What's the best idea you've gotten from GW?

Kitten1313March 14, 2013

I have learned so much in the past couple of months and have created a list a mile long of things recommended here that I never knew existed! (hello, airswitch!)

What has GW inspired you to have that you never even knew you wanted?

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MNexlurker

I too have become TKO thanks to many here. And have learned so much about remodeling a kitchen and the "fun" we all have as we learn from one another.

There are way too many ideas to name, but right now the one that comes to mind is from Breezy- thinking outside the "Box" and putting pulls all horizontal in my galley/L style kitchen.

LOVE the idea and know many will think I was crazy. And those who really know me know I like the unexpected once in a while.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 9:54PM
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ogrose_tx

I think the mamasheshe post with her backsplash with the colorful small tiles with the white subway tile back in October was an eye opener, certainly out of the box, to me, at least. I always tend to go so (too) conservative, and probably wouldn't do too much of the vivid colors, but a strip of that tile would look great in my kitchen. Wow, it's gorgeous!Thanks, mamasheshe!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 11:28PM
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taggie

Vertical tray storage over the fridge.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 11:46PM
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suzanne_sl

Yes, air switch - had never seen them before and am so glad we did it.

At the beginning, I said, "It's a sink - who cares?" Then someone linked to the Kohler Stages 45" and I had a revelation, I did care! The Stages sink wasn't going to fit in my space, but I discovered that I actually did care a lot about my new sink. Before the Stages video I hadn't given any real thought to how I use a sink. Talk about a wake up call.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 12:20AM
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Angie_DIY

MW drawer.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 12:23AM
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michoumonster

tapmaster!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 12:44AM
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crl_

We have done two kitchens with GW already and are pondering our third (work related moves). We are also beginning our first real bathroom remodel (did a powder room in the last house). So we have gotten tons of great ideas and information here. Out of all of them I would say, the single best idea we have gotten from GW so far is:

IKEA cabinets.

They are a total steal. We used them in our second kitchen and were just thrilled with them.

Thank you all for all the help!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 1:05AM
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EATREALFOOD

I knew the style of everything I liked(two tone, inset cabinets) but didn't know the cabinet companies or where to find photos.
Thanks to the many people(especially boxer pups) who posted photos in older threads I found photos of Shiloh inset cabinets, and two-tone combinations in many different cabinet styles.
Also I used an unconventional color kitchen floor and the positive comments convinced me that I was able to pull it all together(olioboard is very useful).

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 6:12AM
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pirula

Drawers.

Air Switch.

Horizontally placed outlets low on the walls above counters.

Crownpoint Cabinetry.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 6:32AM
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debrak_2008

Drawers, drawers, drawers.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 6:41AM
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remodelfla

drawer bases
and the notion of function over form. I simply knew nothing before

OH.... Soapstone!!!!!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 8:56AM
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ginny20

Induction cooktop - sayde told me, but GW convinced me

Fiber optic GD switch

outlets built in underside of cabs (mine aren't Plugmold, but it was a mention of plugmold that started me thinking)

EcoSmart recessed LED's

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 10:41AM
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sail_away

So many great things I've learned here, although, sadly, haven't been able to implement in my own kitchen. I learned about soapstone here, and Plugmold, and air switch, and Tapmaster, and pull out garbage/recycling, and more that's not coming to mind right now. Two things I have been able to use in my kitchen are Never-MT (in the bathrooms, too) and the Magisso dishcloth holder.

The single most valuable thing I've learned here is that it's okay to ask questions, even dumb ones, and that most people will respond in a generous and helpful manner. My thanks to all of you---you know who you are.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 3:13PM
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MNexlurker

Saw sail away mentioned the magisso dishcloth holder. I had not heard of it so looked it up . I see it is held in place by magnets.

Wondering if anyone knows : assuming probable not - Would the dishcloth holder work in a blanco siligranit sink?

Thanks

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 5:07PM
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laughablemoments

Upgrading to 2 fridges for our family of 9 and installing 2 DWs. The DWs have been in for about 2 weeks now, and we are really appreciating the usefulness of them. I still haven't quite adjusted to the extravagance of it and I feel quite spoiled, though. : )

Oh, and that if you are using your cleanup sink for mostly loading the DW, it doesn't need to have a window over it. We installed our cleanup zone against a wall, and it's fine. I'm not missing the window like I thought I might.

Protecting the work zone.

I'm sure there are others, but I'm drawing a blank.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 5:27PM
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eleena

Steam oven and soapstone.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 5:31PM
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annkh_nd

Base drawers

Horizontal pulls on upper cabinets - never thought of it, but I'm going to do it!

The idea of zones as opposed to "work triangle". I turns out my new kitchen design is based on the concept, without me even being aware of it!

Mostly I've appreciated the thoughtful, generous feedback. I did not take all the suggestions I got, but having my layout questioned forced me to really think about why I had things the way I did.

Wait, even more than that, I've enjoyed the enthusiasm you folks have shared for my project! Not everyone in my house wants to talk about the kitchen on a daily basis, and this outlet for my obsession has made me easier to live with.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 7:44PM
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kgolby

Many of the same responses are what I've learned but here are a couple more:

1. Install a pullout drawer in the sink cabinet.
2. Smooth out the underside of granite if you will have an overhang. Eliminates the roughness on the legs when sitting in barstools.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 10:23PM
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flynnnj

AIR SWITCH and ... don't lose sight of what YOU want!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 11:24PM
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mama goose_gw zn6OH

1) Trash pullout in prep area.

2) Runnels in sink counter.

3) Confidence to try something different. (Marble, farm sink, deeper counters.)

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 12:03AM
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sail_away

MNexlurker, I have no idea if it would work with your sink. i know I was worried when I saw the thick padding/insulation around my new SS sink, but it held very firmly. I don't know anything about Silgranit sinks, but I did try attaching it to a 2 cm sample of granite, and the magnet did hold it in place, but barely. I think hanging a damp dishcloth on it would pull it down. All I can suggest is getting two magnets and hold one on each side of the sink surface to see if they stick together and if so, how strongly.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 12:47AM
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corgimum

Custom cabinets are not too expensive so get a quote from one and see for yourself.

Blanco

Drawers

DIY Never MT

Almost forgot- induction and LED bulbs!

This post was edited by corgimum on Sat, Mar 16, 13 at 14:25

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 11:41AM
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cookncarpenter

The Velcro attached toe kick cover for paneled appliances.

Used the idea recently on a clients house, and I was a hero :) Thanks GW!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 2:00PM
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ellabee_2016

These are ideas from GW I've acted on:

- Silgranit super single sink w/grid
- touch faucet w pull-down sprayer (Delta)
- bar pulls on drawers in prep/cooking area
- under-cabinet lighting in prep area
- Wellness mats in prep/cooking/cleanup area

All of these have made such an improvement that it's hard to say which is the best idea -- but no question that the sink-faucet combo is the most transformative. I'd read elsewhere that the sink is the most-used appliance in the kitchen, and confirmed it by observing our work motions. But seeing what was available, and hearing in detail GWers' experiences with their choices gave me the confidence to spend the money for what would really make a huge difference.

GWKF ideas that will be put into effect if/when we re-do the counter and cabinets along the cooking wall:

- drawers rather than doors & fixed shelves in lower cabinets
- trash pull-out in prep area
- quieter and more powerful vent hood/fan
- built-in paper towel niche
- paneled dishwasher
- dish storage in drawers next to dishwasher
- pullout or roll-out shelves in cabinet above wall oven (may retrofit this soon no matter what; we're wasting a ton of vertical space)
- warming drawer below wall oven (the most optional of these ideas; will be on Craigslist etc. lookout)

GWKF inspirations that might be incorporated if we turn our current worktable and the cabinets above it into more of an island/peninsula + hutch:

- open cabinet built for microwave (w/rollout landing below if needed)
- freezer drawer (for freezing pastry, items on trays to be bagged for storage in the bigger freezer, etc.)

There's also the huge amount I've learned about design and construction from the many professionals and skilled amateurs here. Thank you.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 7:19PM
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sayde

Blue Star & Miele DW/speed oven (appliances forum)

seeing specific kitchens in older houses that were inspirational -- histokitch, mamadadapaige, arlosmom, pretty kitty, elizpiz

more than any specific item it was the permission to take your time, be obsessive about detail, and have the confidence to do what you want

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 10:14PM
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