterior windows, the covered center patio provide an enormous amount of daylight.


The house had the original kitchen (with the only change being the addition of a 18" dishwasher - placed awkwardly away from the sink). Unfortunately the original cabinets were only 18" deep and in many cases, broken and rotting. The original tile was beautiful, but the countertop tile was severely worn, and broken. (And we learned the years of unmaintained grout caused the cabinets below to rot.) The kitchen also has an original skylight which we kept.

Original 1936 Kitchen

We decided as part of the remodel to annex the breakfast nook as part of the kitchen to allow us standard depth counters.
Breakfast Nook

Our Goal: To create a modern kitchen that looks like it could have always existed in the house.

Cabinets: Aristocratic Cabinets in Walnut with a clear coat finish
Countertops: Caesarstone in Buttermilk
Backsplash: Grazia Listelli (2.5" X 10") in Laguna with a black liner
Floor: Basalt Graphite Porcelain tiles 12"X 24"
Sink: Ticor
Faucet: Kohler Simplice
Appliances: Fisher & Paykel Refrigerator (existing), Bosch Integra 500 dishwasher, Bosch Evolution 700 Range, GE Profile Microwave with Trim kit, Zephyr Typhoon Hood
Recessed Lighting: Cree CR6 LED on dimmers
Under Cabinet: Environmental High Brightness warm on dimmer
Nook Pendant: Schoolhouse Electric Hampton 6 with Vintage Green two tone shade
General Contractor: Remarkable Renovations (based in Mill Valley, CA)

Views from Dining Room


Views from Hallway:


Detail shots:



And I can't be ZacsDaddy, without a picture of Zac!
The pantry on the right has five pullouts, the left is static shelves and a broom closet)

Thank you to everyone who guided me along the way -- and for everyone who posted so much wonderful information on this site. This was an amazing resource!


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RE: Microwave small enough to fit in an upper cabinet? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: lovesautumn on 05.17.2011 at 08:59 am in Kitchens Forum

We got a cabinet built for the microwave and it works great. MH was very against a over the oven microwave.

Here is a pic if you are interested.


Sorry, not a great pic, but best I have at this time.


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Finished Kitchen Finally!! Pics

posted by: laur66 on 05.15.2011 at 08:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hello GWers,

I am so happy to be the person saying that our kitchen is finished. I have lurked on this site for months and received invaluable advice and ideas. I didn't even know that there was such a thing as a single sink for a kitchen when I started this process! I can honestly say without this forum I would not love every little bit of my kitchen the way I do. Thanks!

Before (realllllly ugly)



After (love it!!)










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Wood island/counter people...questions for you!

posted by: babs711 on 05.01.2011 at 03:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

In our upcoming build, our 4x5 island will be part prep and eating surface. The more I think about it and think about the way my family lives, I'm unsure if having marble in the entire kitchen is going to work. I think it will be fine along the perimeter. And if it was only me that lived and ate in this house, having it on the island would be fine too because it drives me NUTS to see our polished antique brown granite have gunk sitting on it or stuck to it. But the fact is that DH and the kids just either don't notice or it doesn't bother them. And I go on 4 day work trips about once a quarter...I don't want to have to think about beautiful marble on my island and dried on soup or juice not being wiped up. But I do wipe our counters now regularly. I just don't want to have to be completely neurotic about it like I feel I would have to be with marble. Sooooo....

I keep saving photos of kitchens with wood island countertops. Could this be an option for us if they are sealed properly? If so what are the options for sealing since they will be used as an eating surface also? How long have you had yours installed and how do they look now? What is your daily maintenance? Do you find them easy to take care of? I know with my granite, I spray with Method's Daily Granite, wipe with a microfiber cloth, clean up the mess and then I have to buff buff buff to get a shine...lots of elbow grease involved for the dark granite to stay looking good. Are they easier to care for on a daily basis?

Thank you so much!


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RE: Does anyone have white walls in their kitchen? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: laurainlincoln on 05.09.2011 at 11:02 am in Kitchens Forum

hi - we have SW Honed white on the walls and SW dover white on the cabs - I wanted low contrast so the room did not seem choppy. I love the Honied White - it was recc'd in the House Beautiful "favorite decorator paint colors" edition, which is total paint porn. The decorator called it "white with a touch of warm sunshine," We have 2 boys and have not found it any harder to keep clean. HTH!

z - architect pix


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RE: Finished Cherry Kitchen with Delicatus Brown (Follow-Up #22)

posted by: DreamweaverMAM on 04.23.2011 at 09:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks again, everyone. Breezy, I was SO ready to be rid of our old microwave. We bought it in 1983 when they made them REALLY big and solid. It never stopped working. I have my doubts that this one will last as long, but I am very much enjoying the fact that it is off the counter.

Circuspeanut, I'm hoping that the under-sink lighting will help me to keep that area less cluttered and free from unexpected inhabitants. I decided to move most of the chemical products that used to live under the sink to a closet elsewhere.

As several of you have noticed, our cat enjoys sitting on the stools in the new kitchen as much as we do. I often have to ask her to move so that I can have a seat. Every time I take a picture she seems to show up in that same spot. Our dog has a new favorite spot to nap, too.

Jenhp, the width of the hutch with the microwave is 60". The two side wall cabinets are each 16" wide and the center cabinet is 28".


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My finished kitchen/fam.rm. pics - - Thanks GW!!

posted by: bellacucina on 04.12.2011 at 04:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks GW'ers for helping me design my dream kitchen!!! Basically, we kept the same floor plan but relocated and changed the door to the deck and the windows (added 2 extra). We started with a KD that gave us some preliminary floor plan ideas, but quickly were on our own when we didn't hire her GC partner for the construction. And so I turned to GW, and I really don't think I could've done it without you! If you see elements of your kitchens in mine, remember that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ☺ Thank you for your inspiration and advice. Thanks especially momqs (my friend & neighbor) who lived thru the process right before me and gave me so many tips, cautions and survival skills.

My goal: a timeless kitchen with high power (gas BTU) range and a second oven to facilitate my love of baking and cooking.

We also had a terrific GC who said it would take 8 weeks and delivered. If you are near in the SW Philly 'burbs and need a recommendation, just email me!

I still need finishing touches, like photos, pops of color etc.... and probably will be turning to the Decorating Forum for help on that!

Some pics:














This shows the Marron cohiba withoout the sunlight shining on it,

and with it:

Guess which feature was all DH's planning?


The details:

Range: Capital Culinarian 36" with wok grate
Hood: Rangecraft (curvette)
Fridge: Liebherr 2x 24", cabinet depth, smartsteel
Oven/Micro combo: Electrolux Icon 30"
DW: Miele Optima II
Faucets: KWC Eve for main sink; Eve soap dispenser; Eve Demi for island sink; Kohler simplice for mudroom

Water filter: Royal Doulton ceramic
Airswitches/ disposals (2): insinkerator
Sinks: Krauss SS near-zero radius for main and mudroom; "Belmont" sink from for island
Granite: "Ice Brown" on island- Fabulous experience with StoneMasters in Kennett Square (Thank you Beekeeperswife!!!!) And "Marron Cohiba" on perimeter; and honed absolute black (or something like it) on the FP

Cabinets: Wellsford Cabinetry, Stowe, PA- Crystal White with Oyster glaze on perimeter and Cherry with Sable glaze on island; full overlay
Hardware: Amerock "Revitalize"

Backsplash: Walkerzanger "Helsinki" minibricks and 1x1s
Flooring: Qtrsawn Whiteoak site finished in Minwax (25% ebony with 75% red mahogany plus 3 coats semigloss poly with 1 finish coat of satin)
Windows: Anderson
French doors: Pella with internal shades

Paint: BM aura matte Ashley Gray walls; ceilings cut to 50% in family room and *about* 25% in the kitchen. BM aura matte Wolf gray in mudroom. BM aura Marscapone trim and cabs (cabinet coat)

Pendants: Jamie Young (large St. Charles in mercury glass)
Chandy: Quoizel DW1824 "Downtown"

Stools: overstock cosmopolitan dark brown leather (Thank you GW!)
Chairs: overstock Soho cream leather (Thank you Beekeeperswife!)
Table: Costplus Worldmarket Charlotte table 42" round w/ ext.


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Finished Contemporary Kitchen

posted by: momqs on 02.28.2011 at 07:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank you sooo much to all of those who have spent so many hours on this forum posting pictures and providing advice and feedback. Our kitchen was 99 % finished by Thanksgiving (about 8 weeks from when we started) and then it took 2 months for the last piece to fall into place. We had an amazing contractor who was here every day and provided great creative ideas. Their bid was about 10% higher than the our other choice but we felt in the end it was the best money we spent because they always had great ideas when decisions had to be made.

So here is our finished kitchen!

Our goals
Update our builder grade kitchen and open the space, and see more of the outside. Add a mudroom (I don't have good photos of this).

The project
We gutted our kitchen, knocked down a wall between the breakfast room and the family room, took down our upper cabinets and created a window wall, and also added a mudroom by taking over 1/2 of the 3rd bay in our garage.

The details
Cabinets: Custom - Wellsford Cabinetry (PA)- Cherry w/ a Shaker Door
Appliances: Everything is Thermador except the hood which is Modern Aire.
Paint: MAB Mystic Lake (this was the old color that we matched)
Counters: Quartzite: White Pearl AKA White Princess - Polished
Backsplash: Honed Carrera Marble plus AKDO Bubbles
Sinks: Elkay
Faucets: Grohe Minta
Counter Stools: Pottery Barn
Floors: Maple 5" plank
Lights: Access Lighting Proteus




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RE: Finished Contemporary Kitchen (Follow-Up #36)

posted by: momqs on 03.02.2011 at 01:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

The backsplash is a honed carrara marble plank mosaic. We cut out a few individual tiles in the 12x12 sheets before they went up on the wall.

To make the bubble inserts I took a 12x12 sheet of AKDO bubbles. I cut it apart and created the little glass bubble mosaics onto a piece of painters tape to match the openings that we had created.

The contractors then hung the marble on the wall and placed the bubble mosaics into the holes.

The feature over the stove is just 4 12x12 sheets of AKDO bubbles (and it's the only thing my contractors did not do well - they didn't get the sheets close enough together).

The planks that surround the bubble feature are 12x12 tiles (not mosaic) that were cut to make the frame.

Then everything was grouted with a SANDED grout. The contractors gave me a hard time on this but the tile store insisted on it and it came out looking great even though they grumbled.


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RE: Finished Modern Kitchen (Follow-Up #44)

posted by: tanem on 03.27.2011 at 12:45 am in Kitchens Forum

Thanks again. I wanted to add that I got the idea of mostly drawers (big ones at that) in the base cabinets, from this forum. Great idea!
-I can not take credit for the cabinetry at the stove wall. The architect and cabinet maker came up with the design.
-The concrete blocks are full size and run the length of the house through to the outside. We did seal them.
-The pantry is 24" wide and 80" tall.
I do love my cabinets that lift up. I did all soft close, slow motion and full extension throughout my house.I feel its a good investment over the long haul.

I do store my dishes in the bank of drawers across the sink. The top drawers are for everyday items and the bottom drawers are for glass plates etc. Unloading the dishwasher has never been so easy!PhotobucketPhotobucket


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Lolauren's finished kitchen -- photos! -- white, inset, shaker...

posted by: lolauren on 01.02.2011 at 10:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

I can finally post photos of my kitchen from our new construction house! I am very relieved to be able to say that. I designed every detail in this kitchen down to the inch and loved the design process. This forum was my biggest help and inspiration, so thank you to everyone!!

I had to cut myself off from posting too many photos. So, the rest of the album is here: ALBUM

Or, for the slideshow version: SLIDESHOW

Please feel free to ask questions.


Cabinets: Huntwood (Custom) Cabinets with shaker, inset doors (Huntwood does custom cabinetry. The color is their white paint option, as opposed to their creamy option. The closest match I can find to this is between Benjamin Moore's "white" and "super white." My door trim, baseboards, etc. are all BM's "Super White." It is just slightly brighter than my cabinets, but not noticably.)

Countertops: Cambrian black granite in a leathered/antiqued finish

Backsplash: White US Ceramics 3x6 subway tile

Appliances: are all Frigidaire Professional, except for the Electrolux cooktop (and my cheap GE microwave in the pantry)

Hood vent: I have no idea. It was whatever the builder used standard. I didn't splurge here, but the unit works perfectly.


* Main Sink: Grohe Bridgeford Bridge faucet with sidespray in ORB

* Island Sink: Grohe Bridgeford pull-down faucet in ORB

* Reverse Osmosis/cold water faucet: Newport Brass (I had to add this after the fact, upon learning that I needed a RO system. The Newport Brass model matches the Grohe faucet surprisingly well. The finish is almost identical.)

Sinks: Blanco Silgranit sinks in anthracit - larger is BlancoPrecis Super Single and smaller is BlancoPrecis 15.5" x 19.5"

Hardware: Rejuvention Hardware latches, pulls and knobs in ORB

Flooring: Lewis & Clark hardwood - color is Beacon Rock - wood is hickory - very distressed (this is a small company... it isn't the line Shaw offers)

Paint: Pittsburgh Paint's "Moth Gray" cut down to 75%

Window treatment: I didn't want any window treatment in the kitchen, but some days the sunset glares on me when I'm cooking dinner. To solve this, I put in a cellular shade that is almost completely hidden when closed. It looks like there is no window treatment, unless I really need it during those 10-15 minutes of glare.

Lighting: 10 recessed lights - I ended up opting out of pendants so the space appears more open. The three recessed lights above the island are on a different switch, for less light or future pendant additions.

Counter stools: Sturbridge Yankee Workshop's "Henry Leather stools" in black

Island dimensions: 51" x 91"

Island overhang: 19 inches on the long side, 11.5 inches on the short side (it was supposed to all be 19", but nothing ever goes right in construction! I still would prefer 19", but this doesn't bother me now with the stools in.)


clipped on: 03.24.2011 at 12:38 am    last updated on: 03.24.2011 at 12:38 am

95% done! Marble w/quartz, polished w/honed, and other no-no's

posted by: sharonite on 03.20.2011 at 12:10 am in Kitchens Forum

The quartz shelf in the opening has still to be installed, and there are various other details (e.g., not happy with paint colors, still needs decorative touches) that I will post about separately to get some help, but I figured it was close enough to finished to post (while it's still fairly neat!)

First, let me say that reading trough some of the terrible experiences some of you have had during your renos, I feel fortunate to have had a cabinet maker and GC who worked well together, had a good work ethic and pride in their work, and were respectful of each other and of our family. DH has also been incredibly patient, helpful and open minded through this entire process. But since I did not have a KD I really need to THANK YOU GW-ers for being a source of endless kitchen wisdom and talent, with good humor thrown in! I turned to this forum countless times for advice, as well as reality checks and support when I was lacking confidence about some of my decisions. Without you, I would not have been brave enough to go with my desires and overcome some of the conventional opinion, such as: don't mix natural stone and quartz, and don't mix polished and honed marbles. You have been some of the kindest and most supportive people I never met.

We moved into our home 11 years ago and I have been wanting to do this and saving for it for all 11 of those years! We made some great memories in our old kitchen but she really had to go. In addition to not having enough prep space or storage, things were just starting to fall apart after 25 years as this was the original builder grade kitchen. The layout and work flow worked well for me though, so we didn't change the perimeter layout much other than centering the sink and range. We also closed in a small corner window so we could add wall ovens in its place. The zones now come very naturally given the way we cook and use the kitchen.



view from DR

range and ovens

view from fridge

view from windows

view from hallway


marble counter looks like a hot fudge sundae! (no etching yet)

closeup of BS

polished aluminum stool

must have: broom/mop closet

various lovely things I never had before!

recycling pullout:

knives finally off the counter

pans finally have a reasonable home:

spice storage in prep space, what a concept!

DH's favorite before and after:

We really struggled with the island. Island and freestanding table? One large single-height island? prep sink or no? Island with table attached? We changed our minds about a dozen times and drove my cabinet maker sorta' nuts (but he was very good abut it). We wanted comfortable table height eating without having the seats in a row, and we also needed the prep and storage function of an island, but we felt that a separate island and table would look too cluttered. We also needed to accommodate the angles of the window walls while maintaining enough aisle clearance around the seats. Thus our island/table was born. I was very worried because I had never seen a picture like this (even Boxerpups couldn't find one!) but now we could not be more pleased at how it turned out. My teen DS and friends are very comfortable around the table even when there are 3 or 4 of them and they even bicker over who gets to sit in the blingy stool! Once our DR is finished we will go back to eating dinners in the DR and will get rid of the chair in the aisle across the rangetop, but for now the kitchen "table" is very comfortable and spacious for the three of us, even eating family style with dishes in the middle. Many of you (boxer, rhome, buehl, dianalo, palimpsest and many others) provided great insight as we were working through these issues, and I am very grateful!

Here are the details, for any who are interested:

Floor: maple hardwood

Cabinets: custom by a local cabinet maker, cherry with cordovan stain. The doors are shaker but with a 1/4 inch offset, which is shallower than a traditional shaker style. I was very happy with my experience with them. Happy to share the name if you live in the Boston area southern 'burbs. He did a great job working around the ducts along the top of the long wall.

perimeter and table countertop: Caesarstone Blizzard. I have a "thing" about cooking on dark or busy surfaces where I can't tell if the surface is really clean or not so I definitely wanted light/white countertops for the perimeter. We searched and searched for Luna de Luce quartzite, which I fell in love with after seeing Sochi's but we never found any near us so went with our fallback: Caesarstone Blizzard, which is a warm white. Now that it's in, I love it and can't imagine having anything else. I highly advise anyone considering quartz to find a showroom with these materials on display. The small samples just don't do it justice.

island countertop: honed Imperial Danby marble from Vermont. Makes me smile every time I see it. We were originally going to use a brushed black granite, then I met this slab of marble and that was it...
Backsplash: I was all set to use either cat-mom's or prairiegirl2010's gorgeous backsplash, but at the last minute we saw this mosaic of statuary polished calacatta marble and fell in love with it. It talks to the marble on the island and the cabinet color with its grey and rust veining, but it reads very calm, which I love.

pendants: monorail pendants and spot heads from Tech Lighting. I wanted rail pendants to add an architectural element to the ceiling. We had great advice from the local lighting store where we bought all the lighting. Without them, I would have chosen the wrong pendants. The ones I first wanted were too big for the space and island, and I alone would not have been able to see that up front. They also helped us plan placement of our recessed lighting, which was wonderful help since we did not use a KD (besides GW, that is!).

Wolf 30 inch rangetop- I used a portable induction burner during the remodel and I really came to appreciate convection. I wasn't making anything too sophisticated without a kitchen, but it was great to boil pasta water fast and to simmer soups and other "simmer sauce" dishes. At the end of the remodel though, I really wanted to go back to cooking with FIRE. Compared to my old range, the Wolf is a dream.

Bosch french door fridge-so far so good, very spacious compared to our old SxS.

Miele DW: we got this last year when our old one broke, so we just changed out the front panel from black to SS.

GE Monogram Advantium 240 V speed oven/MW. It cooks with halogen, convection or MW, and combinations thereof, to speed cook almost anything you can think of. I love this thing! It's incredibly versatile and easily my favorite new appliance.

GE Monogram 30 inch wall oven. This has not gotten a good workout yet. We are a small family and so far we seem to be using the Advantium for most oven work. Did I mention I love the Advantium?

XO under-cabinet hood. The hood situation was a bummer for us, although we are fast getting over it. DH and I both really, really wanted a chimney style hood. We love the look and wanted to be able to tile all the way up the wall behind it. Alas, as our rangetop is on an internal wall, it would have been a not insubstantial added cost, as well as requiring many 90 degree turns for the ducting to find its way outdoors, making it inefficient, so in the end we decided to just go with an under-cabinet model that could vent sideways over the ovens and out the wall. DH was particularly disappointed that we couldn't make it work. It was the only thing he really felt strongly about in the entire kitchen. Now, we could care less, I think it looks fine.

chairs: Emeco chairs and polished aluminum stool. Best thing about these: I can take them with me when we move!

We've been cooking up a storm, making up for those lost months during the reno. The fun we are having in the new kitchen is fast overcoming those inevitable "shoulda, coulda, woulda" regrets. There are some things I would do differently if I could go back to square one, but why dwell on that?

THANK YOU for letting me share. Others just don't get it, ya know?


clipped on: 03.21.2011 at 12:07 pm    last updated on: 03.21.2011 at 12:09 pm