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RE: Recirculating Vent (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: dlspellman on 02.07.2008 at 08:43 am in Appliances Forum

Beuhl -
Sorry about the photo, I'll try again. I'm not very photo savvy I'm afraid and any hints on how to just include them in the post would be greatly appreciated.

As for the Faber brochure info, I saw that same clause when I was buying and hoped at install time I could just do the ductless (deadend it up in the decorative hood). I had a heck of a time getting anyone to tell me how to do that. They all insisted I needed to do the ductwork to exhaust out the moisture and recirculated air. I kept pointing out that same sentence, and everyone would just shrug their shoulders.... I didn't go as far as calling Faber, but the appliance salespeople, installers, and my GC were of no help on clarifying that topic. Hope you have better luck!



advantium over oven
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Would you fix this?? (pics) another issue with my kitchen

posted by: newhome2008 on 02.02.2008 at 10:47 am in Kitchens Forum

I posted earlier this week about my kitchen in my new build. At first glance this looks like a great kitchen and I will admit that its not bad. However, there are more things I am noticing that the cabinet company changed - WITHOUT TELLING US!

Here is a picture of my kitchen for reference.

kitchen 1

The previous question regarded the two glass end cabinets on the back wall that were suppposed to be on the counter and only 12" deep. Most people here have convinced me that these 24" deep ones might work out okay, so I was willing to compromise on this (I think).

Then, I noticed that they had not installed the cornice moulding at the top that we had paid extra for, and that there is no room for it either. We asked about it yesterday and the designer (who works for the builder) said that there was simply no room for it. She did not know the cabinet company had not put it in until she saw my pictures. She says they framed the bulkhead differently than she thought.

She may offer us an alternative to go with 36" cabinets with cornice moulding instead of the 42" that we have now, but said, "there wil be a 3 inch space above the cabinets". I am willing to do this I think, BUT without the space. I see alot of your kitchens use trim and fillers and mouldings to reach the ceiling. See example below in this great kitchen (but I con't remember whose it is - sorry)


I know I would be losing storage space, but I do have quite a big pantry off this space, cupboards on the front of my island and a buffet type cabinet in my nook. Would this solve one of my problems? Would the shorter cabinets look okay? There is 9 foot ceilings in the house with a soffit in the area shown (there is a beam there).

The other issues are the microwave shelf (to the side by the fridge). It was supposed to frame my 22" microwave nicely and then have cupboards above and a 16" cabinet beside. I did not get the more expensive built in microwave because I was assured this would be fitted properly. Instead they put in cupboards and then just one shelf under leaving 16" of space around my microwave - not the look I was going for! Again, they did not inform us of the changes.

We paid $850 for a custom wood hood cover that has amounted to 2 cupboard doors with a straight strip of wood underneath to cover the fan that I paid $650 for - so $1500 for what essentially is cupboard doors and a board. hmmmm I don't mind the extra storage for oils and stuff but I'm not sure about the extra cost.

Do I insist on these changes? This is not a cheap build (everything else is great) but I think the builder choose a cheap cabinet company. They switched kitchen companies right before Christmas and we seem to have been caught in the middle. And, they did not inform us of any of these changes.

Thanks in advance for any advice.


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RE: Good GC in Orange County California? (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: claireanne on 11.13.2007 at 08:13 pm in Kitchens Forum

sarschlos remodeler - Thought I'd just post my GC's name also, it is Mike McKay (714)848-8703 of McKay Construction, Inc. You're welcome to come over and see my remodel or to call me for more info. Just telephone Mike and tell him the Barreres (in Irvine) said to give you their phone number. Our remodel was basically a little of everything on our main floor, including gutting the old kitchen and tearing down the wall between the dining room and kitchen. Oh, we also pushed out the kitchen 5'.

This remodel was phase I and Mike will be doing upstairs next year for us.

Good luck...Claire


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RE: white granite (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: sharon_s on 04.06.2007 at 03:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

Evan, that looks like my island stone.

It's actually quartzite from Brazil. Arc Stone carries it as Palisades White and Dente calls is White America.

You can see the slab pictures in my kitchen folder. I haven't updated the pictures to show the island, though there is a shot of cookies I made and they are on the island. It has survived red perm. marker and wet paprika stains, so I'm happy!

Here is a link that might be useful: quartzite pics


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RE: white granite (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: sharon_s on 04.15.2007 at 05:45 pm in Kitchens Forum


Here you go. I hesitate to post the picture, because the kitchen isn't done yet and it's not the best pic. But I decided to brave it. Ignore the rugs--they are just temporary.


white granite
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RE: Pics of sinks NOT under window? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: malhgold on 01.18.2008 at 02:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Not my kitchens, but inspirational nevertheless.



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RE: Plugmold, Wiremold, etc. (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: jamesk on 01.14.2008 at 06:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

I doubt the type of plugmold you mentioned (continuous slots) would be legal in a kitchen. That type of plug mold is only for two-conductor plugs and has no provision for 3-pin grounded plugs (many kitchen appliances have 3-prong plugs!). Also, without the ground, I doubt you'd be able to install that type of plugmold with a GFCI protected circuit, which as far as I know, is required by the building code in practically every locality for outlets above kitchen counters or near a sink. Your contractor should know this!

Here's a photo of the angled plugmold under my cabinets:

For GFCI protection, the plugmold is wired through a standard GFCI outlet which is concealed in the inside rear of the cabinet above:

Hope this helps.


angled grounded 3-prong plug mold + concealed GFCI outlet
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RE: Pantry Doors--Pros/Cons & Recommendations Please (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: jaymielo on 01.07.2008 at 11:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

The pantry that sarschlos_remodeler refers to was mine. My inspiration photo is below. We aren't done, but we are framed in, so my mind is made up. The double doors for the pantry will be made by our cabinet maker to match the cabinets. I'll share more when I have them... Best of luck! Jaymie

Here is my "inspiration photo"


And here is the space framed in (not a lot of help unless you have quite an imagination. :) )



pantry inspiration
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RE: tray cabinets - top 1/2 wasted space (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: klb_2000 on 07.29.2007 at 08:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have a really small kitchen and needed to maximize drawer space where I could, so I ended up with a cabinet with two drawers on top and the tray cabinet section on the bottom. This setup has worked really well for me....

Here's another view...


tray cab + 2 drawers
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RE: tray cabinets - top 1/2 wasted space (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: needanap on 07.29.2007 at 05:23 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here is mine. I have only one tray divider on the right in this cabinet, for cutting boards. On the left, I keep the wok and baskets. The shelf above is great! I keep large serving trays, the pizza stone, and the griddle there. Those items could also go vertically in another tray divider, but this is how it ended up working for me. Great use of space, IMO. Works best for items that I don't access every day. They are tucked up and out of the way.
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tray cab
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RE: Best advice from this forum (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: chmpgntst on 07.18.2007 at 04:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

Can I change my answer? I really like this that I stole from Dmlove---
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I love not having all those cords on my desk/countertop! So best advice from this forum... details make the difference!


message center
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RE: Can I see your kitchen desk? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: elljays on 01.06.2008 at 02:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love my kitchen desk! It's not always this neat, unfortunately. I like that it's convenient to everything, but still out of the way of the cooking area.

Desk area

Here you can see where it's located in the context of the kitchen.



Columns and header between kitchen/dining rooms
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RE: Paging ALKU05 - Prep Sink Question (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: alku05 on 01.03.2008 at 08:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ok, Dave I took some pictures for you! I hope you can see what you need to. I'll do my best to talk you through the pictures. In a nutshell, there's plenty of room in the cabinet for plumbing stuff and storage. However, the surface space (countertop area) is limited b/c the sink takes most of it up.

All we have in the sink base is the sink, a pulldown faucet and an ISE compact evolution disposal with an airswitch. The wierd black thing in the back right corner is a mesh bag that holds the pullout hose so it doesn't get tangled on anything (it came with the faucet). You can easily see the disposal and the plug for it. Take special note of the two vertical black pipes in the rear. These make up the vent and drain system for the sink. It's basically an upside down U-shape that runs behind the sink. That's why we were so limited in the front-back room for the sink and faucet.


Front underside of sink:
We have 2cm granite, so we had to have a plywood underlayment. That's the wood you see by the sink. (If you need to use underlayment, be forwarned that you'll have to route a groove for the sink lip to sit in. This sink's lip is not flat.)


Looking up from the base of the cabinet along the back wall:
(The wood shown in the bottom half of the picture is the back wall of the cabinet, and the wood you see on the top part is the counter underlayment.) Here you can see the vent loop I mentioned before. The airswitch is the cord hanging from the hole in the underlayment located to the left of the sink. You can (kinda) see the shutoff valves in the bottom right.


Faucet corner:
This creative angle was attempt to show the where the faucet is. I think this was a failed attempt, but I included it because you never know...


Shutoff valves:
These are located on the back wall of the cabinet just right of center.


Hope this helps! Let me know if you can't get your bearings with the pictures, or if you need shots of anything else.


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RE: Anyone have bail pulls or drop pulls on their drawers? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: soonermagic on 01.04.2008 at 12:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

I don't have them in my kitchen, but I did put them on my built-in pantry/hutch. I wanted the hutch to have a prettier appearance, more like furniture, than my kitchen cabinets, so I distinguished it with these fancier pulls. They are like "cabinet jewlery" to me. The hutch doesn't get as much use as the kitchen, of course, but I haven't had any issues with these in the 4 months that we've been in the house. They do have a stop on them that prevents them from touching the cabinet itself. I think ours are Top Knob as well. If not Top Knob, then Emtek. Here's a pic:

Pantry Hutch


dishes/pantry hutch
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RE: 97ish%: soapstone, white cabs, green subways (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: hoffman on 12.16.2007 at 11:54 am in Kitchens Forum

Thank you, everyone!

Let's see:

The floors are brazilian cherry suggested & provided by my contractor. There's no color stain on them at -- just a few coats of poly or whatever they finish them with. They have gotten darker over the 3 months since they were installed. I have never had wood floors in the kitchen before, but many other folks have (search and you will find extensive discussions of wood floors) so I'm just hoping for the best.

The paint color is BM Beacon Gray - depending on the light, it looks pale blue or even purple-ish.

The phone is from Pottery Barn. It's not cordless, so we'll always be able to find it when it rings (a problem with our current phones)! It has a great, old-fashioned ring.

I'm so glad someone said they liked the white appliances --you can't imagine how many times I second-guessed myself on that because stainless is almost all you see these days.

Soapstone maintenance is different than slate. It's nonporous so you don't use sealer at all. You put mineral oil on it to make it look black (rather than grey) and many people here have found that Beeswax or Bee's Oil maintains the black look longer than mineral oil. Again, search (at the bottom of the page) and you will find many threads on the pros/cons of soapstone and how to maintain it. Here's a picture of freshly oiled soapstone:

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We did not change the layout at all. The kitchen is too small to fit an island and still have room for a table, so we kept the existing breakfast nook and small bar area. We did rip out the built-ins in the corners of the breakfast nook, which made me sad, but it gave us room for the banquettes and I don't think the old built-ins would have looked good with all the new stuff. Here are some before pictures:

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(That's the table that is hopefully moving back tomorrow -- it's too heavy for us to carry ourselves.)


marble topped table
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RE: Walk-in pantry: Wood shelves or wire shelves? (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: dian57 on 01.01.2008 at 06:21 am in Kitchens Forum

I have a mini pantry behind the door in my utility room that is one can deep so there's no searching. I love it.


narrow pantry shelves
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RE: chalkboard menu picture (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: mustangs on 12.06.2007 at 08:54 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Arlene, I don't know if it was this one you are referring to but I made it and I post my menus for guests.

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RE: chalkboard menu picture (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: mustangs on 12.07.2007 at 07:51 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Karol, Thank you for allowing me to share.

It took about 2 hours not counting the drying time between paint coats. Sawing was the hardest because I'm not good with saws.

  • I bought a rectangular piece of wood from Home Depot.
  • Cut out a template on a piece of paper with the design I wanted for the top. Then traced it on the board.
  • Used a jigsaw to cut the top into the shape I traced on the board.
  • Sanded the entire board with attention to the edges.
  • Glued the onlay (lion head) at the top.
  • Primed the whole board.
  • Painted with 3 coats (2 coats were recommended but I wanted a richer color) of black board paint.
  • Highlighted the onlay and sides with gold rub on.
  • Nailed in two sawtooth picture hangers on the back.
  • Screwed on the key holder on the front.
  • NOTES:

    Bistro chalkboard
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    Would it help to see picturesof the room next to the kitchen? (Follow-Up #31)

    posted by: thundersweet on 12.05.2007 at 03:21 pm in Kitchens Forum

    Wondering if that may change some of the opinions.

    From the kitchen...

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    From corner of room looking into kitchen...

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    The blue tape is the outline of the island roughly. Sorry for the mess. Just imagine a clean house.



    Brick fireplace with white wood mantel/surround
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    RE: 4 inch granite backsplash AND tile? (Follow-Up #11)

    posted by: thegoose on 11.22.2007 at 09:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

    msrose: The paint is Benjamin Moore Waterbury Cream HC-31 flat and the granite is Juparana Arandis.

    pinar: Here's the view from outside the kitchen window, which reveals the secret behind the extra space past the sink.


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    4 inch granite backsplash AND tile?

    posted by: thegoose on 11.19.2007 at 03:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

    We're thinking about using both a 4 inch granite backsplash AND tile above it in our soon to be completed renovation. (The attached photo shows some of the subway tiles that we're thinking about using)

    I took a look at the Finished Backsplashes Slideshow at the Finished Kitchen Blog, and there seem to be very few folks that do it this way. Is this because it looks too busy? Too pricey (tile + granite)? We're not committed one way or the other (yet), as the granite backsplash is not glued down (and came free as compensation for a minor fabrication error).

    Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated? If we do go ahead with this look, should we keep it at 4", or have it cut down to something else (perhaps 2")?


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    RE: Mahogany vs. Maple Butcher Block (Follow-Up #9)

    posted by: wonbyherwits on 11.04.2007 at 04:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

    You have a beautiful kitchen and I think the wood choice is really up to you.

    We built our home two years ago and have an 8'x3' mahogany bb top on the island. We love it! I can't imagine not having it in the kitchen. Everyone loves to touch it and sit there. For sanitary purposes, we use a separate Boos block for chopping, but we do cut dry things like bread on the top. Ours was locally made for us by a woodworker for $1200. The island is painted, distressed black.



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    RE: Great info for Kitchen & Bath (Follow-Up #2)

    posted by: napagirl on 11.16.2007 at 06:18 pm in Kitchens Forum

    Thank you for posting! This site contains valuable info on all phases of remodeling: .... recommended cabinet heights & layout; minimum bath fixture clearances; types of lighting, and a whole host of other bits of info appropriate to whole house remodeling. Check it out

    Here is a link that might be useful: Good information for whole house remodel


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    RE: General layout suggestions please! (Follow-Up #1)

    posted by: saskatchewan_girl on 11.13.2007 at 03:56 pm in Kitchens Forum

    The only option I can think of is possible using the corner where the fridge is for a corner pantry. You could make it very pretty too, such as lighting the top cabinet area and using glass doors. I don't know if you have a microwave but you could put that in there too I guess, then use the bottom 4' for food items etc (what ever needs space).
    That would give you more room near the range if that is a concern and then u have an open area to put what ever size fridge that you want/need near the eating nook area.

    Here are a 'few' pics to see if this would help. Also there is a pic with the sink very near to the range like you have in your layout.......I think it looks good : )
    Also a really cute seat/storage area under the white cabinets too!!!
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    Not sure if that helps or if it's way out there.


    Corner pantry cabinet (instead of closet)
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    RE: Full granite backsplash vs 'something else'... (Follow-Up #5)

    posted by: gibby3000 on 11.15.2007 at 05:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

    Full granite backsplash would be WAY too much granite for me - but then I didn't even want granite on all my counters. Plus I prefer variety of materials, textures, etc. I also prefer not to have the short granite backsplash but that's really just me. If you don't tile the backsplash then that's maybe the way to go. I find some granite/tile combos have too much going on for me too - but again I prefer things that aren't so "busy".

    Here's a nice combo with short tile/granite and walls open for other decor.

    Kitchen Range


    Chimney hood with decorative shelf
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    RE: Good GC in Orange County California? (Follow-Up #11)

    posted by: kstones on 11.12.2007 at 08:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

    Here is his number Great to work with ....Eric Helgeson 562-938-1814 " Express property"


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    RE: Can I see your message centers? (Follow-Up #6)

    posted by: julie7549 on 11.11.2007 at 11:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

    Here is ours. We have a magnetic chalkboard. Our phone sits on the cabinet but the outlet/connection is inside the cabinet. In the cabinet I store pens, pencils, tablets, phone books, batteries, etc.


    magnetic chalkboard
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    RE: Can I see your message centers? (Follow-Up #4)

    posted by: needanap on 11.09.2007 at 11:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

    Here is mine. Just a bit of counter with cork board built into backsplash. The laptop usually doesn't live there. Great place to keep phone lists, party invites, memos, etc. The basket in the corner holds mail, catalogs, and such, before I have had a chance to sort through it. I keep pens, note pads, grocery list in the drawer to the right. The small hole in the counter to the far right is a grommet for the phone cord (phone is not there yet). In the next pictures I show a close up of that. The cabinet underneath has the phone jack and outlet inside, which are usually hidden from view by cookbooks. The drawer was made an inch or 2 shorter to allow room for the cords to hang down behind the drawer. It works great. I keep phone books in the upper cabinet over the phone. We throw keys on the counter, since it is right near where we enter the house. I suppose the keys could go in a decorative bowl or basket, or we could put up some hooks (maybe inside cabinet door?) but for now we just drop them on the counter as we come in. If doing it over, I would add some outlets in the drawers as I've seen other posters on this forum suggest, for charging cell phones, etc.
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    short drawer for phone/eletrical cords to go behind
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