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Would you fix this?? (pics) another issue with my kitchen

posted by: newhome2008 on 02.02.2008 at 10:47 am in Kitchens Forum

I posted earlier this week about my kitchen in my new build. At first glance this looks like a great kitchen and I will admit that its not bad. However, there are more things I am noticing that the cabinet company changed - WITHOUT TELLING US!

Here is a picture of my kitchen for reference.

kitchen 1

The previous question regarded the two glass end cabinets on the back wall that were suppposed to be on the counter and only 12" deep. Most people here have convinced me that these 24" deep ones might work out okay, so I was willing to compromise on this (I think).

Then, I noticed that they had not installed the cornice moulding at the top that we had paid extra for, and that there is no room for it either. We asked about it yesterday and the designer (who works for the builder) said that there was simply no room for it. She did not know the cabinet company had not put it in until she saw my pictures. She says they framed the bulkhead differently than she thought.

She may offer us an alternative to go with 36" cabinets with cornice moulding instead of the 42" that we have now, but said, "there wil be a 3 inch space above the cabinets". I am willing to do this I think, BUT without the space. I see alot of your kitchens use trim and fillers and mouldings to reach the ceiling. See example below in this great kitchen (but I con't remember whose it is - sorry)

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I know I would be losing storage space, but I do have quite a big pantry off this space, cupboards on the front of my island and a buffet type cabinet in my nook. Would this solve one of my problems? Would the shorter cabinets look okay? There is 9 foot ceilings in the house with a soffit in the area shown (there is a beam there).

The other issues are the microwave shelf (to the side by the fridge). It was supposed to frame my 22" microwave nicely and then have cupboards above and a 16" cabinet beside. I did not get the more expensive built in microwave because I was assured this would be fitted properly. Instead they put in cupboards and then just one shelf under leaving 16" of space around my microwave - not the look I was going for! Again, they did not inform us of the changes.

We paid $850 for a custom wood hood cover that has amounted to 2 cupboard doors with a straight strip of wood underneath to cover the fan that I paid $650 for - so $1500 for what essentially is cupboard doors and a board. hmmmm I don't mind the extra storage for oils and stuff but I'm not sure about the extra cost.

Do I insist on these changes? This is not a cheap build (everything else is great) but I think the builder choose a cheap cabinet company. They switched kitchen companies right before Christmas and we seem to have been caught in the middle. And, they did not inform us of any of these changes.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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RE: Pics of hickory stained or painted (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: annz on 02.02.2008 at 12:38 am in Kitchens Forum

Here's mine. I can't help with the exact stain since we purchased the house shortly after it was built.
Pic is from realtor.
Hickory may not be 'in', but I love it!

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RE2: where can I find a pulley light for island (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: buehl on 02.01.2008 at 09:38 am in Kitchens Forum

This one looks very similar...but $$$$

Here is a link that might be useful: Independent 2 Light Adjustable Light

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