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RE: fabrication soon...what do i need to know? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: williamsem on 07.27.2013 at 12:02 am in Kitchens Forum

I had a whole list based on the bad experiences here! The guy was so nice, and was a little confused as to why I asked about some things that he considered standard.

-What is there tolerance for gaps at the wall or cabinet?
-How is the bottom edge treated? (I wanted to make sure it was rounded/eased not left rough)
-What depth overhang do they recommend? (Or clearly specify what you want)
-What radius will they use for the corners?
-If you want a zero reveal sink cut out, ask if they can do that. My place does it routinely, which I was glad to hear. If they waffle about being able to make it look right, you might be happier in the end to chose something different than have a crappy cut to stare at.
-if you will have a seam, ask about what to expect while they are there
-if you have any little odd things, like an edge that sticks out past a wall or cabinet, or overlaps trim, etc ask how that will be treated
-how do they secure the sink?
-make sure you give them the sink, faucet, and anything going in a hole in the granite. My place took the sink and air switch, but were very familiar with my faucet so they left it with me.
-review where any holes are going and their size
-ask what you need to do to prepare for install. I was told I only need to remove my top drawers, but they didnt even have me do that on the day they came (my cabs do have full tops, so that probably helped)
-how long do you need to wait before using? (I had a sealer applied, so they recommended 24 hours before use, and 48 hrs before leaving anything on the granite for any length of time, plus I think a day for the sink to cure in place)
-if you want to see the template placement, ask about how long that will take and make sure they know you want to see if before cutting

He also discussed cleaning, sealing, and general care with me since I have never had granite before. My place used a luan template, and it came out fantastic. No space at the walls, and I almost thought the range wouldn't fit, but it was perfectly sized.


clipped on: 08.01.2013 at 01:35 pm    last updated on: 08.01.2013 at 01:35 pm

Reveal of our smallish white and gray kitchen

posted by: erhm on 04.06.2013 at 08:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been hanging out here for a few months and have learned a lot. Plus I always love seeing what other folks have done and I adore the pictures of newly renovated kitchens. We are now done with our remodel so I thought I'd return the favor! Here goes.

The old kitchen had a bunch of issues: not enough storage or countertop space, no ventilation, peeling paint on the cabinets, hideous vinyl floor, and stained butcher block countertops.

Here's the old kitchen:
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There was a bunch of unused space in the eating area--we stuck our microwave and recycling bins in this area:

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Although the old kitchen had a number of issues,we found the layout to be reasonably functional (given the constraints of the house--it's a 1935 brick colonial with a 1970's-era addition on the back). We did not have the budget or the patience for a major remodel that would involve an addition and/or moving walls around, and we generally like the layout of the rest of the house. So we decided to keep the basic floorplan while replacing everything and making some changes around the edges. We added shallow lower cabinets and a strip of countertop to the wasted space in the eating area, with open shelving above. We added an externally vented hood and switched to a wood floor that matches the rest of the flooring on the first floor of the house. We went with two big lower drawers instead of cabinets for pot and pan storage. Here are some pictures of the new kitchen--I'll list all the details at the end.

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Counters: Caesarstone Raven
Floors: oak stained to match the rest of the first floor
Cabinets: local custom shaker cabs in "frosty white"
Hardware: Top Knobs
Sink: Kohler Whitehaven
Faucet: Delta Allora
Backsplash: Solistone Mardi Gras in Carollton
Range: GE Cafe gas with double oven
Dishwasher: Bosch SHX33RL5UC
Refrigerator: Kitchen Aid Counter Depth French Door
Hood: Zephyr Savona 30"
Microwave: GE Profile with trim kit
Paint: Martha Stewart Spring Melt
Table: Room and Board Aria in white
Chairs: Ikea Sigurd in dark gray

We are very happy with the end result. I'm particularly pleased with how all the colors came together. We LOVE the new backsplash. I had seen a few pictures online of how the tile looked installed, but it's hard to envision in your own space with just a single sample tile. The tile is a greenish gray that varies depending on how the light hits it. It's actually uniform in color, but it appears variegated because of the light effect. It has a little bit of shimmer but isn't too showy. I had originally thought we would go for gray paint on the walls, but our dining room is painted green so I started looking at grays with some green in them, and we ultimately ended up with paint that is green with a gray overtone (Spring Melt from Martha Stewart at Home Depot). The pictures don't do it justice, but it coordinates really well with the backsplash and I find it really soothing. I also really love our new hood--going from no ventilation to this is a huge improvement! The Zephyr Savona is a chimney-style hood but it has a rounded edge that makes it a little sleeker looking.

Based on everything I've learned over the last few months it seems like a lot of what we did is right in line with current trends (quartz counters, white cabinets, some open shelving, farmhouse sink), but we love it so I'm not too concerned about it looking dated in a few years. Plus we are planning to stay in this house for years to come, so no worries about resale.

Let me know if you have any questions. I benefited so much from seeing and hearing about others' decisions--would be happy to help if I can!


clipped on: 05.15.2013 at 04:14 pm    last updated on: 05.15.2013 at 04:15 pm

finished kitchen pics -and i need a backsplash

posted by: kateskouros on 04.15.2013 at 03:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

i'm sorry it's take so long. the stress of the build left me exhausted to the point where i really didn't care. there are so many things wrong with the house that it's hard to find the joy it was supposed to bring. so many problems, too many to list. you can see i am still missing window mullions in the kitchen, closer to the range -as well as other parts of the house. our central vac doesn't work at all, and we also discovered that our hide a hoses weren't installed. if they are ever to be utilized at all, the walls will have to be torn open in order to properly route them to the system in the garage. but since i am making a go of life without the aid of anti depressants or other mood altering pharmaceuticals, let's focus on the good.

excuse the dirty windows. i haven't had much luck locating a reliable person to clean them. i'd like to get romans for the windows, just as soon as i decide on a settee and upholstery for the adjoining breakfast room.
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please also forgive the missing pot filler at the range wall. waiting for backsplash install to put it up.
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baking center, open. it's kept open most of the time in the evening since dh likes to sit at the island with his computer and watch tv. i don't like this arrangement at all since i end up closing it up every. single. night. and since it's open most of the time, it also gets pretty dusty. i plan to remove everything on the shelves and replace with my cookbooks instead.
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this is the fridge/freezer wall. when i started to design the layout this wall was to house the baking center and a wet bar. being as we don't drink -and already planned for a second sink in the island, i nixed the bar and began to rethink the space and revised the drawings -six or seven more times until i came up with this solution. it works very well.
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this is the open position showing microwave, toaster oven and coffee maker. breakfast room is also shown here.
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the breakfast room. planning on linen drapes here, along with an upholstered settee -and maybe switching out one of the benches for a couple of chairs. it's a work in progress.
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the day after the remodel in our old house was complete, i swore i'd have two dishwashers in the new place. sometimes i think i should have gone for three.
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and never let it be said that i did a lot of careful planning. behold this. i am contemplating having a door type thing made to hide this mess, that will open out and up -by those side hinge thingys. i don't know. i kind of like it open. it's a matter of deciding what i would hate more.
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i need seven more cookie jars and lots of salt and pepper shakers to fill my collection spaces. if you care to send a gift, just let me know and i'll send my address. no? well, you can fault a girl for trying.

as far as the backsplash goes, anna c. is visiting me on thursday (!) and will accompany me to the tile store. i definitely need some hand holding here. i really don't feel like making a very costly mistake. i'd like to stick with whites, either marble or porcelain ...if i knew, it would be done already. help!


clipped on: 04.22.2013 at 05:22 pm    last updated on: 04.22.2013 at 05:22 pm

RE: Paneled Dishwasher--what's your favorite cover-up? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 03.12.2013 at 11:15 am in Kitchens Forum

Here's a pic of the dishdrawers open.


clipped on: 03.12.2013 at 11:50 am    last updated on: 03.12.2013 at 11:51 am