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Show us your 'under $20K' kitchens!

posted by: ccoombs1 on 08.18.2008 at 10:44 am in Kitchens Forum

There are so many beautiful kitchens on this board!! And so many really expensive ones. Some of the high-end ones are simply jaw-dropping!! But I have also seen some amazing "budget" kitchen renovations too. These kitchens give hope to the budget conscious home owner who wishes he/she could afford to re-do their kitchen, but are frightened by all the talk of $35,000 cabinets. So can you post your before and after pictures?

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RE: Can I learn to love laminate (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: kbmas0n on 07.29.2008 at 04:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are getting close to finishing our kitchen, and we put down....laminate! I got the Formica Basalt Slate in a honed finish, and I L-O-V-E it. It has the look of soapstone, but at a price I can live with! I always figure that i can always upgrade later, but for now, I LOOOOOVE my countertops! You can see the white edging on the beveled edge that I have since filled in with a sharpie. Can't even tell! (ignore the mess, barstools, construction debris, etc)
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Backsplash suprised me today (it's in and grouted) :o)

posted by: igloochic on 08.03.2008 at 08:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

I visited to do some painting today and was suprised to see the backsplash somewhat done (a wall is not finished because of a missing cabinet). So, here are a few pics just for fun. FYI, this isn't supposed to be a WOW backsplash, but instead just flow well with the granite since there are so many other WOW's in the room (coming anyhoo). And the lines are thicker than the current style because it's a hand made tile and when we tried it with thinner lines, it was sort of wonky :)

Color is hard since the sun is glaring in our kitchen right now (no window coverings and reflection off the lake).

These are pretty good for color. There is a signifcant variation in the tiles (again hand made) but this shows the granite it was matched to:
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This cabinet has a sample piece of matching gold glass in it...
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And just for fun:
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My artist dude is going to paint those switch plates and phone plate faux tile (so he'll copy the grout lines and everything so they're hidden in the tiles). He was playing around with that today.

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Finished Kitchen!

posted by: bbtondo on 07.26.2008 at 08:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

My kitchen is 99% finished! I have to paint the molding around the windows and door. I also have to order new blinds. Anyhow, here's the details:

Medallion Brookhill Divinity Painted Cabinets
36" upper cabinets with molding to the ceiling
full extension drawers with soft close
Maytag Gemini Stove
Kenmore Elite Refrigerator
Kenmore Elite Dishwasher
Magic Chef Beverage Refrigerator
Delta Allora Faucet
Ticor SS sink
Pergo American Cottage Floor (DIY'd)
Weathered Nickel Pulls from Yourhomesupply.com ($2.49 each!)
New Peachtree window and Sliding door
Cashmere Gold Granite
Porcelain Backsplash Tile (I forget what brand)
Framburg Pendant lights and chandelier

It took my GC 2 weeks and 2 days. I feel SO lucky that my job went so fast and everything went smoothly. I still can't believe it's my house. Thanks again to everyone for all of the great inspiration kitchens and great tips. I've learned SO much.

Here's the photos:

Here is a link that might be useful: Finished Kitchen

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RE: What's your must-have cool kitchen item? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: lenam on 06.27.2008 at 06:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

That would be my...
Perfect Tear Chrome Wall-mount Paper Towel Holder

Tired of struggling to tear a paper towel off in one piece? Or does your holder tip over every time you tug on a towel? Never let it happen again with this wall-mounting paper towel holder. It is designed so that you can tear and pull with one hand, encountering no problems. There's no unraveling. Holds both standard and oversized rolls. Includes mounting hardware.

Plus it makes these really cool ratchet sounds.
What a bargain at only $14.99!

-Lena

Here is a link that might be useful: Towel holder at BB&B

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RE: Simmer Burners--What's the Big Deal? (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: heartsurgeon on 07.10.2008 at 12:46 pm in Appliances Forum

"Ok one example of something I keep warm is mash potatoes"

i have to share a great tip with you...put (or even easier, assemble) your mash potatoes in a crock pot..pre-warmed on low. Put the cover on, your spuds will stay perfectly warm/hot for at least 1-2 hours...frees up a burner, gets the spuds out of the way. Learned this from a call-in to Sara Moulton's old tv show..a really great tip..

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RE: Counter top material (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: bry84 on 03.24.2007 at 01:59 pm in Going Green Forum

Granite isn't the most environmentally sustainable material, it has very high embodied energy and mining is generally bad for the environment.

Increasing demand has made the mining industry move away from more traditional methods towards extensive large scale projects. Whole mountains are now being routinely reduced to stumps to feed our demand for minerals (mostly coal). We often forget to consider the environment being removed to access the minerals. For example, in the case of aluminium it's often tropical rain forest. Mining has not gathered as much attention as other environmental issues, but it's going to be a major problem in the future. The increasing scale of it is making the supply cheaper and the demand greater, but we're exhausting the world's supply of many minerals (phosphates, for example), it just hasn't gathered the same attention as depleting fossil fuels. Regarding most minerals, people are still in the "endless resources" bubble that was similar to public views on fossil fuels not so long ago. There's so much still in the ground we just assume there will always be another lump to extract and consume - but what we all forget is just how many people are thinking that and planning to do exactly that every day for the rest of their lives.

These reasons are why it concerns me that so many minerals and mineral based products are finding their way on to lists of ecological products, when impartial comparisons show that oil/plastic based alternatives normally consume much less energy, less resources and less land. The full life cycle does have an impact, but high quality plastics (for example kitchen laminates) can last a very long time, perhaps even longer than natural materials. My formica kitchen is from the 1940s and is still glossy, hygienic and easy to clean.

Unfortunately, many kitchens will come to an early end regardless what they're made from, either because low quality materials were used or fashion changed. Avoid these two common pitfalls and I'm sure whatever you choose will be a good choice, but do consider plastics fairly, they actually have very strong environmental credentials when used for long lasting materials such as building materials and furniture.

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RE: What would you do with this kitchen? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: rosie on 07.16.2008 at 03:59 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi, Rahime. Sorry to hear your kitchen gets to wait.

Regarding this house, since buyers in different neighborhoods tend to have different degrees of appreciation for old construction, if you don't know exactly what this home's market wants, start interviewing realtors. But be very careful in evaluating their opinions, which will vary widely in quality. I was a residential appraiser for years and was constantly asking them for information which ranged from dead on to fantastically wrong. Some neighborhoods pay their highest price for for unspoiled, unupdated original construction, others their lowest, and most are somewhere in between.

Keeping as much original detail as possible while offering updated function is often the highest-return route. For instance, keep the banquette and hutch, as Prbisjar says, but definitely have the banquette open to the kitchen. In neigborhoods that don't pay a premium for unspoiled original, moving them both is an option. Unless your market asks for it, don't bother with leaded glass. Plain clear will do very nicely, although genuine old or replicated old would be even better--if your market will pay for it.

Watch out for having fun spending on items that you won't get your money back on.

One thing that home, like many old ones, is lacking that most markets would want is a nice relation between the inside and outside recreational areas. The garden should ideally provide attractive views for people inside, with a reasonable degree of privacy, and be accessible directly by doors that do not require people to pass thru utility areas.

In a small home, usually that precious back corner of a house will be much better used as a sunny breakfast or sitting area than as a mud room. Let's face it, not many urban dwellers come for lunch after a hard morning working in the vegetable patch and digging crud from the cow's hooves. We put patios and lounge furniture outside those doors, and our need is for direct access to the fridge for a new drink, not a soaking tub for the clothes we strip off.

If you have an odd-shaped lot and an alley's outside the mudroom and the biggest yard is outside the bedroom side, say, then a bedroom gets moved to the mudroom and part of the kitchen area, and a bedroom becomes the new kitchen?/breakfast room?/whatever and gets the door(s) and windows to the garden. Again assuming your market doesn't pay its highest price for original construction.

Anyway, that's the general idea. Your biggest return will usually come from correcting failures of old layouts to meet modern function requirements, including adding sunshine and views to the kitchen/breakfast area. Fix what's broken, update what's hidden in walls only as much as you have to (water leaks that announce their existence through discolored walls fall in this category, usually replacing the whole plumbing system does not). Replace roofs at the end of life with the lower end of the quality required in your neighborhood. Add details your market really really wants if possible--dishwasher typically wanted and possible, second bath always wanted and very often fully repaid but not always possible. For most neighborhoods, look at the property as a whole and find a way to introduce the reclusive inside to its neighbor, the outside, without discarding its old character in the process. If people are often converting detached garages to additional living area in your area, keep that future owner's potential change of function in mind as you correct access. Then redo the kitchen cabinets and bath and paint and refinish the floors. If afterward you still have money for new appliances and a few desirable details, great--unless your neigborhood doesn't give a hoot about all the above but insists on new cabinets.

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