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Progress on Kitchen

16 years ago

We are far enough along that I wanted to post some thoughts and PICS of our new kitchen in progress. We started in January getting our ideas together and I wanted to thank members of this board for their input. We knew the contractor we wanted to use based on seeing a couple of kitchens he had done for friends. We got cabinet quotes from 3 designers and ultimately went with a local custom cabinetmaker - Kline Cabinets in the Indianapolis area.

Budget 50,000

Cabinets - Kline custom cherry in honey w/Blum soft close hardware

Granite - Verde Butterfly

Flooring - 2 1/4 Red Oak - site finished

Windows - Pella Architect series

Appliances - GE Profile / Monogram (DW) - Stainless

Sink - Franke Fireclay - Matte Black

Faucet - Grohe Ladylux cafe

Can Lighting - Halo Line and Low voltage

Pendant Lighting - Besa - Mia MiniPendants

Demo started March 10 with removal of cabinets and vitrolite tiles from the walls. We ultimately had to remove the plaster ceiling to address a structural issue discovered after a metal drop ceiling was removed. Had to get a structural engineer involved and strengthen the ceiling joists (Think $$$). Electrical and then ultimately drywall went smoothly - in fact taking out the ceiling probably made it easier to place the can lights. We also insulated the exterior walls - no insulation in the home (circa 1945).

Lessons learned (so far):

It is more of a mess than you think - Seal off doors and air returns.

Plan for the unexpected - We allowed a 20% contingency within the budget.

While you are at it - you will make decisions to expand the scope of the project - and it will cost you. We did the dining room floor in oak "while we were at it".

Cabinet hardware - look at the Blum hardware - their soft close hardware is great.

Low voltage dimmers (Lutron Maestro) are expensive.

Think Drawers - we never would have considered them before looking at this site.

It will take longer than you think. At every turn we have encountered something that either requires a decision, something that we need to address, or a problem / issue that needs to be addressed. An example was that we needed a couple of new electrical breakers - but we found they are not made anymore. Had to locate someone that had new old stock and order them - took a week.

I would guess we are 75% done at this point - Granite template is Monday, install 10 days after that. We are excited to see the progress. It has been a very positive experience (except maybe microwave dinners).

Here is a link that might be useful: Kitchen PICS

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