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Today is the day...it is finished!! (pic heavy)

posted by: boschboy on 04.29.2012 at 03:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

This is a day I thought would never get here. I am finally ready to show off the finished kitchen. I have been planning this for almost 2 years and I read so many different posts on GW that gave such great advice. You may not know it, but the finished kitchen is a conglomeration of your ideas. THANKS!!

Background:
I began the planning phase of the remodel about two years ago. This is a DIY kitchen and I did not want to make too many modifications to the existing layout. Overall it was very usable, it just needed some updates. I think you will agree when you see the before pictures below.

The biggest changes were moving the double oven from one side of the kitchen to the other, installing a vent hood and extending the length of the island. Of course new cabinets and granite countertops were a requirement.

We did purchase our appliances 1 year before we started the remodel. We had a budget and replacing the leaking DW and electric coil cooktop were a must. My induction cooktop is irreplaceable. I figured I might as well keep going so we swapped the side by side fridge for a french door version.

We ordered our cabinets in January. What a pain to deal with small independent stores that did not want to give us a quote once they learned we would be installing them ourselves. Oh well, their loss not mine. We ended up ordering from Home Depot and had a great time working with their kitchen designer. We learned a lot from her and she gave us some new ideas about all the little extras I had not thought about. We have used every inch...no wasted space.

I will say that the cabinet install, plumbing changes, moving electrical lines, installing speakers in the ceiling and addition of a vent pipe to the outside went easier than I could have expected. It was fun to come home every night with a goal of something that needed to be completed or to spend an entire weekend working on a larger change. The sense of accomplishment was great. I miss that time already. Oh well, enough of the background. Below are the details.

Cabinets: Kraftmaid Holace Cherry Square with Kaffe finish and all plywood upgrade.



Countertop: Juparana Arandis granite


Sink: Krauss Stainless Farmhouse double sink with faucet


Pulls: Cool Knobs and Pulls #8000 series in various lengths


Backsplash: 2x4 Chiaro Mosaic (Lowes) We made the design over the cooktop from chair rail and standard 2.5x9 moldings.


Window Treatments: Restoration Hardware clearance center


Cooktop: Bosch 36" induction 800 series


Vent Hood: Bosch 36" 800 series


Refrigerator: Bosch Stainless French Door


Microwave: Kenmore Elite built in


Double Oven: KitchenAid double convection


Flooring: Somerset Country Collection Hand Scraped Buttercup

Enough of the details...here are some pics.
Some before shots. This seems so long ago.
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Another view
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How is this for a change?
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Microwave built into the island. I do not use it very much so it is the perfect spot.
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Love the spice pull outs.
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Mosaic behind the cooktop we made ourselves.
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The farmhouse sink.
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Much more usable than the desk.
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Under cabinet lighting is a must. It makes the darkest areas shine.
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Just a cool shot
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And the beautiful Juparana Arandis
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And can't forget my boys who supervised the entire project.
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NOTES:

similar layout
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RE: Will the range hood be loud? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: trailrunner on 04.15.2012 at 04:11 am in Kitchens Forum

Baffles are much quieter than the mesh. Also they are efficient in capturing the grease...which is the whole point of the system, You need the HOGS to be removed in a very efficient manner. Also for ease of cleaning you can't beat baffles. I detailed the way I do mine in another post. It takes about 5-10 min. every week.

You should plan on running the unit at least 5 min before you begin cooking to allow the airflow to begin. Then make sure and cont. running for 10 min after to remove all HOGS. You don't want anything in the actual duct work.

You should also plan on using the unit on med most of the time. If you run it on the highest setting, there is some chance of creating too much turbulence in the duct work from the increased airflow and the HOGS come back in. We have experienced this with our 1400 cfm remote. This is why you get more cfm than you need. You have some in reserve if you must use it for brief periods and the med. and low are plenty.
: Be sure they use neoprene rings on all connections of the duct and the silencer in the duct as well. It does make a difference. All of this info is available in the detailed install inst. of Tradewind's website. They have great drawings that show all the parts and what they are. Umiphx.com.

Good Luck ! c

NOTES:

note on venting and how to install and use properly
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RE: Kraus sinks (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: fivefootzero on 04.04.2012 at 01:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

Love the quality and the finish of my D-shaped sink. Plus the sink grid, drain (we didn't use since we have a disposer) and towel.

Here's ours:

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NOTES:

window sill same as countertop
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RE: Frameless cabinets...what are bottom corner cabinet options? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: northcarolina on 04.18.2012 at 03:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ditto. I put a super susan in my corner Ikea cabinet, which is frameless (the installers had to make a shelf for it). It was really not expensive at all, I think about the same price or maybe just a little more than Ikea's version with the pole.

I would think you could go ahead and template even without the right susan, yes? You just want to get it installed before the countertops go in.

Here is a link that might be useful: Super susan at Hardware Hut

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link to hardward and super susan
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RE: Window Suggestion- Similar look for less? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: angel411 on 02.08.2012 at 09:09 am in Kitchens Forum

Here's what we did to get the arch look with out arch windows...don't know if it would fit your plan.

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RE: Hardware question? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: CKGM on 03.26.2012 at 12:18 am in Kitchens Forum

@a2gemini- check them out! Gliderite.com- super cheap and of course got a sample- solid as a rock. 42 cabinets for around $100- great deal.
Thanks badgergal- I wanted to do different sizes but I am not a design person. Wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing:)

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door pulls
clipped on: 03.27.2012 at 12:55 pm    last updated on: 03.27.2012 at 12:55 pm

RE: Hardware question? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: badgergal on 03.25.2012 at 07:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

I like the look of longer pulls on wide drawers. For my kitchen, I actually used 4 different sized pulls for my drawers. I tried to keep approximately the same amount of space on each side of the pull for all drawers. My uppers have 10 inch pulls. The drawers have 7, 10, 13, and 19 inch pulls.
The picture below shows the 10, 13, and 19 inch ones.
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hood, wood stain and counter, also pulls
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DIY Soapstone People Show Your Counters !

posted by: enduring on 03.01.2012 at 10:17 am in Kitchens Forum

For those who asked about DYI soapstone counters on Angie_DYI 's post (new soapstone in her backyard) inquiring if there has been a post to show DYI counter...

Lets show them.

First counter installed, small one that was very pretty:
Option 3 Backsplash Tile, Cream or off white cracked glaze shiny ceramic tile. Rather large for my purposes I believe. I like this color and texture, very nice.

Large sink portion with seam down the center that Dorado pre cut for me that was very good! I glued! This is before I had a local fabricator come out and cut my sink hole:
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Recent install of several scraps I glued together to complete my "nook". No factory cut seam here but take my word for it, you can't tell the diff with my cut and glue. It is very good. I am proud. I still need to caulk in place and put a tile backsplash to finish it off:
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My other short wall area with 2 pieces installed:
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Glamour shot with my marble backsplash:
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Whats Next?
I've got 30sf of SS remnants that I am going to use in my bathroom remodel, which is just off the kitchen. I will make my own soapstone sink. I've got plenty of material to practice.

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Now I want to know about your pull outs

posted by: marti8a on 03.15.2012 at 10:42 am in Kitchens Forum

After rebuilding a cabinet (the one with the lighter stain), I have a 9" opening where there used to be an 18" opening.
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So I thought it would be a great place for a spice or small jar pullout. While searching, I found that they are built several different ways, especially where the slides are placed, and how many slides are used.

The Rev a shelf pullout for this size opening uses 3 slides, one on the bottom center, and two on the bottom sides. Others have them top and bottom sides, or just sides.

How is yours built and if you did it again, would you do it any differently?

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