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New Reveal (long) - Garage into Kitchen!

posted by: Lauraeds on 07.07.2014 at 04:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey all !

I finally managed to get photos taken of our new kitchen, which was finished just a few weeks ago. GW was a huge help ... I poured over post after post, gleaning info from everyone and really refining my vision.

It's a white, shaker-style kitchen, something I've always wanted after loving a previous deep wood/dark counters galley kitchen (old house), and after not-loving what this kitchen was (small, piecemealed, and grungy!)

The house is a beautiful old brick home from 1930, and the new kitchen is the old garage, which was attached on the western end of the home. Since we had to raise the floor (to meet up with the elevation of the rest of the home), we decided to blow out the two small rooms that were above the old garage, and take advantage of all the natural light provided through dormers, existing windows, and new windows and doors. This new kitchen has become the main "family entrance" to the house.

The old kitchen was the next room over, which you'll see now is much better suited with a pantry, office, and the three doorways and two stairways that mucked it up before!

Obviously, it's still a work in progress ... the walls seem big and bare now, but I'm waiting for just the right things to display. The barstools need to be recovered, and you'll notice a small loveseat with some "placeholder" fabric draped over it!

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In hopes of orienting you, here I am standing in the old kitchen, looking into the new kitchen (old garage). The bay of windows over the sink is where the old garage carriage doors were. They were great old wood on hinges … we repurposed them into a cool fence on the far side of a new garage.

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Here we are looking out the front of the house. The two windows were original to the house (garage). Since we had to raise the floor significantly, they dip back behind the counter. I was certain I would drop things back there, but nothing so far (just dust!)

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The cedar beams appear much more reddish in color in this photo than in real life. Since we removed the second story (which contained 2 old-school servant bedrooms, more recently a tiny office and defunct playroom), we needed the support of steel plates and big beams to keep the house together!

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These gorgeous doors (bad photo, sorry), open back on themselves, creating a huge view out the back. We keep them secured, and just use the one on the right as our main entrance into the house from the garage and the backyard. It's a dream, in terms of traffic flow!

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Here I am standing further back in the old kitchen. The door on the left is small stairs leading to the basement, and used to be the only access to the old garage, which was three steps down. We blew the wall open to create the open flow you see.
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Here is our "mudroom" of sorts … a locker for each person. It's more than enough space for coats, backpacks, shoes, devices (plugs for everyone!), and now I'm just trying to train everyone to use them!!!

The lattice panel is hiding a mini-split HVAC system. Since this area has such different heat/cooling needs, which thought this to be the best bet. It's worked well so far, and there is a small quiet compresser out back.

Above that, you'll see a small glass rail and balcony …. it's the old entrance to the upstairs hallway that lead to the small rooms we removed. Again, the finish isn't quite so red IRL.

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View from the overlook.

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Prep sink

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A handy extra gleaned from GW. I suppose I should paint or finish it somehow!

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This is the old kitchen. Next to the desk is a fabulous pantry … I will show it off soon, I hope … it's a big, huge mess right now!

Thanks for reading and looking, and thanks for the advice given over the past 2 years!

DETAILS:

Cabinets: Custom Shaker, locally made. Ben Moore White Dove.

Pulls: Lewis Dolan, Lews Hardware Bar Pull Collection, Bar Knob in Brushed Brass, myknobs.com

Counter: White Moon Quartzite, honed, pencil round edge

Prep Sink: Kohler Napa Single Basin Cast Iron Bar Sink - White

Kitchen Sink: Kohler Riverby 33" Single Basin Under-Mount Enameled Cast-Iron ��" White

Prep & Kitchen Faucets: Delta Trinsic Pullout Spray Bar/Prep -Champagne Bronze
Floors: Oak 4” planks, custom stained to match existing floors in house

Island Pendants: Circa Lighting, Hicks Pendant Extra Large, Hand rubbed brass, Custom Length Added.

Above-window Sconces: Schoolhouse Electric, Isaac Sconce Long Arm, Brass

Between-window Sconces: Restoration Hardware, Library Sconce, Antique Brass

Range: GE Monogram, 48” dual-fuel with griddle and double ovens

Hood: Custom Cabinetry, GE Monogram 48” Insert

Refrigerator: GE Monogram, 36” Professional Built-In Bottom Freezer. Custom panel made.

Dishwasher: Existing Bosch

Microwave: Existing GE Profile

Bev Fridge: GE Monogram Stainless Steel Beverage Center

Walls: Ben Moore CSP 665 Cool Breeze In various degrees: 25% on walls, 75% and 100% on the ceiling/dormers

Cabinet & Desk Back Walls: BenMoore Slate Teal 2058-20

Range Backsplash Tile: Walker Zanger Studio Moderne, Petite Imperial, Ming Blue Gloss

Glass folding doors and over-sink windows: custom made, painted Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron, 2124-10

Here is a link that might be useful: The full kitchen revealed - more photos

This post was edited by Lauraeds on Mon, Jul 7, 14 at 18:19

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Serene. Great towel hook. Love the countertop.
clipped on: 07.16.2014 at 03:07 pm    last updated on: 07.16.2014 at 03:08 pm

Morton5's Finished Kitchen: Ikea and Fire and Ice

posted by: morton5 on 05.27.2009 at 11:49 pm in Kitchens Forum

We completed our kitchen seven months ago, but I've procrastinated on posting finished photos. Here they are at last!
Thanks to all for your many helpful ideas and comments as I went through the process.

I planned the kitchen myself-- a little tricky as the room is not rectangular. I originally planned a white/soapstone kitchen, but ended up going with a more earthy scheme because the kitchen is open to the FR, and also I thought the colors would be more family and pet friendly-- we have 5 kids, a dog and a cat. We are all very happy with our new space, and the surfaces are indeed forgiving.

We remodeled mainly because I disliked the downdraft range on my island. Plus, the cabinets were looking pretty shabby and some of the doors were splitting. I cook a lot, often for a big crowd, and I am loving the efficiency of my new kitchen.

Here are the details:
Cabinets: Ikea Tidaholm oak in black/brown, and Adel birch in medium brown (in pantry area and planning peninsula). I chose Ikea because I love their organization systems and their Blum tandembox drawers and glides. I assembled all of the cabinets myself and changed the edgebanding to match the door/drawer fronts. I was kind of excited to find "Made in Italy" stickers on all the Tidaholm doors. My GC's carpenter installed the cabinets. All drawers are full extension with soft close.
Pulls: Hickory Hardware
Granite: Madura Gold
Backsplash: Jeffrey Court's Fire and Ice, enhanced, kashmir grout (thanks Jodi in SoCal for the inspiration)
Range: Bluestar 36" RNB with island trim. The cabinet run on the range wall is pulled out 3 inches.
Hood: Futuro Futuro 48" plane (980 cfm)
Ovens: GE Monogram Advantium over ZET
Dishwasher: Bosch Integra 800 series
Refrigerator: Samsung French door RFG297. We pulled out surrounding cabs to make the fridge look built-in.
"Kid fridge" 24" LG LRBP1031 in Titanium-- love it! Holds the kids' yogurts, drinks, fruit, ice cream, frozen baked goods, ice packs-- and keeps the kids out of my way. In the same footprint as refrigerator drawers, I got twice the space at half the price. Between the Samsung and the LG, I have almost 40 cu. ft. of refrigerator/freezer space.
Faucets: Grohe K4 (prep sink) and Alira (main sink)
Tapmaster at main sink
Soap dispensers from Never MT web site
Sinks: Zero radius, 15 gauge stainless from Ebay-- 30" at main sink and 23" at prep sink
Table: Oak from reclaimed antique floor joists, from Ebay (barnseeker.com)
Chairs: Bonded leather from Overstock-- love them
Floors: Red oak, Refinished and stained Minwax golden oak, 3 coats of oil-based poly
I kept my old kitchen light fixture and ceiling fixture. I'm still planning on adding a couple of puck lights to the shelf behind the hood-- I have outlets at the tops of the high cabs, with a switch next to the range.

Thanks for looking!

Kitchen

Here is a link that might be useful: Morton5's finished kitchen

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"Green" Green Kitchen Reveal

posted by: olivertwist on 11.23.2013 at 02:29 am in Kitchens Forum

Our "Green" Green Kitchen Renovation

One goal of our reno was to be as eco-friendly as possible. (This wasn't always possible). We started by donating our old cabinetry and appliances to Habitat for Humanity. We used products from recycled glass in the countertop and backsplash, and the floor is cork. There are areas for all kinds of recycling and composting.

We also aimed to get a lot more space and be organized, of course! We expanded the kitchen 3 feet into the den. This allowed me to get my 36" wide cooktop. I moved the Dishwasher to the left 12" allowing me to stand to the left OR the right to unload. Now I can reach the Uppers above the DW! We also moved the window over and enlarged it.

We also changed a bathroom with shower into a Powder Room, converting the extra space (shower) into a small walk-in pantry.

Remodeling the Mudroom gave us a lot more organization as well.


Other special features:

� Extra-Deep Countertops (27")
� Extra-Deep Uppers (15")
� Some Extra Deep drawers/roll-outs
� Reverse Osmosis water filter
� Compost Pail in Counter (Rev-a-Shelf)
� Cookbook holder under cabinet
� Pantry pull-outs for potatoes and onions (Rev-a-Shelf)
� Command Center with Charging Station
� Hidden place for Calendar
� Oven Niche
� Laundry Chute
� Toe-Kick Drawers
� Spice Pull-outs
� Bookshelf for cookbooks
� Open shelves in Lowers for baskets of fruit


Kitchen Details

Cork Floor
Glue-down tiles by iCork / Forna (Cancork in Canada) in Style called Leather
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Cabinetry
New River Cabinetry Frameless Full Overlay
Herndon style (Shaker)
Species: Maple
Stain: Coral
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Cabinet hardware
Top Knobs Bar Pull 3.75" and Bar Handle 7" Brushed Satin Nickel
(and a few other sizes)
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Countertop
GlassRecycled.com custom design
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Backsplash tile
Subway tiles from Bedrock Industries / Blazestone tile in Meadow
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Sink
Elkay AquaDivide double sink with low divide - so cool
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Faucet
Kohler Karbon
Stainless
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Soap dispenser
Kohler K1995
With Never MT (of course)
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Refrigerator
KitchenAid Fridge KFXS25RY: Awesome! Has an extra fridge drawer for produce!
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Wall oven under cooktop
GE Profile Wall oven (mounted underneath Cooktop): PT7050
3 racks
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Microwave OTR
GE Profile OTR Microwave: PVM9195SFSS
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Cooktop
GE Profile 36" Smoothtop Electric Cooktop: GE Profile CleanDesign PP975
5 Burner with PowerBoil feature
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Dishwasher
KitchenAid Dishwasher KUDE60HXSS
It has a third rack, and the main upper rack is adjustable.
My other criteria was that I could open it with my toe (useful with my hands are coated with chicken guts).
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Undercabinet lighting
InvesiLED tape light
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Window
Andersen Awning Style window with transom
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Bathroom Details

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Floor tile
Emil America Waterfalls Brown Victoria 3 pattern porcelain tile
Grout: Buff
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Wall Tile
Emil America Waterfalls Brown Victoria 3 pattern porcelain tile
Grout: Buff
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Faucet & Accessories
Kohler Forte
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Countertop
GlassRecycled.com Style BW-001
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Toilet
Toto Aquia II Dual Flush CST416M
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Cabinetry
New River Cabinetry Frameless Full Overlaly
Herndon style (Shaker)
Species: Maple
Stain: Coral
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Cabinet Hardware
Top Knobs Bar Pull 3.75" and Bar Handle 7" Brushed Satin Nickel
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Photos

Old Kitchen Next to New Kitchen:
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Old Kitchen:
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New Kitchen:

Overall views:
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Niche:
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Spice Pull outs:
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Eating area:
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Cookbook holder:

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Cookbook shelves above peninsula:
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Sink with Kohler Karbon:
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Sink with Tilt out:
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Window:
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Toe Kick Drawers:
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What's in my drawers?

Utensils:
(This is right in front of the compost pail, hence the cut-out)
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Pots and Pans:
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Pots and Pans with Lid Storage:

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Here are my only roll-outs (not counting pantry):
Food processors and small appliances and larger gadgets:
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Knife drawer:
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Reusable bowl covers:

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Lunch bags:

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Thermoses:

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Silverware drawer:

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Cloth napkins:

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Reusable sandwich bags:

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Dishtowels:
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I just love how organized my corningware and lids are now:
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Medicine rack (also good for matches, toothpicks and other small items):
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Tray cabinet/Cutting boards:
Open:
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Closed:

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Pull-outs for cans, baking supplies, oils and vinegars:
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Trash and Recycling:
(Trash in front, plastic/metal in back, paper on top). Compost is just a smidge to the left in the counter.

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In-Counter Compost:
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Laundry Chute and under the sink:
(The Green bucket is our old compost pail. Now we use it for #5 Recyclables that we have to bring to Whole Foods because our town only collects #1 and #2 plastics)
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Pantry with Hidden Calendar/Bulletin Board/Chalkboard:
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The Fridge:

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Baking trays above the Fridge:

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Storage for serving platters in peninsula:

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Close-up of Counter and Backsplash:
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Command Center and Charging Station:
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Cork Floor:
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Walk-in Pantry:
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Bathroom
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Bathroom Sink:
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Close-up of Bathroom Counter:
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Mudroom:
Cubbies:
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Shoe organization (finally):
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This post was edited by olivertwist on Sat, Nov 23, 13 at 14:21

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Help With Kitchen Plans - Brutal Feedback Encouraged! :)

posted by: Sarahwinsome on 02.27.2014 at 09:53 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi - I'm usually a lurker and have gotten some fantastic ideas from this forum while we've built our home over the last several years.

To move in, we put a temporary kitchen (affectionately known as our "Craigslist Kitchen") in our home so we could get the occupancy permit a little more than a year ago, and we're finally ready to start work on the "real" kitchen! I'd love some feedback on our plans - I know so many of you here are super creative and amazing designers! Be as brutal as you want!

The colors we have planned are an antique white on the cabinets that don't reach the ceiling, and the bar and a medium stained maple for the tall cabinets and the island. And granite in the green family. I didn't want an all wood kitchen just because in our great room I feel it might be an overwhelming amount of wood, but I don't want white on the cabinets my husband will touch. He works in construction and tends to come home pretty dirty. :)
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Finally My kitchen reveal! Thank you, GWers!

posted by: Kitten1313 on 01.04.2014 at 05:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

Side vent: It has taken me most of the afternoon to figure out this picture posting thing, and then once I got them almost all copied, my computer crashed before I could post.

The kitchen is done except for the floors needing to be stained. I am in love and am excited to share these pictures with all of you, who have helped so much. If you want any detailed information, just let me know! :)

Before (we converted our old garage into our new kitchen):

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After:
Full shot

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Back wall

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Island
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Sink close up
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Pocket door pantry
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Fridge and appliance garage
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Prep sink/micro drawer
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Chalkboard wall
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Thanks for looking!

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Bosch 300 induction top & my new cookware (long)

posted by: MizLizzie on 06.14.2013 at 04:30 pm in Appliances Forum

Because of the generous help I obtained here in choosing my new cooktop and cookware, I thought I would post a recount of what I bought and how it works on my basic 300 series Bosch cooktop. Maybe it will query up later for someone else who's searching. I'd also add that after using the Bosch for only 6 days, I am in love. This is an awesome machine. I hope to never see another gas range as long as I live.

So . . . cookware splurges and bargains:

My only splurge was a set of WF Function Four casseroles ranging from 2-qt to 6-qt. I am using them mostly for soups, beans, and small batches of pasta. Love how they can strain or seal tight. Being uber-German, they conduct fast and cook beautifully. Scored them online at Sierra Trading Post for just under $300 using various coupons and retail-finagling. Not sure they were worth it, but they sure are nice to use. (I would never pay the retail of $700+ on these pieces.)

Next -- kinda-sorta splurge -- was a Cuisinart 5-quart sauté pan from their Green Gourmet tri-ply line. Amazon, $99. It is almost identical to my beloved Cusinart 5.5-quart that I had used for years and years. The new version is indeed induction compatible, cooks well and cleans up like a dream.

My best bargain was a 12-quart stockpot that came with both a steamer insert and a pasta insert for only $30 at my local BB&B on one of my magnet-hunts. It is their house brand, I believe, called Denmark Tools. Got an asparagus steamer from that same line for $15. These are pots I will rarely use, so I didn't want to spend a lot. They cook fast on induction even though they were clearly NOT marked as being compatible. They are priced a bit higher on the BB&B website, so maybe mine were priced incorrectly? And I question whether they will hold up at this price. Worth a shot, tho.

Second best bargain -- I got a weird and very cheap Oster 1-quart glass-lidded saucepan at Tuesday Morning for $24 and it conducts super fast and without a sound. Again, not advertised as induction compatible, so it just proves you gotta shop with your magnet.

Lastly, at Overstock I scored an Anolon Copper duo -- a 12" skillet and a 12" everyday pan with one lid. These are my go-to pans for frying and sautéing. Wow is all I can say for Anolon Copper + induction. I paid very little -- maybe $60 for the pair. They are sold out now, sadly, and I can't find that combo anywhere else.

So, these few pieces, combined with my 30-year old Lodge cornbread pan and my 5-quart Le Creuset knockoff, are all I have for stovetop use. There is no loud buzzing, vibrating, or clicking or any noise whatsoever from any of them--just the faintest sound of the induction cycling. They all work perfectly. My cooktop is a dream, and the pot-sense function has accepted every pot-n-hob combination I've tried to use. I could not be more pleased.

Thanks again to everyone here who helped me out and saved me from so many mistakes. If anyone has questions, I would be pleased to pay it forward.

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RE: It's May 2013! How is your build progressing? (Follow-Up #50)

posted by: Momto3kiddos on 05.08.2013 at 03:31 pm in Building a Home Forum

Lights have been installed this week, so I am adding a few more pics. I am very happy with the way things are turning out. Now if I could just get it to stop raining so the humidity will go down enought to sand and finish the floors!
Kitchen
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Mudroom
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
Screen porch
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RE: Show and Tell! Unique features in your home (Follow-Up #68)

posted by: sunroomguy on 04.21.2013 at 08:10 am in Building a Home Forum

Accidently posted twice- sorry

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2LittleFishies Yellow Kitchen Reveal !!! LONG!

posted by: 2LittleFishies on 02.08.2013 at 09:07 am in Kitchens Forum

OK, here is my finished yellow kitchen thread! Can't believe it is here!
I can't thank ALL of you enough (or at least those who shared in my vision!) for all the help. Like most of us I really spent so much time on every decision. I joke that nothing happened by accident.
There are so many of you that contributed your thoughts and ideas but I want to especially thank lavender_lass and marcolo for all of their wise words and helping me find and stay true to my vision.
I found the hardest part of renovating is not going off track every time you have to make a decision and not letting others sway you to do things you really don't want to do!

What is NOT finished:
*Still waiting on banquette bench for between the 2 built-ins
*New Dining Table
*2 ends of the Backsplash Tile are not installed yet b/c they were sent back to manufacturer to get a bull-nosed edge.
*Custom light switch cover to match BS tile.
*Deciding on window treatments-whether or not to do them...

Specifics:

*Custom Cabinetry- Gilreath Cabinetry in Harrisburg PA
Perimeter is 36" finished, island is 34" high, baking area 33" high

*Colors of Cabinetry- BM Barley 199, BM Mascarpone AF-20 Cabinets were finished with a catalyzed lacquer (not paint) and clear top coat.

*Wall Paint- Kitchen- BM Elephant Tusk OC-8
Dining Area/Living Room BM Woodlawn Blue HC-147
Living Room BM Putnam Ivory HC-39

*Countertops- Vermont Imperial Danby Marble 3cm (purchased from PMI in NJ); Black Walnut 2" Thick Island Top finished with Satin Waterlox (constructed by our Cabinet Maker)

*Island Size is 9 feet x 51 inches *We keep 5 stools at the island but 6 fit fine (2 at the end)

*Appliances-
Thermador CIT365GM 36" Induction Cooktop (mirrored finish)
Electrolux Icon Double Ovens- Professional Series E30EW85GPS6
Electrolux Icon French Door Fridge- Professional Series E23BC68JPS5
Bosch 800 Plus Dishwasher- SHV7ER53UC
Miele H4080BM Speed Oven
Marvel 60RDEBBO Fridge Drawers

*Floors- Red Oak finished with Minwax Provincial Stain and Vermeister Commercial Finish Poly. Matte

*Hardware-
Renovation Hardware Gilmore Cup Pulls in Chrome
Top Knobs Cabinet Latches in Chrome
Emtek Old Town Clear Knob in Chrome
Schaub & Company 6" Chrome Pulls and 12" pull for Dishwasher

*Lighting-
UCL & In Cabs- Seagull LED lights 3000K temp
Drum Pendants- Lamps Plus
5 light Chandelier- Visual Comfort- Michael S Smith Eiffel Chandelier in Polished Nickel

*Sinks-
Main- Kohler Whitehaven K-6489 36" Apron Front Cast Iron Sink
Prep- Kohler K-6584 Iron/Tones Cast Iron Sink

*Faucets-
Main- Moen Woodmere in Chrome S7208C
Prep- Moen Woodmere Prep Faucet in Chrome S6208C
Soap dispensers- Moen
Pot Filler- Moen Showhouse

*Insinkerator Evolution Essential Disposal
Insinkerator Instahot Faucet F-HC2215 Chrome
Insinkerator SST-FLTR

*Backsplash by Wizard Tile
Design is Ribbons & Feathers with Crackle Glaze in Custom Color

*Stools- Counter Height from Grandinroad

BEFORE: This project included pushing out the entire back of our 1950 Cape 7 feet. Also, removing about 5' of our living room wall which involved moving the basement steps over. Removing a wall between the dining room and kitchen, adding a covered porch. We also did all new siding and other exterior things but I'll stick to inside.

Kitchen was originally a galley measuring about 19' x 9 1/2'. Dining Room was about 8 1/2' wide. Now it's really one large room 28' x 16 1/2'. Kitchen side alone is 16' x 16 1/2'

Choosing reveal photos was worse than narrowing down pics for our Wedding Album! SO sorry in advance for the quantity! Hopefully you'll never have to ask me for more pics : )

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AFTER:

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DSC00497 photo file_zpsd3882bef.jpg

DSC00502 photo file_zpse88d5616.jpg

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DSC00755 photo file_zpsd82e20e6.jpg

DSC00761 photo file_zpse10a05c2.jpg

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BAKING AREA SIDE OF KITCHEN:

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DSC00474 photo file_zpsa6b60fc5.jpg

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DSC00487 photo file_zps47c6e716.jpg

Most of my drawers like these are adjustable which I'd highly recommend. If they weren't I wouldn't have been able to remove partitions to fit taller pieces.

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Key Cabinet

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DSC00490 photo file_zps3a100ccb.jpg

DSC00491 photo file_zps9974b8c2.jpg

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My KitchenAid

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COOKTOP SIDE OF L:

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DSC00647 photo file_zps4e27dfe3.jpg

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THERMADOR INDUCTION COOKTOP--

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DSC00666 photo file_zps747c82ae.jpg

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CORNER:

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DSC00806 photo file_zps14936991.jpg

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DSC00807 photo file_zps6171d14d.jpg

DSC00808 photo file_zps30f10403.jpg

DSC00809 photo file_zpscdb33f24.jpg

SINK WALL:

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DISH DRAWERS & DISHWASHER:

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COUNTER HEIGHT WINDOW BUMP OUT:

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TV Pocket Doors Over Fridge

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DSC00590 photo file_zps08f34112.jpg

ISLAND:

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DSC00626 photo file_zps8f3b324c.jpg

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Thanks, Breezy : )

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DSC00643 photo file_zps787be48c.jpg

DSC00644 photo file_zpsb8778042.jpg

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Storage at Back of Island (Shelves are 9 1/2" deep)

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DSC00496 photo file_zpsd92ecfc7.jpg

DSC00697 photo file_zps5fbd5159.jpg

NOW GOING TO THE RIGHT OF THE SINK/FRIDGE WALL into Dining Area:

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DSC00566 photo file_zps2558e036.jpg

6" DEEP BROOM CLOSET

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DSC00570 photo file_zps24f48ed1.jpg

LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING/SUMMER VIEWS:

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MY ORGANIZATIONAL SPOT (cork back, file drawer, printer, BluRay player, desk items, charging drawer)

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DSC00595 photo file_zps2957c559.jpg

DSC00703 photo file_zpsd8da55c9.jpg

WHERE BANQUETTE BENCH WILL BE:

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BAR AREA:

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REFRIGERATOR DRAWERS:

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CUSTOM SLIDING DOORS-- These were at one point supposed to be pocket doors but I didn't want to close off views by having 3' of wall pocket on either side so came up with this which is working well at blocking sound but still gives an open feeling to the space.
I also love the 3 lights on the top so it's less busy and easier to clean!

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INTO LIVING ROOM:

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LIVING ROOM LOOKING INTO KITCHEN:

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The blue looks brighter than it does IRL:

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DSC00587 photo file_zps4ab37266.jpg

A FEW LAST SHOTS...

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DSC00794 photo file_zps38b41ba6.jpg


THANK YOU GW for this FUN, FULFILLING, (and often STRESSFUL) Experience : )
Fishies

This post was edited by 2LittleFishies on Tue, Mar 5, 13 at 19:48

NOTES:

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clipped on: 03.30.2013 at 02:01 pm    last updated on: 03.30.2013 at 02:01 pm

2LittleFishies Yellow Kitchen Reveal- Part DEUX!!!

posted by: 2LittleFishies on 02.10.2013 at 10:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

***THIS IS PART 2 OF MY REVEAL THREAD IN CASE THERE ARE OTHER QUESTIONS AND IT HAS ONLY BEEN A COUPLE OF DAYS SINCE THE REVEAL... Also, I can add pics of the banquette when it is done : )
HERE IS PART 1 if you want to read other comments/questions answered:
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0209074917427.html?19038

OK, here is my finished yellow kitchen thread! Can't believe it is here!
I can't thank ALL of you enough (or at least those who shared in my vision!) for all the help. Like most of us I really spent so much time on every decision. I joke that nothing happened by accident.
There are so many of you that contributed your thoughts and ideas but I want to especially thank lavender_lass and marcolo for all of their wise words and helping me find and stay true to my vision.
I found the hardest part of renovating is not going off track every time you have to make a decision and not letting others sway you to do things you really don't want to do!

What is NOT finished:
*Still waiting on banquette bench for between the 2 built-ins
*New Dining Table
*2 ends of the Backsplash Tile are not installed yet b/c they were sent back to manufacturer to get a bull-nosed edge.
*Custom light switch cover to match BS tile.
*Deciding on window treatments-whether or not to do them...

Specifics:

*Custom Cabinetry- Cabinet Maker in PA.
Perimeter is 36" finished, island is 34" high, baking area 33" high

*Colors of Cabinetry- BM Barley 199, BM Mascarpone AF-20 Cabinets were finished with a catalyzed lacquer (not paint) and clear top coat.

*Wall Paint- Kitchen- BM Elephant Tusk OC-8
Dining Area/Living Room BM Woodlawn Blue HC-147
Living Room BM Putnam Ivory HC-39

*Countertops- Vermont Imperial Danby Marble 3cm (purchased from PMI in NJ); Black Walnut 2" Thick Island Top finished with Satin Waterlox (constructed by our Cabinet Maker)

*Island Size is 9 feet x 51 inches *We keep 5 stools at the island but 6 fit fine (2 at the end)

*Appliances-
Thermador CIT365GM 36" Induction Cooktop (mirrored finish)
Electrolux Icon Double Ovens- Professional Series E30EW85GPS6
Electrolux Icon French Door Fridge- Professional Series E23BC68JPS5
Bosch 800 Plus Dishwasher- SHV7ER53UC
Miele H4080BM Speed Oven
Marvel 60RDEBBO Fridge Drawers

*Floors- Red Oak finished with Minwax Provincial Stain and Vermeister Commercial Finish Poly. Matte

*Hardware-
Renovation Hardware Gilmore Cup Pulls in Chrome
Top Knobs Cabinet Latches in Chrome
Emtek Old Town Clear Knob in Chrome
Schaub & Company 6" Chrome Pulls and 12" pull for Dishwasher

*Lighting-
UCL & In Cabs- Seagull LED lights 3000K temp
Drum Pendants- Lamps Plus
5 light Chandelier- Visual Comfort- Michael S Smith Eiffel Chandelier in Polished Nickel

*Sinks-
Main- Kohler Whitehaven K-6489 36" Apron Front Cast Iron Sink
Prep- Kohler K-6584 Iron/Tones Cast Iron Sink

*Faucets-
Main- Moen Woodmere in Chrome S7208C
Prep- Moen Woodmere Prep Faucet in Chrome S6208C
Soap dispensers- Moen
Pot Filler- Moen Showhouse

*Insinkerator Evolution Essential Disposal
Insinkerator Instahot Faucet F-HC2215 Chrome
Insinkerator SST-FLTR

*Backsplash by Wizard Tile
Design is Ribbons & Feathers with Crackle Glaze in Custom Color

*Stools- Counter Height from Grandinroad

BEFORE: This project included pushing out the entire back of our 1950 Cape 7 feet. Also, removing about 5' of our living room wall which involved moving the basement steps over. Removing a wall between the dining room and kitchen, adding a covered porch. We also did all new siding and other exterior things but I'll stick to inside.

Kitchen was originally a galley measuring about 19' x 9 1/2'. Dining Room was about 8 1/2' wide. Now it's really one large room 28' x 16 1/2'. Kitchen side alone is 16' x 16 1/2'

Choosing reveal photos was worse than narrowing down pics for our Wedding Album! SO sorry in advance for the quantity! Hopefully you'll never have to ask me for more pics : )

DSC07727 photo file_zpsee1ef0ad.jpg

DSC08531 photo file_zps50269316.jpg

DSC08532 photo file_zps8210050e.jpg

DSC08802 photo file_zps31701bd3.jpg

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DSC08535 photo file_zpsdec179b4.jpg

DSC08536 photo file_zps8cee92b9.jpg

DSC08538 photo file_zps9fac3017.jpg

AFTER:

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DSC00476 photo file_zps48c514db.jpg

DSC00497 photo file_zpsd3882bef.jpg

DSC00502 photo file_zpse88d5616.jpg

DSC00575 photo file_zpsb791084b.jpg

DSC00655 photo file_zps1d7eff1a.jpg

DSC00751 photo file_zps42fc324f.jpg

DSC00755 photo file_zpsd82e20e6.jpg

DSC00761 photo file_zpse10a05c2.jpg

DSC00790 photo file_zps7a75894b.jpg

BAKING AREA SIDE OF KITCHEN:

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DSC00472 photo file_zps9fe8dbb4.jpg

DSC00474 photo file_zpsa6b60fc5.jpg

DSC00485 photo file_zps046a969a.jpg

DSC00487 photo file_zps47c6e716.jpg

Most of my drawers like these are adjustable which I'd highly recommend. If they weren't I wouldn't have been able to remove partitions to fit taller pieces.

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Key Cabinet

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DSC00490 photo file_zps3a100ccb.jpg

DSC00491 photo file_zps9974b8c2.jpg

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My KitchenAid

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DSC00727 photo file_zps5fb0743f.jpg

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DSC00795 photo file_zps89ed8a95.jpg

COOKTOP SIDE OF L:

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DSC00647 photo file_zps4e27dfe3.jpg

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THERMADOR INDUCTION COOKTOP--

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DSC00711 photo file_zps8d64ce7c.jpg

DSC00532 photo file_zpsd514b973.jpg

DSC00775 photo file_zps0186d3cd.jpg

CORNER:

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DSC00805 photo file_zps4c2e4e94.jpg

DSC00806 photo file_zps14936991.jpg

DSC00802 photo file_zpse1a2fb2f.jpg

DSC00807 photo file_zps6171d14d.jpg

DSC00808 photo file_zps30f10403.jpg

DSC00809 photo file_zpscdb33f24.jpg

SINK WALL:

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DSC00719 photo file_zpscd82bb15.jpg

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DSC00771 photo file_zps583fd26b.jpg

DISH DRAWERS & DISHWASHER:

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COUNTER HEIGHT WINDOW BUMP OUT:

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TV Pocket Doors Over Fridge

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DSC00590 photo file_zps08f34112.jpg

ISLAND:

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DSC00634 photo file_zpsc3218c89.jpg

DSC00626 photo file_zps8f3b324c.jpg

DSC00636 photo file_zps9a460ff4.jpg

DSC00637 photo file_zpsc602f4a1.jpg

Thanks, Breezy : )

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DSC00643 photo file_zps787be48c.jpg

DSC00644 photo file_zpsb8778042.jpg

DSC00736 photo file_zpsf350247b.jpg

Storage at Back of Island (Shelves are 9 1/2" deep)

DSC00495 photo file_zps4ef89793.jpg

DSC00496 photo file_zpsd92ecfc7.jpg

DSC00697 photo file_zps5fbd5159.jpg

NOW GOING TO THE RIGHT OF THE SINK/FRIDGE WALL into Dining Area:

DSC00612 photo file_zps6f2563bb.jpg

DSC00566 photo file_zps2558e036.jpg

6" DEEP BROOM CLOSET

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DSC00570 photo file_zps24f48ed1.jpg

LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING/SUMMER VIEWS:

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MY ORGANIZATIONAL SPOT (cork back, file drawer, printer, BluRay player, desk items, charging drawer)

DSC00565 photo file_zps989dba16.jpg

DSC00595 photo file_zps2957c559.jpg

DSC00703 photo file_zpsd8da55c9.jpg

WHERE BANQUETTE BENCH WILL BE:

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DSC00624 photo file_zps7747acb8.jpg

BAR AREA:

DSC00558 photo file_zpsfa42d002.jpg

REFRIGERATOR DRAWERS:

DSC00562 photo file_zps172890ae.jpg

CUSTOM SLIDING DOORS-- These were at one point supposed to be pocket doors but I didn't want to close off views by having 3' of wall pocket on either side so came up with this which is working well at blocking sound but still gives an open feeling to the space.
I also love the 3 lights on the top so it's less busy and easier to clean!

DSC00576 photo file_zps34778e89.jpg

INTO LIVING ROOM:

DSC00589 photo file_zpse63e3f9c.jpg

LIVING ROOM LOOKING INTO KITCHEN:

DSC00578 photo file_zps60834af8.jpg

The blue looks brighter than it does IRL:

DSC00583 photo file_zpsc2acfe0b.jpg

DSC00584 photo file_zps78e111a3.jpg

DSC00587 photo file_zps4ab37266.jpg

A FEW LAST SHOTS...

DSC00721 photo file_zpsfebff487.jpg

DSC00722 photo file_zpscca30182.jpg

DSC00726 photo file_zps040b7138.jpg

DSC00794 photo file_zps38b41ba6.jpg


THANK YOU GW for this FUN, FULFILLING, (and often STRESSFUL) Experience : )
Fishies

Here is a link that might be useful: PART 1 of REVEAL

This post was edited by 2LittleFishies on Sun, Feb 10, 13 at 22:28

NOTES:

Kitchen perfection.
clipped on: 02.20.2013 at 08:30 pm    last updated on: 02.20.2013 at 08:30 pm

Gold Macauba quartzite installed!

posted by: halfwaythere on 01.02.2013 at 07:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

Kitche is still under reno. Please excuse the mess. I just love it!

NOTES:

counter top
clipped on: 01.03.2013 at 06:12 pm    last updated on: 01.03.2013 at 06:12 pm

RE: would you accept this color variation on YOUR cabinet?? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: boxerpups on 11.17.2012 at 09:54 am in Kitchens Forum

I think deep down,You already know the answer to your
question.

The tough part here is getting what you want.
How cooperative is the cabinet maker? Or facility providing
you with the cabinets?

Cherry is beautiful but that beauty is the unique with
inconsistant colors. Notice in Cateskitchen that the wood
colors are not as obvious because of the elegant classic
detail she has on the cabinetry. The harmony of color works!

I wonder if you would be able to change this piece later
when you have everything put together. That way you can
see if it is going to work. If not, I would change it now.

Notice the variations of color on this below but the
multiple pieces of wood trim create harmony.


cherry

Photobucketcounter mix

NOTES:

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clipped on: 11.18.2012 at 09:06 pm    last updated on: 11.18.2012 at 09:06 pm

RE: What do you need to do/know if buying raw land? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: bevangel on 05.15.2012 at 06:50 pm in Building a Home Forum

I put this list together in response to a similar question by somebody else back a year or so ago. I can't find that thread anymore but as I recall, other people made some great suggestions also. I hope they'll chime back in.

Some things to ask before buying raw land...

GENERAL LEGAL ISSUES
1) Is this a legal lot? If not, how do I make it legal?
2) Are there any existing liens against the property?
3) Does the Zoning on the property permit my project?
4) Are there any existing zoning violations on the lot?
5) Are there any cultural heritage sites on the property?
6) Does the deed also convey the mineral rights to me? (Don't be surprised if it doesn't b/c on almost all land, the mineral rights have been divided from the surface rights. But do find out what minerals are likely to be located in your area and who owns those rights. Consider the possibility that the owner of the mineral rights may decide to mine for them. Laws generally give mineral rights owners amazingly broad rights of access to the surface property as NEEDED in order for them to reach their underground minerals. You do NOT want someone deciding to drill an oil well or strip mine for copper in YOUR back yard. It might be worthwhile to find out who owns the mineral rights and whether they would be willing to sell those rights to you for a small fee.)

NATURAL HAZARDS
7) Is the site subject to flooding? (Get a FEMA flood plain map and do NOT plan to build inside of or very near a 100 year flood plain. Even better, don't build in a 500 year flood plain!)
8) Is the area subject to any other natural (or semi-natural) hazards? (landslides, forest fires, earthquakes, faults, subsidence, liquifaction, etc.

ACCESS ISSUES
9) Does the lot have legal access to a public road? (For example, if the only access to the public road system is via a private road over a neighboring property, will the buyer of the lot acquire a legal right to drive over that private road?)
10) Does the existing access roadway meet the fire department access requirements? If not adequate, what will it cost to improve the road?

SEWER/SEPTIC
11) Is the lot served by a public sewer system? If so, what is the sewer connection fee and does the sewer district have the capacity to serve my lot?
12)If public sewer connection is not available, will I be able to install a septic system on the lot? If a perc test has already been done, what were the results? (IF NOT, AND YOUR ARE GOING TO NEED A SEPTIC SYSTEM, MAKE THE CONTRACT CONTINGENT ON PERC RESULTS THAT WILL ALLOW FOR AN ADEQUATELY SIZED SEPTIC SYSTEM!)

WATER
13) Is the lot served by a public water system? If so, does the water purveyor have enough capacity to serve the lot? Do water lines already run to the edge of my property and if not, how far away are they and how much will it cost to get them to my property? How much is the water connection fee? How long does it take to get a water hookup?
14) If the lot is not served by a public water system, is it possible to drill a water well on my property? How much is drilling a well likely to cost?
15) Does the local fire department have water pressure requirements that I must meet before I can build?

OTHER UTILITIES
16) Does the lot already have access to electricity, gas, telephone, cable, trash pick-up services, etc. If not, what is it going to cost to get these services to the lot?

HOA
17) Does a Homeowners Association have jurisdiction
over the lot?
18) Are there any Homeowner Association or Covenants,
Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R's) related to the development or use of the lot?
19) What deed restrictions exist on the lot?

SURVEYING
20) Has the lot been recently surveyed? (Get a copy of the survey but also have your own survey done BEFORE you buy... and either be on site when the survey is being done or have the survey company mark the boundaries with very clear markers that YOU can see. You don't want to purchase land, start building and then discover that the land you actually purchased is the next one over from the one that you thought you purchased and started building on!

BUILDING PERMITS & RESTRICTIONS
21) What building permits are required to build on the property and what do those permits cost?
22) Are there any restrictions (city, county, HOA) on what you're allowed to build and, if so, are you comfortable that you can design a home you want within those restrictions? Eg., height restrictions? impervious ground cover restrictions? minimum/maximum square footage requirements.

TAXES and MISC.
23) What taxing entities will be taxing your property and at what rates?
24) Is there ANY proposed growth/development in the area that would make the property less valuable to you or to a future buyer if you should try to resell? (Possible examples: a new airport is going to be built a mile away so that planes will be flying over your property constantly; The 100 acre property right next door was just sold to a developer who plans to build high density housing units; county commissioners are seriously considering a proposal to install four playing fields - with floodlights on 150 ft tall poles to allow for nighttime games - in the county park that adjoins your property; a new tollroad is being built, and when finished, it will pass within 1/4 mile of your property.)

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RE: Why is granite pricing so mysterious? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: LOTO on 11.02.2012 at 09:09 am in Building a Home Forum

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RE: It's November 2012 - How's Your Build Progressing? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: SAND92107 on 11.02.2012 at 03:42 pm in Building a Home Forum

CO inspection on Wed, paving driveway & punch list items. Hopefully closing the16th.
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How do you shove 65'' of @#$% into 5' of cabinets?

posted by: marcolo on 10.15.2012 at 09:16 pm in Kitchens Forum

On top of a spice drawer or whatnot, here's what I have to find room for in a 5-foot run in my new layout:

With thin foam boards separating each item, the tall left stack is 27", the middle stack is 18" and the third stack is 20" tall.

All three are roughly 15" wide and will fit 24" deep or less.

One of these frypans is 13" in diameter and 23" long with handle.

I may replace some of these aging beasts when the kitchen is done but the volume will probably stay similar. Before I measured I was hoping to do something like this:

However, that would require a full 36" cabinet with no drawers. And that's with undercounting the space required, because you obviously need air between shelves to slide things in. I also have to fit in a spice drawer, Cuisinart storage, and probably a few other major things on the same cabinet run, too.

An alternative is this configuration:

Or drawers:

There's also weird stuff like this:

But my question isn't really about who loves their drawers. What I really need is help with geometry. How can I get all this stuff into the minimum space? I've treated everything the same but there are a few things like cookie sheets I don't mind stacking. Plus frying and saute pans could be treated differently from baking dishes. But I still need to preserve as much room as possible in this 5' cabinet run.

Anybody like problem sets?

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RE: Sink Wall Cabinet Design (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: donaleen on 09.06.2012 at 12:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

Well my links didn't work so...I will try again on the pull out and the window.

Here is a link that might be useful: kitchen window

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RE: How to install a flat screen tv without showing the wire clut (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: aduncan81 on 09.24.2010 at 12:25 pm in Building a Home Forum

As brick stated, smurf tube is the way to go. Lowes and Home Depot often don't carry any larger than 1" so you may have to go to an electrical supply company for 1.5" or so. 1" is too small for HDMI.
We have a TV inset above the fireplace (electrical outlet is there) and I just nailed a box onto the same stud that the electrical outlet box is on. Ran the smurf tube from this box to the side of the fireplace where my built ins are going. Have a box at this location that will have the HDMI plate mounted once everything is complete.

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critique 3rd round please

posted by: laurensmom21 on 10.02.2012 at 10:30 am in Building a Home Forum

I'm back with round 3 and more confused than ever... I had him move the stairs to the middle. I did this to get more room in the craft room but now I'm not so sure if I like this better or not. He also forgot to put in our stairs to the basement, so the powder room will have to move somewhere else...but where? I wanted to keep a powder room back there so the kids wouldn't have to trek through the whole house to use the bathroom, but maybe I should take it out? I already have 4 bathrooms - plus we will probably put one in the basement in the future.

Then I asked him to put the pantry in the back of the kitchen. I just like the symmetry better this way (having a door on either side of the stove - similar to this pic - but now I'm thinking that maybe it cuts down on my counter space too much. What do you think?

kitchen layout

I also don't like the bridge thing upstairs. I told him to take out the previous loft area to save sqft. but I hate bridges, so I will put it back in.

I'd love to hear your thoughts! I just want this process to be done so I can build. It always feels like I take one step forward and five steps back - ugh. Thanks so much :)

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1st floor C
2nd floor C
here's the previous 1st floor for reference:
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RE: Trouble finding inspiration (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: deedles on 08.06.2012 at 08:02 am in Kitchens Forum

I know what you mean about worrying about 'color' fatigue after awhile...esp with the expense of cabinets. I had painted our dining room red several years back (DH was fond of yelling "redrum!" when he walked through... not a fan, I guess, lol) and I loved it... for awhile. Then I did get fatigue and went over it with a cream color. It seemed to 'relax' the space somehow. It was also a dark room with little light and that seemed to make it 'cavelike', too.
Anyway, I was seriously on the red cabinet thing for a few months until I saw this pic
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and that got me off of the red.

I guess what I'm saying is that my concerns over 'red fatigue' have thus far put me off it but there are some really awesome red kitchens out there and if you like it, go for it. Your first inspiration pic is beautiful!

I envy you being choosy about what inspires you, hang around on here long enough and you'll have inspiration overload!

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RE: Laundry/Mud Room Eye Candy - please post yours! (Follow-Up #35)

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RE: My Blue Kitchen !! (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: Poohpup on 09.16.2012 at 01:08 am in Kitchens Forum

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My One True Green Transitional Kitchen

posted by: ICFgreen on 03.30.2012 at 09:52 pm in Kitchens Forum

We moved into our ultra-energy efficient (HERS score of 41 without solar or geothermal!), earth-friendly, universally-designed home about six weeks ago. Unpacking has been slow with an active, newly-dairy allergic 3-year-old and my own ongoing health issues, but I'm finally ready to share.

My husband is from the Netherlands and I love to cook, so we knew our kitchen would be prominent in our home, with a transitional bent. This is the perfectly practical, beautiful kitchen of my forever home dreams.

DETAILS:
Cabinets: Custom made by our amazing Amish cabinet maker, Joe Yoder. All drawers are full extension and soft close with Blumotion. We loved working with him, and he will be making the custom cabinetry in my pantry eventually, after we catch our financial breath!
Touch Activated Recycling Center: Cusom made by Joe Yoder. Power by Blum Servodrive.
Counters: Hanstone Specchio White quartz, with a small slab of marble on the baking center.
Floors: US Floors Marcas Areia planks
Backsplash: Solistone Mardi Gras in Carrollton.
Main Sink: Blanco Stellar Single Bowl with grid (441024)
Main Faucet: Delta Touch 2.0 Pilar
Main Disposal: Waste King model 8000 1 HP
Prep Sink: Blanco Stellar Single Bowl (441026)
Prep Faucet: Delta Touch 2.0 Pilar
Prep Disposal: Waste King model 8000 1 HP
Insta-Hot: from Insinkerator (LOVE this!)
Cooktop: Dacor PGM365-1S (saved $$$ by buying a floor model)
Venthood: Vent-a-Hood SLDH14-136SS (saved $$$ by buying a floor model)
Wall-oven: Jenn-Air JJW9830DD (saved $$$ by buying a floor model)
Microwave: Sharp KB6425PS (saved $$ by buying a dent and scratch)
Fridge: Whirlpool GSS26C4XXY
Dishwasher: Bosch SHE68E05UC
Freezer (in pantry): Frigidaire FKFH21F7HW
Island pendants: ET2 Fizz
Under Cabinet Lighting: Task Lighting Sempria LED UC Series
Under Cabinet Outlets: Task Lighting Angle Power Strips TR Series
Pantry Light: Maxim Malibu
Hardware: Generic pull bars that available everywhere.

Favorite Things (in no particular order):
* cork floors. So soft. So quiet. So easy to clean. LOVE LOVE LOVE them.
* quartz counters. Love the recycled glass and mirror. Easy to clean, no staining, despite my leaving turmeric and juice on it over night! eep!
* instahot. We drink a lot of tea. Now we drink more.
* my backsplash. It stopped me in my tracks when I saw it in a display and if possible, I like it even more in my own kitchen.
* vacupan under the prep sink. I put it to good use!
* pantry. I love having everything I need to make anything I want.
I'll stop now! :-)

View from the dinette:
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View from the back corner (looking into the great room):
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View from the command center (looking into the dinette):
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View from the pantry door:
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ET2 Fizz pendants:
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Baking Center with lowered marble-topped counter and big drawers.
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Top drawer of the baking center.
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Most of my baking supplies fit in one of the drawers. I don't having anything in bottom drawer...yet.
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Next to the baking center is my double oven, with a drawer below and storage racks above:
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A nice bonus, the doors are high enough that I can't hit my head, but still low enough that I can reach everything I need.
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Glass and Mugs above, Microwave drawer and another big drawer. The crockpot isn't always there, but I was making curried chicken today. Yum!
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Under cabinet outlets by Task Lighting because I didn't want to break up my pretty backsplash:
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Corner with storage above and super susan below (which is nearly empty):
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Cooktop wall. Love the bottle racks our cabinet maker put in:
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Spice drawer:
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Cubbies for my oils and cooking wines:
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Solistone Mardi Gras in Carrollton:
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Bread drawer for the bread-addicted hubby:
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View of the prep island from the cooktop side:
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LOVE the instahot:
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Command Center (ignore the cord that fell down. That has been clipped up)
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Touch activated recycling center, open:
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Outer Island with raised dishwasher. DH loves that it's like a bar with lots of lean-in space:
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Other side of prep island, with drawers for all our dishes:
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The drawers are so big that just this one holds my mom's entire 12 place setting china set.
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We're switching to all cloth, so for now, I have 3 drawers of cloth towels. It'll get organized eventually.
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Love the single bowl sink. This was DH's one request. Since he cleans the pots and pans, I was happy to oblige.
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Close up of the quartz:
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I had to personalize the pantry. "Eet smakelijk" means "eat tastefully" in Dutch.
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My pantry :-)
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On the freezer, you can see what the pantry will look like after the shelving is in:
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My temporary appliance shelf:
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Close up of the cork:
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Thanks for all the help over the last two years of dreaming!

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RE: Anybody wanna tell me how to get this vintage-y hood built? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: marcolo on 09.13.2012 at 08:03 am in Kitchens Forum

D'oh! The pic was up last night, I swear.

Thanks, all. Clarion, this may entail exactly the same thing--liner with blower. I just need to figure out what to look for. And fantabulous project, btw.

Annie, Vent-a-hoods do make some good candidates but the reviews on them are so mixed.

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RE: new floorplan for your expert review:) (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: kelhuck on 09.11.2012 at 08:20 pm in Building a Home Forum

Hi ellenandco!

I don't think there's anything wrong with your stair placement.

I feel like all the extra little rooms on the left could be better designed. Have you considered combining some of the rooms on the left to make one of those big multifunction rooms that are so popular? (And, I admit, that I am in love with.) Just thinking, you might be able to walk straight thru your multi-function room to your kitchen thru the current pantry path.

Source: houzz.com via Kelly on Pinterest

For the kitchen, will staring at the wall for so long be a problem while you're doing dishes? (I have four little kids as well, so I know how many dishes you're doing!!) :)

Maybe you can do one of those T shaped islands instead of 2?

Source: houzz.com via Kelly on Pinterest

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RE: Newest appliance color from GE..Slate (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: GreenDesigns on 09.05.2012 at 12:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'd personally look for panel ready appliances at a scratch and dent store if I were interested in different colors. Nothing says the panels have to be cabinet panels. You could have metal panels coated at a powder coating place and interchange them as the mood strikes. Bronze metallic one day and 50's aqua another and Christmas red for the holidays.

Really, THAT is what some bright manufacturer would come out with if they wanted to be innovative. They could make a killing on accessories, just like in the automotive or electronics world. Imagine the options that you could do if they engaged artists to do creations for them. It could be just like the PC world where Dell makes all of those interchangeable laptop shells or the Iphone cases.

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Where to see appliances on display? (New England)

posted by: kurtzicus on 01.16.2012 at 09:44 pm in Appliances Forum

Hello,

I live in the Boston area and am building a new kitchen. I'm going through the various trials and tribulations that many of the threads address....from which brands to what sizes to dealing with all the nuances. Great forum.

The real question is: who has a store where I can see a number of 48" ranges and lots of hoods on display from even the Kitchenaid's and Bluestars to the Thermadors to the Bertazonni's to the Dacor's and others in-between. I find slim pickings when I'm going to see 48" ranges out there.

I've been to Yale and I've been to Jarvis, and Yale was great, (now Jarvis had me wander the store for 30 minutes and nobody once even talked to me) -- but even in both of those I'm still not seeing a number of brands I'd like to feel and touch.

Where to go? Any suggestions?

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RE: Any pics blue granites with bling?Blue flower, blue volga, ar (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: boxerpups on 06.22.2011 at 09:24 am in Kitchens Forum

I personally think that Volga blue, Blue Pearl, Silver
pearl, Ubatuab, Verde Peacock, all tend to look black in
certain lighting. I love those stones but If black really
bothers you, you might want to find something in the
lighter blue like Bahia or Azul or Costa Esmerelda
or even a Vetrazzo or Quartz. And you are sooooo right,
each stone is different in the stone yard. It is hard
to picture what it will look like in your own space.
Keep in mind slab yards do not always have good lighting
and inside your kitchen the lighting may be brighter.

Here are some pics, I hope they help you visualize.
~boxer

Blue Bahia from Living Stone Co.

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Volga Blue Again Stone Studio
volga blue

Volga Blue
volga blue

Blue Bahia Choice Granite Co.
blue bahia

Azul Macuabus Quartzite
azul macau

Borealis Blue from Marble City Co.
borealis blue

Blue Bahia from Green Mountain Marble
blue bahia

Blue Bahia from Cogswell Stone

blue bahia

DFW Granite Blue Bahia
Blue Bahia

blue pearl

Vetrazzo
vetrazzo

Vetrazzo

vetrazzo

Copper AZUL
copper blue

Blue Agate from Glamrock Co.
blue agate

Costa Esmeralda
Costa Esmeralda

Blue Pearl that really looks Blue. I love it
blue pearl

Verde Butterfly
verde butterfly

Emerald Pearl (see this one does look a bit darker)
Emerald Pearl

Azul Persa
Azul Persa

Blue Pearl by Dimensional Stone
Blue Pearl

Blue Pearl ( I think with white cabs the blue pearl
does have the shimmer blue to the dark color. Pretty)
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It's done and I love it!

posted by: mpagmom on 08.30.2012 at 04:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our house is a new build and we started moving in about 2 months ago, but I just got the last dining room shade hung last night. I've been posting pictures here and there and wasn't really planning doing a "reveal," but a couple people asked about it so here it is. If nothing else, it can show people what NOT to do. :)

I know it sounds trite, but I REALLY want to thank all of you for your help. Buehl was particularly helpful in tweaking the design. Rhome410, steph2000, breezygirl, and many others were there for me during my backsplash angst. I had already chosen my windows before I saw PPS7's kitchen, but seeing hers helped me feel comfortable with the decision. Her kitchen also inspired my island design. I can't name everyone that inspired me, but know that I appreciate your input.

I was going for a calm kitchen with easy-care contertops. My husband was going for "happy." When I told him about the sweeby test, he responded by writing this:

MY KITCHEN MISSION STATEMENT

"I want my kitchen to be tranquil, soothing, calm and happy. It should be cozy and bright, too.

"The perfect backsplash for my kitchen will not add an element of romance or whimsy but it might have a fish tile in it. Even a bear tile would be nice, as long as it's not within striking distance of the fish.

My perfect countertop will be level and divert attention from the mess my kids have made in the living room. When friends see it they will remark, 'Have you lost weight?' and 'You're looking quite dashing today!'

But most of all, my ideal kitchen will make my wife happy. Every time she sees it she'll smile at both the design and with fond memories of the process she used to create it. My ideal kitchen will perfectly match my wife's kitchen mission statement, even if it doesn't quite match mine."

Isn't he cute? I'm not sure if I have fond memories of the process - it's more of a fog. I was trying to make a million decisions about the entire house, so some details fell through the cracks. I don't know who picked out the crown moulding, but it wasn't me. I told the KD I wanted something simple, and sometime later this was installed. At least it's 10 feet off the ground! But I still smile when I see the backsplash, and I feel like the space is happy. Oh, and it works great as a kitchen. I just tested out the lunch-making, breakfast-eating, homework-finishing morning rush for the last week and it came through for me!

On to the details:

Cabinets: Locally-made Amish painted white (it's their standard white)

Countertops: Leathered Kodiak Brown granite

Backsplash: Sunflower mosaic in ming green marble from Saltillo Imports (purchased from Caledonia Tile in Indianapolis) and AKDO 3/4" x 3/4" mosaic in ming green light (it's supposed to be all light, but there seems to be dark in there)

Floors: White oak stained with Minwax Provincial and finished with satin polyurethane

Walls: Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray

Knobs and pulls: Restoration Hardware Lugarno knob in satin nickel and Restoration Hardware Asbury pull in satin nickel

Faucets: Brizo Solna (loved the hidden pullout spray) standard and bar-size

Sinks: Silgranit precis super single bowl and large bowl

Stools: West Elm rustic counter stool (thanks PPS7!)

Pendants: Kichler 2665OZ in olde bronze

Refrigerator: Samsung RF266 in platinum

Dishwashwer: Bosch SHX68R55UC in stainless

Range: GE Cafe Electric

Hood: Zephyr Breeze with baffle filters

Lighting: All-Pro 5" LED recessed lights, LED under-cabinet lights, and LED puck lights.

And here are the pictures (finally!)

Full view of kitchen

Range wall

Island

With lights on

Close-up of tile

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Thynes' Finished Kitchen

posted by: thynes on 10.18.2011 at 10:11 pm in Kitchens Forum

18 months after we began, it's nice to be able to finally share our finished kitchen with you folks!

Early 2010 we decided to sell our brand new home and buy a 40 year old home in an established neighborhood. The home was lovely, had good bones, but needed much work so we moved in with the in-laws while an entire home reno was completed. Well, we moved in late last year (made it in for Christmas!), then spent the winter searching for backsplash, ordering samples and catalogues, buying tiles, returning tiles, putting backsplash up, taking backsplash down (!), and completing the kitchen in time to spend the summer re-landscaping the entire 1/3 acre property. Now that things have settled down I've finally taken the time to take a few proper snaps of the finished product!

Some background: The house was a larger executive style but with a disproportionately small kitchen (I think common for its vintage), so we removed a load bearing wall and utilized an adjacent family room as additional kitchen space. The house has rear southern exposure yet the original kitchen had no windows exposed to the south (?), and we were determined to correct that. To boot, we live in the foggiest neighborhood of the snowiest, foggiest, windiest city in Canada... Winters are long, spring is nonexistent, and summers are short... so bright was important!

My wife and I did all the design work ourselves. Being an engineer, I took the function (structural modifications, materials, layout, ergonomics, appliances, gadgets, etc) while she took the form (colors, finishes, fixtures, fabrics, etc). I discovered the GW Appliances Forum while researching appliances and quickly found my way here to Kitchens. By then the fundamentals had been largely settled (the L-shape was unavoidable, sink wall without uppers were a must, separate coffee/beverage station and eating area were musts, as were cream colored cabinets, yellow walls, and hardwood floors) but I think I spent hundreds of hours reading through the archives here and learning new things (and even occasionally posting..!). It was here that I learned about the importance of zones and proper aisle widths. It was here that I learned of induction cooktops, roll out pantries, pull out pantries, dish storage in drawers, vertical tray storage, soft closures, and firsthouse_mp's paper towel cubby (which I have so shamelessly stolen!). It was here that I learned we weren't alone in spending more time finding the perfect backsplash than it took to build the actual kitchen!

So how did it turn out? It could be considered a bit of an eclectic mix of modern (crystal pendants, mirrored induction cooktop, metallic glass backsplash), traditional (5 panel doors, ogee edged countertops) and rustic/country (floral fabric, hand scraped floors, stained Amish table), but we love it. It works like a charm and it's easily our favorite room in the house. Thanks to everyone for your help and I hope readers in the future can gain as much inspiration from this posting as I have from those who've posted before me.

First the details:

Double Ovens - Miele H4892BP2
Induction Cooktop - Thermador CIT365GM
Vent Hood - 36" Ancona Rapido Chef
Warming Drawer - Jenn-Air paneled
Dishwasher - Miele Optima G2472SCSF
Refrigerator - KitchenAid 72" CD KFCS22EVMS
Microwave - KitchenAid Undercounter Convection KBHS179SSS
Beverage Center - KitchenAid KBCS24RSSS
Standup Freezer (in mudroom) - Kenmore Elite Commercial SS
Faucets - Main Grohe Ladylux3 32226, Beverage Station Grohe Ladylux3 32283
Sinks - Main Houzer MS-3210SR-1, Beverage Station Houzer CS-1607-1
Cabinets - Custom 5 panel mitred in BM OC-88 Indian White, made by local cabinet maker
Hardware - Richelieu oil rubbed bronze knobs/pulls, Blum soft closures on doors and drawers, Richelieu vertical lift hinge for appliance garage
Counters perimeter - Zodiac Quartz in Giallo Michelangelo
Counter island - Zodiac Quartz in Saddle Brown
Backsplash Cooktop Wall - Saltillo Imports Metallic Glass 2x4 Subway
Backsplash Elsewhere - Crema Marfil Polished Marble 2x4 Subway
Island Pendant - Trillium by Glow Lighting with Danube crystal
Table pendant - Avalon by Glow Lighting with Danube crystal
Flooring - Kraus Madeira Collection 5" hand scraped oak in Golden Saddle finish
Simply Amish 48" round table, Loft II single pedestal, maple
Simply Amish chairs, Urbandale II, maple, side chairs painted Antique White, desk chair stained
Blinds - Robert Allen @ Home in Sperling Geranium
Wall Paint - BM CC-190 Summer Harvest

Before:

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During (notice the LVL beam install and the temporary walls supporting the entire second floor, needless to say my wife was nervous at this point..!!):

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After:

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And finally, Daddy's Little Helper. This is what happens when a 4 year old discovers that Daddy's camera has a remote control. One of many self portraits...!!

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Thanks for viewing!

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RE: What to do with the Dish Towel?!?! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: rmlanza on 03.14.2008 at 11:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

You get yourself a towel pig! Shoulda read those towel threads Mystery!:)
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I can't take credit for him though. I stole the idea from another Robin on this forum.
Robin

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RE: Where to you hang your dish towels? (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: eelpout1 on 08.24.2012 at 03:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

Ooops for some reason the image wouldn't show. let's try again.

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RE: new member, wanted to introduce myself and get some feedback. (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: houseofsticks on 08.22.2012 at 12:12 am in Building a Home Forum

I would like to see more importance given to the front door with the side entry and garage I don't think it will be visable.

I would change the living room to exterior entry doors or consider just one unless you have already considered furniture placement.

I would change the kitchen/dining room to be more accessible but I'd keep in mind the sight lines with the island sink. It's not too far but I picture lugging dishes around that wall.

Do your kids enter through the front door? (ie. bus riders/walkers) or will it be little used. I'd be tempted to swap the study and porch entry to open up the front door space.

If both upstairs bedrooms are occupied (not a guest room) I'd move the door to the common wall so it's not as far for bedroom #3. If it's a guest room I'd keep as is:)

Love the size of the kids play room!! Love the connection to the outside and patio. Upper level looks ready for fun! I would as gaonmymind mentioned seriously consider not having an open balcony unless your kids are older.

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RE: need help designing mudroom (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: westiegirl on 03.07.2012 at 11:29 pm in Building a Home Forum

I am not a layout expert and I am sure that many others here can suggest ways to deal with your basement access through the main floor arrangement, however, we had a similar situation where our basement door was located at the end of a hall and I was worried about the ability to get large items down and make the turn required. We solved our situation by creating walk out access in our basement. I didn't want a full walkout basement because I like having direct access to our yard from the main level, yet trying to get larger mechanicals and furniture into a lower level is much easier with a walkout. Our modified walkout made our move in process so much easier. We backed the truck up to the door and carried items into the basement without ever having to walk down a single step.

We excavated a small area approximately 12 feet wide on the side of the house for basement access. We then had retaining walls poured to hold back the excavation out approximately 10 feet. We also have 10 acres to work with and after the retaining walls end, the final grade "winged" the dirt off into a gentle slope. I don't have any pictures of that side of the house after the walkout was finished, but here are two pictures taken during the foundation finishing process.

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Here is a google image found picture of a home with a "walk up" basement in a more urban setting.

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Kitchen Cabinets in Massachusetts

posted by: 39york on 06.09.2012 at 05:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm replacing the cabinets in a kitchen of modest size in the suburbs of Boston. My quote from Lowe's was $12K. The quote from a famous high-end cabinet company was $42K. I'd like to find a middle-of-the-road supplier of cabinets that does a great job of making inset doors and drawers. Any suggestions?

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