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We're finally finished - a tour of our new kitchen!

9 years ago

Sorry for being so quiet these last few weeks - it's been crazy with finishing touches and trying to get "life" back in order... but we're there. We have even had house guests and a party already!

We started with an idea in April, commitment in June, and demolition on July 3. We ended up about 3 weeks past schedule (one cabinet came in at the wrong size), and of course 20% over original budget, but in the end, we're THRILLED with this re-do. Lots (and lots) of great ideas from GW, and of course a ton of moral support, so thanks to all of my GW buddies who helped me maintain perspective & sanity throughout this process!

Here's before-after from two angles:

We updated everything - granite to quartz, flooring (stainless steel to porcelain), appliances (swapped a much larger fridge with a slightly smaller range, built-in microwave) - but tried to keep close to the original footprint.

We added about 20" of width to the workspace, now two people (or more) can be "in" the kitchen working, yet we still have tons of room for folks to gather around the island and be able to sneak in to grab something from the fridge or put something in the recycle/trash. Our "wow" factor, the backsplash, plays nicely with the counter/waterfall and the pops of green apple accent color.

Hanstone Speccio White quartz countertop with a waterfall, Columbia euro-style cabinets (in Formica Fog matte with one horizontal in Vibrant Green matte),

The island seats 3 (or 4) and extends 18", with LED lighting underneath the overhang (custom, with changeable color). Sink is Blanco silgranit with Moen touchless faucet (and thanks to GW, a NeverMT soap dispenser and air-switch operated disposal). LG fridge & dishwasher.

The flooring is a concrete-look porcelain St. Moritz grey. Backsplash is Skyline from Lowes, stainless steel shelving was from an outdoor kitchen dealer, and the 36" range hood (over a 30" range) was AKDY from Sears. LED lighting undercab & above cab was custom DIY with wood panels used underneath for a completely recessed look. Cabinet uppers are finger-pull or pop-latch, lowers have traditional pulls (long bars from TopKnob).

The workspace is truly wide and open, keeping with the open loft feel of the condo. Lookin out towards additional storage (Ikea PAX) and wine cellar. We switched from cabinets to drawers in the island - much easier to get at things, especially with the full extention drawers. Custom cutlery inserts (again, thanks to GW for the find) from Wood Hollow.

We went with a Sharp microwave drawer and absolutely love it. Also using an HP touchscreen computer (23") which doubles as TV. We had an existing compactor and decided to keep it - and add a recycling bin cabinet/drawer. Our pantry, laundry, and hot water are all behind the large Sliding Door Co. doors.

So that takes us all the way to today! There are a few outstanding items (one missing drawer pull, one hinge to replcae to make the horizontal cabinet pop latch work better, and once of the cabinet fronts came in gloss vs. matte). But for all practical purposes, we're "DONE".

Hope you enjoyed the tour - happy to answer any questions! Now to enjoy this for a while ... before the next project.

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