Wednesday, July 30, 2014

dgormish's Kitchen

Gormish Kitchen

Details from dgormish on 7/29/2014
Link to dgormish's Finished photos

We moved into this house 18 years ago. I had been wanting to remodel it for about 8 years. We finally got things ready to do it and in the fall of 2013 we began interviewing contractors. We signed a contract in January 2014. We agreed to use a custom cabinetmaker because of some of the strange configurations in our kitchen. We had seen his work and knew it was good. We also knew he was slow and has several projects in the works. So, we didn't start the tear down until the cabinetmaker was close to done. The time from the tear down to the last day the contractor worked here was 8 weeks. One week we were on vacation so the work itself took 7 weeks. Work completed July 2014.      

The challenges of this kitchen on its own architecturally and my own limits (time frame and no knocking down walls) meant I had to keep the same footprint. The house is on a slab and the roof is flat – which means electrical really needs to go through walls. We did the work to California code which meant some upgrades but not as many because we kept the footprint. Anything else would have opened a huge can of worms in time, labor and expense.

I think we made great use of the existing space. There is now much more cabinet and counter space. There are specific cooking, cleaning and prep areas. It is so much more efficient and functional. We enlarged the total useable countertop area, added more cabinets that were efficiently designed for the space, replaced the window, made space for the microwave, installed a functional range hood so that it actually works and increased the number of electrical outlets. The granite is a great improvement over the tile counters. I have always enjoyed cooking and baking but this makes it so much nicer. Decisions were also made to try to make things easy to clean so I wouldn’t be spending my days scrubbing and dusting everything. While I knew I would really enjoy the granite counters and more drawers I have found myself surprised at how much I like the slightly larger sink, high arc faucet, new refrigerator and just having the microwave off the countertop. I also enjoy just staring at the backsplash.

The remodel began with interviewing contractors in the fall. We signed a contract in January. We agreed to use a custom cabinetmaker because of some of the strange configurations in our kitchen. We had seen his work and knew it was good. We also knew he was slow and has several projects in the works. So, we didn’t start the tear down until the cabinetmaker was close to done. The time from the tear down to the last day the contractor worked here was 8 weeks. One week we were on vacation so the work itself took 7 weeks. I did a LOT of grilling during that time!

The biggest snag in the remodel was the floor. We found we had moisture issues and the floor had to be leveled in spots. Fixing those issues were time consuming and expensive. We also learned the venting to the outside for the range hood was done improperly but that didn’t require much additional work.

Kitchen Highlights:
  • Cabinets - White (KM Swiss Coffee) custom made
  • Countertops - Blue Pearl GT granite
  • Paint - KM Swiss Coffee and SW Crisp Linen
  • Backsplash - Pratt and Larson, 6 X 6 Motif H, 4 X 4 field and 1 X 6 field
  • Faucet - Moen Haysfield
  • Sink - Kohler Bakersfield
  • Range Hood - Windster WS5830SS
  • Refrigerator - Whirlpool French Door WRF532SMB
  • Luxury Vinyl Tile - Armstrong Alterna, Mesa Stone, light gray  

    At some point we will replace the stove but this is it for now.


1. Kitchen Basics
Type of Remodel:        Kitchen Remodel/Existing Footprint/Mostly New Items
Kitchen installation:        Hired General Contractor
Budget:        Middle Budget
Location:        U.S. Western
Location Type:           Suburban  

2. Kitchen Design
Kitchen Design Family/Function:            Family with one eager cook
Kitchen Designer:            Self-Designed
Kitchen Size:            Small (under 150 sq.ft)
Kitchen Dimensions (WxL):          
Kitchen Height:            Height 8 feet or less
Kitchen Shape:            L-Shaped Kitchen plus Peninsula
Kitchen Style:            Transitional Style
Kitchen Island:            No Island       
Kitchen Peninsula:            Peninsula Without Seating, Peninsula with one level
Kitchen Seating:            No Seating          
Design Special Features:            Pass-Thru

3. Kitchen Cabinets
Cabinets New/Reused:            New Cabinet Doors and Boxes - Custom Sizes
Cabinet Manufacturer:          
Cabinet Manufacturer Details:          
Cabinet Door Composition:          
Cabinet Door (Wood):            Maple Cabinet Doors
Cabinet Box Composition:          
Cabinet Box (Wood):            Maple Cabinet Boxes
Cabinet Framing:            Frameless Cabinet
Cabinet Door Overlay:            Full Overlay Cabinet Door
Cabinet Door Style:          
Cabinet Color:            White Cabinet Door
Cabinet Finish:            Painted Cabinet Door
Cabinet Height:            Gap between Cabinets and Ceiling with Straight Cabinets
Mixed Cabinets?            No mixed cabinets
Cabinet Special Features:            Full Extension Cabinet Drawers, Soft-Close Cabinet Drawers
Cabinet Other Information:            Cabinets custom made to fit specific areas. Pull out in an otherwise dead corner to the left of the sink. Shelves at end of row of cabinets.

4. Kitchen Countertops
Countertop New/Reused:            New Countertops
Countertop Composition:            Granite (slab) Countertop      
Granite Countertop:            Blue Pearl GT
Countertop Color:            Blue/Black/Gold/Gray
Countertop Edge:            Eased Edge Countertop
Mixed Countertops?            No Mixed Countertops
Countertop Fabricator:            Barragan Granite, San Jose
Countertop Other Information:            Overhang on peninsula for more work space

5. Kitchen Backsplash
Backsplash New/Reused:            New Backsplash
Backsplash Material:            Ceramic Backsplash
Backsplash Type:            Square Tile Backsplash
Backsplash Pattern:            Diagonal pattern Backsplash, Liner tiles in backplash
Backsplash Tile Size:            Backsplash Tile Square - Medium (4x4), Backsplash Tile Square -  Large (over 6x6)
Backsplash Size:            Full backsplash
Backsplash Color:            Blue Backsplash
Backsplash Manufacturer:            Pratt and Larson
Backsplash Details:            Pratt and Larson, 6 X 6 Motif H, 4 X 4 field and 1 X 6 field
Backsplash Supplier:            All Natural Stone, Burlingame, CA
Backsplash Special Features:            Handmade Tiles in  Backsplash

6. Kitchen Appliances
Appliances: New/Reused?            Mix of Old and New Appliances
Refrigerator Manufacturer:            Whirlpool French Door WRF532SMB
Refrigerator Color:            Stainless Steel Refrigerator
Refrigerator Special Features:            French Door Refrigerator     
Range/Stove Manufacturer:
Range/Stove Details:           
Range/Stove Color:           
Range/Stove Special Features:  Range Mount Freestanding, Glass Top Range/Stove, Reused Range (used existing)          
Range Hood Manufacturer:            Windster WS5830SS
Range Hood Max CFM:            601-1000 CFM Range Hood
Range Hood MUA:          
Range Hood Color:            Stainless Steel Range Hood
Range Hood Special Features:            Under Cabinet Mount Range Hood  
Dishwasher Manufacturer:          
Dishwasher Color:            White/Cream Dishwasher
Dishwasher Special Features:          
Dishwasher Details:          
Microwave Manufacturer:            GE Spacemaker II
Microwave Color:            Black Microwave
Microwave Details:          
Microwave Special Features:            Microwave On a Shelf, Reused Microwave (used existing)      Additional Appliances:            Garbage Disposal - Continuous Feed

7. Kitchen Plumbing
Plumbing: New/Reused?            Reused All Existing Plumbing Lines
Main Sink Manufacturer:            Kohler Bakersfield
Main Sink Material:            Cast Iron 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 33 inch
Main Sink Mount:            Positive Reveal Undermount Sink        
Main Faucet Manufacturer:            Moen Haysfield
Main Faucet Color/Material:            Stainless Steel Main Faucet
Main Faucet Finish:          
Main Faucet Type:            Pull-Out Spray Faucet
Main Faucet Details:            High arc, pull-down with stream, spray and pause      
Plumbing Special Features:            Air Switch

8. Kitchen Electric and Lighting      
Electric Special Features:            Plug inside cabinet          
Lighting Details:            energy efficient lighting - one CFL and one LED type

9. Kitchen Hardware
Hardware Type:            Pulls Only         
Hardware Pulls Material/Color:            Black Knobs

10. Kitchen Flooring
Flooring New/Reused:            New Flooring
Flooring Manufacturer:            Armstrong Alterna, Mesa Stone, light gray
Flooring Material:            Vinyl/Amtico Floor

11. Kitchen Pantry
no information

12. Kitchen Special Features
Eco-Friendly:            Includes low-energy or low-water-use components          
Convenience Items:            Base Blind Corner Pullout, Bookshelf, Sink Tilt-out Tray, Skylight, Spice Drawer         

13. Kitchen Decor
Decor Wall Color:            White/Cream Wall Color
Decor Wall Color Details:            KM Swiss Coffee and SW Crisp Linen

14. Kitchen Additional Comments
no information

Before Photos:   Yes
Floorplan Photos:  No


tinker1121's Kitchen

Update of 80s country kitchen

Details from tinker1121 on 7/29/2014
Link to tinker1121's's Gardenweb finished kitchen post

I took down some 80s wallpaper in January 2014 and thought we would just paint, get new laminate counters and a new floor. This evolved into a much more complex project.
We kept our oak Kraftmaid cabinets, chose laminate and the counters were ruined by the guy we hired as he used a dull sawblade and all edges chipped on the formica. He installed them and thought we wouldn't notice.
The long and short of it is, I then chose granite as easier to just pick a slab, well not that easy to find one to go with the oak but fell in love with the creamy color of Absolute Cream and the greenish quartz pieces in it are just perfect.
Then the old appliances looked really old so replaced all of them with black.

Kitchen Highlights:
  • Cabinets - harvest oak Kraftmaid-installed in the early 90s
  • New toe kick -1/2"" 6"" oak stained with two coats Early American and one coat Gunstock and a perfect match to the harvest oak cabinets
  • Absolute Cream granite
  • BS- Jeffrey Court Vintage Studio - 3 x 6 beveled subway - color is called Antique Lace
  • Floor - 16 x 16 vinyl tiles by Shaw- Resort Tile- color Sunlit Sand
  • Sink - Swanstone 70/30 low wave divide- color is Nero (black), Delta- ORB faucet from Lowes
  • Hardware color - Statutory Bronze
  • Chandelier - Quorum Hathaway Black
  • chairs - Overstock dot com - Tribecca MacKenzie
  • Artwork - artist is Priska Wettstein- prints from ImageKind Art


1. Kitchen Basics
Type of Remodel:    Kitchen Refresh / Facelift
Kitchen installation:    Acted as own GC; hired subcontractors
Budget:    Very Low Budget ($5K - $10K)
Location:    U.S. Northeastern
Location Type:    City
Basic Other Information:

2. Kitchen Design
no information

3. Kitchen Cabinets
no information   

4. Kitchen Countertops
no information

5. Kitchen Backsplash
no information

6. Kitchen Appliances
no information

7. Kitchen Plumbing
no information

8. Kitchen Electric and Lighting
no information

9. Kitchen Hardware
no information

10. Kitchen Flooring
no information

11. Kitchen Pantry
no information

12. Kitchen Special Features
no information

13. Kitchen Decor
no information

14. Kitchen Additional Comments
no information

Before Photos:  No
Floorplan Photos:  No