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Positive stuff on online retailers

posted by: lotsapatience on 01.25.2013 at 04:10 pm in Kitchens Forum

Shout out to:

cabinetparts.com --Amerock handles, good price, fast delivery
QualityBath.com --call them, they're really nice. Sometimes you can get a little better deal over the phone than online price. Got killer deal on KWC faucet, went back for Whitehaus filtered water dispenser and KWC soap dispenser. Quick delivery.
homewareHQ.com --even though I try to avoid CA state tax, their price with tax for Rev-A-Shelf was too good. Super fast delivery.

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clipped on: 01.26.2013 at 10:10 am    last updated on: 01.26.2013 at 10:10 am

If I have 2 sinks...

posted by: piu007 on 01.22.2013 at 03:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

... do they need to match, in terms of color/material?
After much reading on this forum, I'd like to get a Blanco silgranit sink- super single, on the periphery- for cleanup. And I will have another sink in the island, primarily for prep, that I was thinking would be enamelled cast-iron or SS.
My designer thinks both sinks should be either silgranit or both be enamelled, because of looks... matching color/material. Really? This is a kitchen 22x19... so they'd be fairly separated by distance.
Any input would be very appreciated.

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clipped on: 01.22.2013 at 04:03 pm    last updated on: 01.22.2013 at 04:03 pm

shower doors nightmare

posted by: vacuumfreak on 09.17.2006 at 06:13 pm in Cleaning Tips Forum

Hello there. My boyfriend is about to sell his house, but the shower doors in the guest bathroom have water spots all over them. We have tried everything we can think of. I know there used to be a thread on here about this subject, but I wasn't able to find it. We've tried a Mr. Clean magic eraser, bleach (clorox), Commet, The Works shower cleaner and toilet cleaner (which is usually a last resort that cleans ANYTHING), vinegar, and a constarch paste... not to mention Tilex soap scum and mildew remover. None of them even TOUCHED the white spots covering the door. He has a water softener (the salt kind)... uses well water from Florida, and usually uses bar soap. I have no clue what the spots are, so I don't know how to attack them, but we have to get them off before he puts the house on the market. He always fixes my car, so I want to help him solve this issue, but nothing is working. I know CLR is worthless... any other suggestions? The inside of the doors are textured if that makes any difference... not the smooth flat glass. Does Lime away get calcium too in case that is what it is? Is there a way that I can test to see what the spots are made of? I would appreciate any advice.

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clipped on: 01.22.2013 at 10:55 am    last updated on: 01.22.2013 at 10:55 am

Mullican Castillian Engineered wood floors

posted by: piu007 on 01.21.2013 at 03:58 pm in Flooring Forum

hi all,

Going for a new build and thinking of the above for our main living area: which is a big open living/dining/kitchen. We're in FL, so were advised on engineered vs the solid hardwood.
Any experience with this brand?... wear/durability/quality/customer service? we're fairly good with our floor, removing shoes at entry, etc- but have a 2-yo (cant predict his behavior at all times!) We're thinking of oak coffee bean since the space has eastern and southern windows and is very lighted up. Its a matte finish poly, made to mimic oil-rubbed, which I though was the best of both worlds.
Thank you in advance!
PS: Xposted in build-a-home forum, but got no responses.

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clipped on: 01.21.2013 at 03:58 pm    last updated on: 01.21.2013 at 03:58 pm

Paper Towels--To Those With Built In Holders

posted by: 2LittleFishies on 06.08.2012 at 08:53 pm in Kitchens Forum

For those that have these.... do you still like them? Is it an issue with dirty/wet hands grabbing the towels (dirtying cabs and/or getting them wet)??

Would you do it again?

beagles I think?-
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clipped on: 01.19.2013 at 08:13 pm    last updated on: 01.19.2013 at 08:13 pm

Mullican Castillian Engineered wood floors

posted by: piu007 on 01.18.2013 at 10:16 am in Building a Home Forum

Hi,

Anyone have experience with this? We're thinking of the oak coffeebean or oak natural. It will be in our highest traffic areas in a new build: open living/dining/kitchen/playroom. The looks are distressed and rustic. We're a family of 3: Dh and I and a 2 yo. no pets.
What is their quality? customer service, etc...
We're in FL, so engineered is the way to go.
Many thanks,
piu
http://www.mullicanflooring.com/PRODUCTS/Castillian.html

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clipped on: 01.18.2013 at 10:17 am    last updated on: 01.18.2013 at 10:17 am

Calling bee...

posted by: piu007 on 01.16.2013 at 11:10 am in Kitchens Forum

I'm sorry to hound you this way, but I'm going looking for faucets tomorrow with my designer and really really wanted to know what your faucet on the island is. I love the clean lines and contemporary look.
I tried but couldnt find your kitchen in the FKB. Would be very grateful if you'd let me know. Thank you, thank you!

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clipped on: 01.16.2013 at 11:11 am    last updated on: 01.16.2013 at 11:11 am

RE: 9' Ceilings- should cabinets go to ceiling? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: beekeeperswife on 01.15.2013 at 07:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

What color is the trim and what color are the cabinets?

Don't stagger the cabinets.

I've seen the same trim be used on the crown in the room and also on the cabinets. The cabinets if stained, can have the crown stained, if painted I've seen both--the color of the crown in the room continued, or painted the color of the cabinets.

This is why there is no crown in my family room and kitchen....I wanted just the crown on the cabinets!......to the 9' ceiling.

Also, you could do the same crown profile but beef it up a bit around the cabinets by adding other trim downwards toward the cabinet. (Reverse of building it up)

You just need to look at Houzz and decide what look you like best. But don't stagger the cabinets.

Here is a link that might be useful: Houzz: crown molding kitchens

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clipped on: 01.15.2013 at 08:13 pm    last updated on: 01.15.2013 at 08:13 pm

Beveled Arabesque tile input and install tips?

posted by: mommy2nk on 01.15.2013 at 07:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

So, I have loved Bee's backsplash since before I knew it was hers. I am really leaning towards biting the bullet and getting it for my kitchen. I have yet to find a picture of this tile (white) with a dark counter top. Most if not all are either using marble, Super White or similar light color. My kitchen will be creamy white Shaker style cabinets (with a curved bead on the inside edges) and brushed/leathered Marron Cohiba. What are your thoughts, can it work?

My next question is I saw on another thread someone mentioning Beekeeperswife's tips on installing but I can't seem to find those tips. Can someone please direct me to that post please?

Thanks so much!

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clipped on: 01.15.2013 at 08:10 pm    last updated on: 01.15.2013 at 08:10 pm

RE: Things you wish you knew BEFORE you built.... (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: carolinawren on 01.14.2013 at 08:48 am in Building a Home Forum

The great thing about "Abberley Lane" is that it is very conducive to personalization. I will try to post plans and photos today. I don't like to post just the negative aspects of the plan, but it's very hard to see some of these in the excitement of the planning process.
Just a few other things to consider. The first floor ceilings are 10 feet tall, making the stairs, especially the front set, very steep. The mudroom off the garage has no windows and a single light fixture, making it extremely dim. I am like you...I like natural light. Moving the garage is brilliant and getting windows into this area will change it dramatically. I would also consider putting windows on either side of the living room fireplace and in the side wall in the upstairs bedrooms. Leaving the family room open to two stories is a great idea and changes the light for the upstairs bedrooms and hallway. Wish the builder would have left ours open.
The positives of the plan, in my opinion, the covered back porch, breakfast area in front of windows where we can view the pond and bird activity, laundry area in master bedroom (I use this more than I thought I would). One of my favorite parts of the plan is the classic good looks of the front of the house. It lacks the overlapping, multi-gabled roof line that so many homes have today. I think this house will stand the test of time and not look dated, like the two story entry feature of the '90's, I think the multi-gable will also look dated some day.


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clipped on: 01.14.2013 at 08:58 pm    last updated on: 01.14.2013 at 08:59 pm

RE: Integrate only some appliances, not others? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: piu007 on 01.13.2013 at 10:37 pm in Appliances Forum

You're right, fori, that makes perfect sense...


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clipped on: 01.14.2013 at 11:59 am    last updated on: 01.14.2013 at 12:00 pm

Wolf Range Hood: 24" or 27" deep

posted by: piu007 on 01.14.2013 at 10:56 am in Appliances Forum

Hi all,

Back with another question: We're going with a Wolf 36" rangetop for the new build. I make Indian food all the time and it smells up the house, so much so that as soon as DH comes in the door, he can tell what I made today!Currently we have the OTR MW venting, which is pretty useless(for us).
The new houe will be an open kitchen/living/dining... no separate formal areas. So, I need a kick-ass vent. I think something that powerful will probably be noisy, so I'm not worrying about noise.Thinking of the wolf 42" vent. Q is, what depth? 24" or 27"? How much more effective is it? Is it worth the difference in price?
Many thanks
piu

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clipped on: 01.14.2013 at 10:57 am    last updated on: 01.14.2013 at 11:53 am

Inexpesive freestanding bathtub

posted by: piu007 on 01.14.2013 at 10:34 am in Building a Home Forum

hi all,

We are building a new house and ur style is transitional/modern. I really would like to have a freestanding tub under a large window in the master bathroom. This is, we dont use a bathtub, like ever. We are shower people. So, getting this bathtub is an indulgence, just for looks. Hence, I'd like to go as inexpensive as possible, as long as I get a look I like.
I found this on overstock...
http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Wyndham-Collection-UVA-Free-Standing-Soaking-Bathtub/6462675/product.html

Any experiences with it? Anyone?
I dont need it to be super hardy/long wearing/retain heat, etc. Of course, I dont want it to crack down the middle one fine day or something...
Anyone have suggetions re: other modern-looking freestanding tubs in this price range?
Xposting on the home building forum, too.
Many thanks in advance!
piu

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clipped on: 01.14.2013 at 10:35 am    last updated on: 01.14.2013 at 11:52 am

Inexpensive freestading tub

posted by: piu007 on 01.14.2013 at 10:33 am in Bathrooms Forum

hi all,

We are building a new house and ur style is transitional/modern. I really would like to have a freestanding tub under a large window in the master bathroom. This is, we dont use a bathtub, like ever. We are shower people. So, getting this bathtub is an indulgence, just for looks. Hence, I'd like to go as inexpensive as possible, as long as I get a look I like.
I found this on overstock...
http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Wyndham-Collection-UVA-Free-Standing-Soaking-Bathtub/6462675/product.html

Any experiences with it? Anyone?
I dont need it to be super hardy/long wearing/retain heat, etc. Of course, I dont want it to crack down the middle one fine day or something...
Anyone have suggetions re: other modern-looking freestanding tubs in this price range?
Xposting on the home building forum, too.
Many thanks in advance!
piu

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clipped on: 01.14.2013 at 10:36 am    last updated on: 01.14.2013 at 11:45 am

Is my kitchen"too BIG" ????

posted by: piu007 on 01.10.2013 at 10:25 am in Kitchens Forum

Cant believe I'm complaining about this! What I mean is, is it too big to function well? Here's the whole story:
hi all,
Standard line for first-time poster... have been lurking here for a while now and picking up a great deal of information... thank you all for sharing your invaluable knowledge and experience!
We are building our custom "forever home"... and are in the design/planning stage, drawing to a close. But I dont feel at peace with my kitchen layout, though it was my idea to begin with! Its an open floor plan, the idea being the focal point of the living room (the fireplace) will line up with the focal point of the kitchen, namely the island sink and range. Am happy with everything, except the distance from range to fridge.
With the range being at the center of a 21' stretch of counter, its about 12' away from the RF.
I am one of those cooks who add all kinds of condiments and things to my food, use a lot of fresh produce, so in essence, trek back and forth between range and fridge a LOT during cooking, mostly in a big rush, since something always is close to boiling over/burning/drying up, etc.... Gathering everything "en mise" doesnt work out too well. Cant afford an undercounter RF/ Rf drawers apart from the *expensive* BI RF. Also, hard to separate stuff into 2 zones... I dont know what I'll need and what I wont during cooking.
Architect and designer both telling me RF will not look good on the long wall- "too much going on". Also, the windows are really important to me, its the east- and the whole point of the kitchen there is because I want the morning light in there. Their exact locations have not been finalized.
Also, unsure of the placement of the peripheral sink- ideally wanted it on the other end of the long wall, but may not be able to fit it in.
Am not able to reduce the length of the long east wall of the kitchen, because that is related to the living room width/depth.
Does any other placement of the RF seem possible to anyone here, working within the constraints I've mentioned? I know, its a lot to ask for, but I'm just hoping someone will see something that has escaped us. Thanks in advance!

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clipped on: 01.14.2013 at 11:44 am    last updated on: 01.14.2013 at 11:44 am

Kitchen is Published!

posted by: beekeeperswife on 12.29.2012 at 10:15 am in Kitchens Forum

Well hello friends. As you probably recall, the kitchen was photographed for a regional magazine, it won Best Kitchen (contemporary category). The photos and article are out as of today. Here is a link to see the pictures and the article. I haven't seen the magazine yet in person. If the snow ever stops here, I'll get out and take a look.

And the good news that the writer didn't make me sound like a ding-dong. Whew.

Hope you like.

bee

Here is a link that might be useful: Susquehanna Style

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clipped on: 01.14.2013 at 11:41 am    last updated on: 01.14.2013 at 11:41 am

Lined up like ducks...

posted by: piu007 on 01.13.2013 at 04:43 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi,

Looking for an answer from folks with young kids... If any of you have islands with counter height seating, do they (and you) have most of their meals at the island or at the dining table? Is it annoying to be all in a straight line and not get to see each others' faces? I will not have seating around the corner of the island.
I'm trying to decide on some appliance placements based on where we would most likely end up eating, like snacks, drinks, etc.
Thanks,
piu

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clipped on: 01.14.2013 at 11:40 am    last updated on: 01.14.2013 at 11:40 am

Kraus Semi-professional kitchen faucet

posted by: piu007 on 01.14.2013 at 11:10 am in Kitchens Forum

Apologize for the repetition, but didnt see any posts on this topics in the last year. It had been noted earlier that that the Kraus KPF-1602 was not lead compliant at that time. However, a quick look at the website now says "low lead". I dont know how to interpret that... is it low but still above compliance levels? how do best get this information?
Many thanks,
piu

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clipped on: 01.14.2013 at 11:18 am    last updated on: 01.14.2013 at 11:24 am

Can I have a Silgranit sink and an under the sink trash pullout?

posted by: parts on 01.14.2013 at 11:12 am in Kitchens Forum

I've been lurking for a long time. The kitchen remodel is getting closer. I will have a 36" sink base, I would like to get a Silgranit low divide,double sink. The sink is rather deep, so I'm wondering if I will be able to get a trash pullout in the base cabinet? The GD will be on the left side of the base cabinet. I hate to give up a bank of drawers for trash. My trash has always been under the sink with no problems. Anybody have picture with their Silgranit double low divide sink with a trash pullout in the sink base, or know if this will work?
TIA

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clipped on: 01.14.2013 at 11:17 am    last updated on: 01.14.2013 at 11:17 am

Is counter-height seating okay for kids?

posted by: Rebeccamom123 on 01.10.2013 at 09:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have been pouring through the kitchen forum here for months in anticipation of our own kitchen reno. Nine years I've been living in a terribly designed space with knotty pine cabinets, cracked linoleum counters and peel and stick floors. Now, we're finally ready to go for the kitchen of my dreams! I just am totally overwhelmed by all the decisions. Right now the plan is to take two walls down and add a peninsula. I LOVE how the peninsula looks in the flow of the design we got from Home Depot designer, but I worry that counter height stools will be unsafe for my 3 kiddos - ages 8, 7 and 3. Anyone have kids that use island or peninsula chairs? I think the peninsula will be "grand central" in our kitchen for the kids' quick snacks and meals, homework, etc. but I'm not sure it will comfortable for them. Bear in mind, we will still have a dining table for sit-down meals open off the kitchen.

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clipped on: 01.10.2013 at 09:27 pm    last updated on: 01.10.2013 at 09:27 pm