Monday, September 17, 2012

suzannesl's Kitchen

Super Efficient, Small Space Kitchen

Details from suzannesl on 9/15/2012
Link to suzannesl's Gardenweb finished kitchen post
Link to suzannesl's finished photos
Link to suzannesl's Before&After Photo

This kitchen space is the same one we've lived in for the last 37 years. It always worked well, but it was time. We spent months trying to figure a way to make the space larger - take space from the adjoining bedroom, pop out a wall, but with our house configuration, nothing was better than what we already had. In the end, we ditched the overhead cabinets over the peninsula and removed a stub wall to make space for a pantry, but kept the same footprint. This kitchen with its two entries was always efficient, but the changes made it better than ever. Lower drawers and the addition of the pantry were the best changes along with a super susan in an unreachable corner.

Kitchen Highlights:
  • InnerMost cabinets 
  • Kraus 30"" sink
  • Kashmir Gold granite
  • Travertine mini-versailles backsplash, customized

1. Kitchen Basics
Type of Remodel:    Kitchen Remodel/Existing Footprint/All New Items
Kitchen installation:     All Do-It-Yourself: 90%-100%
Budget:    Middle Budget
Location:     U.S. Western
Location Type:    Suburban

2. Kitchen Design
Kitchen Design Family/Function:    Just The Two Of Us
Kitchen Designer:    Self-Designed
Kitchen Size:    Small (under 150 sq.ft)
Kitchen Dimensions (WxL):    approx 10.5 x 10.5
Kitchen Height:    Height 8 feet or less
Kitchen Shape:    L-Shaped Kitchen plus Peninsula
Kitchen Style:  
Kitchen Island:    No Island
Kitchen Peninsula:    Peninsula With Seating, Peninsula with one level
Kitchen Seating:    Peninsula Counter Seating
Kitchen Ceiling:    No Special Ceiling Design
Design Special Features:    Baking Center, Broom Closet, Built-in Pantry, Multiple Prep Areas

3. Kitchen Cabinets
Cabinets New/Reused:    New Cabinet Doors and Boxes - Stock Sizes
Cabinet Manufacturer:    InnerMost  
Cabinet Door Composition:  Wood 
Cabinet Door (Wood):    Maple Cabinet Doors
Cabinet Box Composition:    MDF/fiberboard Cabinet Boxes with wood veneer or wood-grain thermafoil/Thermofoil
Cabinet Framing:    Frameless Cabinet
Cabinet Door Overlay:    Full Overlay Cabinet Door
Cabinet Door Style:    Recessed Panel Cabinet Door
Cabinet Color:    Dark Wood Cabinet Door
Cabinet Finish:    Stained Cabinet Door
Cabinet Height:    Cabinets to the Ceiling
Mixed Cabinets?    No mixed cabinets
Cabinet Special Features:    Wall Cabinet greater than 12in deep, Wall Cabinet greater than 36in high, Full Extension Cabinet Drawers, Soft-Close Cabinet Drawers
Cabinet Other Information:    In addition to the kitchen cabinets, we installed four 64" high cabinets with glass insert doors in the same-area dining room to be used as china cabinets.

4. Kitchen Countertops
Countertop New/Reused:    New Countertops
Countertop Composition:    Granite (slab) Countertoa  
Granite Countertop:    Kashmir Gold
Countertop Color:    White/Cream Countertop
Countertop Finish:    Polished Countertop
Countertop Edge:    Radius Edge Countertop
Mixed Countertops?    No Mixed Countertops
Countertop Supplier:    Rock-It, San Marcos, CA
Countertop Fabricator:    Rock-It, San Marcos, CA

5. Kitchen Backsplash
Backsplash New/Reused:    New Backsplash
Backsplash Material:    Limestone/Travertine Backsplash
Backsplash Type:    Mini Tile Backsplash, Tumbled Tile Backsplash
Backsplash Pattern:    Accent tiles embedded in backsplash, Liner tiles in backplash, Mini-Versailles
Backsplash Tile Size:    Backsplash Tile Square - Small (1x1 to 2x2)
Backsplash Size:    Full backsplash
Backsplash Color:    Neutral Backsplash, blue glass accents
Backsplash Manufacturer:    Arizona Tile Skylights
Backsplash Details: 
      1. Torreon Tumbled Mini-Versailles
      2. Skylights Blue Melange 1 x 1"
Backsplash Supplier:    Arizona Tile
Backsplash Special Features:    Mixed Materials in Backsplash
Backsplash Other Information:    We randomly cut out 1 x 1 travertine tiles and replaced them with 1 x 1 glossy and matte blue glass tiles. We also used a dome liner around the window.

6. Kitchen Appliances

Appliances: New/Reused?    Mix of Old and New Appliances
Refrigerator Manufacturer:    Whirlpool Gold
Refrigerator Color:    Stainless Steel Refrigerator
Refrigerator Special Features:    Bottom FreezerRefrigerator
Refrigerator Details:    33"
Range/Stove Details:  
Range/Stove Color:    Black Range/Stove
Range/Stove Special Features:    Reused Range (used existing)
Range/Stove Manufacturer:    Kenmore gas 
Dishwasher Manufacturer:    Kenmore
Dishwasher Color:    Black Dishwasher
Dishwasher Special Features:    Reused Dishwasher (used existing)  
Microwave Manufacturer:    Kenmore
Microwave Color:    Black Microwave
Microwave Special Features:    Over the Range Microwave, Reused Microwave (used existing)
Freezer Manufacturer:       
Additional Appliances:    Garbage Disposal - Continuous Feed

7. Kitchen Plumbing
Plumbing: New/Reused?    Reused All Existing Plumbing Lines 
Main Sink Manufacturer:    Kraus KHU100-32
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 Faucet Color/Material:    Chrome Main Faucet
Main Faucet Finish:    Polished Main Faucet
Main Faucet Type:    Pull-Out Spray Faucet, Single Handle Faucet, Gooseneck Faucet
Plumbing Special Features:    Air Switch  

8. Kitchen Electric and Lighting
Electric Outlet Covers:  
Electric Special Features:    phone jack in nook  
Lighting Special Features:    Dimmers in Kitchen, Recessed Lighting, Under Cabinet Lighting

9. Kitchen Hardware
Hardware Type:    Both Knobs and Pulls
Hardware Knobs Manufacturer:    Amerock knobs: BP53023G10 knob 1-1/4 satin nickel
Hardware Knobs Material/Color:    Nickel/Pewter Knobs
Hardware Pulls Manufacturer:    Amerock
Hardware Pulls Material/Color:    Nickel/Pewter Knobs
Hardware Pulls Details:    Amerock pulls: BP53003G10 arch pull 96mm CC satin nickel finish

10. Kitchen Flooring
Flooring New/Reused:    New Flooring
Flooring Manufacturer:    Eco-Timber (now EcoFusion)
Flooring Material:    Bamboo Floor
Flooring Color:    Medium Wood Floor
Flooring Details:    At the time of purchase, Oct. 2011, this was Eco Timber, engineered bamboo, color: toffee. Now (Sept 2012) it's called EcoFusion, engineered bamboo, color: carmelized.

11. Kitchen Pantry
Pantry Type:    Tall Cabinet Pantry
Pantry Size:    27W x 95tall
Pantry Depth:    21"
Pantry Cabinet Features:    Individual Sliding Shelves in Pantry Cabinet, fixed shelves in upper half
Pantry Items:    Bottled Goods in Pantry, Boxed Goods in Pantry, Canned Goods in Pantry, flour, sugar, mixer,
Pantry Containers:    Baskets in Pantry, Plastic Specialty Jars in Pantry

12. Kitchen Special Features

Eco-Friendly:    Includes low-energy or low-water-use components, Includes renewable resources, Includes reused components
Convenience Items:    Baking Drawer, China Hutch, Cutting Board Storage, Dish Drawer, Knife Drawer, NeverMT, Pantry Rollout, Under-Counter Recycling Bin, Rollout Tray Shelves, Spice Drawer, Super Susan, Tray Dividers, easy reach corner cab, broom closet

13. Kitchen Decor

Decor Wall Color:    Blue Wall Color
Decor Wall Color Details:    Benjamin Moore Newborn's Eyes in kitchen, Benjamin Moore Heaven on Earth in same-room dining room 

14. Kitchen Additional Comments

Before Photos:  Yes
Floorplan Photos:  No


What a pretty efficient area. It looks like it would be easy to work in since everything is almost at arm's reach.

You've done an amazing job with it - very attractive.