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The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Numbernine

    Numbernine Senior member

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    Good you can come help me put in my 2 new skylite wells
     
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  2. RedLantern

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    Officially DONE with the ktichen! Installed the backsplash yesterday, and the cabinet maker installed the missing trim piece.

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    After: I should note that there will eventually be a thin piece of grey trim between the green and white paint on the header walls in the dining room.

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    Closeup of the countertop material - looks kind of like sprinkles! Very good at hiding crumbs etc.
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    Bonus : Dat Dawg!
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  3. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    The exposed countertop corners look pretty sharp, or is that just from the picture?
     
  4. RedLantern

    RedLantern Senior member

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    Not any sharper than normal.
    Just the picture, I'm pretty sure. They don't seem sharp to me and nobody in person has said so.
     
  5. lordsuperb

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    You should've centered the cooktop.
     
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  6. RedLantern

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    No way - I love having a useable work area to the left rather than the 15" I would have had otherwise
     
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  7. jbarwick

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    I like the metal you chose for behind the cook top. I've not thought of that for our house which would work wonders.
     
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  8. Piobaire

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    Altogether awesome update, RL.
     
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    dat dawg doe
     
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  10. zalb916

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    Thank you for this refreshing response. Many of us on this forum love a good picture and often forget that we actually have to wear our clothes and use our kitchens. My parents have a beautiful looking centered cooktop. It sucks to work on because of the lack of counter space. I totally get where you are coming from. It sounds like you really thought about how the space would be used instead of just how it would look. Smart. Enjoy!
     
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  11. RedLantern

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    Thanks! It's bright quilt stainless - I got it from Quickship Metals (online) and they were really easy to work with. You can give them measurements down to 1/16" and they will cut it to order if you have a non-standard size.


    Thanks! There were a lot of hiccups, and a it was pretty stressful a times, but it's satisfying to see something my wife and I designed from top to bottom come to life. I'm still in the honeymoon phase with it where sometimes I just like to stand in there and appreciate all the things I like about it. Very cool to pick out any detail and know there there is nothing known to me at the moment that I would rather have in it's place!
     
  12. JohnGalt

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    Worth going ceiling height on cabinets with a 10' ceiling?
     
  13. RedLantern

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    I think it will depend a lot on the style of cabinets and the layout/size of your kitchen. If you need the space, you need the space, but you will need a stool to reach up there. I tend to like the look of ceiling height much more than shorter cabinets, but I can see where they might look weird if too tall.
     
  14. poorsod

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    I am planning an inexpensive kitchen remodel. What do you guys think about cabinets from ikea vs Home Depot vs lowes? Apparently contractors don't like the IKEA cabinets, perhaps because they have to assemble it. Any other inexpensive cabinet options I should consider?

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  15. brokencycle

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    Can you just re-stain the existing cabinets and change hardware?
     
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    That was my original plan but the layout is bad. The range cooktop is sandwiched between the fridge and tall cabinets. So I think I should change the layout.
     
  17. Piobaire

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    So we're kicking around slicing the ramada/outdoor kitchen off our list and going ahead with the rest of the backyard project. If we do we'll get the gas, electric, and water runs stubbed out at the back corner where the ramada will eventually be.

    So, we have two awesome doors that lead to our backyard from the house. One in what I call the "public part" of the house by the formal dining area and one from our master suite. Right now they're really nice alder doors with the majority of the door being glass and the bedroom one is a double French door. I want decorative metal screen doors installed so I can blast the cool air into each area. I also need a new door on our guest house and the trim done as the sun shines mercilessly on it so I want a quality metal door there with a non-wood trim. Figure this is going to set me back 10-12k and I should get it done before I travertine 80% of the back yard. If I do that it sets back our planned savings and budget numbers.

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  18. lordsuperb

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    Storage will be an issue with cabinets that high. It will look better for decorating purposes if you go to the ceiling and have windows and lighting in the uppers.

    An alternative approach depending on the layout is to have floating shelves and tile all the way to the ceiling.
     
  19. Numbernine

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    Have you considered this ?

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  20. emptym

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    @poorsod we're leaning toward Kraftmaid from Home Depot. Our contractor hates Ikea. He hates HD too. But he has a decades long relationship w/ a cabinet guy now working at HD and trusts him. That guy recommended Kraftmaid.
     
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