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OT Kitchen Remodel - Seeking Information

oldgeezeystaxoldgeezeystax Posts: 216
edited May 14 in Off Topic
Hiya Gang!

We are in the VERY preliminary stages of a kitchen remodel and there are an incredible amount of things to consider. I've seen a few remodeling posts here before and, with all of the cooking we do, I figured this would be a good place to start gathering information.  

As we go farther into the planning process, do you have any words of advice, things to consider, things to avoid, things you wish you did, things you absolutely love, appliance reccomendations, etc...

Things we are thinking about:
  • We have hardwood floors in the kitchen and we've really liked the pictures we've seen of dark blue/gray floor cabinets, and white wall cabinets with hardwood. 
  • We have a small house and we are knocking out one wall to combine our kitchen and dining room, we are strongly considering a booth-style dining setup to maximize space while providing seats for entertaining
  • Pro-ish style ranges: I've been researching the mess out of these and don't feel like I've gotten anywhere, would really love some input in this area. We are pretty tied to the 30" size and I'd really like to incorporate a functional exhaust hood
  • Fridge: this fridge looks like a solid no-frills deal
  • My wife loves farmhouse sinks but I think I've talked her into the largest stainless undermount we can fit citing additional expense of the farmhouse with decreased durability 
Frederick, MD - LBGE and some accessories

Comments

  • oldgeezeystaxoldgeezeystax Posts: 216
    I saw in another thread that @lit recommended touch-free faucets but that seems like another thing that could malfunction to me, does anyone else recommend them? 
    Frederick, MD - LBGE and some accessories
  • SamIAm2SamIAm2 Posts: 852
    edited May 14
    Just a thought, who is taller you or your wife. We are both taller than builders think is average height and couldn't stand the sinks when we bought the house. Built 2 x 4 x XX boxes where all the cabinets were going when we remodeled and used kick plates and tall baseboards to hide the wood boxes. 3 1/2" doesn't seem like much but it sure makes working at the counter and sink much better for us.
    Ubi panis, ibi patria.
    Large - Roswell rig, MiniMax-PS Woo; Cocoa, Fl.
  • nate1152nate1152 Posts: 20
    Hiya Gang!

    We are in the VERY preliminary stages of a kitchen remodel and there are an incredible amount of things to consider. I've seen a few remodeling posts here before and, with all of the cooking we do, I figured this would be a good place to start gathering information.  

    As we go farther into the planning process, do you have any words of advice, things to consider, things to avoid, things you wish you did, things you absolutely love, appliance reccomendations, etc...

    Things we are thinking about:
    • We have hardwood floors in the kitchen and we've really liked the pictures we've seen of dark blue/gray floor cabinets, and white wall cabinets with hardwood. 
    • We have a small house and we are knocking out one wall to combine our kitchen and dining room, we are strongly considering a booth-style dining setup to maximize space while providing seats for entertaining
    • Pro-ish style ranges: I've been researching the mess out of these and don't feel like I've gotten anywhere, would really love some input in this area. We are pretty tied to the 30" size and I'd really like to incorporate a functional exhaust hood
    • Fridge: this fridge looks like a solid no-frills deal
    • My wife loves farmhouse sinks but I think I've talked her into the largest stainless undermount we can fit citing additional expense of the farmhouse with decreased durability 
    Yes, to the gray floor cabinets with white uppers. If you sell, you'll appeal to more with the gray than blue, but depends how long you'll live there and your tastes.

    Yes to the booth - if I was you, I'd shoot for a half booth - if you don't have a window, run wains coating up the wall with a bench, and chairs on the outside, if you're able. At least gives you options if you have people over that aren't able to slide well. 



    For the range, you'll want to go with something that matches your fridge. Is your microwave going to be above the range? I've seen a lot of homes with microwave mounted below the counter - allows you to incorporate a rangehood while keeping your counter free. Aesthetically pleasing and don't worry, you'll get used to the microwave being lower. 

    Also, keep in mind that it really doesn't matter the brand - all fridges, ranges, etc are basically the same components, quality, etc, unless you're going Wolf, Sub Z, etc.

    Yes to stainless. I have a farmhouse sink and it's a pain to clean and easy to scrape.
    Minneapolis, MN

    "90% of life is showing up. The other 50% is style." - Me, after a long night of drinking.
  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,269
    nate1152 said:
    ... Yes to stainless. I have a farmhouse sink and it's a pain to clean and easy to scrape.
    My wife and I remodeled our first floor, notably including the kitchen, several years ago, and I LOVED the way farmhouse sinks look, but the more I researched them, the clearer it got that they are a real pain in the neck.  So let me add one vote against farmhouse sinks.

    I don't recall what the sink we got is made out of, some sort of composite, I think, but it's great.  I like it much better than stainless sinks we've had in the past, and it's easy on plates, etc..
  • evie1370evie1370 Posts: 490
    We just remodeled our kitchen last year. Best advice we got-pick the colors you want/like-not what you think you should have. For example I thought we should go with very light/neutral colors to 'brighten the space'. Contractor encouraged me to go with my favorite color, which is red. Turned out great. Burnt red color cabinets, black/white/red granite and grey slate floors. Awesome!

    Medium BGE in Cincinnati OH.

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    "I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me. " Duke of Wellington, Battle of Waterloo.
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 12,689
    We just finished our total rebuild of our kitchen, wall to wall, ceiling to floor, appliances, plumbing and electric.

    I learned one thing; "Know your limits" prior to taking on such a project, meaning simply understand your space, and maximize its potential.

    We have a functional kitchen now, where before we had none. It was small with hardly any counter or storage space. The redesign, although taking up much more cubic feet than we had previously, seems to have made the space larger, which is exactly what we needed and wished to achieve.

    It is the gathering spot, and amazes me we can get 6-8 people in there. Somehow, we do.

    One thing, about wood floors, we have them in our kitchen, made from extremely durable bamboo. They are difficult to keep clean, but have withstood a tremendous amount of traffic and spills. If I replace the flooring, which I may do at some point, I will likely go with a wood printed tile.

    We are happy with the remodel, and everyone that has seen the kitchen prior to the remodel has said they could not believe the difference.

    Good luck with yours.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • saluki2007saluki2007 Posts: 3,879
    We built a new house 2.5 years ago.  Kitchen was one thing I wanted to have a lot of hands on with.  Mounted soap dispensers for the sink are very nice.  We did go with the farm sink as I liked having a large basin to work in.  Wish I had paid up for the touches faucet.


    We went with white counter tops and gray cabinets.  Really like the modern European look.  Get the soft close doors for everything.  Cant tell in the picture, but the bottom cabinets have a second level built into them some of them for extra storage.  Very nice for organizing lids for the pots and pans.  Having silver wear in one draw and then the extra crap (spatula/tongs) above them kinda hidden.


    The doorway you see is to the pantry and that's where we keep the microwave and toaster and those type of things.
    Large and Small BGE
    Morton, IL

  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,540
    YukonRon said:
    We just finished our total rebuild of our kitchen, wall to wall, ceiling to floor, appliances, plumbing and electric.

    I learned one thing; "Know your limits" prior to taking on such a project, meaning simply understand your space, and maximize its potential.

    We have a functional kitchen now, where before we had none. It was small with hardly any counter or storage space. The redesign, although taking up much more cubic feet than we had previously, seems to have made the space larger, which is exactly what we needed and wished to achieve.

    It is the gathering spot, and amazes me we can get 6-8 people in there. Somehow, we do.

    One thing, about wood floors, we have them in our kitchen, made from extremely durable bamboo. They are difficult to keep clean, but have withstood a tremendous amount of traffic and spills. If I replace the flooring, which I may do at some point, I will likely go with a wood printed tile.

    We are happy with the remodel, and everyone that has seen the kitchen prior to the remodel has said they could not believe the difference.

    Good luck with yours.
    Yeah.....but that ice maker gives me the fits.
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 12,689
    YukonRon said:
    We just finished our total rebuild of our kitchen, wall to wall, ceiling to floor, appliances, plumbing and electric.

    I learned one thing; "Know your limits" prior to taking on such a project, meaning simply understand your space, and maximize its potential.

    We have a functional kitchen now, where before we had none. It was small with hardly any counter or storage space. The redesign, although taking up much more cubic feet than we had previously, seems to have made the space larger, which is exactly what we needed and wished to achieve.

    It is the gathering spot, and amazes me we can get 6-8 people in there. Somehow, we do.

    One thing, about wood floors, we have them in our kitchen, made from extremely durable bamboo. They are difficult to keep clean, but have withstood a tremendous amount of traffic and spills. If I replace the flooring, which I may do at some point, I will likely go with a wood printed tile.

    We are happy with the remodel, and everyone that has seen the kitchen prior to the remodel has said they could not believe the difference.

    Good luck with yours.
    Yeah.....but that ice maker gives me the fits.
    Don't feel bad @northGAcock. I often have trouble working a broom. I let My Beautiful Wife do the hard thinking stuff these days.
    Hope your mending well Robin.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • stv8rstv8r Posts: 672
    Just finished a total remodel down to the studs. new electric, plumbing, drywall etc.  One of my favorite choices was an extra deep under counter sink.  Big enough to soak a cookie sheet.  The touchless faucet is amazing too.  Many many times I don't want to touch the faucet before cleaning my hands.  Figure twice the budget and twice the time.  Do that and you'll be fine.
  • My advice is to get the best appliances that you can get.  We went with wolf and subzero and haven’t regretted the decision one bit.  That was over 13 years ago and we’d do it all again if we needed to (i.e. moved).  The things we love the best was getting a boos block end grain work  top for one of our islands and the warming drawer.  

    As far as conveniences, I would recommend a pot filler faucet over the stove and a sink in an island behind the stove.  The less you have to walk with a pot of boiling water to drain pasta and veggies etc, the better.  Oh, and gellpro mats by the main sink, and by the stove top.  It’s like standing on giant thick gel insoles - your feet will love you.

    Also consider the kitchen work triangle when planning the layout.  We were lucky enough to run into a professional kitchen planner at the store we purchased our appliances from. He was a real nice guy and turned us on to the work triangle and he was the one that suggested adding an island with a small sink behind our stove and boy what a difference it makes.  While he didn’t actually design our kitchen he was kind enough to look at our sketches and make recommendations. 

    The last piece of advice I have for you is take your time, shop around to get ideas, have fun, and plan wisely.
    Southwestern CT
  • Smokin_TroutSmokin_Trout Posts: 487
    Plan, plan, plan. 
    This will be one of the most expensive things you will ever do to your house. You want to do it right. The right layout, the cabinets, the right sink(s), windows, flooring, faucet, outlet placement, pot filler (very handy), counter tops and everything else. 
    We have a 5’x6’ island with granite top. It is placed about a foot to close to the countertop area. It is always cold, sounds crazy but I would find a way to use electric floor heating to warm it. We do pretzels a couple times a year and they will not rise on the granite. 
    Put outlets on each corner of the island- if you have one. 
    We have crappy well water and turned the island sink into reverse osmosis water for the cold. 
    Add a pantry if you have any room available. 
    Farm house sink makes it very easy to clean large pans or three babies. 
    You’re going to drop a lot of money into this- don’t be afraid to look at moving windows, doors, plumbing and electrical. 
    We added a couple of hidden outlets behind fake cabinet door and in a cabinet (phone charger).
    Makes notes lots of notes. 
    Good luck. 
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 17,047
    Wrapping up our kitchen and bathroom(s) remodel like....

    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 9,901
    As far as faucets, I recently put in one of the commercial style and it is my favorite thing. This is the one I have:

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/KOHLER-Sous-Pro-Style-Single-Handle-Pull-Down-Sprayer-Kitchen-Faucet-in-Vibrant-Stainless-K-R10651-SD-VS/206086636

    However you might be able to find a better brand/value. I didn't do any research on this purchase. Old faucet was leaking and we hated it so I had to replace it in a hurry. So far we really like it. Only minor complaint is the sprayer does get stuck in "spray mode" sometimes if you have it running full pressure. 


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • LitLit Posts: 6,997
    I saw in another thread that @lit recommended touch-free faucets but that seems like another thing that could malfunction to me, does anyone else recommend them? 
    We are a couple years in and no issues. If it broke tomorrow I would get another one. With all the raw meat I handle I would never have one you have to touch again. 
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