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RE: Help me understand glass tile! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: paddytc on 08.26.2007 at 01:11 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We used glass tiles on the floor is kids bath (3 boys 1 girl) and in the powder room. So far they have been easy clean up and beautiful to look at..while

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clipped on: 08.27.2007 at 03:02 pm    last updated on: 08.27.2007 at 03:03 pm

Almost finished Kitchen remodel - DIY

posted by: pharaoh on 01.15.2007 at 03:00 am in Kitchens Forum

So here goes -
Photos of our almost completed kitchen remodel. We did all the work ourselves including building the cabinets, installing the floors, cabs, appliances, electrical, gas, plumbing, lighting, etc. The only thing we made was the marble counters.

Total time spent on design, woodworking, demolition, construction - approx 2000 man hours. (Couldn't afford to hire myself :) )

1) First we built all our cabinets from Red birch. Frameless cabs. All lower cabs are drawers. Drawer hardware is blumotion . Hinges are self close/soft close. Finish is oil based poly. No stain. Door style is shaker with a reverse reveal ( the front of the panel is flat, the back is raised).

2) Floor is travertine with onyx insets (laid on schluter ditra isolation membrane). The marble medallion was factory made.

3) Lighting is 4" recessed halogens on dimmers.

4) Asko Dishwasher

5) Jade 48" built in refrigerator

6) Electrolux double wall ovens and warming drawer

7) Bluestar 30" range top

8) The most expensive and bold part of the kitchen is the Connemara Irish Green Marble counters with floor returns. All of the templating, fabrication and installation was supervised by me. The installer did a flawless job.

9) The sink is counter depth apron front stainless, flush mounted to the countertop

10) The china cabinet has no glass! It has a built in aquarium

11)The hood is glass/stainless from ebay

12) The island has a back lit onyx panel that we made and installed for a lounge look when we have cocktail parties :)


clipped on: 02.06.2007 at 07:13 am    last updated on: 02.06.2007 at 07:13 am

Backsplash in (pics!)

posted by: msrevise on 12.02.2006 at 01:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

Of course i didn't straighten up the kitchen before i took these, and my camcorder stills tend to wash out the color. the field tiles are actually cream crackle and not pinkish white! Anyway, here goes:

Long view:

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Mural close-up (it's a Japanese maple, the potter presses the branch into the tile to make an impression before producing. the tiles are very irregular, as you can see; they're made from local clay...)

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Oven wall:

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Close-up of oven wall feature:

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RE: If you were/are the GC... can you share your project plan? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: claybabe on 01.23.2007 at 11:18 am in Kitchens Forum

We did a kitchen last year and are now moving and doing the kitchen (among other things) in the new place before we move. The process was pretty similar, so I'll outline what we did. I may provide details you are already way ahead on, and mean no disrespect: I just didn't know any of this stuff before (and found huge amount of helpful info on this site).And we also had that plumber above, who delayed everything: Are we neighbors, momto3?! This remodel has been a bit more rushed, so some of the things are a little out of order this time around; I'm posting the idealized, 20-20 hindsight plan.

Before we started tearing things out, I chose appliances, sinks, fixtures, lights, etc, and then shopped for deals. If you start early on this you can get great prices and adjust your cabinet plan if need be. For example, I wanted a 36" range and ended up with a 38 3/8" range (floor model).Appliance stores often hang onto stuff for you until you are ready.

I started planning the cabinet layout at the same time. These first two things ran concurrently for 6 months before the first tearout, and for a few weeks before the second kitchen. I am fortunate to have a wonderful KD who helps me achieve the dream, and who has come up with some very cool solutions to space problems.

Along with the cabinet layout, consider how much lighting you'll need and window changes that may be necessary. Another thing I didn't do until very late in the first kitchen and started out with in the second kitchen was to determine, very specifically, what the work zone was and how I wanted to use it. How many pots and utensils will I use at the range, where do I want my pot rack, do I want a baking center with storage for flour and sugar and all the sweety spices, etc., and then measure how much storage you have now and don't settle for less. Increasing the depth of the uppers and/or lowers will also give you a little extra space if you have room for that.

We made minor plumbing changes in both kitchens. I added a garden window in the first kitchen but cannot in the second.

I also didn't start the tearout until I had almost all the appliances, lights, faucets, etc. You'll need to consider counter top materials as well, and even start looking at specific granites if you are doing that and it is a little rare. Granite and soapstone slabs have been sold out from underneath folks on this forum, but I'd still look early. And before you tearout, as you are packing up, plan a place for your temp kitchen. We used an adjoining DR for the fridge, MW, and a plastic storage rack for food and paper plates. We used a plastic utility sink (hooked it up and unhooked it daily) in the kitchen for all but a week or so.

Tearout to the studs: I had no idea how much drywall would ultimately go out. Initially I was a little conservative and thought we'd only have the soffet area (removed) to repair. Electricians descended on the place like locusts and at the end of the day had large portions of drywall gone. Don't panic. Second time around was easier to watch! At any rate, donate cabs, sell them, or just trash them at tearout. We were able to give ours away both times.Cabinet tearout is a day or two if you have a power drill/screwdriver, and hammers and pry bars. FLoor tearout was much more difficult and time consuming. It took a week to tear out 200sq feet of vinyl to the subfloor last year. It took three weeks to tear out wood floor (75sqft) and tile (250 sqft) and prep floor. The tile floor was quite solid, as it turns out....

A week or so before tearout you will need to order a dumpster if you are going to. We used a trailer and pickup the second time around. I like the dumpster. Saved us a couple hundred bucks max to not have it. Also, if you want a porta potty it will need a reservation as well.

Plumbing is next, since plumbers don't like to cook pipes around new wiring. This was about 3-4 hours the first day, to run new pipes to the island prep sink, set up the water line under the floor for the ice maker in the fridge, and disconnect the sink.

Electrician is next, unless you need to have some wiring sorted out or turned off before tearout. Also, if you have things that need wiring (the disposals come to mind: They need a pigtail if you are using an air switch) try to have them available to be done at one of the visits so you are a leg up on it by the time you need it. My electrician came out to look things over before the big wiring day, and to ask where I wanted switches, what needed dimmers, etc. The big day was between 5 and 8 hours, installing cans and wiring. It's a little dark after this so get some good worklights.

The floor and drywall were next for us. Take photos of your plumbing and electrical work and attach measurements somehow, before the drywall goes on. After the drywall use a little Great stuff or steel wool to plug holes that mice like if you have had them in the past. If you put the floor in before the drywall you'll need to put some kind of protection down, since the drywall is a mess. We had the floor laid after drywall last time and before this time. Both ways worked just fine. I tried to paint before the paper came up/floor went down and had limited to moderate success with that. Primer the drywall. One more note on floors: Last year I tried to minimize the amount of flooring by not having it put under cabs. This was silly for us. This year I planned to have the floor laid before the new walls were put up so it would run under everything. Carpenter had to put the wall up first, for the electrician, so we went with that (no big deal, just a bit more labor for the floor guys). Other than than, we ran the floor under everything. It's easier to shift the island a bit if needed, and all appliances have a base. I like having the floor done before the cabs are in, but you can save some square footage by doing it later. Just not worth it for us. (this time it amounted to less than 60 square feet of 1100, since we did several rooms, last year it was basically already included in the bid.) Floor was 4 days to install 110 sq ft of hardwood. Each coat of finish is a day (and a night away from the house unless it's done early and you are not sensitive or can open windows). Tile needs underlayment then a return trip for tile laying (can't walk on it for a day) then a return trip for grout. Drywall is a day to put up, and if taping is done the first day (ours wasn't) a day or two to finish and texture.

Paint. Endless, mind-numbing, paint. Good time to relax and think about the future.

Cabs in (this week, Yay!). Often this is a very stressful day. Not always. But what you have worked so hard for may look funny at first, may have finish or damage or size issues. You will get through it. Took 2 days for the bulk of the cabinet work ( just install, ours were prefinished, although some brave souls have finished their own on this forum and they are gorgeous).

Plumber comes back to do sinks if not requred by countertop people, fridge hookup.

Electrician comes back to finish attaching lights, switches, ovens, vents. A day.

Templating may actually happen before either of the above get back, since you can't mount a lot of this stuff until the counters are in. The templating precedes install by anywhere from 1 (very rare!) to 3 or 4 weeks. Ask the people who are doing it and they can usually give you an estimate. Just don't think it goes in the next day, since it typically doesn't.

Final finish on site finished wood floors after cabs are in. Or it's OK to put floor in now (either tile or wood, but make sure you can get the appliances under the counter and back out again).

Just remember that you are new at this, and try not to be too hard on yourself or others if the schedule is blown, or a mistake is made, or the inevitable compromise needs to be made, or when you have a crisis of confidence in your plan. Tearout of the floor, eg, was a week long in the first remodel because there are so many other things going on that you'll find yourself doing a couple hours at a time, then having to remove the waste material, then not getting back to it for a day: We probably could have had the vinyl out in a couple of steady long days with good waste removal (read: Teenagers available). Most tradespeople are more than willing to teach you how they do things, so you can learn as you go. Get estimates before the work is done. Rarely have I been charged more than this unless a lot more work was done. I've been lucky to have great subs and have not felt taken advantage of. Most have accepted offers of sandwiches when I was able to make them, and coffe and drinks (and the occasional donut. It's always better to be onsite when you have people working. Most issues have occured when I either had a substitute or just ran out for a quick errand. That said, most of the time these were minor issues. I wrote my cell phone number on the wall so people could reach me.

Give the amount of potential and actual trouble you could have, make sure you have good contracts with dates and what you can expect on completion. Don't be afraid to ask for better prices and how you might achieve them.

One thing I did both times was carry a notebook/file, so I always had all appliance specs, paint chips, warranties, estimates etc, and the notebook I turned into a calender with a full page for each day. That way I could take notes on what each sub needed and put it under the day that they would be there (with the time and phone number of the sub). Then I'd go back and fill in my own time schedule to get it done. So if the drywall guy needed all the woodwork off and paper on the floor on Tuesday, I'd note it for Monday and make sure it was finished by Monday night. I have all the subs/appliance dealers, inspectors numbers in the front of the notebook. Notebook went everywhere.

Good luck, have fun, and stay tuned to this site: There is an unbelievable amount of information shared here. Hope this was helpful and not just tedious.


clipped on: 01.23.2007 at 11:32 am    last updated on: 01.23.2007 at 11:32 am

RE: White, Shaker Style - Too Kitcheny for Great Room? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: kompy on 01.21.2007 at 09:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is my formal dining room with shaker style in an off white finish.

I think white would be nice too.

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RE: If you were/are the GC... can you share your project plan? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: momto3 on 01.22.2007 at 10:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

If you are not making any structural changes to the space you can do OK. And if you are not handy yourself, you have to really trust your trade specialists! Once you have a great plumber, a great electrician you are on your way. Then you'll need a good plasterer, too.

The coordinating wasn't too bad, but my father WAS A HUGE HELP. He is a carpenter and a woodworker and could really relate with all the tradesmen. This was huge. Plus he knew exactly what they were all doing(because I sure as heck didn't!)

The hardest part is the legwork for making your descisions. This can be very confusing and time and labor intensive. At least it was for me.

Our plan may be different because we replaced all existing plumbing and upgraded to 200 amps in the house and updated all the electric.

Here was our basic agenda:

tear out to studs and discard
rough measure and order cabs, sinks, faucets and appliances
new plumbing and ventilation
wire for underlying electric
plaster walls and ceilings
remeasure the space to...
adjust cab orders
install floors
install cabs
install heaters under cabs
install window and door trim/baseboard trim
template counters, have sink ready
install lights and wallplates for electric
finish floors(ours were hardwood)
install counters
install appliances
Backsplash TBD
For us, everything hinged on the plumber. He really delayed our project by weeks and even months. Get a good one and have him estimate how long the work will take in a good scenario and in a bad one(we needed ALL new plumbing due to old crumbling pipes discovered after the tear out.)

If it is an old house, have a backup lighting plan ready and use a lighting specialist in a light store.

Other than that, just make sure you know what you want.

I am sure every plan will be different bsed on the house and the situation.

good luck!


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RE: Charlie 123's Kitchen (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: charlie123 on 01.14.2007 at 05:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks so much for the nice comments. I have been meaning to post the link to more pictures so thanks for asking. My kitchen has been officially done since the end of November and I'm absolutely loving it. Of course we had our share of challenges and stress during the job (6 months with no kitchen) but now it all seems so worth it.
Here are some of the details:

Cabinets - Plato custom inset in Diamond White
Counters - Honed AB granite (love it!)
Sink - Shaw's Original 30"
Regrig. - Sub Zero 700 series fully integrated
Cab. hardware - Restoration Hardware
Sconces - Restroation Hardware
Pendants - Seagull Lighting

Here is a link that might be useful: finished kitchen


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RE: question on curving corner of island overhang - need for tomo (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: wasabi3 on 01.03.2007 at 08:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

We rounded the corners of our island wood top, with a slight bowing out at the center. We just kind of eyeballed the radius for the corners and center bow at the time the template was made.


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RE: Bluestar 23 (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: mrzed on 10.24.2006 at 11:51 am in Appliances Forum


I just followed the directions in the manual. The flames are supposed to have a tightly defined inner cone of a certain height. Mine are too large. I am also comparing them to the pictures I saw from the Eurostoves site, and other experience I have seing gas stoves. Ideally, you want a well-defined flame coming from each orifice. Mine spread out too quickly, as do the flames on the oven burner. I have not adjusted anything yet, as I am waiting to get the gas fitter to check and possibly adjust the regulator pressure on the gas line first.

We got the cabinet pulls through the same company that provided our cabinets. I may be able to find out what they are later.


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RE: Please help me find this picture! (white subway tile) (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: budge1 on 11.11.2006 at 03:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's another one.

Here is a link that might be useful: white kitchen and subways


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RE: So you don't have to go to my clippings... (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: rhome410 on 11.11.2006 at 02:36 am in Kitchens Forum

Here is the photo Girlwithaspirin put in the thread you mentioned:

Here, also, is the kitchen designed because of the kitchen in the movie "Somethings Gotta Give". I wish I had all the info for the original link, but this is just what I'd saved for my own use, so I hope it's OK to include in a post.:


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RE: Please help me find this picture! (white subway tile) (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: fluke67 on 11.10.2006 at 03:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

I don't think this is the one you're looking for, but is it very elegant.

I'm a white cabinet person too, but with dark counters...the "something's gotta give" kitchen is one of my all-time faves.

I think there's a "white cabinet" category on the finished kitchen blog - you might find the pic there.

Here is a link that might be useful: christopher peacock cabinetry


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