Read Me If You're New To GW Kitchens! [Help keep on Page 1]

buehlMay 4, 2011

Welcome! If you are new to Kitchens, you may find the following information and links helpful.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages contain helpful information about how to navigate this site as well as the world of kitchen renovations.

The Kitchen Forum Acronyms will help you understand some of the acronyms used frequently in posts.

The Finished Kitchens Blog has pictures and information about many GW members' finished kitchens. Not only can you see them alphabetically, but there is also a category list if you're looking for specific things like a kitchen w/a Beverage Center or a kitchen w/a mix of dark and light cabinets. Access the FKB Categories Page via a link in the navigation panel on the right of any FKB page. Additionally, there is also a link to "In-Progress Kitchens" for those members' kitchens that are not quite ready for the FKB. There is also a link to "Coming Soon Kitchens" for those kitchens that are ready for the FKB but have not yet been added. To access the "In-Progress Kitchens", the "Coming Soon Kitchens", and the "FKB Categories", see the links in the navigation panel that is on the right side of each main FKB page.

The Appliances Forum is very useful when you have questions specific to appliances.

To start off the kitchen remodel process...take the Sweeby Test. Then, move on to Beginning a Kitchen Plan.

Other topics such as layouts, planning for storage, and stone materials are discussed in later posts in this thread. Even more information can be found by doing a search on the forum.

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To make this thread more readable and to make it easier to find a specific topic, I have created separate threads for each topic and just point/link to them from here.

We will continue to bump this thread, but not the other threads I created. Please, do not bump the "subject" threads I will be linking to from here. We do not want to flood the first page with all those threads. To do so would knock threads from members asking for help, etc. off the first page and would be counter-productive!

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buehl

What information we need and how to draw up and label a floor plan.

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg010521247761.html

A piece of advice: When you post a layout for comments, please do not take the comments you receive personally. Everyone here is trying to help, not criticize maliciously. We want you to have a kitchen that, in the end, functions wonderfully well and looks nice overall. This may mean that some of us may tear apart your layout and rebuild it to what we think will work better, but it's done with good intentions. We're not the best at just "validating" someones layout, we're best at critiquing!

I will warn you that most of us here are "function over form" (or "function first")...meaning we strive first for a functional layout and then fit the form or look around it. It is far easier to make a functional kitchen look nice than it is to make a nice looking dysfunctional kitchen functional. So, if you are a form/looks over function person, be sure to state that when you post.

Some people here think "function over form" means that we want all kitchens to look the same....not true! What we do want is all kitchens to function well...which means that in 99% of the cases, the workflow is the same...so that will mean some similarities due to workflow. However, as each kitchen is unique, each will have its own unique quirks, etc.

In the end, remember this is your kitchen. You don't have to make any of the recommended changes if you don't want to!

[Note: If you're just posting for validation of your layout (i.e., you don't want comments that suggest changes), state that as well. If you don't, people will comment on it!

Warning: People may comment anyway, it's tough to let a kitchen go that you think is dysfunctional and will cause angst later...especially if it's not yet installed and we think we can help. Bear with us, we're just trying to help!]

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Planing your storage, including where items are commonly stored.

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg010523449014.html

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What are zones and how do you design with them in mind?

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0508230128712.html

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Contains: Links from the "Read Me" thread
Pantries
Useful Information (NKBA links, Other Forums)
Helpful Threads (a myriad of past & present threads containing useful/helpful information)
Tile Information.
Stone Information (how to shop/test/install stone counters, how to remove stains)
Cleaning Your Kitchen

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0105344116836.html

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Bookmarking threads so you can find them later or saving them so you have them (and associated pictures) ''forever''

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0105292031876.html

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Steps to sealing a stone surface, if it needs it.

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0105254810134.html

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bumping to Mambo music this morning--I've been reading "Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" (and am decidedly NOT a suburban housewife at this morning)
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OK, now I'm seeing double. This is pretty voodoo. There are two of these posts, one on p. 1 and the other on p.2 . My bump does not show on the p.2 one but when I try to bump it it rejects the message as my having just posted. I've refreshed the screens ....

You know, some problems are just no worth solving.

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Huh? This is the one that was on p. 2 .... geeesh. Does this mean it's time for some sleep???

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!

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I found this on page three

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Time for some humanities..."Happy We" by Handel, the silliest classical piece I can think of.

Here is a link that might be useful: Happy We!

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Okay, so I'm new and my post was deleted...why? It was asking about hood venting and making more vertical space in a small-ish kitchen. Sorry I offended anyone...

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nm, it wasn't deleted - sorry, these boards are a little confusing compared to others I have been on! Sorry for the double post into appliances as well :(

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