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help please with ventilation

posted by: kateskouros on 07.31.2008 at 05:14 pm in Appliances Forum

i am ordering a 48" captital range w/ six burners and a griddle. appliance salesman "A" says i can use a Best by Broan P8 (850 cpm blower) with a PIK45 insert.
i speak to appliance salesman "B" and he insists i need a P1952M70CMSS (1100 cfm blower) with a PK2238 power pack.

i know NOTHING about ventilation issues so please forgive my ignorance. the range will back an outside wall so sending the smoke outside will be pretty easy. thanks in advance for your help.


clipped on: 06.19.2009 at 10:36 am    last updated on: 06.19.2009 at 10:37 am

subway tile pattern

posted by: bee616 on 12.18.2008 at 03:58 pm in Kitchens Forum

I would like to use the 2x4 white subway tiles for a backsplash with a herringbone style pattern behind the cooktop. Has anyone done something like this? I need a photo for my tile contractor! I saw this idea quite a while ago somewhere and was not able to tear out the photo.


clipped on: 05.30.2009 at 10:21 am    last updated on: 05.30.2009 at 10:21 am

Farm Sink positioning on cabinet

posted by: atweis on 11.04.2007 at 08:32 am in Kitchens Forum

It might be a personal preference type of issue, but is there a general rule as to how far the farm sink should sit in front (proud) of the cabinet it's sitting on, for an undermount position. Right now I have it set about an inch forward and it looks fine, jsut wondering if there's a rule of thumb as to positioning. Thanks in advance.



clipped on: 05.10.2009 at 09:18 pm    last updated on: 05.10.2009 at 09:18 pm

Farm Sink - 30' or 36' and what brand?

posted by: twogirlsbigtrouble on 02.09.2009 at 11:35 am in Kitchens Forum

I had originally planned for a 36" Rohl farm sink, but the plumber is telling me its huge and I will need a 39" sink base for it. We had only planned for a 36" base. He is recommending a 30", Im just not sure. Then he says this...

"Just an FYI on the sink, we have used these a couple of times and both times they had to be sent back because they were not able to fabricate the countertops around them. They are hand made and there is a lot of variations to them. Secondly, they weigh 154 lbs without water in them so the cabinet installer has to make sure it is mounted very securely."

Now he has me worried. So if I go through with this, what size should I get and what size cabinet do I need? And Im not sure on brand. There's Kohler, Whitehaus and Rohl. I think the Rohl is the most expensive, but are the others just as good?



clipped on: 05.10.2009 at 09:08 pm    last updated on: 05.10.2009 at 09:09 pm

Any pics of butcher blocks after years of use?

posted by: erikanh on 07.22.2008 at 12:19 am in Kitchens Forum

I would love to have butcher block built into my island. I know there is considerable maintenance required, but that doesn't turn me off. Since my island will probably include a prep sink, I'd like to put the butcher block on one end something like this:


Does anyone have any pics of what their butcher blocks look like after years of regular use?


clipped on: 04.22.2009 at 10:40 am    last updated on: 04.22.2009 at 10:40 am

Doorknobs, tell me if I've lost my mind...

posted by: jaymielo on 01.13.2008 at 09:19 am in Building a Home Forum

I believe I may have completely lost perspective somewhere during this building process. I'm looking at doorknobs and they can get really expensive. Those are, of course, the ones I like. :) How much did you spend on your doorknobs? $30? $60? $100? More? I'm looking for a fairly simple, classic looking doorknob. I would prefer it to have a rectangular rosette and a circular knob. The house we are renting right now has perfect knobs (and yes, I've thought of sneaking them off the doors, lol)


But I can scale back and go as simple as


preferably if the backplate were a little more substantial.

I did find one knob from Restorer's Affiliate

That is pretty close (although it has an egg shaped versus round knob) and is reasonable, but I know nothing about the company and quality.

So, what did you all do? Please talk me down from the ledge. :)


clipped on: 04.21.2009 at 12:59 pm    last updated on: 04.21.2009 at 12:59 pm

Where to get wood counters

posted by: kelleg on 12.26.2008 at 10:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

I have been thinking about getting a wood countertop on my island (4x8). I got a bid from my cabinet maker who made the top on his island out of Brazilian cherry. His bid was very expensive. I am looking to a local place which carries reclaimed wood. They sent samples and from what they sent, I am not that excited. I want to look into other options. Another friend here has a wood top, but she got it through her KD and doesn't know the source. My KD doesn't work for a store. I don't know that she has a local source.

Does anyone have websites they like for wood counters? Any other thoughts on how to find a local source (phone book?). Also, how much do they normally cost? I am thinking walnut, cherry or teak. I don't need the "end grain." I would like an ogee edge, however.

Thanks for any information.


clipped on: 04.21.2009 at 09:16 am    last updated on: 04.21.2009 at 09:16 am

warm white counters/cherry island. Soapstone on all, or soap on

posted by: ctnewbie2009 on 04.02.2009 at 07:19 pm in Kitchens Forum

perimeters and carrera on the cherry? Think I'd prefer one uniform look of all soapstone, but wanted to hear thoughts...thanks!


clipped on: 04.21.2009 at 08:15 am    last updated on: 04.21.2009 at 08:15 am

Kashmir White alternative to Blanco Romano?

posted by: katienic on 04.03.2009 at 09:44 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am having difficulty finding Bianco Romano slabs. Kashmir White has been suggested as an alternative.

The fabricator found me this slab of Kashmir White that has more movement in it than most I've seen.

What do you think as to its suitability with dark wood cabinets. Does Kashmir white tend to look very gray?

I'd love to see photos if anyone has used it. A search on the forum hasn't given me any results for this.

Kashmir White

Same slab, different shot.



clipped on: 04.05.2009 at 09:30 pm    last updated on: 04.05.2009 at 09:30 pm

White Hexagon Floor Tiles - What Color Grout Did You Choose?

posted by: dreamywhite on 02.26.2009 at 01:56 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Looking to do 2" hexagon white floor tiles in the kids bathroom. What color grout - white or grey? I was thinking of using this vanity also. It's a replica of Pottery Barn's and 1/3 of the cost. That is real marble by the way and shipping is under $250. If you have hex floor tiles - please post photos along with the grout color you chose. If you chose white - does it get really dirty?

Marble Vanity on Ebay

Ebay #250371821336


clipped on: 04.03.2009 at 08:29 pm    last updated on: 04.03.2009 at 08:29 pm

Carrara basketweave kids' bathroom nearly done; pics

posted by: nomorebluekitchen on 09.13.2008 at 04:48 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I still need to paint, hang sink and install steel legs, get glass wall for shower, and hang a mirror. But I'm so pleased with how it looks so far and wanted to share details.





Floor tile: carrara marble basketweave from internet retailer at $14 per sq ft

Wall Tile: Daltile 3x6 subway in Arctic White Matte

Deco: Nero black 5/8 strips around a 1' strip of carrara.

Niche: Carrara chair rail, carrara shelves, and 1x1 mosaic of carrara in the back.

Light grey grout: Silver Shadow Laticrete

Toilet and wall hung sink: original to home (late 1940s, early 1950s)

This replaces a traditional old house bath with pinwheel tile on the floor, 4x4 white wall tall, and a tub that was never used.

Thanks to many here for inspiration and guidance.


clipped on: 04.03.2009 at 11:11 am    last updated on: 04.03.2009 at 11:12 am

Turning 1 full bath into 2 small baths-please help!

posted by: edmakeover on 07.22.2008 at 09:23 pm in Bathrooms Forum

This is my first post, but I'm a long time reader. Wanted to thank everyone for all their good info, in particular pros like Bill and Mongo who take the time to help us make good choices.

Now to my first call for help! We live in turn of century 1.5 bath, 3 bdrm house. Desparately need to remodel upstairs bath. We have 2 choices-

1. Gut and remodel "as is" with minor changes to a ~9 X 6 full bath-bath has wasteful design, with mini hallway.

2. Spend about $15-20 K additional to #1, move walls , and create 2 ~ 5.5 X 6.5 ft baths. 1 bath would be simple shower/tub combo to hall, other is 42" neo angle shower stall (Master), connected to largest bedroom. Stealing any more space is not possible.

We're OK now with single bath for DW, and 2 girls, but as they move beyond toddler years, I think we'll need 2 baths.

We don't mind small baths....but is this a bad idea from investment perspective? Seems to me it is worth additional $$ to have 2.5 rather than 1.5 baths for resale. All 3 contractors like idea of 2 rooms, as does my real estate agent, but architecht thought it might be squeezing too much into our floor plan, especially with "home spa's" being more the rage.

Question 1- should I make the plunge to the separate bathrooms, or stick with 1 full bath, and keep my money in my bank account?

Question 2- 42" neo angle seems to create optimal layout....but it seems only way to get clean looking doors is a $3K custom-measured glass doors, with top there anyway to do a similar-sized shower doorless? Or, is there a non-custom solution that performs well, but doesn't look like Star Trek. I'm already decided on pan floor (sorry Bill, I like clean/seamless shower floors)

Thank you in advance for your help...


clipped on: 04.02.2009 at 11:05 pm    last updated on: 04.02.2009 at 11:06 pm

Photos of AO Catarina Coliseum White tile

posted by: gitananoel on 07.29.2008 at 10:21 am in Bathrooms Forum

Does anyone have this tile in their bathroom? Did you use it for the floor or (and) wall. I need to visualize.

If you used it for the floor, what color and size tile for the wall.
How about paint color.

Is it easy to clean the Catarina white coliseum tile.

Matching colors and different sizes of tiles is my worst subject.

I appreciate the help.


clipped on: 04.02.2009 at 10:46 pm    last updated on: 04.02.2009 at 10:46 pm

Our New Catarina Coliseum White tile

posted by: gary1227 on 02.25.2009 at 12:02 am in Bathrooms Forum

We are just about to wrap our new construction build and our new master bath has turned out beautifully using the American Olean Catarina Coliseum white tiles.

We wanted the look of marble without the maintenance issues of real stone and we are very happy with this porcelain and ceramic product.

Here are are a few photos:





Materials used:

Floor Tile: AO Catarina Coliseum White Porcelain Matt Finish 12x12 Tiles

Wall Tile: AO Catarina Coliseum White Ceramic Polished 8x10 Tiles

Accent Tile: White Carrara Marble 12" Chair Rail

Vanity countertops and shower wall ledges: Caeserstone "Pebble" in polished finish

Faucets/Shower Heads: Danze

Shower Control: Hans Grohe

Hardware/Towel Bars/Lighting: Restoration Hardware

Tub: Toto 6ft AirJet Tub

Toilet: Toto


clipped on: 04.02.2009 at 10:41 pm    last updated on: 04.02.2009 at 10:42 pm

white subways with glass mosaics

posted by: november on 02.28.2009 at 10:44 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We're redoing our kids' bathroom starting next week. We're definitely using white subways in the bath area, but I'd like to add some interest with glass mosaics. The depths of the two are different, but from searching this site it seems that a good tile installer could figure that out. Does either of these two options look better/ridiculous/easier/harder to install?

The first would just be a band of mosaics:

kids' bath option2

The second would be replacing random subway field tiles with a similar-sized group of mosaics:

kids' bath option


clipped on: 04.02.2009 at 10:34 pm    last updated on: 04.02.2009 at 10:34 pm

99% done cottage kitchen

posted by: jrdip on 04.28.2008 at 07:31 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just wanted to thank everyone for letting me vent and ask questions over the past couple of months. Did I thank everyone enough for letting me vent? We are almost done with our complete house remodel of a 1929 bungalow and just in time for baby! It has been a long process filled with many headaches but I wouldn't change a thing and am so glad we decided to do renovate this house. It is a very small kitchen but through careful planning and editing it is a very efficient kitchen for us and how we live and cook, and somehow I managed to stay within my 22K budget. Here is a list of all products used and I hope yall enjoy.
Thanks, Jen

wall and trim color: sw alabaster white
cabinet color: sw mindful gray
cabinets: armstrong cabinets
countertops: honed carrara marble
cabinet hardware: rh dakota 6" pull in aged pewter
appliances: ge profile
sink: whitehaus 30" farmhouse sink (I got this for 300!)
faucet: 75 off of ebay
tile: daltile 3x6 folio subway handmade and handglazed subway tile
shades: lowes sahara roman shades
sliding door track: crown industrial
sconces: visual comfort library sconce
lighting over counter: custom made
stool: antique milk pail










clipped on: 03.26.2009 at 10:20 am    last updated on: 03.26.2009 at 10:20 am

Subway tile w/ cream cabinets??

posted by: sippy_south on 02.14.2009 at 11:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

I would appreciate any suggestions for my backsplash. I'm getting cream cabinets w/ a toasted almond glaze (next week-yaaa!)I will have AB granite counter tops and beige travertine on the floors.

I love marble subway tile but I haven't been able to find any in my price range ($10-12 sq.ft) Anyone know of a good price online?

Could I do a plain, white subway with the cream cabinets or
would I have to do an off white or almond? Help me please.
Thanks all. :)


clipped on: 03.23.2009 at 08:28 pm    last updated on: 03.23.2009 at 08:28 pm

1930 Spanish kitchen...98% complete! Photos.

posted by: yesdear on 08.23.2008 at 04:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hi GWers, DW and I have marveled at the beautiful work others have shown here. We were very grateful for the nice comments on our preview photo posted a couple of weeks ago.

And now...the range went in yesterday with the help of 5 burly guys and suddenly we are 98% done. Only some touch-up painting and installation of the DW panel, spice cab door and glass for the glass-front cabinet left to go.

When we are at 100% I'll post a gallery including "before" (yuk) and in-progress. I'll also include the new laundry area, at the extreme far end of these photos. For now, see below for shots of the kitchen. We made a few concessions to modernity, e.g., sacrificing the butler's pantry for 5 more feet of galley length and opening up the arch in the foreground--it used to be a narrow mahogany swinging door. Yet we wanted a kitchen worthy of our grand old Spanish Colonial Revival home. We think she is happy! Details at the very bottom.







Range - CornuFe in basic black.

Frig - Liebherr 60" built-in.

DW - Miele Optima with panel front. Panel is still at the paint shop.

Cabinets - locally made face-frame of birch with inset panel & bead detail on doors, melamine interiors, Blumotion hinges and all the internal bells & whistles.

Countertops - Brazilian Black soapstone, not oiled yet, with radiused corners and eased edge. Runnels by the sink. Mahogany top on the beadboard hutch.

Sinks - Rohl Shaws original 30" apron and 15" undermount prep with ISE Evolution disposers.

Faucets - Kohler Vinnata (K-690, K-691)in brushed nickel.

Cab hardware - "Duluth" 6" pulls and 1.25" knobs in brushed nickel from Restoration Hardware.

Appliance pulls - Top Knobs 12" pulls in BN. The DW will have one mounted horizontally--also serves as towel rack!

Floors - Original 1930 tongue-in-groove fir, sanded, repaired and refinished after removing 2 layers of linoleum.

Windows - Custom arched 3-lite pull casement, based on a ~1930 design I saw in the neighborhood.

Lighting - Schoolhouse Electric, all fluorescent GU24 except the pendants (too small for GU24 bulbs). Different ceiling mounts in kitchen, pantry and laundry.

Hood - Best PIK 45 with custom arched drywall enclosure and remote switch.

Tile Mural - our little secret! (JK, it's from Tierra y Fuego in San Diego.)

Backsplash - custom 2.5 x 5" Chardonnay color handmade subway by Ken Mason.

Paint - all BM, Country Lane green accent, Ivory White wall base color, Lemon Chiffon on cabs and trim.

Our CKD is Dana Jones, "The Kitchen Consultant," in Long Beach, CA. Our vision + Dana's creativity and attention to detail (this is Version 7 of the plan!) + our GC Bob Kaplan's superb and flexible execution = a nice result. We are well over time but pretty darn close to budget. We learned a LOT here. Hope you like it!


clipped on: 03.18.2009 at 08:45 am    last updated on: 03.18.2009 at 08:45 am

Has anyone seen kitchen shelving like this?

posted by: erikanh on 03.13.2009 at 01:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'd like to install kitchen shelving on one side of my cooktop like these seen in Katydid's kitchen:


Does anyone know where I can purchase shelves like these? I know that Pottery Barn used to have them but when I checked the website, they don't seem to sell them any more.



clipped on: 03.14.2009 at 12:51 pm    last updated on: 03.14.2009 at 12:51 pm

99% Finished Kitchen--creamy white w/soapstone

posted by: jbrodie on 03.01.2009 at 06:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally! Our kitchen is finished! I never thought the day would come, and boy am I enjoying it. I owe so much to this forum. I can't tell you how much you all helped me. Thank you!!! I hope I can help others in return.

Hope I'm not putting too many pictures!





soap stone

Quick description (feel free to contact me if you have questions)
-Soapstone: Julia
-Cabinets: Custom, inset/flush shaker style with single bead (waiting to see if we get some issues resolved before I recommend the cabinet maker)
-Bookcase and desk tops: walnut
-Sharp microwave oven drawer (love it!)
-GE fridge
-Shaw 30 inch apron sink
-Wolf range top
-Thermador double ovens
-Vent-a-hood hood
-Dal tile
-potfiller: Newport Brass
-hot/cold faucet Newport Brass
-Main faucet: Mico
-Door to garage: one panel painted with chalkboard! The kids love this and it's fun to put messages to guests, each other, holiday wishes, etc.
-Pull out baskets (love these...I keep bread in one and potatoes, onions, etc. in the other)
-Wine shelf--love it!
-Bar stools from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop (love these and they were so reasonable!)
-What would I do differently? More than 12 inch overhang on seating area of island (maybe 14-16 inch). And I might skip the bead board in the backs of the bookshelfs and glass cabs.

Happy kitchen designing to all! Thank you again!


clipped on: 03.04.2009 at 09:08 am    last updated on: 03.04.2009 at 09:08 am

Mostly finished white/chocolate galley

posted by: smilingjudy on 03.02.2009 at 05:08 pm in Kitchens Forum

I re-oiled the countertop yesterday and got rid of all the stray paint splatters (no matter how careful I am, I always end up with strays). Figured this was a good time to take some pics and post my "finished" kitchen. There are a few things left to do, but who knows when they will be finished.

- Re-install dishwasher (waiting on a replacement part)
- Find and install lights (above sink and open counter area in the kitchen proper)
- Add the "pretty" stuff (window treatments, accessories, blah, blah, blah)

It'll happen when it happens. I'm not going to rush it and end up with things I don't like. Besides, I have a lot of other things to do and don't want to wait on more kitchen indecision!

My kitchen, like everything, was mostly DIY. Things I DIDN'T do myself:
- Drywall (because I believe you should always hire out drywall)
- Cabinet install (included with the build)
- Countertop
- I did most of the plumbing, but in order to enlarge the opening to the DR all pipes to the upstairs bath had to be moved. I hired that one out because I didn't want to mess with it and I'm glad I did! It took two plumbers a full 9-hour day.
- My HVAC guys custom fabricated the exhaust vent to maneuver around pipes in the ceiling. While they were here for that, I had them re-locate the HVAC vents to the kitchen and DR
- My boyfriend helped me remove the load-bearing wall between the DR and nature room beyond. Technically not part of the kitchen, but it allowed me eliminate a door and extend the cabinet run.

Sounds like I didn't do much! But as you all know, there are a LOT of other things involved in a gut remodel. I need to show the befores for anyone to appreciate the result, so here goes. I had started packing up (and in some cases tearing into walls) before I remembered to take pics. It was even messier than usual.


Used to lead to the basement; the original kitchen had FOUR doorways


Fridge used to be where the hole is


Filthy stove and stolen corner (yes, i cooked with the help of a shop light)


More filthy stove. Admittedly, it could have looked better, but I did not want to expend the time or effort to clean this pit. The worst part was the cabinets with too short shelves that were NOT adjustable.


I HATED this window. The divider was right in my line of sight. Note the neon-yellow mini-blind to match the countertop.


Other side of the pipes is the dining room; room to the left is the "nature room". Note the upper cabinet that would not close because it was too full!


What happens when you put carpet in a kitchen. DON'T DO IT!

And now for the mostly-after (click to embiggen)









(Do I have to take the 'Made in Italy' sticker off the range now? LOL)



I realized later that herringbone pattern is typically horizontal. Oops. I totally meant to do it this way. It's like flames coming off the stove. :)

cat door to the basement



window "sill" made by my countertop fabricator



Floor - Cork glue-down tiles from Duro-Design; pattern - Edipo; color - Cointreau
Cabinets - local custom shop; painted SW Snowbound SemiGloss. It's a crisp white with a tiny bit of warmth.
Countertop - Richlite in Chocolate Glacier
Backsplash - Landsdale Carrara from the Tile Shop
Vent Liner - Prestige
Range - Fratelli Onofri Double Evolution
Faucet - Moen Level
Dishwasher - Fisher Paykel dishdrawers
Sink - Kohler SmartDivide IronTones
Fridge - JennAir CD FD Floating Glass
Hardware - Asbury series from Restoration Hardware
Undercab Lights - Kichler 1" line-voltage xenon
Kept the old microwave and toaster oven. Ugly as they are, they're staying until they croak.

One minor lesson learned that I want to share because it bugs me.... I insisted on finding undercab lights that were not fluorescent because I wanted to be able to dim them. Well, you know what? If they're on, they're on high. I NEVER dim them. I wish I would've saved some $$ (now and in the future) and gone with fluorescent.

I still check in on the forum every once in a while, but not nearly as obsessive as I was during the thick of the work. You guys are like no other online community I've found. Thanks to everyone here for your inspirational remodels and helpful, patient advice.


clipped on: 03.03.2009 at 09:35 am    last updated on: 03.03.2009 at 09:36 am

Update Pics of cream traditional kitchen

posted by: jen4268 on 07.24.2008 at 09:10 am in Kitchens Forum

Hi! Things are moving along and I thought I would post some progress pics- about 90% done, but no backsplash yet, waiting on my appliance pulls for the refrigerator (using temp ones that came with for now). I will post more when finished!

Cabinets- custom built, inset. Color- SW8180, almond white
Counters- Antiqued Nordic Black






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