robo's u-shaped 2tone kitchen reveal
I relied VERY heavily on GW to help firm up my layout and a million other choices. I want to thank you all for your generous help. This is a really amazing resource and I so appreciate all the time and care that go into the responses here.
My original goal when I started planning in 2011 was "a kitchen that is family friendly, has seating for at least two people, and has lots of useful counter space." I feel like I got there and am very happy with the result.
The room was just a little too small for an island so we ended up with a basic U shape with peninsula. Peninsula owners unite! We love it. The wood counters are warm and comfortable to sit at.
Budget: around $35K. Total remodel budget was $60K and that included new flooring, powder room, laundry room, new stair treads, painting, etc.
About half the budget went to moving the kitchen to a new space on the other side of the house (all new plumbing and electrical, new doors, taking down structural wall). So we were on a very tight rein for everything else. We kept some old white appliances, shopped on Kijiji (Canadian cragslist), used big box lighting and put install-it-yourself quartz offcuts around the sink.
Before - previous owners used as a home office. The house was built in about 1960 and this room was added early on.
After - took down the wall and added a patio door on to the deck.
After - I agonized over how to manage the sink wall and realized I could make the leftmost cabinet only 20" deep. This let me center the sink AND keep the dishwasher on this wall.
Fauxrocccan tile behind the stove. My husband is the cook and he does use the KA quite a bit! The house is 2 story, modest, and traditionalish so I tempered my uber-modern urges a bit.
Under cab lighting was LED tape lighting from InspiredLED in Warm White. I found InspiredLED responsive and easy to work with. The lights were plug and play and the company came up with a layout and cut the lights to size for free.
Both of my low corners are costco corners inspired by arlosmom.
The Kindred full depth (appliance) sink I got on Kijiji for $400 (MSRP $2900 CAD). Although I love it and it made it easy to do offcuts on either side, I had to re-explain the concept to every single tradesperson ever. My husband was a single bowl doubter but he LOVES it now.
The kitchen is open to this dining room - still a work in progress but getting there!
This is the old kitchen - now a laundry room. Also a work in progress.
Thanks for reading and thanks again for all your help!
This post was edited by robotropolis on Thu, Apr 17, 14 at 21:25