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RE: led recessed lighting wac vs cree vs prima vs bruck vs ??? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: davidtay on 06.22.2011 at 08:03 pm in Lighting Forum

I have better lighting now with the LED recessed. In the adjacent room, the 55 watt 2D surface mount fluorescent fixture was replaced as the space was enlarged and replaced with 5 LR6 lamps (10.5 watts). The space is now better lit than before and the power consumption is less especially since the lights are slightly dimmed.

The light output is 2700k which is just like a traditional incandescent light.

The 6" cans and lamps are cheaper than the 4" cans + LR4. The Cree xR6 ( where x == L :: x == C) do not require any trim ring.

The CR6 is dimmable to ~5%. You should be able to look at the lights at Home Depot (CR6) or Lamps Plus.

There may be flickering if the dimmer is not matched to the load. ie - the load is too small to be dimmed. For instance the Leviton Vizia RF+ has a min load of 40W which makes it unusable with just 1 or 2 LR6 lamps (total load for 2 - 21 watts).

Lutron dimmers seem to be better than Leviton.

Kitchen+ Sink

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RE: Backsplash FINALLY going in!! (Follow-Up #56)

posted by: holligator on 06.26.2011 at 10:57 am in Kitchens Forum

So sorry I missed the latest round of responses and questions! I'll attempt to catch up with replies here:

@farmgirlinky, I also am conflicted about whether I might have preferred more contrast in the grout. I'm perfectly happy with how it turned out, so it's not enough of a conflict to make me want to change it, but I sure did like the look with the darker (pre-grout) lines.

@sandesurf, thanks! I practically designed the whole kitchen around a display spot for that pear. My mom happens to be friends with a lot of incredible artists, and one of them made the pear for her just for fun. I have crassly told my mom many times that she'd better leave that pear to me when she died. Well, about a year and a half ago, she moved in with us, so thankfully, she didn't have to kick the bucket in order for me to get the pear. :)

@sudhira, the tiles are Seneca Satins. The color is "lambswool" and, as you can see, there is a bit of variation since they're handmade. We are very pleased with the quality, but I have to say that the wait was ridiculous. When the woman at the store called as I was ordering, she was told they would ship within three to four weeks. Twelve weeks later, they were actually shipped--no explanation, no apology.

@newbieremodeler, the prep sink is a Ticor S805. The bowl size is listed at 13" x 16-1/2" x 7-1/8", and this has worked out perfectly for us. It's big enough for anything we've wanted to prep, but it is small enough not to take up the whole island. We have been very pleased with it. The faucets are both Kohler Vinnata. The prep sink has the "secondary" size, and the main sink has the "primary" size. The difference is just enough to matter.

@louisianapurchase, I don't know if I'd call the rest of the house "great" but it's quirky and different, and it certainly suits us. Here are a few really terrible quality phone pics of the living room and sunroom. When you see the ceilings in the rest of the house, it becomes clearer why we chose the ceiling we did for the kitchen.

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Seneca satin tiles in lambswool
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RE: Backsplash FINALLY going in!! (Follow-Up #42)

posted by: holligator on 06.05.2011 at 10:25 am in Kitchens Forum

@mythreesonsnc, sorry I didn't see your question sooner! My tile guy ended up not using spacers at all. He tried using them at first, but with handmade tiles, the edges are uneven and with even spaces, the tiles were no longer lined up. So, he just eyeballed the spaces and put in tiny shims in the places that needed them to keep things lined up. You can kind of make out the shims in the picture.

@Lake_Girl, the soapstone is Black Venata. It's one of the softer varieties, but I love it! It was installed by the wonderful FloridaJoshua. His shop is Creative Soapstone in Punta Gorda, Florida.

OK, I haven't been able to get good "finished" pics, but I thought I would post a couple of after-grout pics anyway. Sorry for the phone photography quality!

And, this is completely unrelated to my backsplash, but here's my favorite thing in the whole kitchen...the giant pear!

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Please Beware of Plastic Tubing on Refrigerator Waterline.

posted by: xc60 on 06.23.2011 at 01:29 am in Kitchens Forum

I shared this story in another thread but thought I should also post a thread on the issue to try to save others from having this happen to their home.

If you decide on the water/ice on the refrigerator please make sure your installer uses a metal braided hose to connect the water lines. We have had the very unfortunate experience of the plastic tube fail twice in just over a year.
A year ago in our last house we pulled the fridge out for cleaning and when we pushed it back in the plastic line pinched causing tiny small leaks that took over two weeks to discover since no water pooled in front of the fridge. We had no idea until the ceiling in the room below was suddenly bulging and pouring out water onto the carpet.

In the end it ruined all the hardwood in the kitchen as it leaked underneath and spread on the subfloor, cabinets had to pulled out and the room down below had to almost completely redone including carpet, ceilings, drywall, paint....... We were trying to sell and had to refuse showings for 6-8 week while it was being repaired.
What a mess!

And then just last night the plastic tube on our new fridge of not even 3 months ripped off the clamp spraying water everywhere at 1:30 am thank goodness I heard the noise. The water was only spraying for about 25 seconds by the time I turned it off screaming at my poor sleeping son to grab towels. In that short time before we could wipe up the water it had leaked through the floor onto the ceiling below and came out my son's bedroom light fixture. We are really hoping not too much damage has been done this time as we would hate to have another brand new home torn apart again. :(

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RE: Who makes gorgeous crackle subway tiles that look hand-made? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: holligator on 03.27.2011 at 02:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

Fun2Learn, I just ordered handmade off-white subway tiles for my backsplash, and they were well under $20 per sq ft. They are not crackled, so they may not be what you're looking for, but we were thrilled with them. They are a matte finish, which was the important factor for me, and they have a lot of variation. In case a non-crackle off-white subway is of interest, these are Seneca "satin" tiles in Lambswool. I should have pics in another couple of weeks, after they're installed.

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Mohawk Tile and Marble in KOP distributes this tile
clipped on: 06.21.2011 at 10:26 am    last updated on: 06.21.2011 at 10:30 am

RE: kitchen install going on now - possible problem - help please (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: buehl on 06.17.2011 at 07:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

While uneven ceilings are normal, having a gap is not. What your designer should have specified and your installer implemented was a 2-pc or 3-pc crown molding that consisted of a "filler" piece, a decorative top crown, and, optionally, a short decorative bottom crown.

The filler piece goes b/w the two crowns or b/w the cabinet and the top crown piece.

The filler is then scribed/cut-to-size throughout the kitchen so there is no gap b/w the crown and ceiling anywhere. I.e., the filler height will vary by 1/2" to 5/8" (b/c of the 1/2" to 5/8" difference you mentioned).


As an example, my designer specified a 3-pc crown and here is the design (top design).
The "Stock-S" is the "filler" I've been talking about. The "Crown" is the top decorative crown. The "SoffitA" is the bottom decorative piece. The "Stock-S" piece varies in height, depending on where it is in my kitchen. I have an even more uneven ceiling...I think there was a difference of at least an inch throughout my kitchen!

Crown Molding Design Details

Note that you don't need the bottom "SoffitA" piece...it's optional.

Here it is installed:

Oven & Pantry wall detail #2

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RE: Anyone see a pantry like this one? (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: natal on 08.09.2008 at 02:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine is similar, but it butts up to a doorway, not a cabinet/counter. The top shelf is 9" deep, the 2nd & 3rd are 12" deep, the 4th 18", and the bottom 12". On the left side the top shelf is 9" deep and the rest are all 12". On the right all shelves are 8" deep.


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clipped on: 05.10.2011 at 12:28 pm    last updated on: 05.10.2011 at 12:29 pm

RE: Alternatives to Circa Lighting/Visual Comfort Lighting (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: mtnrdredux on 04.29.2011 at 06:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

Some on line sources I like, in random order

Hudson valley lighting
Deco et compagnie
Urban Electric Co
Brown Lighting
FCL Style
Jayson Home and Garden
Charles Edwards
Croft and Little
Authentic Provence
The Well Appointed House
Wisteria

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clipped on: 04.29.2011 at 09:12 pm    last updated on: 04.29.2011 at 08:35 pm

kitchen almost done, here it is--busy backsplash and all

posted by: jillsee on 04.18.2011 at 04:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

thanks SO MUCH gardenweb for all the design advice. i did not have a CG, so you guys helped me so much!
i still have paint and texturing to do but now i'm moving on to our master bathroom.
we have a dreary, overcast day today so looking at the photos now they aren't the best. oh well, here you go!
excuse the crappy garden shots. my poor backyard has been neglected since doing all the remodeling. i'm so happy to see my clematis & mandeville vines coming back to life.
i'm going to tackle some outdoor projects very soon and i can't wait!

initally i really wanted white or creamy cabinets. after seeing a kitchen installed ,with the cherry medallion pecan finish, i was sold! we aren't the type of people to have a kitchen mostly on display. our kitchen will get heavy use, and all the neighborhood kids (and parties!) always end up here. i'm so glad i went with the cherry. i felt like the wood cabinets have the more warm feeling i was going for-compared to white/creamy cabs. don't get me wrong, i still LOVE white/cream cabinets and IMO nothing looks more classy. it's just not us though, and i had to get real with that. i'm a serious baker, coffee roaster etc with coffee grinds all over the place and i need a kitchen that'll hold up to the abuse.

old kitchen with white laminate cabinets that were literally falling apart!

my new kitchen

my workhorse zephyr tempest hood. highly recommend it

undercabinet led lights weren't as bright as i feared...very pretty and highly recommend

when i asked for opinions from gw on my mosiac people cautioned it was "too busy". but, this is kid central & the kids LOVE it! the kitchen is more california style with bright flowers all over the place (not now but just see it in a few months!) it opens up to our backyard/pool. our pool sees constant action.
our realtor friend said people in our area tend to do things a little on the wild side lol so i went with it.
the backsplash and crackle tiles definitely one of my favorite parts of the remodel. they really sparkle (tried to capture in pics but didn't come through too great) and rec'd tons of compliments! our tile guy (and tile designer at the tile shop) suggested we go with the entire backsplash in mosiac, after seeing how well the matched our granite & complimented the crackle subways.
also,after talking to others that had off-white tile in their backsplash they said with the cooking i do, something to hide all the grease splatters would be a good thing.

poolside pic from kitchen/breakfast nook

more pool shots..just to show how the linkage to our outdoors


here is the fireplace mantle we recently installed & stained ebony. my contractor put the sconces up


my AWESOME Grohe Brideford faucet so glad i researched this to death

ticor sink
like it, but think my aritsan sink in my old house had slightly better finish. i kinda wish i would have researched the sink a little more. i trust you guys though so i shouldn't have any problems right?



view out my kitchen window..so glad my contractor suggested the nice trim (which will be painted soon!)

halogen puck lights in glass cabinets--love 'em

my trusty ge cafe LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this oven so much.

my illy espresso cups up front...have a collection, and ordering extra glass shelve for display

LOVE my backsplash! i almost listened to everyone on here that it was too busy, again, being in california it is so us


my granite! i so wanted marble, and after seeing my persa avorio (and getting a great price on it) i fell in love. it is the first thing people compliment when seeing my kitchen. it has tons of mica, sparkly parts to it (not coming though on the pictures though) that look so pretty.

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RE: soft white led lights same color as incandescent? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: wizardnm on 04.16.2011 at 02:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just took some quick pictures. It's a very gray day out so they might not be the best but I didn't want to have all the recessed lights on and throw anything off. My undercab lights are in the front of the cabinet. I had my cab doors made long enough to give a clean look, hiding the light rail.

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Here is one of my LED can lights, I got mine at HD..around $50. each but they will last a very long time. Please excuse the bad ceiling paint, I'm getting read to paint it.
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I'll check back to see if this shows what you are wanting.

Nancy

Here is a link that might be useful: Environmental Lights

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Sorry! The right pictures! (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: analysisparalysis on 04.16.2011 at 12:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Oops - my fault! Here are the undercab lights we have - again, GE lights, $50 at Home Depot (just like the Cree recessed lights!).

Turned off:

From Drop Box

Turned on:

From Drop Box

From Drop Box

Oh, by the way, these were "plug-in" lights, but DH converted them to hardwired.

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i want these; hardwired too
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RE: soft white led lights same color as incandescent? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: analysisparalysis on 04.16.2011 at 12:20 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our LED Cree lights are phenomenal - and they come as one unit, so you can't even see the bare bulb. The trim kit is part of the light that snaps into the can. It's a very clean look, with a very warm light (but bright)- and perhaps my favorite feature - fully dimmable!

Available at Home Depot - $50 each. But they should last 20 years, and cost almost nothing to use.

From Drop Box

From Drop Box

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clipped on: 04.16.2011 at 09:43 pm    last updated on: 04.16.2011 at 09:43 pm

We have countertops!

posted by: joyce_6333 on 04.13.2011 at 07:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

The countertops in our new home were installed today. The Blue Pearl is amazing.. lot of natural light that just makes it sparkle. The Bianco Romano is very nice, too. I wish I was better at taking good pictures. My pictures never really show the true beauty.

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clipped on: 04.14.2011 at 08:46 pm    last updated on: 04.14.2011 at 08:47 pm

please list all marble look countertops

posted by: enright on 03.08.2010 at 12:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

I AM SO CONFUSED! I love the look of marble and did the stain test on a piece of sealed honed marble and thought it would work. But then I dropped a scissors on it and it chipped right away. Not good, since we are always dropping stuff on the counters. Now I am in search of marble look-alikes. Here is what I have found:
1. Okite bianco carrera-- very WHITE, but the veining is not very authentic looking
2. Ceasarstone Misty Carrera-Looks grayer in pictures I have seen on kitchen forum
3. Luce de luna-- a quartzite but I don't know anything more. I have only seen this on the kitchen forum. Appears to look most like marble but I have not seen it in person.
4. Danby marble-- This is actually a marble but it is supposed to be harder than most marble. When I talked to someone from a quarry in Virginia, he said it would probably chip if a scissor is dropped on it.

Does anyone know any more about the Luce de luna or Danby? Any others that I am missing?? Any pics available??

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clipped on: 04.14.2011 at 02:35 pm    last updated on: 04.14.2011 at 02:36 pm

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.


before:

after:

view from DR

range and ovens

view from fridge

view from windows


view from hallway

pendants

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?

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RE: 95% done! Marble w/quartz, polished w/honed, and other no-no' (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: sharonite on 03.20.2011 at 05:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wow, I've been gone all day and this is so nice to come back to. Thanks everyone for the nice comments!

Melaska, to answer your questions, the broom closet is 9" across, with 7.5" of usable width inside. Perfect for a mop, broom, and some cleaning supplies. The opening in the kitchen looks into our family room, with is a few steps down, and the FR has picture windows into our backyard. It's a nice view from the sink because one can look outside as well as interact with anyone hangin' in the FR. "Are those lick marks I see on your ice cream sundae counter?" Shhh, don't tell anybody!

dianalo, thanks! Warm contemporary is exactly what I was going for. I like clean, sleek, modern lines but with natural materials such as wood and stone to keep things grounded. If and when we move, though, our next house will be a much more modern space. A really modern kitchen would not have been a good fit for this house.

beckysharp, xc60, thanks for the nice comments about the cabs. The great thing about the cabs is that they look a rich dark brown in the daylight, but at night in artificial light they take on an almost glossy red look. I really like both.

ironcook, trailrunner, sayde, sparklekitty, kiffgirl, cat-mom, ideagirl, pricklypear kitchenaddict (love that name, aren't we all?) thanks for the nice comments! We are function over form people generally, but this time I am so happy we were able to achieve both.

blfenton, thanks. The BS and marble are my favorites too. And I agree that it's a real pleasure to see everyone's kitchen come to fruition from plan to reveal!

breezygirl, thanks. We definitely plan to stick around for 8-10 more years. We live in a lovely "great place to raise a family" kind of town but we are much more "city rat" than "suburb squirrel" at heart. I suspect that once DS is out of college DH and I may want to downsize at some point and move someplace more urban.

debbie1031, of course! It's hard to tell in the pictures, but the BS is polished and has a lot of rust veining similar to the marble counter. It is called "white statuary calacatta polished, cascading waterfall mosaic". We ordered it from a Tile Showcase showroom in Watertown MA. It's not shown on their website but you can call them to order a sample. (www.tileshowcase.com)

This is a picture from the showroom

remodelfla: the cabinet pulls are the Princetonian pulls from Top Knobs. I first saw them in theanimalia's kitchen in the FKB. I think they'll look great in your kitchen as well!

sas95, the quartz is great, isn't it? Being a bit OCD about cleanliness and tidyness, I was happy to see that soap and water or a little 50% rubbing alcohol gets it sparkling. For tougher stains like greasy contractor fingerprints and blue ballpoint pen (don't ask!), a little Softscrub with bleach has worked wonders.

bostonpam, yes, you found me out! For lighting we went to Wolfers in Waltham. Highly recommend. Aaron helped us out and he was great.

bostonpam, maggie08 and doggonegardener: The awesome pan rack is from Amazon and was all of 12 bucks, a great deal (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000YB82A)!

Elba1, I also wanted a deep contrast between the floors and cabs. Maple was the only species that seemed light enough for what we wanted AND was not very grainy since I wanted the grain of the cherry to take center stage. We had it sealed with some kind of space age nano UV sealer so it will supposedly not yellow over time. We considered ash and beech as well. Oak is beautiful too and many people have done oak floors and cherry cabs.

Adrienne2011: Thanks, I love red as an accent and will be doing more of that. I repurposed one of my red water pitchers as a wooden spoon holder for the countertop and I'm currently looking for a read toaster but haven't found one yet. Alas, my dishtowels will stay white (that's my OCD talking again)!

keptoz, thanks for the comment about the hood. We now like it very much as well. This is a prime example of how something that seems a disappointment during the process can work out just fine in the end. Zephyr makes one that looks identical but with slightly fewer CFM.

florantha, thanks. "Calm" is important to me, and we tried hard not only to create a calm, uncluttered space, but also to maintain a good attitude throughout the process. Our mantra was "no complaining" as we did this to ourselves and we are fortunate to be able to do it. Were we perfect at staying zen about it? No. But if our biggest problem is not finding a quartzite slab for the kitchen or not getting a chimney hood, we are doing pretty well and we are grateful for that.

jakabedy: umm, yes! I'll be heading to the remodeling forum soon to get started! We won't be doing anything major but paint and editing of rooms can do a lot, I hope.

bellacucina, thank you! the knife organizer is from rev-a-shelf: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013AC28Y

boxer, I know you felt my anxiety about the darn island/table and I want to thank you in particular so much for the earlier confidence boost! You're right, sometimes one just has to be first.

Krisall, I really like the pulls, they are hefty and solid, you will enjoy them. The sink is a Kindred 27 inch. The faucet is the Grohe ladylux3, prep sink size.

Feel free to ask anything. I hope to be able to give back some useful information as I got so much from you guys!

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for mabeldingeldine (Follow-Up #45)

posted by: sharonite on 03.23.2011 at 07:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

For mabeldingeldine: the hood is the XO-P hood (www.xoventilation.com). Zephyr makes an almost identical one with fewer CFM, for a little less $$. We have it venting behind the cabs and out the back of the oven cabinet (where there used to be a window). The area just in back of the hood is our family room, so we couldn't vent straight back.

You have to be careful when making turns in the ducting. It varies per hood specs, but for ours, every 90 degree turn is the equivalent of 6 feet of straight ducting, so it can reduce the efficiency.

Our old OTR non-venting "hood" was useless. It's great having real ventilation now.

Good luck!

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Pip's Finished Kitchen! Lots of pics

posted by: pip on 12.21.2010 at 08:34 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks to the many inspiring kitchens and knowledgeable people on this site, we just finished our 5 week remodel of our kitchen. The collective wisdom on this site helped us so much during the remodel!

The previous kitchen had been remodeled within the last 10 years, but it was separated from the rest of the home and lacked sufficient counter space for a family of four. We decided to tear down the wall that separated the kitchen and laundry room and expand into the dining room to give us more counter space. The windows in the corner were too low to run counters and that proved to be a design challenge. Instead of raising the windows which would have altered the architecture of the exterior of the home, we decided to make the area a banquette. We also moved the old doorway off the foyer and created two larger arches which open up the kitchen to the living and dining room.

The space was too small for an island, so we had our counter top fabricator make us a work table that is movable -- it has wheels and we can roll it out of the way if we want to open up the kitchen.

Details:
Cabinets - custom by Los Angeles cabinetmaker - maple shaker style (bar area is espresso finish)
Countertops - Madre Perla quartzite
Backsplash - White onyx staggered tile
Faucet - KWC Eve
Sink - Franke
All KitchenAid appliances, except for GE profile microwave Vent-a-hood
Lighting - onxy pendants purchased at Lighting Emporium
Pulls - Great Indoors
Floors - White Oak hardwoods to match the rest of the home
Paint- Martha Stewart "Fossil"

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and, of course, a photo of Pip himself, enjoying his new kitchen...
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