Friday, September 14, 2012

mmhmmgood's Kitchen

White Kitchen with Red Island and Soapstone

Details from mmhmmgood on 9/13/2012
Link to mmhmmgood's Gardenweb finished kitchen post
Link to mmhmmgood's kitchen photos
Link to mmhmmgood's Before&After Photo

Demo started Oct 2011. 

We are a young family (2 kids, aged 6 months and 2.5 years at the start of the project) and use our kitchen a lot.  Feeding people is my passion so we needed a kitchen that would function well with better flow and use of space than the previous kitchen.  It also needed to be able to grow with our family, allowing small helpers now who will eventually grow into full sized helpers with full sized appetites and who will bring home friends with full sized appetites!  We want it always ready for action - from the routine daily family meals to the impromptu guests.

I found the old kitchen very dark and wanted much more light in the space. We wanted a bright, cheery, fun space that fits with our active family.  I also wanted to be able to work there feeling surrounded by calmness and serenity when quiet finally descends on the house (ie when the kids go to bed).  For me that is having a place for everything so the clutter can be kept down, having clean lines, and having finishes that I love.

The house was already open concept but some structural changes were made including removal of a load bearing post from the kitchen.  In addition to the kitchen it was a complete gut of mainfloor and basement.  The laundry was moved to the main floor from the basement, the previous kitchen cabinets were kept in order to repurpose in a hobby room in the basement in a few years.  The previous fridge was in good condition and kept for extra storage in the basement. There are photos of the other areas of the project in the photobucket account.

Completed Spring 2012

Kitchen Highlights:
  • Cabinets: 
    • Norcraft, frameless, maple.  
    • Door style - ""Firefox"", 
    • paint/stain colours - ""Mission White"", ""Rapture Red"" and ""Weatherstone"" 
  • Countertop: Anastacia Soapstone sourced in Canada from M.Teixeira via Greensville Soapstone.
  • Backsplash: between uppers and lowers - Tierra Sol Rex Bianchi 12""x24"" cut to 10""x12"", behind cooktop - Tierra Sol 1.2x1.2 Palissandro Polished 3D Mosaic 
  • Paint: 
    • BM colour matched to ICI ""Wood smoke"",
    • hallway and stairwell ""Mansard Stone"" 
  • Floor: existing red oak floor refinished with BONA 50% Ebony, traffic finish 
  • Hood: Faber Stilo 36"" 
  • Cooktop: KitchenAid 36"" Induction KICU569XBL 
  • Oven: KitchenAid 30"" KEBS107S 
  • Microwave: KitchenAid built in KBHS109S 
  • Main Fridge: LG 36"" counter depth LFC21776 
  • Bar Fridge: Danby 20"" DAR482 
  • Dishwasher: Miele Inspira series 
  • Island lighting: Kendal ""Optica"" 6 light chrome & crystal light bar x 2 "

1. Kitchen Basics
Type of Remodel:    Kitchen Remodel/New Footprint
Kitchen installation:     Hired General Contractor
Budget:    Middle Budget
Location:     Canada
Location Type:    City

2. Kitchen Design
Kitchen Design Family/Function:    Small Children, Entertain Frequently
Kitchen Designer:    Self-Designed, Kitchen Designer
Kitchen Size:    Medium (151-350 sq.ft)
Kitchen Dimensions (WxL):    11'x20"
Kitchen Height:    Height 8 feet or less
Kitchen Shape:    L-Shaped Kitchen plus Island, Open Kitchen
Kitchen Style:    Transitional Style
Kitchen Island:    Single Island, Island With Seating, Island with one level
Kitchen Island#1 Size (WxL):    48"x104"
Kitchen Peninsula:    No Peninsula
Kitchen Seating:    Island Counter Seating
Kitchen Ceiling:    No Special Ceiling Design
Design Special Features:    Wall removed between kitchen & DR, Island with hidden storage at rear/seating side for rarely used items

3. Kitchen Cabinets
Cabinets New/Reused:    New Cabinet Doors and Boxes - Custom Sizes
Cabinet Manufacturer:    Norcraft
Cabinet Manufacturer Details:    Door Style "Firefox"
Cabinet Door Composition:    Solid Wood Cabinet Doors
Cabinet Door (Wood):    Maple Cabinet Doors
Cabinet Framing:    Frameless Cabinet
Cabinet Color:    Dark Wood Cabinet Door, Red Cabinet Door, White/Cream Cabinet Door
Cabinet Finish:    Stained Cabinet Door, Painted Cabinet Door
Cabinet Height:    Cabinets to the Ceiling, Soffit between Cabinets and Ceiling
Mixed Cabinets?    Mixed Cabinets perimeter/island (multiple colors/shades/finishes)
Cabinet Special Features:    Full Extension Cabinet Drawers, Soft-Close Cabinet Drawers

4. Kitchen Countertops
Countertop New/Reused:    New Countertops
Countertop Composition:    Soapstone Countertop
Soapstone Countertop:    Anastacia
Countertop Color:    Black Countertop
Countertop Edge:    Radius Edge Countertop
Mixed Countertops?    No Mixed Countertops
Countertop Supplier:    M.Teixeira NJ, sourced in Canada through Greensville Soapstone

5. Kitchen Backsplash
Backsplash New/Reused:    New Backsplash
Backsplash Material:    Ceramic/Porcelain Backsplash
Backsplash Type:    Mosaic Tile Backsplash, Rectangular tile (?technically subway tile but not what one pictures when one things of subway these days?)
Backsplash Pattern:    Running Bond Backsplash, Mosaic Backsplash
Backsplash Tile Size:    Backsplash Tile Rectangular - Tiny (under 1x2), Backsplash Tile Rectangular - Large (over 3x6)
Backsplash Size:    Full backsplash
Backsplash Color:    White Backsplash
Backsplash Manufacturer:    Tierra Sol
Backsplash Details: "between uppers and lowers: Tierra Sol Rex Bianchi 12""x24"" cut to 10""x12"", behind cooktop:Tierra Sol 1.2x1.2 Palissandro Polished 3D Mosaic "
Backsplash Special Features:    Unique Backsplash Behind Cooktop, 3D mosaic tiles

6. Kitchen Appliances

Appliances: New/Reused?    All New Appliances
Refrigerator Manufacturer:    LG 36" counter depth LFC21776
Refrigerator Color:    Stainless Steel Refrigerator
Refrigerator Special Features:    Bottom FreezerRefrigerator, French Door Refrigerator, Counter-Depth Refrigerator
Range Hood Manufacturer:    Faber Stilo 36"
Range Hood Max CFM:    601-1000 CFM Range Hood
Range Hood MUA:   
Range Hood Color:    Stainless Steel Range Hood
Range Hood Special Features:    Chimney Style Range Hood
Cooktop Manufacturer:    KitchenAid 36" Induction KICU569XBL
Cooktop Color:    Black Cooktop
Cooktop Special Features:    Induction Cooktop
Wall Oven Manufacturer:    KitchenAid 30" KEBS107S
Wall Oven Color:    Stainless Steel Wall Oven
Wall Oven Special Features:    Single Wall Oven, Convection Wall Oven  
Dishwasher Manufacturer:    Miele Inspira G2141SCU
Dishwasher Color:    Stainless Steel Dishwasher 
Microwave Manufacturer:    KitchenAid built in KBHS109S
Microwave Color:    Stainless Steel Microwave   
Microwave Special Features:    Built-in Microwave in Cabinet, Convection Microwave  
Additional Appliances:    Beverage Cooler
Additional Appliance Information:    Beverage fridge: Danby 20" DAR482, Stainless Steel finish 

7. Kitchen Plumbing
Plumbing: New/Reused?    Installed All New Plumbing Lines
Main Sink Manufacturer:    Kohler Stages 33"
Main Sink Material:    Stainless Main Sink
Main Sink Shape:    Rectangular Main Sink
Main Sink Bowls:    Single Bowl Sink
Main Sink Width:    Main Sink 30 to 34 inches
Main Sink Cabinet Size:    Main Sink Cabinet 36 inch
Main Sink Mount:     Zero Reveal Undermount Sink   
Main Sink Details:    Love the prep space and all the extra accessories.  It is well used to the full extent of what was intended.  And perhaps a few ways it wasn't intended :)
Main Faucet Manufacturer:    Grohe Ladylux3 32 226 00E
Main Faucet Color/Material:    Chrome Main Faucet
Main Faucet Finish:    Polished Main Faucet
Main Faucet Type:    Pull-Out Spray Faucet, Single Handle Faucet   
Prep Sink Manufacturer:    Ticor S3650
Prep Sink Material:    Stainless Prep Sink 
Prep Sink Width:    Prep Sink 20 to 24 inches
Prep Sink Details    oriented sideways in my cabinet with drain on left
Prep Faucet Manufacturer:    Grohe Ladylux3 32 283 000
Prep Faucet Color/Material:    Chrome Prep Faucet
Prep Faucet Finish:    Polished Prep Faucet
Plumbing Special Features:    Instant Hot Water, Tapmaster - Eurostyle
Plumbing Additional Information:    Tapmaster currently installed as child safety for instahot.  Working AWESOME   

8. Kitchen Electric and Lighting
Electric Outlet Covers:  
Electric Special Features:    Cable/TV/Computer Outlet, Outlet in Island 
Lighting Special Features:    Dimmers in Kitchen, Pendant over Island, Recessed Lighting, Under Cabinet Lighting
Lighting Details:    "UCL - Xenon
Island lighting: Kendal ""Optica"" 6 light chrome & crystal light bar x 2
Dining room chandelier: Elk ""Dione"" 6 light chandelier polished chrome finish with white fabric shade "

9. Kitchen Hardware
Hardware Type:    Pulls Only
Hardware Pulls Manufacturer:    Amerock Blackrock
Hardware Pulls Material/Color:    Nickel/Pewter Knobs

10. Kitchen Flooring
Flooring New/Reused:    Reused Existing Flooring (Refinished)
Flooring Manufacturer:  
Flooring Material:    Wood Floor
Flooring Color:    Dark Wood Floor
Flooring Details:    50% Ebony, BONA traffic finish

11. Kitchen Pantry
Pantry Type:    Wall Cabinet Pantry
Pantry Size:    1-24"Wx71"H + 1-12"x71"H
Pantry Depth:    27"
Pantry Cabinet Features:    Fixed Shelves in Pantry Cabinet, Individual Sliding Shelves in Pantry Cabinet
Pantry Items:    Bottled Goods in Pantry, Boxed Goods in Pantry, Canned Goods in Pantry, Paper Products in Pantry, dry goods, baking supplies
Pantry Containers:    Specialty Bins in Pantry
Special Pantry Features:    Pantry Cabinets Flanking Refrigerator

12. Kitchen Special Features

Convenience Items:    Armoire, Built-in Compost Bin, Rollout Tray Shelves, Spice Drawer, Trash Pullout, Wine Storage, Vac Pan
Special Features Other Information:    Armoire for coats and shoes as door to backyard off kitchen, also serves to store extra paper products, reuseable shopping bags, etc.

13. Kitchen Decor
Decor Wall Color:    Gray Wall Color
Decor Wall Color Details:    BM colour matched to ICI "Wood smoke"
Decor Special Features:    Live Plants
Decor Other Information:    Bar stools: Chair tech "Venice", Black and chrome  

 14. Kitchen Additional Comments
Opinions:    Love my new kitchen!
LOVES: the RED, soapstone, induction cooktop, drawers drawers drawers, pullout shelves in the pantry cabinet, Kohler Stages + accessories, spice drawer, tapmaster as childproofing for instahot, single level island, vertical divided shelving above fridge for trays/cookie sheets, trash/compost pullout, cutlery and dishes directly across from DW which makes unloading a breeze, Vac-pan 
DISLIKES: Wish I had sorted out a better solution for the uppers in the corner (too bad I found Garden Web a bit too late!).  I'm not very good with 3D planning and this upper corner is really very non-functional.   Wish I had deeper uppers and a slightly deeper under/rear island storage (12"" cabinets).

Before Photos:  Yes
Floorplan Photos: Yes