Completed Kitchen--Finally, after 3 years! (Many Photos)
It has been awhile since I last posted, but a big thank you to all who helped with advice for my project. For those who do not know, (or who forgot, during our extremely l-o-n-g remodel), a bit about the project:
We started in 2007 (hurts to think about how long ago that was) to do a kitchen remodel on our vacation home. The house is on an island, and the remote setting contributed to the length of the project.
We added a 16' x 20' space to the existing home to contain the new kitchen, and converted the old kitchen into a laundry room, butler's pantry area, and desk/computer area. We removed a modular sunroom from the home, in order to extend the dining room, and put new hickory wide plank hardwood flooring in all areas that had previously contained oak hardwood.
Once the new space was roughed-in, we parted ways with our contractor following several disasters (which I will not go into, but let's just say "Murphy's Law prevailed).
I became our general contractor at that point. This is a job I had not initially planned on doing at the outset of the project, and it was complicated by the fact that I have two school-age children. I learned early in the project that I needed to be onsite whenever work was being done, so much of the work had to be done on weekends or when grandma and grandpa could come and babysit.
Many of the features in the kitchen are custom, and it took lots of time for me to work with the individual craftspersons, and to pull all the components together, as I did not have a kitchen designer, other than some help with the cabinet layout from the cabinetry provider.
With hindsight, things would probably have gone a lot faster if I had hired one, and for a project of this magnitude, a designer's advice would have helped immensely, saving a lot of "trial-and-error" and research time.
I had never built anything before, and I was a terrible general contractor. My work background is in accounting, and for me, 2+2 ALWAYS equals 4! Not so with building and subcontractors. (I learned by the end of the project that when a subcontractor says to you, "Gee, you must be a designer." That is in their view, most definitely not a compliment!)
Anyway, we muddled through somehow, and I am excited to finally share my photos. Please excuse any construction dust--these were taken before final clean-up.
Range Hood: Custom, carved limestone
Countertop Material: 3CM Antique Brown granite, double stacked on island.
Floor: Taupe limestone
Cabinetry: Woodmode In Kitchen and Brookhaven in Butler's Pantry (cherry with Edinburgh finish).
Banquette: Custom, black leather
Faucets: Kitchen--Franke Orient Express, Butler's--Herbeau
Sinks: Kitchen--Kohler, Butler's Pantry--Franke
Refrigerator and Wine Cooler: Subzero 700 series
Hardwood Floors: Carlisle-hickory-varible wide plank
Double Ovens: Gaggenau
Light Fixtures: Kitchen and dining - Arte de Mexico (custom sconces), Butler's Pantry - Steven Handelman Studios
Backsplash: New Ravenna (Botticino marble mosaic)
Niche Frame: Custom fabricated by the countertop fabricator.
A big thanks again for all the wonderful folks on this site who advised and/or inspired me!