Finished Contemporary Kitchen

momqsFebruary 28, 2011

Thank you sooo much to all of those who have spent so many hours on this forum posting pictures and providing advice and feedback. Our kitchen was 99 % finished by Thanksgiving (about 8 weeks from when we started) and then it took 2 months for the last piece to fall into place. We had an amazing contractor who was here every day and provided great creative ideas. Their bid was about 10% higher than the our other choice but we felt in the end it was the best money we spent because they always had great ideas when decisions had to be made.

So here is our finished kitchen!

Our goals

Update our builder grade kitchen and open the space, and see more of the outside. Add a mudroom (I don't have good photos of this).

The project

We gutted our kitchen, knocked down a wall between the breakfast room and the family room, took down our upper cabinets and created a window wall, and also added a mudroom by taking over 1/2 of the 3rd bay in our garage.

The details

Cabinets: Custom - Wellsford Cabinetry (PA)- Cherry w/ a Shaker Door

Appliances: Everything is Thermador except the hood which is Modern Aire.

Paint: MAB Mystic Lake (this was the old color that we matched)

Counters: Quartzite: White Pearl AKA White Princess - Polished

Backsplash: Honed Carrera Marble plus AKDO Bubbles

Sinks: Elkay

Faucets: Grohe Minta

Counter Stools: Pottery Barn

Floors: Maple 5" plank

Lights: Access Lighting Proteus

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After:


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beekeeperswife

Excellent job! I love your counters! Which cabinet has the piano in it?

Wishing you many years of enjoyment in there.

-Bee

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 7:29PM
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AngAx

Very cool kitchen - love the window wall! So much natural light. Now I'm dying to see the mudroom addition!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 7:32PM
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kaysd

It's beautiful! The wall of windows was a great idea - it transforms the space. I love your cabinet color and style and the gorgeous stone. The wall color works well with your cabinets and stone. I love the curved hood cover and curved end of the island - nice details. How tall is the counter over your microwave? Does the MW under a raised counter work well for you? How do you like the Thermador appliances so far?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 7:37PM
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itsallaboutthefood

Very nice! The cherry cabinets are beautiful!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 7:39PM
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zeebee

Really nice. I love the details that make the whole thing hang together - the matching faucets, the great backsplash/accent tile combination and the pendants. Your cabs are also gorgeous - so warm and rich looking. Great job.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 7:50PM
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florantha

Thia room has a very consistent muse. The deep color of the cabs wouldn't work if the room didn't have so much light from those fabulous windows. Good combo.

The oversized handles are a good way to emphasize the scale--they don't try to miniaturize the large living and working area. The hood is a really artistic feature--goes 'way beyond function. The pattern of all those angles, lines, and bent lines is excellent--consistent design worthy of an expert.

Tell us what is your glass at cab tops?

How useful do you find that smaller sink to be? I like its position outside the inner work area--chopped veg goes to the right to range or left to salad making, yes? We should note that you've flip-flopped the usual island layout, with stools on inner side. Do people really sit at those stools? Any collision in outer aisle with walk-through outsiders while cooks chop?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 8:01PM
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jillsee

So pretty & elegant! I'm also getting cherry cabinets installed (as I type this!).

I looks like the PB stools are an excellent match. I guess they don't carry them anymore --bummer!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 8:06PM
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adel97

Beautiful job! Your choices are all spectacular. I love your hood feature, it adds such a strong architectural element.

I have a very similar palette and I hope mine turns out half as well.

Enjoy!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 8:11PM
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kbmboston

Beautiful. I love the cabinets!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 8:20PM
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shelayne

I'm drooling over your quartzite and dying over your windows! BEAUTIFUL!

I, too, want to see your mudroom!

Congratulations on such a lovely space!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 9:02PM
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cindaintx

Ahhhhhh (sigh), thank you for the beautiful pictures!
You must have posted the photo of the island with the oven wall behind it on another thread, because it's already in my "inspiration" folder.
It's even more wonderful when seen with the rest of the kitchen. The window wall is breathtaking!
I'm afraid of going to the ceiling with my darker contemporary cabinets but yours are beautiful. IT looks like you have 9' ceilings, is that right? How big is your main kitchen area?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 9:15PM
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cat_mom

Very nice!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 9:19PM
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momqs

Thanks for the amazing comments! The hood comments are great! My greatest design disappointment is the hood - I wanted a half circle curve but there wasn't anyway to do that. I'm so happy to hear that it works!

@Bee - the piano moved to another room. I miss having it in the kitchen while the kids are practicing, but it's totally worth it.

@KaySD - we really like the Thermador appliances. It seems like so much thought was put into the usability of them and the company has been very responsive. The MW counter is 42 inches and it's great. However the location of the MW is my least favorite thing in the kitchen. DH would like me to mention that the ice bucket gets jammed sometimes - he likes crushed ice and we've had to bend a blade back twice (but Thermador did send us a new bucket (free) for when it breaks for good).

@florantha - wow! I think I'm blushing! The glass is just a simple frosted glass from the cabinet maker - I don't know what it's called.

The stools are on the inner side of the island because the mudroom/garage & laundry room are through the door next to the ovens, so it's a high traffic walkway. We sit at the stools all of the time and find that even when we have company we wind up at the stools after dinner.

We use the prep (small) sink all of the time. We generally have at least two people working in the kitchen together so it's fabulous to the have that sink. Generally things that are going to the stove go right and things like salads and apps go to the left.

@jillsee - PB still has the stools: Meryl We have the 27" square which is great with little kids because they can sit comfortably at the counter.

@cindaintx - thanks! Our ceilings are 9' and we got 450sq feet of maple floor, so I'm guessing that the kitchen part is about 350 sq ft. I think if you have enough light you can go to the ceiling, but I also think the glass helps.

DH thinks I can get better pictures of the mudroom than I have so I'll try to get them tomorrow when it's light, but it's not nearly as glamorous as the kitchen. I went for function function and more function! We really had hoped to upgrade the laundry room with a nice countertop and new sink but when budget cuts had to be made those went and all of the nice details in the mudroom went with them.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 9:31PM
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mahatmacat1

Everyone's commented on the big significant things, so I'll just add: I love the little bubbles in the backsplash that connect to the big expanse of them over the stove! So unusual to have watery bubble vibe over a stove -- cools down and opens the space even more.

But those little bubbles are where I know someone was having fun : ) Who thought of those?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 9:45PM
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bellacucina

Fabulous, momqs!!!! Clean & contemporary but warm and classic all at the same time. I have to say that I'm partial, b/c I've actually seen your renovation in person -- and although the pics are wonderful, they can't do the quartzite or backsplash or your floors and cabinets justice. I wish you could capture in a photo the way light shines thru your translucent island --amazing! And I just love your mudroom (especially cubbies, which you know I'm copying!), so you must post more pics! Congratulations on the transformation -- and hugs!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 9:55PM
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momqs

-) I sooo love my bubbles.

The bubbles (big and little) are all me. I was up until the wee hours putting together the sets for my contractor onto pieces of tape. I cut up on 12 x 12 sheet and then created each set one bubble at a time. So much fun!

DH wasn't sure about it but was a good sport and just let me go with it. They make me smile every day.

Thanks @bellacucina! Can't wait to see yours finished.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 10:36PM
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bostonpam

What a transformation! I love the bubbles and the counter - beautiful and fun. The cabinets looks so rich. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 10:55PM
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mahatmacat1

I seriously love this kitchen. As a person who went into mosaics (still amateur at this point, but serious) because of discovering my love for playing with tile during my kitchen remodel in 2004 (WAY back when spike owned the place), I'm so glad to hear you made those little pieces yourself.

But *all* the choices are so dead on. I imagine your contractor/fabricator are taking pics for their portfolios? : )

(small side question: what is your thinking about the transition from one kind of wood flooring to the other, at the end of the kitchen? Are you planning to change out the darker floor at some point? Or keep it as is?)

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 1:51AM
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elizpiz

I love your kitchen: clean, simple lines and great materials. I too am a fan of the bubbles :-).

Congratulations on a great job and happy cooking!

Eliz

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 7:05AM
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cjc123

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Great design and use of space. Of course I am a total Cherry quartzite lover so I could move in without a hitch! Wish I could have put in those windows! Looks like it will be a dream to entertain in. Very well done! Enjoy :-)

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 7:17AM
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wizardnm

Very, very nice! Your cabinetry is beautiful and I love your paint color. Great kitchen!!!!!!

Nancy

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 8:16AM
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research_queen

I have been waiting for your pics!! LOVE your kitchen - it is beautiful. Clean and warm and inviting, with a little bit of whimsy! Enjoy your new space.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 8:20AM
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dianalo

I am so loving your kitchen! Those counters are divine ;) I think you really pulled off sophisticated and warm at the same time.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 10:14AM
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pricklypearcactus

Wow! I love your new kitchen. It is spectacular! I love the combination of lovely crisp white princess and marble with the warm cherry shaker. The lights are fantastic. And overall the space is absolutely perfect. Thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 10:33AM
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momqs

@flyleft - I don't love the transition when you look at it from far away, but the family room is a bit warmer than the kitchen in tone and the floor reminds you of that when you walk on it. It's not a big enough deal for me to change it right now, but someday I would love to put Brazillian Cherry floors there (we have them in DH's office which is the angled door you see to the left of the TV). Then I think it would really make that room warm, but I'm not sure they Brazillian Cherry takes precedence over the new AC we'll need in the next year or so.

And thanks again for everyone's nice comments!!!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 10:41AM
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momtofour

It looks great! I love the wall of windows and the stacked cabinets. That's a room full of (beautiful) dark cabinets that still looks so bright! Nice!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 10:41AM
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mahatmacat1

AC definitely takes precedence, IMO : )

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 12:12PM
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kaysd

I am struggling with where to place a MW in our design, so could you please tell me what it is about the location you dislike? Is it the height, or is it just too far from where you want to use it?

If you don't mind saying, what is the approximate price per sq ft you paid to have that gorgeous White Pearl installed? I am realy loving the white quartzites I see on GW, but have not seen any locally yet so I am wondering what it will do to my budget. I would love to see the translucent effect Bellacucina mentioned.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 12:51PM
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momqs

@kaysd We moved the MW about 4 times during the design phase. It was the hardest appliance to place. We don't like the height. We're used to it at about 4' off the ground and would have preferred it there - DH is 6'3 so he has to kneel down if he actually wants to see what's in there. Mostly we're reheating something like soup or tea so it's not a big deal and I think it would be better it it weren't in the walkway and we could be across the room looking into it, I would put it there again in this layout, so it's not that bad but I certainly don't love it.

The quartzite was about $110/sq ft and we got a deal. We really negotiated on the price - it was originally priced at $130/sq ft.

It blew the budget but it was worth EVERY PENNY!

The translucent effect is way cool but I don't think I can show it in a photo. Basically where it looks grey (the veining) it's actually clear. You can put light under the veins and it will show through. It's a fun party trick!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 1:02PM
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momqs

Here is the mudroom. We took over 1/2 of the 3rd garage bay for this. Behind it in the garage we mounted some of the old cabinets and made a workshop.

This is my clutter room! We have a counter that accommodates after school backpack emptying, mail, newspapers, store returns, things awaiting pickup or dropoff, etc.... Everybody has a bin on the counter and we have a station for things that need to get put back into the garage.

We have cubbies for backpacks, briefcases, shoes, etc....

I wanted the kitchen to stay serene and free of clutter and my answer was to create a place for that type of stuff. The good news is that it's working! This room is regularly cluttered (this picture is on a good day) and the kitchen is regularly not cluttered - the things that clutter the kitchen (like projects or meals) get cleaned up immediately.

Some details:
The door between the cubbies and countertop goes to the garage. The door to the kitchen is across from the Alarm panel. Next to the alarm panel is where the house used to end.

The cabinets and window are from the old kitchen. (including the cabinet built into the wall above the counter).

The floor was pulled up from the old kitchen and relaid here.

The countertop is formica and the beadboard is from Home Depot. The cubbies are made of MDF.

The cubby boxes are from Crate and Barrel. Each of my children has a cubby and DH and I share the large middle cubby.

I mentioned this before but I just put it here again for completeness - we wanted a matching counter over the W/D and we wanted to get a new laundry sink, but we had to cut the budget and they didn't make it.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 1:29PM
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kitchenaddict

hi momqs..

Gorgeous...you really improved it all! I love the windows and the cabinets...Congrats and enjoy...

KA:)

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 2:03PM
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rhome410

Such great windows!! And I'm drooling over your countertops. If I'd seen your backsplash before I did my kitchen, it'd be my inspiration. Love those rounds (bubbles) behind your range. I can completely relate to putting your own custom sets together...I made my own combo of 5/8" marble tiles for ours. So much more special that way. Very cool. And quite a change from before! Congratulations.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 2:18PM
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sabjimata

So much storage! Love the warmth of the cabinetry with the cool soothing tones of the counter/backsplash. Enjoy! It's a great kitchen!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 3:27PM
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ajard

Love the transformation!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 10:30PM
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willinak

Great job on many levels! Please tell how the backsplash was done! Is that a matted mosaic?

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 11:05PM
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momqs

The backsplash is a honed carrara marble plank mosaic. We cut out a few individual tiles in the 12x12 sheets before they went up on the wall.

To make the bubble inserts I took a 12x12 sheet of AKDO bubbles. I cut it apart and created the little glass bubble mosaics onto a piece of painters tape to match the openings that we had created.

The contractors then hung the marble on the wall and placed the bubble mosaics into the holes.

The feature over the stove is just 4 12x12 sheets of AKDO bubbles (and it's the only thing my contractors did not do well - they didn't get the sheets close enough together).

The planks that surround the bubble feature are 12x12 tiles (not mosaic) that were cut to make the frame.

Then everything was grouted with a SANDED grout. The contractors gave me a hard time on this but the tile store insisted on it and it came out looking great even though they grumbled.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2011 at 1:10PM
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kaysd

I just keep coming back to look at this kitchen. I find the color/material combinations so serene.

Just a couple more questions, if you don't mind, Momqs. I'm trying to figure out whether or not to put cabinets over the 7' high Thermador columns. How high off the floor did you end the wood door cabinets (uppers and full height pieces) and how tall are the glass front cabinets? What do you store in those high glass front cabinets and is that storage space useful for you? DH wants to stop at about 7.5' with molding (which would be less expensive), but I love the look of your glass uppers.

Also, how wide are your fridge and freezer columns?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2011 at 1:17PM
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momqs

Hi Kay

My measurements are approximate, but they are w/in an 1/8 inch.

The molding covers 6.5" down to the top of the glass cabinet.

The glass cabinet is 14.5" and the piece below is is 3.5".

The bottom of the fridge doors come 4.5" off the floor.

We have an 18" freezer and a 24" fridge.

I have all of my china, my crystal, vases, large bowls, and a few other pretty things up there.

We are currently w/o a dining room because we sacrificed it to a playroom, so it's awesome to have all of that stuff upstairs, but we did not put the cabinets in for storage. We have more of that than we know what to do with. We put them in for aesthetics and because we didn't want to dust the tops of cabinets. It was only after the kitchen was done that we figured out what to do with them.

I'm not sure if you are doing custom cabs or now, but we decided to put the uppers in after we had our price so we worked with them to cut in other places to afford the uppers. It was sooo worth it. We just LOVE them.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2011 at 10:19PM
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momqs

I just realized that we have a 30" fridge, not a 24" sorry!

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 9:25AM
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chicagoans

hi momqs - it's gorgeous! can you please tell me what brand/style of hardware you used on the cabinets? I'm looking for some really long pulls like that.

TIA!

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 9:33AM
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momqs

Thanks!! The pulls are from the cabinet maker and I never got the brand, but we had to replace our fridge pulls with something heftier and in the process we ordered Hafele pulls which matched exactly (and thus went back, but they would have been great for the cabinets).

We wound up using Cliffside Industries pulls on the fridge. They have them in the size that's on our cabinets also.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 10:37AM
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efs

great space; like it a lot. Have a question: where are your pendants and the ceiling fan from?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 11:05AM
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momqs

Thanks!

The pendants are from Arcadian Lighting and the ceiling fan is from Lights2You.com - It's a Minka Aire Flyte.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 11:25AM
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redroze

Gorgeous kitchen. Your white quartzite counters are glorious. I love my Bianco Antico counters, but if I knew how similar white quartzite was to marble (at least visually) it would have given me serious pause as to which to choose! Is it pricier than granite?

Wonderful job. The cabinets are so beautiful and work well with the blue paint.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 3:27PM
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momqs

Thanks so much for the lovely comments redroze.

In my area granite was about $90/sq ft and the quartzite was $110 so you can thank your Bianco Antico for saving your pocketbook!

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 4:23PM
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ghoitt

Great kitchen we are in the proces sof a new design now adn just now started considering wide plank maple floors. can you tell me which brand you picked and how much they were per sq ft. Are they Enginered or solid?

Thanks

Greg

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 3:30PM
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breezygirl

I don't know how I missed your gorgeous kitchen when you first posted it. What a masterpiece! Your bs is so clever and creative. I'm so envious of your mudroom space. I finally now have (or will have when it's finally done) a tiny little spot for shoes, coats, hats, etc. by the back door. Can't wait!

But the best thing about your new kitchen is that quartzite! TDF! Wow. Congratulations, and may you and your quartzite have a beautiful life together!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 4:45AM
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momqs

Thanks!!

Greg we got the floors at FastFloors.net They are
Somerset Specialty Collection Plank 5 Solid (Maple)
They were $5.15 SQ/FT. I will say that they show EVERYTHING though. We previously had a dark slate floor which showed nothing, so it's quite a transition for us. I adore the look of the maple, but it scores pretty low on the practical meter for me. I'm not sure I would do them again for that reason.

Breezygirl - thanks!! I agree - the quartzite was such a big splurge and I couldn't finish the laundry room to match the mudroom because of it, but I don't regret one penny. I would get the quartzite again in a heartbeat!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2011 at 9:44AM
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beddiek

Hi Everybody,
I'm new here :)
We are doing a kitchen remodel and this kitchen looks very similar. The cabinets, their color, door handles are the same. We are going with bianco antico granite counters. We were doing oak floors, but decided on radiant heat and was told tile would be better for that.
My question is: what color tiles would work with this color combination?? Wood was so much easier to pick!
Thanks in advance

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 12:24AM
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kimba615

Momqs - Your kitchen is stunning!! It is giving me a serious case of kitchen envy!!
What are the dimensions of the island, and the overall width of the kitchen?

    Bookmark   March 31, 2011 at 12:58PM
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mtnfever

momqs, your kitchen hits the "contemporary" vibe really well! and so smart to set up the mudroom to contain the clutter and keep the clean lines of the kitchen clean!

With all those windows, is it blinding to have the sun shining on the polished counters? Which direction do the windows face? The quartzite is so beautiful, maybe you don't care!

thanks in advance

    Bookmark   March 31, 2011 at 2:06PM
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momqs

Thanks!!

kimba615 - the island is 36 wide x 126 long. The kitchen is 166 wide except for the very end where you see the angled cabinet next to the fridge - that part is 178.

mtnfever - the windows are south facing - it's the sunny side of the house but we have a hill in the back. We moved into the kitchen at the end of October and so far it's been fine, but we are definately watching for the glare as summer comes. If the glare is too much we may either put sun shades (think Starbucks) or hone the countertops. We'll just have to see what happens in the summer.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2011 at 5:34PM
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jenhp

momqs, glad I saw your kitchen! I love it! It has so many things similar to how I'm designing my kitchen, that I feel like I'm looking at my (almost) finished design. Mine will be very similar, except it is about 3 feet less across the width, so no island for me and my cabinet stain will be a little different and no glass door fronts. I will also have a bank of south facing windows on one side and a full wall of cabinets on the opposite side. AND I am doing white marble tile backsplash and white countertops! Love the bubbles very cute! May I ask where did you get your backsplash tile?

Although I don't have room for an island, I'm doing a peninsula on one end. I am curious about the seating part of your island. How much length left to right did you leave for your four stools? Also, how many inches is your overhang?

I really like your flooring and I saw you posted the info on that, except for the color. Which color did you go with? In your photo it almost looks like the tone I envisioned for my floor.

Sorry for so many questions! Please just take it as a compliment!

Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 2, 2011 at 1:30PM
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momqs

Hi Jen
The backsplash tile is from Devon Tile in Devon PA.

The stools are 15" square. We have a 12.5" overhang so the stools stick out 2.5 inches past countertop.

The fourth stool also sticks out 3" on the width side when they are stored but it's still under the counter on that side because of the curved overhang.

Our floor is natural maple. It's gorgeous and I love it but .... (see above!)

Good luck!!

    Bookmark   April 2, 2011 at 6:45PM
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loosey-goosey

coming out from lurking and searching....
I love this kitchen, so nice to see some contemporary kitchens, as most have very traditional or "old world" or country vibes. Beautiful job!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 10:33PM
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kmmh

It's beautiful!
I'm very jealous of your mudroom, could you tell me the sizes of the cubbies please?
Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 12:29AM
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momqs

Thanks!

Loosey-goosey - there are plenty - do a search on "modern kitchen" and you'll see some very beautiful modern kitchens and if you look for "shaker" you may see some other contempoary kitchens.

kmmh - The small cubbies are 20 inches wide and the big cubby is 32.

The "bench" is 18" off the ground and the main part of the cubbies are 58" high. The shelf above is 13" high. We have two soffets there so we had to compromise on height and overall width but it hasn't been a big deal at all - we're just soo happy to have them!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 7:45AM
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azlee6574

momsqs - I have almost the exact same thing underway in my home. I have cherry cabinets with a very similar layout but the stools on the other side and not quite as large. I did limestone tile instead of hardwood. I also am doing white cabinets in a newly created mud room but a fraction of your size. Right now we are gutted and nothing is in but can't wait to have some pictures to show you all!
Glad to see yours come together so well.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 9:31PM
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momqs

Good luck azlee6574!

Looking forward to seeing it.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 9:49PM
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