Sunday, August 19, 2007

wonbyherwits' Kitchen

Finished Kitchen

Contact: wonbyherwits (My Page)
Posted on Fri, Aug 17, 07 (kitchen completed in 2005)
Link to kitchen photos:

  • Cabinets: custom, painted sage with coffee glaze. The wooden hood is custom made based on a stone hood photo that I showed the cabinetmaker.
  • Countertop: The granite is Imperial Gold.
  • Backsplash: Durango Gold with pewter accent tiles behind the range.
  • Island: mahogany butcherblock made by a local woodworker. I use Boos Mystery Oil on it. I designed the island and our cabinetmaker built it. It's painted black, distressed finish with turned English legs.
  • The farm sink is Shaw's Original, single bowl.
  • The prep sink is Rohl Allia.
  • Both faucets are Rohl Country in satin nickel.

The kitchen does fit the house; it's English Cottage inspired with changes for our lifestyle, climate and setting.


californiacook's Kitchen

finished kitchen

Contact: californiacook (My Page)
Posted on Sat, Aug 11, 07
Link to kitchen photos:

  • Cabinets: Pelham Manor recessed by Brookhaven. Finish antique white with espresso glaze on maple, and cherry with cognac stain.
  • Granite: Brown pearl
  • Floors: Quarter-sawn white oak with brazilian cherry feature strip
  • Mini pendant lights: Mini Naples Vine by Translite Sonoma
  • Large pendant chandelier: Hubbardton Forge
  • Sinks: Rohl fireclay single bowl in pergame and matching square prep sink
  • Faucets: Grohe Bridgeford single pull-out spray oil rubbed bronze
  • Hardware: Top Knobs Tuscany in rust
  • Large appliance pulls: Top Knobs Normandy in rust
  • Range: Bluestar 36" six burner with island trim painted brown red
  • Refrig: Viking 36" built-in with bottom freezer
  • Dishwasher: Kitchen Aid double dish drawer
  • Microwave: Sharp 30" manual microwave drawer
  • Paint: Walls, SW Blonde
  • Trim: SW Alabaster
  • Ceiling: SW Pure White
  • Tile: Field handmade concrete stained husk
  • Design: giallo realle tumbled marble mosaics with cherry leaf medallion and concrete frame
  • Hood by Brookhaven
  • Vent inside hood: Broan
The refrigerator pulls are 19" with 18" centers, the dishwasher pulls are 12 7/8" with 12" centers, and all of the cabinet pulls are 5 1/6".

The granite is seamed in the middle of the sink.

An interesting note about the raised part of the island. We originally didn't realize (nor did our GC) that the pillar was holding up the second floor of our house. We all thought it was just decorative, so we designed and ordered our cabinets with the pillar gone. The raised part of the island was supposed to be long and straight. When we discovered that the pillar had to stay, we built the freeform, curvy raised bar. We did this by cutting a template out of a cardboard appliance box until we liked the shape! We call it the question mark because that's what it looked like, and we love it now and are glad the pillar had to stay.


evan_nj's Kitchen

Finished kitchen (classic white & green)

Contact: evan_nj (My Page)
Posted on Fri, Jun 22, 07
Link to kitchen photos:

  • Cabinets: CWP (Roanoke VA) white shaker beaded inset, inspired by Crown-Point Newport door; cabinets on north wall are 27 inch base and 15 inch upper
  • Countertop: White Fantasy Granite, really a quartzite (All Granite and Marble NJ)
  • Backsplash: pending, concept is 6 to 9 inches high only, likely Meredith Art Tile small subway tile in brick pattern
  • Knobs: Schaub 706-15 traditional and 742-15 Mackinac pull (HomeAnnex)
  • Floor: red oak to match rest of house
  • Single oven: Fisher Paykel OS302M (e-bay)
  • Cooktop: Bosch NGP 735UC (e-bay)
  • Hood: Best by Broan K3139 (internet)
  • Dishwasher: Asko D3251XLFI (local dealer)
  • Frig: (existing, not shown in pictures; to be replaced someday)
  • Sink: Pegasus 16 gauge stainless (Expo Design)
  • Faucet: Newport Brass 941/20 Stainless Steel finish (HomeClick)
  • Disposal: insinkerator with air switch
  • Ceiling lighting: Juno Alzak Haze with 60w halogen A40 bulbs
  • Undercabinet lighting: W.A.C. HR86 12v xenon button
  • Chandelier: Murray Feiss "Jane" 3 light pendant (internet)
  • Windows: Andersen 400 series
  • Window treatment: pending, likely William Morris Daisy fabric from Sanderson
  • Furniture: new table and chairs someday soon
  • Walls: Benjamin Moore Scenic Drive 697

This kitchen is in a 1970s colonial style tract house. The space is only 11 x 19, too small for an island. The goal of the remodel was to get more counter space by (1) pushing the sink and cooktop as far apart as possible and (2) moving the frig into the space of the existing pantry. Fortunately, the pantry was already 29 inches deep so depth wasn't an issue. One of the challenges was that the plumbing for the bathroom above runs over the sink. We were able to reduce the soffits from 12 inches to six and hide most of that with moldings. Another important change was pulling the cabinets back a few inches from the windows and doorways so that the green paint would be a contrast. This has made a tremendous difference: the sink window looks enormous now, even though it is exactly the same as before. Less really is more (grin).

The green on the walls is a color that we have used in our houses for more than a decade. It was chosen to coordinate with the Sanderson collection of William Morris fabrics. Turns out that BM has made it one of their feature colors for 2007, so we have become trendy despite our best efforts to the contrary (grin). The design inspiration for the kitchen was the cover of a Rutt brochure. We did the kitchen layout and then our local CWP dealer fine-tuned the cabinet specification.

A happy surprise was the discovery of the White Fantasy granite. Based on web searches, we were expecting to use Verde San Francisco or Verde Maritaka. We went to four granite yards and at the fourth (All Granite and Marble) fell in love with something completely unexpected: a granite that looks exactly like Cararra marble. Everyone who sees it can't believe it is not marble.


formosalily's Kitchen

Finished Contemporary Kitchen

Contact: formosalily (My Page)
Posted on Sat, Jul 28, 07
Link to kitchen photos:

  • Cabinet: IKEA Adel Birch
  • Countertop: Vitoria Regia on island and Absolute Black along the wall
  • Backsplash: IKEA Stainless Steel Cover Panel
  • Cooktop: Thermador 48" gas cooktop with Wok burner
  • Hood: Thermador 54" island hood 1300 cfm
  • Microwave: Sharp Microwave drawer
  • Oven: GE Monogram 30" double wall ovens
  • Dishwasher: Bosch SHX56C05SS
  • Refrigerator & Freezer: Frigidaire Commercial refrigerator with glass door and commercial freezer
  • TV: Westinghouse 47"
  • Sink: Blanco undermount single bowl
  • Faucet: Whitehaus Metrohaus Culinary Faucet
  • Garbage Disposal: Insinkerator
  • Floor: Brazilian walnut
  • Paint: Benjamin moore "Whales Green"
  • Island Lighting: TechLighting Monorail with Torpedo Contemporary Pendant with Dichroic Glass Shield
  • Door hardware: IKEA Lansa
  • Windows: Pella Proline