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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Any of y'all homeowners installing smart home appliances? Or is it too early for that shit yet.

I looked at it but think the tech is still evolving so will be staying away. For example, the Samsung smart hub refrigerator will just be horribly clunky in short time without an ecosystem to really tie it all together.
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Gentlemen,

 

My wife and I have decided to stay put in our current home and are instead planning an extensive remodeling project. We have plans for nearly every room in the home, as well as a pool and accompanying outdoor space, but due to budgeting constraints, we'd have to break out the work over several years in phases. However, I want a consistent style throughout all aspects, so I was planning on hiring an interior designer to create a plan for the entire project first.

 

While the project is large in scope, many of the rooms will only have cosmetic updates. Others, though, will be much more in depth, such as the pool, kitchen, home theater (this will be done separately), and potentially adding skylights. Do you have any tips or suggestions in respect to a designer/decorator/architect?

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^flvinny,  we similarly have lots to do in this house and decided to first do the wiring, kitchen, full bath, paint, and asbestos ceiling removal.  Next are windows, half bath, deck, landscaping, and garage door.  Then downstairs inlaw unit.  Just went w/ a contractor, but my brother is an architect and we've run a lot of decisions by him for feedback.

 

 

Guys, thanks a lot for all your thoughts.  They've been very helpful.

 

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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

I think you'd want more counter space either side of the cooktop. Especially with the sink so close, I imagine dishes will get in the way when cooking. Maybe you're neater than we are, though...

 

Thanks B.  I agree, ideally.  We'll probably rinse dishes and stick them in the dishwasher pretty quickly.  The counters on both sides of the stove are 18" and the island behind will give enough space for cooking and prep, I hope.

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I'd go with glass cabinets with lights on the wall where there is no equipment. I would have pots/pans drying rack above the sink with open bottom cabinet to drip the water into the sink. And for the love of god don't do 'recession' lights in the ceiling.

P.S. Make your dishwasher built-in, else you will look at it every time you approach the kitchen because it appears to be directly in the line of the door. To me that is not a good look. Much rather see a cabinet door, but I know some people like to look at 'stainless steel' appliances.

I'll think about the glass cabinets there.  Not sure what'd we'd store though that we'd want visible.  Interesting thought on the DW.  I might ask about that.  I'd probably prefer panels, but I don't care much and they are pricy.  We are having recessed lights put in.  No pendants or anything, so we can play badminton over the island and ping pong on it.  Actually I just made that up, but now we'll definitely try it.  

 

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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

Are you going to use that island to entertain people? I guess that is unavoidable but I would think they will stand.

I wouldn't make it annoying to walk around for the sake of one more seat.
Add s sub zero type fridge and take out the cabinets above it. smile.gif

 

Mostly we want to have our kids there while we're cooking.  Subzeros and even counter-depth fridges just didn't seem worth the money when we looked at fridges.  

 

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No matter how big you make your island you'll always wish it was bigger so my advice is not to shorten it. Any chance you could get it plumbed and a small sink in it? Very handy.

I didn't look into a small sink, but will  Didn't think the island would turn out that big.

 

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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Any of y'all homeowners installing smart home appliances? Or is it too early for that shit yet.

Nope.

 

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M, I have frameless glass cabinets with a blum touch opener. Touch the corner of the door and they pop open. Do the same to close. I fucking hate them. We have to clean the fingerprints off daily.

 

That's a smallish kitchen. I would lose the cabinets over the cooktop counter and move the sink to the island. Yes, you lose some storage, but you need fewer things anyway (trust me).

 

lefty  

My parents have long had plain cabinet doors and drawer fronts with concave grooves all along the four sides.  No hardware, but easy to open and close from any side.  I'm told it was common but not found anymore.  I loved it growing up.

 

 

I think the sink could go into the island, but then we'd lose the seating, which my wife really wants.  What would you put above the hood, if we removed the cabinets?  Another pic:

 

 

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Originally Posted by RedLantern View Post


Challenging space you've got there. Is the south(bottom) side a pass through or just a 12" lower cabinet and countertop? or is it 18"

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1). Do not make the island smaller - maintain 36" of walk around space, but shorting the island down a foot for 6" of extra space on either side isn't worth it. We have 36" of walk around in our kitchen and I figured it would seem a little cramped - it doesn't.

2) Depending on plumbing or venting challenges, I would move either the sink or range to the island. I guess the sink would be preferable as it's less disruptive to using the island as a gathering spot in the kitchen, for entertaining purposes.

3) If possible, I would get a 12" cabinet to the right side of the fridge - it's useful as pantry space, but more importantly, having the fridge flush against the wall will prevent you from fully opening the right hand door of a modern french door fridge. I would die.

4) Widen the pantry on the bottom side slightly and build in a microwave. I guess you could build one into the island somewhere, but the height is awkward.

 

Bottom side has cabinets on a wall, 12" upper and 15" lower, iirc.  I think it's 36" min arond the island.

 

To the right of the fridges is a 3" filler, so the doors will open fine.  Was thinking of switching from french doors to one big door opening towards the wall (freezer drawer at bottom still), but decided not to. 

Widening the pantry is the easist thing to do.  Currently it's at 24" which is as wide as it could go without becoming double doors.  I like single, since the door(s) could open towards the wall and still be out of the way.  We plan on putting the microwave in the middle cabinet at countertop height, and I'm betting the middle door that covers it will be open a lot:

 

 

 

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Our kitchen island just collects crap and I think ours is 4' and is plenty big enough for 2 people to sit with multiple people standing during entertaining.  The only comment I would make is that the south wall counter space and cabinets seem wasted.  I know you can store your mixer or rarely used pots and pans but the counter just seems like it will collect everything from mail to countless kid things.

 

I realize there is not much you can do with that side of the room.

Yeah, 6' seems pretty big to me.  The only thing I could think it'd be useful for is big projects for the kids, and I guess entertaining someday.  We plan to have a toaster oven out on the countertop on the south wall, prob next to the microwave.  We use that more than the microwave.   We might have a toaster there too.  My brother suggested a bigger island and blowing out that wall, which might be the better idea.

 

As mentioned everyone, thanks for the help.

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Honestly when we redid our kitchen appliances, we got rid of the microwave/hood that was an eye sore and focal point in our kitchen and replaced it with a much thinner Viking hood (with recirculator and carbon filters unfortunately; condo = no ducting for the hood) and got a Panasonic Inverter microwave to put in the pantry. Turns out we use it probably half to a quarter as much as we did when it was above the stove. I think some times it just got used out of convenience, and not because it was necessarily much faster or a better way to heat something up.
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I have a big patch of carpetgrass in my lawn that I'd thought was impossible to deal with short of resodding as there didn't seem to be anything that kills it but doesn't kill centipede. Then I found Celcius WG! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PLNB19K/

I don't think I'm exaggerating to say that I've spent a thousand bucks on lawn & garden chemicals over the last couple years.
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Going today to finalize choices like tiles, interior finish, etc. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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I just bought a house in Michigan and I am moving out of my current one unsold in Connecticut. I am unsure what to do with my current house. The wife and I plan on visiting in late December, but we obviously wont be living here full time. A neighbor has offered to look into the house every could weeks and run water, check pipes and ensure there are no major issues. But should I have the house winterized? Should I just run the furnace in the low 50's (this is what we keep the house at when we lived in it as well), Should I plan on turning off the Water pump?

Any thoughts from the group? I am wary to winterize it before the new year because I will be visiting, Seems silly to winterize then un-winterize then winterize again, but after the new year I could have it winterized because I wont be back until March/April. Thoughts or comments?
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Originally Posted by Marc Voorhees View Post

I just bought a house in Michigan and I am moving out of my current one unsold in Connecticut. I am unsure what to do with my current house. The wife and I plan on visiting in late December, but we obviously wont be living here full time. A neighbor has offered to look into the house every could weeks and run water, check pipes and ensure there are no major issues. But should I have the house winterized? Should I just run the furnace in the low 50's (this is what we keep the house at when we lived in it as well), Should I plan on turning off the Water pump?

Any thoughts from the group? I am wary to winterize it before the new year because I will be visiting, Seems silly to winterize then un-winterize then winterize again, but after the new year I could have it winterized because I wont be back until March/April. Thoughts or comments?

You kept your house in the 50s? That would literally kill me.
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You could get a housekeeper to clean once a month so the house stays clean and they could alert you of any issues that they find that your neighbor may miss or vice versa.
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You kept your house in the 50s? That would literally kill me.

1780s farmhouse. a bit.......drafty at times. much much easier to spot heat to 70 than keep the whole house at 70. So we had a number of Propane heaters installed so we could heat certain rooms like that. But he furnace was kept at a minimum temperature across the whole house

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1780s farmhouse. a bit.......drafty at times. much much easier to spot heat to 70 than keep the whole house at 70. So we had a number of Propane heaters installed so we could heat certain rooms like that. But he furnace was kept at a minimum temperature across the whole house

 

That's fair.  I am just in a heavyweight sweater in the 60s, so the thought of being in the 50s :freeze:

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That's fair.  I am just in a heavyweight sweater in the 60s, so the thought of being in the 50s :freeze:

I am actually really comfortable in the high 50's.... My wife however has made it very clear that is not an option at all!

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