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Almost finished High-Low Semi-DIY Kitchen

posted by: twn85 on 06.28.2013 at 01:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well, It;s been a long long journey. Being first time home owners, our kitchen reno was a shot in the dark for us. What started out as a "freshening-up" spiraled into a full scale gut/remodel. With limited budget (and limited talent), we turned to IKEA. When all was said and (almost) done, there are several things that I would have done differently but overall, I'm pretty pleased with the way things turned out.

We do still have several projects to finish, trim, window treatment, etc, But without further ado:

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RE: Budget kitchen progress, backsplash help please! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: AnnieDeighnaugh on 07.01.2012 at 07:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

I really like the mosaic with your counter, but not only the mosaic...that would be too busy. I would go with a beige porcelain background tile that matches the beige glass, then cut the glass tile into rows of maybe 3 thick and use it as a border or cut it into 3x3 squares and add those dots for accent against the field tile.

Here's GFs kitchen as an idea of how to use solid and accent tiles:

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RE: Backsplash help - after granite install this time (pics)! (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: christine40 on 03.05.2012 at 11:16 am in Kitchens Forum

I used the Sonoma crushed glass accents with my typhoon Bordeaux granite. I definately think it could work! I love the tiles, they add bling!

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RE: Post backsplash photos if you have bianco antico counters! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mairin on 04.21.2010 at 10:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

here's mine: white onyx tiles

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RE: Need Design Opinions -How much is too much sparkle??? Pics (Follow-Up #28)

posted by: azlee6574 on 08.09.2011 at 02:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

Another option..

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A year in the making. My new kitchen w/pics

posted by: oldhouse1 on 09.11.2011 at 08:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our home is a simple 1840 Canadiana. We were living life quite comfortably when we drove by a home we always jokingly said we would buy if it ever went up for sale. Well, there it was, a big for sale sign in the middle of the lawn. Long story short we moved from our 4 bathroom home to one 1/3 the size with one bath that also happened to be off the kitchen. We immediately set out to design a small addition which included a kitchen. That was three years ago. With the exception of the foundation and framing, this has been a complete DIY project. After a year and a month of doing dishes in the bathroom I now have a kitchen. It doesn't have alot of bells and whistles and although we didn't necessarily want a period kitchen we did want one that suited an older home.

Details:

Ikea Tidaholm cupboards, professionally sprayed in Cloud White with alot of customization. Unfortunately, these have since been discontinued.

AEG Electrolux 36" freestanding stove. Bought for less then half price because someone bought it, used it once and returned it because they decided they wanted gas. We don't have gas and recently put in Geo Thermal heating/air conditioning. Wasn't in the budget to bring in propane. Stove was so reasonable that if we decide to do so later we can.

Liebherr 30" freestanding refrigerator. Purchased for half price because it had a dent dent in the bottom half. Bought a new door so it was good as new, until they delivered it and dented the top half. They replaced the door. Neither will be installed until house is complete (just in case).

Ikea farmhouse sink and dishwasher. I'm actually very pleased that it works as well as it does.

Perrin and Rohl Aquatine faucet in polished nickel.

Island and Jam cupboard - Special Order from Camlen Furniture in Quebec. Purchased with hand planed top in pine and may or not replace with marble. Will live with it for a while.

10" random length pine floors. All hand finished and dinged and finshed with Waterlox. This alone took us several weeks. We love the finish.

Honed Absolute Black granite. Bought the kitchen at Ikea's 20% off sale. Rather then cash back you get Ikea gift certificates. Used these and another $1300.

Faber Inca Pro hood

Light fixture- Sescolite, Burlington, Ontario

Finished kitchen, $19 thousand including all the small stuff.

I would like to thank the GW community. I found you when most decisions had already been made but early enough to make some positive changes based on the vast amount of information shared on this site. I didn't ask for much advise but I can assure you that I read everything written on the subjects that I researched on this site and then some. I do not have the incredible knowledge that so many of you do who share so willingly to those who ask but have from time to time tried to help out on the very few subjects I know a little about. I have taken much more than I have been able to give. I am grateful to have had a place that I could frequent with people who share the same desire to have a kitchen of their dreams no matter their budget. And to those who think their day will never come, keep the faith. I never thought that I would get here. After seeing so many unbelievable kitchens, big and small, elaborate and understated, new and updated thanks for looking at mine.







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RE: Having a tantrum! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: dianalo on 08.23.2011 at 12:52 am in Kitchens Forum

We fell in love with a large format basketweave mosaic when shopping for our bathroom floor. We ended up buying it and using it as a "rug" in the midst of our floor instead of the whole floor, and I truly believe it looks more special this way (and it cost us a ton less). By making it a feature, you will be making it more noticeable. No matter how much you love it, if you use it as field tile, that may lessen the impact of it.
I will post our example below and ask yourself if doing our entire floor in the mosaic would have looked more or less nice. The "field" tile we used was black marble and was approx 1/4 the cost of the mosaic.
Please keep in mind that we were missing a tile here, the toilet was not installed, the walls not painted, etc.... Also the marble in the floor matches the marble on the counter, despite how our camera makes it look different.
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RE: Way cool Lee Valley organizers: way too much? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: lowspark on 06.30.2011 at 03:06 pm in Kitchens Forum

I used the Lee Valley dividers and I'm very happy with the results. Learned about 'em here, by the way.

They were very easy to deal with. I used a rubber mallet to tap them into the wood. Didn't take a whole lot of effort. I bought the wood strips at Lowe's.

I didn't want to hammer the dividers directly into the drawers because I didn't want permanent holes in the wood. So I made a frame for each drawer and attached the dividers to that frame. The entire set up in each drawer is fully removable without leaving any permanent signs of ever having existed in the drawer.

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Well, it isn't a big reveal...cuz it ain't done...

posted by: melissastar on 05.03.2011 at 05:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

But this is the kitchen that the RTSOG (rotten, thieving sack of garbage) GC has taken over a year NOT to finish.

Please ignore all the still-missing door and drawer fronts, the wires hanging out, the mismatched and wrong color electrical outlets and switchplates, and all the rest of the mess. Clearly, much still needs to be done.

View into dining room

toward the dining room

the peninsula and long counter
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The hood is still missing the tile around the bottom and it's being redone in quartersawn oak, rather than the plain-sawn you see here.

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main prep area...note the missing drawer and trash door! ERRGGG!!

prep sink.

back door and supplies in an antique pine step-back cabinet. Still trying to decide whether to paint the door the color of the green cabinets (it's the color of the walls now)
back kitchen

The itty bitty adjacent powder room, also newly added...yes, it's just off the kitchen...owners of old houses can't be too picky.

itty bitty powder room

powder room window
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range and niche

along the long wall (ignore the kitty litter box, please...it will leave, eventually.
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the scullery/ butler's pantry area...awaiting plate rack and glass doors on the upper cabs, plus a long horizontal cab and crown molding on the top , not to mention the DW panel and under sink pullouts.

Oh and look a bonus...a picture of the "spectacular" urban view out MY kitchen window.

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RE: Tumbled copper slate backsplash (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: needanap on 11.17.2007 at 09:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

We also chose copper slate for our fireplace, and it was just tiled. Still have to stain the molding piece around the floor edge, and need to buy a new fireplace screen, but seeing your beautiful copper slate inspired me to post. I used a sealer/enhancer on the tiles which brought out more color and luster.

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and here was the fireplace before (with some other tiles I was considering:

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RE: drawer dividers, organizers, shelf liner? (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: joan2121 on 04.06.2011 at 01:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank you for all the advice on custom drawers. I ordered the wrong size brass things from Lee Valley. I already had the wood so my husband made these by using small nails and his nail gun (I think). Anyway, they came out great! Thanks for the inspiration! I put all my stuff on the counter and he customized the whole thing. BTW, it was WAY cheap! Maybe $12 for the wood! and Lee Valley took back the stuff I bought- no problem.

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RE: Lid storage - pictures please (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: warmfridge on 04.24.2011 at 11:23 am in Kitchens Forum

I have a section in the back of my pot drawer just for lids. I originally planned to use a divider like Beagle's first picture, but I couldn't find one long enough to fit across the back of my 26'' drawers, so my cabinetmaker added a partition instead, using beadboard like that on the other side of the island. I store my really big lids with their stockpots, etc. in a base cabinet Super Susan.

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RE: Help...Pantry closet! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: gbsim on 07.20.2010 at 02:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have a U shaped step in Pantry. The main shelves as you enter are 12" deep and I've found them to be great.
On the sides I've got small 6" deep shelves and LOVE them.... they are the perfect size of a row of bottles, I've got all my sugars on one shelf, vinegars on another, dog medicine on another, etc.... great little divisions of space for the smaller stuff.
So if you can do a U shape don't discount the value of the 6" deep sections. If they were 12" it would really cut into my ability to step into the pantry and have elbow room.

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Here one of the main shelves and you can see the 6" section to the right
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RE: Seen your kitchen...what's the rest of the house look like? (Follow-Up #43)

posted by: pirula on 03.10.2011 at 05:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wow. Such absolutely exquisite homes! This is wonderful

I'll play! Although I warn you, it's nothing to the above. Incredible!

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Living room (awful pictures)
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RE: My Bland Kitchen Needs Some Help (Backsplash, etc.) (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: boxerpups on 06.27.2010 at 08:01 am in Kitchens Forum

Oh here are a few more tiles I started to think about...
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Tile Kitchen in a Bag
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Granite

Mosaic

Green and Beige Christine Downs
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RE: Any suggestions on storing pots and pans in upper cabinets? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: loves2cook4six on 01.01.2009 at 11:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine was trimmed by the cabinet maker to fit a 30" cabinet. I have 8 hooks as we turned the two used for actually hanging the rack so they could hold pots. Sally probably added the two optional hooks for 10.

Here is a link that might be useful: Container Store Pot rack

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RE: Pictures of wood kitchens please! (Follow-Up #29)

posted by: boxerpups on 10.30.2010 at 05:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

Wood kitchens... Here are a few.
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Nashua
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Wood Kitchens

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Golea
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Kitchen Lighting
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RE: Photos of white/ light-colored counters please:) (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: chocolatebunny on 10.29.2010 at 06:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

Another member of the white laminate family.

I want to change these out, but after thinking about it a LOT I think we are going to change out the appliances first. However, if you were to ask me about this tomorrow, I will probably change my mind and want to change the countertops first.

Our laminate is Nevamar White Phantasy. It's hard to tell from the photos and their web site, but it's white with a very, very light blue/grey pattern.

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RE: Use of over the refrigerator cabinets (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: jeri on 10.17.2007 at 01:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

Originally, I was going to put in dividers for sheet pans and such as others have done which is very cool. But, when putting things back into my new kitchen, I discovered I already had 2 great places for these things. So, I made the modification shown below that I found on IKEAFans (credit goes to PollyQ).

Many of us store less used items in this space, but lets face it even though they are only used a few times a year, they are a pain to get out! With this system, this space is easy to use. I keep all my liquor bottles on one side.

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RE: Baking center in two places? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: rhome410 on 10.07.2010 at 11:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I guess you could say I have what you're talking about. My official 'baking center' is across the aisle from one side of my island. The KA mixer sits on the counter, and is used there. The flour, sugar, flavorings, etc. are in the cabinets above. In the cabinets below are measuring spoons/cups, rubber spatulas, baking pans. In the island, where I do kneading, rolling out, and putting things in pans, I have my bread mixer, bread pans, cake decorating tools and cookie cutters. But I think of it as one baking cetner, it just happens to be on both sides of me when I'm in that aisle. :-)

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These photos are a little old. Since then, I turned the bottom left cabinet into vertical baking sheet storage, so have pie and cake pans in the bottom drawer...So those things swapped spaces. I also moved the tea from the upper cabinet and have more room for extra baking supplies.

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RE: bifold shaker-style door on lazy susan...is this right? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: focylrac on 01.28.2011 at 04:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

My cabinets sound like they are what you are describing, and the inside stiles are equal. If I understand correctly, what you are describing would bother me.

I have 2 corners and here is one of them:

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RE: Do you have to have a full backsplash? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: shelayne on 07.29.2010 at 09:51 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine doesn't go all the way up--at least on two of the walls. The cooktop wall has tile all the way up to cabinets and hood.

My baking area: tile with chair rail is 9"

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Directly across, the corner right of the sink, left of the cooktop:
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I just now went and snapped these photos. We still have to caulk between the tile and counter, around the window, and a few other places. I really like the way the tile looks, and it really fits the rest of my kitchen.

If we could ever finish it.... *sigh*

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RE: Best width for pot drawers? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: desertsteph on 05.17.2010 at 09:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

I think I'd do a 27" and a 21" - 2 shallow drawers at the top of the 27" and 2 @ the top of the 36" one you plan. then you can divide the 'junk' from the wrap, the linens etc. You might be able to put 2 at the top of the 21" also. If you're doing frameless you'll have more room in them than in framed. or you could put a divider in it for split use.

you could put the least used pots/pans in the bottom drawer. that way you'd have 2 @ 30" right next to the stove for them.

you could put a divider in one (or 2) for the lids like so:

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RE: drawer inserts? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: pudgybaby on 12.02.2010 at 10:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

We made custom inserts using the Lee Valley insert makers linked below. I learned about them on this forum. They are easy to make, but take a little time. I only have a pic of our silverware drawer, but we made inserts for many drawers, including spatulas and all the other random gadgets.

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We have our knives in an 18 inch drawer (frameless), actually in the same stack as the siverware. We used a Wustoff in-drawer knife block: it holds 14 knives and we have room on the side of the knife block for our can opener, a couple of pair of scissors, and measuring spoons. We got ours at Sur La Table, but you might be able to find it cheaper elsewhere:
http://www.surlatable.com/product/cutlery/blocks+%26+storage/w%26%23252-sthof+wide+in-drawer+knife+block.do?sortby=ourPicks

Here is a link that might be useful: Lee valley drawer dividers

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RE: Cabinet pulls and handle depths? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: desertsteph on 12.05.2010 at 02:36 pm in Kitchens Forum

yes! check the PROJECTION listed for the handles. 1.25 is a good amount. I'd settle for 1 1/8 if I had to. nothing less.

my sister's handles have a great projection and are 5" long (128mm). they are great handles! I love them. Her dh is the cook these days and he has big hands that needed the space.

I would not have known there was a difference (option) if it wasn't for her handles. Did I mention I love them? lol!

She thinks I'm nuts tho...

I've ruled out many handles that I did love the looks of because of the projection.

looks, projection and price. those are what I check out!
I've only found maybe 2 that meet all 3 of those!

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Does a stacked cabinet need a bottom drawer?

posted by: redroze on 04.06.2008 at 10:17 am in Kitchens Forum

I've noticed that most of the stacked cabinets (meaning a long upper cabinet that sits on the countertop) show a drawer on the bottom. Do you think that it's necessary to have a bottom drawer so the cabinet feels like a "hutch"? Or would it look okay without a drawer? The benefit of having no bottom drawer is you can include everyday dishes that are easy to reach (I'm a small 5 foot 4!)

Here's my kitchen plan which shows the stacked glass cabinet on the right. It will be clear glass with wood shelving (not glass) and no drawer on the bottom.

Here's a pic (I can't remember whose inspiration photo this is) that shows the cabinet with a bottom drawer. I see most of the hutches in photos and magazines with a bottom drawer.

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RE: glass-front cabinets for utilitarian storage (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: sally123 on 01.08.2009 at 04:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have a glass-fronted cabinet that holds all our plates, bowls, and glasses. These are actually the dishes we use all the time. I have 5 glass shelves in there so it can hold everything, and the bottom shelves are fairly close together so my kids (who set the table and empty the dishwasher) can reach them.

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(There is usually anonther stack of plates on the bottom right but they are in the dishwasher.) I must admit, though, that the few colorful plastic bowls and cups I own have been relegated to a drawer below.

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RE: glass-front cabinets for utilitarian storage (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: ccoombs1 on 01.08.2009 at 09:44 am in Kitchens Forum

I used frosted glass in mine so I can store all sorts of unattractive stuff up there. I think the muted colors look kind of cool just barely showing through the glass.

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Purplish-Blue accents with wood kitchen (Follow-Up #58)

posted by: florantha on 12.03.2010 at 08:43 am in Kitchens Forum

Attic Magazine has posted this kitchen recently. "We never thought we’d swoon over a kitchen with wood-tone cabinets, lavender tile and blue-violet counters. But this is one knockout babe, done up in summer florals that read from cobalt to lavender--a nod to the range of colors found in hydrangeas."

Here is a link that might be useful: Hydrangea inspired kitchen

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RE: First run at floor plan...pic heavy (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: never_ending on 12.01.2010 at 09:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

I did not think to put in inspiration pics. A few pics that have caught my are:

Sink and window-
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Simple built in look-
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Molding and counters-
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RE: Counter depth refrigerator with trim to look built-in? (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: rookie_2010 on 10.02.2010 at 11:04 am in Kitchens Forum

I went with the Viking french door counter depth with the trim kit for the same reason you described. I didn't want to pay for a built in because I don't need that much frig but I wanted a built-in look. It still sticks out 2 inches past the counter, it's a 36' x 70'. I had to have a cutout with a depth of 24'x72'. I used a recessed outlet box to keep the plug from getting it pushed back all the way but if I were to do it again, I'd have gone with a 26' depth for the opening. Here's a pic, despite the fact that I'm a big nerd that's been photographing my kitchen about once a week since it's been finished, I don't have a close up of the frig'.
Hope this helps!
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RE: Upper cabinets resting on the counter, yes or no? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: buehl on 11.12.2010 at 07:01 am in Kitchens Forum

Nice "lego" kitchen! Are you reassembling it the same way it's shown in the pic with the range/cooktop on the wall and using the decorative hood? (I hope so!)

Now the practical/functional point of view....

Cabinets-to-the-counter...it's a nice look and if you have room, then go for it...but be sure you have enough counterspace in the right places. Just having counterspace for the sake of counterspace isn't the goal, the counterspace needs to be in the right places for a truly functional kitchen. Counterspace in other areas is usually considered "wasted" unless you design a Baking Center, Beverage Center, Snack Center, etc. into the less-useful places. So...

  1. Be sure you have enough work room around each appliance/fixture not counting the small bit of counter that will be in front of those to-the-counter cabinets (that counter is pretty much useless...see point 2)

    • Around the sink, you should have 24" on each side of the sink that's not shared with the range or refrigerator for landing and/or work space. If it's shared, add another 12" to 18".

    • Around the range, 24" on each side for work space, emergency landing space, and general landing space that's not shared w/the sink's work/landing space.

    • Next to the refrigerator or across from it no more than 48" away (actually, make that 42" away b/c you won't have the reach of someone taller), 18" (not shared w/anything else).

    • For work space in the Prep Zone, at least 36", preferably not shared with the Cleanup Zone but OK to be shared w/the Cooking Zone.

      The Prep Zone should be next to a water source and near the Cooking Zone. Oh, and it should contain the trash pullout (if you have one) or at least have the trash pullout very close by (trash pullouts are most useful in the Prep Zone and near the Cooking Zone but also accessible from the Cleanup Zone).

      If the Prep Zone will be sharing the sink with the Cleanup Zone, then aim for at least 42" of workspace on the Prep Zone side of the sink. To make up for the loss of counter space for the Cleanup Zone on the prep side, I recommend 30" to 36" of counterspace on the other side of the sink.

      Be sure the DW is not in the Prep Zone or b/w the range and sink or b/w the refrigerator and range and/or b/w the any of the three: refrigerator/range/prep sink (if separate sink).

      Keep in mind the workflow is: Refrigerator/Pantry --> Prep Zone --> Cooking Zone --> Serving or Cleanup Zone. So, try to have the Prep Zone flow into the Cooking Zone without crossing the Cleanup Zone (or DW). The goal is to have no zone-crossing so more than one person can work in the kitchen at one time.


  2. Realize that the counter in front of those to-the-counter cabinets is useless. Not only will it be too shallow a space to do much on it, but it will need to be completely clear to access the drawers or doors that are at the counter level. The only way to avoid this is to get a "tambour" or garage-style door. Any other style door or drawer will require the counter to be clear.
  3. Another thing to be careful of is the islands. You don't say where your refrigerator will be in your new kitchen, but be sure neither of your islands is a "barrier island". I.e., be sure neither of them block access to the refrigerator from the sink and range and all three primary zones (Prep, Cooking, Cleanup).

Good luck!

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RE: Furniture feet on cabinets (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: circuspeanut on 11.08.2010 at 10:28 am in Kitchens Forum

Ours were free: we cut them out of extra cabinet wood with a jigsaw, finished them on all sides, and clamped/glued them on. We used Benjamin Moore's Aura paint in flat matte black to paint the toekicks, and the whole thing worked out rather well.

I do echo Live_Wire_Oak's caution about dings and dust, however, in the case of fixed feet. The vacuum can do a number on them, and I've had to touch mine up several times since installing them a few years ago.

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