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Bathroom done - photos

posted by: monicae on 09.27.2009 at 09:52 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I didn't do much posting but did take in a lot of the advice from the various threads (this is a great resource. This is a relatively small master bath and the toilet is in a tiny alcove so you'll just have to trust me that there is a toilet in the room. :-) Please excuse the before photos, I think I was so sick of the room I gave up on tidying it up.


clipped on: 08.15.2012 at 10:11 pm    last updated on: 08.15.2012 at 10:14 pm

Kitchen Layout Advice for Newbie

posted by: mark64 on 04.06.2010 at 03:48 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am a new member to the forum. I have been lurking for about 6 months and learning more than I ever could have imagined. We have been working on our new kitchen design for quite awhile. Our current layout has a small kitchen (109" X 83") with not much room for additional people working. It was also not very open. We do have a peninsula with cabinets above it. We definitely wanted to remove those overhead cabinets to open up the room as it currently feels very blocked off. There is a kitchen table/dining area on the other side of the peninsula which is a pretty big area (14 X 116"). On another thread someone had a suggestion of swapping the kitchen and dining area, so I tried to apply that to our layout. So I need help in trying to decide if that is the right thing to do and if so please provide some feedback on my layout. There are more costs involved, as we will have exterior work to do on the house. We will have to move the slider door and move a window to make this work.

Goals: 1. Open up the kitchen, because kitchen is so small and we have those cabinets over peninsula, it feels very closed off. 2. If possible provide more room to allow more people in the kitchen. 3. Add more storage/counter space.
We are a family of 5, we have 3 children school ages 7 to 12. We normally have a least 2 working in the kitchen. We do use the area for children doing homework while cooking. We entertain some, more informal. It is very difficult in our current setup. Swapping the two areas is the only idea I could come up with to add more space without adding on to the house . Due to space we will probably stick with a standard range with OTR MW/Hood . If anyone has others ideas please let me know. We probably would prefer wall oven but probably cannot make it work.
-Do DW drawers take up the same space as a standard DW?
-The window added in the new kitchen will have to be in the area of the old door. Does sink have to go by that window.
-I think the table will be tight in the space. Is 32 inches enough space from edge of table to the wall?
-We decided to put an island in? Do you think that is a better choice than putting in a peninsula (u-shape)?

I really appreciate your time in giving us feedback. Below is current layout and new layout design.

Current Kitchen Layout

New Layout Design
New Kitchen Layout

New Layout Design picture


clipped on: 08.15.2012 at 09:55 pm    last updated on: 08.15.2012 at 09:56 pm

My finished kitchen!

posted by: greta17 on 07.05.2008 at 11:39 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey everyone! I've only posted here a handful of times but read tons of information to help with our kitchen. This entire house was a complete gut and redo and a year after moving back in, we finally finished the kitchen. Pretty much the only thing we had left to do was the backsplash, but you know how that goes. Anyway, I thought I'd share some pictures because I always liked seeing people's finished product. Some of the pics are a tad blurry...I was having camera issues.
Pantry and oven wall
Island top
Close up of island granite

Cabinets - custom. Painted using Cabinet Coat colored in White Dove by BM
Floors - red oak stained medium brown
Countertops - Absolute black granite on the perimeter, Monte Bello granite on the island
Backsplash - Walker Zanger Newport Seaweed subway
Door hardware - ORB cup pulls on the drawers, and ORB egg shaped knobs on the doors
Faucet - Kohler Vinnata...the smaller one (I can't remember the dimensions, but I believe its about 2" shorter than the large one)
Lighting - the 2 lights over the island are mini-chandeliers I got from Lighting Universe online
Fridge - Jenn Air counter depth
Range - 6 burner Viking
Oven - 30" GE Profile
Microwave - LG
Dishwasher - Asko

Thanks to everyone who shared their information. Overall, we are very pleased with it. There are a few things I'd do differently but they are pretty minor. If it wasn't for this site, I'm not sure it would have turned out as nice as it did.


clipped on: 08.15.2012 at 09:52 pm    last updated on: 08.15.2012 at 09:54 pm

Finito! one more white/marble/soapstone kitchen

posted by: segbrown on 12.06.2009 at 01:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've posted in dribs and drabs, so this isn't exactly an unveiling, but we are 99% done. Thanks to everyone; I've been reading this forum for years, even in the "pre-model" we did a few years back (minor update). I am also greatly indebted to my wonderful designer and contractor; I lucked out there.

Before pics: we moved the kitchen into the family room, the dining room into the kitchen, and the breakfast area into the dining room. (The living room turned into the family room, and the office will soon turn into the living room ... more to do around here.)So these photos are not exactly classic before/afters. (And it's a snowy day, so bright outside, not the best for pics. Oh well.)

Old kitchen

Corresponding view

Old family room:

Corresponding view

Old dining room (both visible walls are now gone)

Corresponding view

I was previously opposed to knocking out both walls, but I am glad we did. For the way we live, it works much better. Entertaining is a cinch now. Because the kitchen is vaulted but the other ceilings are low, it doesn't feel like a huge empty space (that's what I was worried about). And I liked my "other" house, just not the kitchen. It was awful.

I'll post details here, and more specific photos in a subsequent post.

Aspen Leaf Kitchens in Denver/Berthoud, CO; proprietary Primer White, BM Taos Taupe on island and butler's pantry, and custom-stained antique pine on breakfast hutch

SubZero BI-36U fridge, pro handle
Wolf 48 DF range with 4 burners and double griddle
Viking 54 in. hood liner with heat lamps
Thermador DWHD64EP dishwashers
KitchenAid KBCO24RSBX three-zone beverage center
SubZero 700BCI refrigerator/freezer drawers
Sharp 0.8 cu ft microwave

Minas soapstone on perimeter cabinets and hutch
Calacatta gold marble on island and butler's pantry

Restoration Hardware Gilmore cup pulls, Aubrey knobs and handle pulls, Clear Glass knobs in antique brass, and Season knobs and Hanson pulls in ORB

Main: soapstone farm sink crafted by Terra Bella/Denver CO
Prep: Ticor S3650

Main sink: Kohler HiRise bridge with sidespray
Prep sink: Kohler HiRise bar faucet

Wilmette Clark pendants in ORB (breakfast nook)
Wilmette LaSalle wall sconces in antique brass (later photos)
Visual Comfort Classic Ring chandelier in AB (dining room)
Visual Comfort Four-Light Siena pendant in AB (butler's)

-Island stools-
Ballard Designs Dorchester counter stools in rubbed black (all other furniture and rugs previously owned)


Door trim
clipped on: 08.15.2012 at 09:53 pm    last updated on: 08.15.2012 at 09:53 pm