Novice Remodeler Needs Feedback
I have been told this is the place to get the best kitchen remodeling ideas and feedback.
After years of waiting we are finally remodeling in our home. The exciting part to me is a complete redo and expansion of our kitchen. We are taking out a wall between the livingroom and current kitchen and blending the two together. In the end I hope to have a user friendly gourmet kitchen. I LOVE to cook and this will be my chance to finally get what I have been dreaming about. Any feedback, suggestions or answers would be very much appreciated.
I do have a designer who I like but I am having trouble getting her to "think outside the box". I am looking to be as eco-friendly as possible.
I want the focus of this whole remodel to be the island. I am looking towards a large island - not just a rectangle shape. I want to have some regular island seating and a small booth at one end. The range - 48" Wolf, all gas, will be on the island as well as a prep sink with disposer. I am looking at a warming drawer also. The island top and counters are planned to be reclaimed timers and ribbon glass accents. I would also like to include a flip-up TV.
I am looking at cork flooring. Does anyone have any experience with cork?
I would like a 48" French Door refrigerator with a water dispenser but so far I have not been able to find one. Any suggestions?
Storage and organization will also be important. Now my kitchen is small and has very little storage. This means way too much out on counters, etc. What are your best storage/organization ideas?
As I said, I want a LARGE island that is unique. By large I am thinking at least 12'. The island will transition from the kitchen to the living room. Are there any sites, other than HOUZZ or Kitchen.com, that has good pictures and ideas?
Has anyone used vertrazzo for countertops? I love it but I have heard it is very expensive.
Hopefully we will begin work about the first week in June and wrap up by mid-July.
There are so many decisions! I am overwhelmed! HELP!,,