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Fourteen months later...it's DONE!!! (Pics...and a thank you!)

posted by: analysisparalysis on 08.21.2011 at 03:50 pm in Kitchens Forum

I haven't been here in a while - life got a bit crazy as our 14-month whole-house remodel came to an end. But as of last Friday, it's done. YIPPEEEEE!!!!! Thank you all for the input, support, and mostly, the great ideas I came across while just "lurking" early last fall as the project was getting underway. Here are some pics to show the results:

View from garage entryway:

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View from adjacent family room:

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Blurry, sorry - but view from adjacent great room:

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Looking back from great room toward garage entry:

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Same view, just showing more of the island seating and pantry beyond:

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From in the kitchen, standing at the sink, looking back at the great room:

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The prep sink/coffee bar/microwave counter (should have straightened the towel before taking the pic...lol!):

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The perimeter counters are a Wilsonart HD laminate; the backsplash is just a glass tile mosaic.

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Better shot of the long perimeter counter, cooktop and backsplash:

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Pantry (on left) and message center (straight ahead) - can see a tiny bit of the shoe storage bench and coat hook/mirror as well (it's in other shots as well):

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And of course...the copper countertop on the island:

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Things I LOVE about my kitchen:
- Tons of natural light from the enormous windows in the great room and family room!
- The copper countertop
- The SS apronfront sink
- The cork flooring
- The dual spice rack pullouts on either side of the cooktop
- The seating for 5 at the island; we have a dining room table, but never seem to make it away from that island! :-)
- The one-level island surface
- The large 5'x 2' pantry with roll-out shelves
- The enormous drawers (33"x30" deep), and having most of our daily-use items in drawers rather than cabinets.
- The below-sink double pull-outs that make use of every inch of undersink storage - no more crawling under the sink, moving items here and there, to reach something in the back!
- The above-the-ovens storage of cookie sheets/pans/platters/griddle
- The quartersawn white oak wood cabinets stained Cordovan (a deep cherry)
- Okay - EVERYTHING!!!

I hope some of you recognize your contributions to my kitchen. So many ideas came from so many of you and your beautiful, inspirational kitchens. So from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for this blessing I call my kitchen, and with each meal prepared, I think of you and know I have you to credit for so much of it! :-)

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clipped on: 08.22.2011 at 10:16 pm    last updated on: 08.22.2011 at 10:16 pm

Photo of my pantry. (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: sharb on 10.30.2007 at 10:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is a photo of my pantry. It was completed almost a year ago. Yes, it was painted, but we didn't put anything in it for maybe a month after it was painted.
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I have more items in the pantry than did when this photo was taken, but it is just more of the same stuff.

I think it is just a musty, stale smell from lack of air circulation.


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clipped on: 05.26.2011 at 02:44 am    last updated on: 05.26.2011 at 02:44 am

RE: Pantry photos/ pics of pantries (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: rhome410 on 02.07.2009 at 06:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Mine is in the .pdf linked above, but here it is again:

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Shelf spacing, starting at floor: 19", 15" 14", 10", 10", 14", approx 22" to 9' ceiling.


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clipped on: 05.26.2011 at 02:20 am    last updated on: 05.26.2011 at 02:20 am

Anyone want to share their bathroom budgets?

posted by: wi-sailorgirl on 04.14.2010 at 12:52 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We're planning a bathroom addition soon so I've been working on getting a budget together. I also watch a lot of HGTV shows and I'm amazed at how much money some bathroom renovations cost (and we're building new!). I'd love to see some real life budgets and what you got for your money (and yes, I realize budgets and value vary depending on location, even neighborhood).

Thanks in advance!

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clipped on: 05.17.2011 at 11:24 pm    last updated on: 05.17.2011 at 11:24 pm

Finished! White, Statuary, and Aqua Grantique

posted by: niffy on 05.22.2010 at 02:09 am in Kitchens Forum

Egad, I think it is done - well except for the dinette chairs that are on a container somewhere in the Pacific, and the base moulding for the fridge/freezer. Done enough, anyway....
I owe GW a great debt for many things, but a special thanks to all the marble lovers out there whose kitchens convinced me to go for it. I almost became a Virginia Mist convert, too, until I happened upon this brushed Aqua Grantique which fulfilled all my soapstone/marble/but low maintenance fantasies.... Margieb2- if you are still around, thank you for your arch! We had the half walls/columns on our plans, and once I saw yours, I knew EXACTLY how ours needed to be trimmed. We owe you big time.

So details....
Cabinets: custom, antique white. Island is maple stained dark walnut with a dark glaze or something.
Hardware: Polished nickel pulls and knobs, through cab company
Island countertop: statuary marble, honed
Perimeter countertop: aqua grantique (a granitic gneiss, apparently) - brushed finish
Backsplash: statuary 12x12 cut down to subways, statuary herringbone, and cut statuary slab
Floors: Brazilian walnut
Walls: SW Silvermist
Chandeliers: Schonbek New Orleans mini
Appliances: 30" Gaggenau fridge/freezer columns, GE Monogram Advantium 240 oven, GE Monogram Convection single oven, Wolf 36" induction cooktop, Miele La Perla dishwasher, and GE Monogram microwave (in end of island)
Sinks: Rohl 30" and Kohler Irontones for prep
Faucets: Rohl Country in polished nickel (avoid the burgundy felt "protective" bags. They stain when wet - stain things like new white marble. Don't ask how I know. Bags. Are. Evil.)

Hood/cooktop wall:
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Sink wall (well, part of it anyway):
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Fridge/freezer wall:
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Perspective on location of pantry/butler's pantry:
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Breakfast room and Family room:
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Breakfast room hutch:
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Aqua Grantique Close-up:
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Countertop and Backsplash:
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Cooktop backsplash:
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Built-in Pantry (across from butler's pantry cabinets/counter)
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clipped on: 05.04.2011 at 01:11 am    last updated on: 05.04.2011 at 01:12 am

Baking Center: Why, How, What, And Where?

posted by: johnliu on 02.12.2011 at 09:16 am in Kitchens Forum

''I don't bake.'' I believe I've said that before, and it was the truth, so I've been designing my kitchen with no special provision for baking.

Now things have changed, a little. Thanks to the inspiring folks over in the CF, I've started baking bread, and if I can ever get decent at it, want to move on to croissants, eclairs, madelines, tartes, and the like. I bought my first-ever stand mixer, and bags of different flours are starting to accumulate.

I think it is time for me to apologize to the bakers and learn about baking centers.

What is desirable in a baking center? What features and dimensions? For the space-limited, what is the ''minimum useful'' list? How about the ''dream works'' list?

Can the baking center comfortably multi-task with - co-exist and share space with - another zone?

Why have a purpose-designed baking center at all? What is the biggest aggravation of not having one?

I don't really know if I can make particular accommodation for baking in my kitchen, but feel as if I need to consider it instead of simply dismissing the black art of baking.

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clipped on: 04.02.2011 at 01:31 am    last updated on: 04.02.2011 at 01:31 am

Um...is it ok or frowned upon to offer something for sale?

posted by: melissastar on 12.03.2010 at 10:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

Don't want to break etiquette and I don't think I've seen anything that either encourages or prohibits this. I'd just like to see my "mistake" go to a good home...maybe recover some of my loss and benefit someone on this great site with a bargain.

Could one or more of you long-timers advise, please?

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clipped on: 03.15.2011 at 02:03 am    last updated on: 03.15.2011 at 02:03 am

Rev-A-Shelf 2 Tier cookware organizer

posted by: jenhp on 03.14.2011 at 11:01 am in Kitchens Forum

Does anyone on here have this? I'm looking for a way to store my calphalon cookware. It really doesn't nest, as it will get stuck together if you try to nest it. It stacks nicely with the lids on upside down, but is harder to get out the pot you want quickly and without a lot of noise. At least for me. Anyway, just looking for input if anyone has this and if you like it.

Thanks!

Jen

Here is a link that might be useful: 2 tier organizer

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clipped on: 03.15.2011 at 01:47 am    last updated on: 03.15.2011 at 01:47 am

Ronbow ceramic sinks

posted by: emmie2 on 01.03.2011 at 10:56 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I just came across the Ronbow ceramic rectangular sinks & cabinetry. while I love the look, the cost leaves me a little breathless. Anyone have any ideas on where to find lok a likes at a chaper cost? thanks

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clipped on: 02.16.2011 at 06:54 pm    last updated on: 02.16.2011 at 06:54 pm

Do subway tiled walls go with travertine floors?

posted by: abd1 on 02.14.2011 at 12:09 am in Bathrooms Forum

I know white "goes with everything" and it seems most bathrooms we see with subway tiled walls have marble or ceramic floors. I know they're a classic look and we like the look, however we feel its a little formal for us. We want to use travertine or limestone on the floors and white subway tiles on the wall. My concern is that the subway tiles are porcelain and tend to have a glossy look to them. The travertine on the floor is more of a matte finish. Would the different finishes look odd together? We're thinking about using subway tile on the walls and shower walls a sand toned travertine on the floor and in the shower floor. We'd also like to do a decorative tile panel in the shower using the travertine, but it would sit on a subway tiled wall. Would this work?

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clipped on: 02.16.2011 at 06:05 pm    last updated on: 02.16.2011 at 06:06 pm

Almost Finished - White / Marble / Soapstone

posted by: i_m_fletcher on 01.03.2011 at 12:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thank to everyone here who offered me advice - either in direct response to my requests on one of the hundreds of other threads upon which I lurked.

Here are some snapshots of my almost finished kitchen. Apologies for the snapshot quality of the photos - I'm hoping to do a better photo shoot once the final items are complete. All that remains is final sanding / poly of floors, finishing backsplash install, touchup painting and some cabinet fixes (e.g. glass shelves in the glass front cab so that light fills the entire cabient.)

View from end of island looking towards range / sink:
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View from end of island looking towards mudroom / pantry:
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View from sink looking towards family room:
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View from mudroom looking towards back porch:
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View from pantry looking towards sink:
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Pantry detail shots:
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Sink detail shot:
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Rangetop / sink window detail shot:
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RE: Vanity with white subway tile (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: door1 on 01.22.2011 at 01:37 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Here is mine. Still no hardware on the drawers! The cabinet is stained with an ebony stain. My DH built it.PhotobucketPhotobucket

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clipped on: 01.28.2011 at 11:36 pm    last updated on: 01.28.2011 at 11:36 pm

Subway tiles on the wall and ________ on the floor.

posted by: abd1 on 01.28.2011 at 12:14 am in Bathrooms Forum

We want to use white subway tile up to a chair rail height on the walls in our master bath renovation -- I know, very original. It seems lot of people combine subway tile with marble and it is a timeless, classic look. We really like marble, but we feel its a little cold and formal looking for us and would rather have travertine. We prefer a very light toned, almost sand color, of travertine. Would this work with subway tile? I know the colors are neutral and should work (white and tan), but what about the textures? We also want to use the travertine to create an accent panel in the shower, probably a herringbone mini-brick, but again would this work with white subway? Anyone have any pictures? I've been scouring the web and have found a few images here and other places but I guess I have yet to find that one inspiration shot that shows me this will totally work.

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clipped on: 01.28.2011 at 11:28 pm    last updated on: 01.28.2011 at 11:28 pm

Finished White and Black kitchen!!!!! PICS

posted by: rookie_2010 on 09.17.2010 at 08:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well,
I guess it's FINALLY finished. I'm still sort of experimenting around with accessories and waiting for the breakfast table and chairs to be delivered. I owe so much to this forum, everyone was SO helpful and so many of your kitchens were very inspirational. I've posted progress pics regularly throughout the past 6 months or so, sorry if this seems repetitive.
I LOVE the way it turned out and am so excited to be using it! I still have some work to do, like getting a new toaster and picking up the glass for the cabinet doors....

Thanks so much everyone! Details to follow pics.
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Details:
-Candlelight cabs in Victorian White
-Leathered cambrian granite perimeter
-Honed calacatta gold island top and backsplash
-Viking range 48'
-Viking counter-depth frig
-Artisan zero radius sink
-Price Pfister Ashfield faucet, main sink
-Island faucet, can't remember what it is because it was a last minute replacement from HD.
-Shaw red oak floors
-Masonite chalkboard pantry door
-Kitchenaid Architect II microwave (only one that would fit in the cutout)
-Hardware is Restoration Hardware Gilmore pulls and knobs

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clipped on: 10.17.2010 at 10:50 pm    last updated on: 10.17.2010 at 10:54 pm

Who here has kids and dogs and marble bathroom floors?

posted by: gryane on 09.25.2010 at 06:09 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I really love the look of carrara marble and am considering putting it in the kids/guest bath and the master bath, but am worried about how it will hold up as I have two small boys and a medium sized dog. We usually take our shoes off in the house but even still, things happen. I don't want to become a slave to the upkeep and worry of the floors.

I have a sample that I have played around with but would love to see images of actual lived-in floors to see what the overall effect of daily life is on them.

Also, I was thinking of doing 18x18 tiles to minimize the grout lines on the floor, but maybe smaller tiles will show less etching, etc. and hold up better. What do you all think about that?

Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

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clipped on: 10.17.2010 at 10:52 pm    last updated on: 10.17.2010 at 10:53 pm