Changing raised breakfast bar

peachy605May 5, 2014

Hi guys, I�m new here and I really need some advice about how to handle this :)ïÂÂ

We bought a beautiful spec home almost 2 years ago which had a raised breakfast bar. Since I hated it so much (sorry to all those who love theirs! but I like the functionality of single level much more) after a lot of cajoling I was able to convince DH to change it all to one level. The granite guy gave us three choices:
� change that entire piece out however there was no guarantee that the new slab would match the rest of the kitchen.
� Change the granite for the entire kitchen (we couldn�t consider this because of the cost plus it was a brand new house)
� Cut the breakfast bar and seam it across to make all one level.

After a lot of thinking we decided to go with Option#3 and I have to say the granite guy did an awesome job with the seam. In certain lights you can tell there is a seam but honestly the stone is dark enough to carry if off. What bothers me though is the slight jutting out piece right at the end (see pic attached). We had a slightly extended wall because the raised bar was about 2 inches longer than the countertops. We chose not to cut the wall because then it would involve replacing the hardwood underneath etc. and that would increase the cost. But now I�m concerned that it looks weird. Granit guy tells me people do all kinds of funky stuff so this should not bother me and that I should enjoy the counter even more now. I know it�s probably too small a thing in the grand scheme of things but it�s funny that the seam doesn�t bother me as much as this thing jutting out :(
Can�t change it now though but what do you guys think? Please chime in!

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live_wire_oak

Option 4. Change out the island granite to a light color complementary to the perimeter. And take care of the pony wall jut out. You also need to add back the electrical outlets that were in the backsplash to that cabinet side. They are code required.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 11:12AM
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musicgal

I love the small ideosyncracy of the extended wall. The granite looks great and in that space you were right to delete the raised bar. I am building one but my space is much different.
The side of your cabinet there is lovely... I could see hanging out at a party inthat little indentation, pretending I wasn't blocking traffic flow.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 12:33PM
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dcward89

I like it...but I'm one who likes things that are unique to a home...something that is just different...something that speaks to what was before. I would leave it and love it if it were my home!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 12:53PM
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sjhockeyfan325

In all honesty, I don't love it, but I think I'd live with it first to see if I could get used to it. (I would put an outlet in the side facing the kitchen).

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 1:02PM
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Errant_gw

How about some open shelves on the end, that are the same depth as that pony wall?

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 1:06PM
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Trebruchet

peachy605:

Who approved the template/drawing? Anyone? Or was there such a thing?

If you signed off, you're going to have to live with it or pay to have it changed. If your fabricator just guessed that you would like the bump out more than a larger overhang on the end cabinet, he guessed wrong and should at least be willing to work with you.

I'd live with it for a while. Shortening the wall, repairing the floor to match, cutting and reprofiling the granite is a PITA.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 2:32PM
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sjhockeyfan325

Trebuchet, I would imagine that when the breakfast bar was cut down, that piece of wall was already there. The cabinet portion was also already there. Once the OP elected to have a new piece put on adjacent to the existing piece, there would have been no choice but to cover the top of the pony wall.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 2:45PM
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lascatx

I wouldn't redo it -- it's a lot of redoing of wall, floor granite and who knows what else and could be asking for more trouble when you get into it (or I am I the only one who has more trouble when I go for perfection and could have left well enough alone?).

The jut looks a bit narrow for shelves and you'd still have the issue of what tops them and it might make the granite look more off. , but I think the idea of making a logical use of the space -- lemons to lemonade, is a great idea. Perhaps the top could be open and used for things like salt and pepper grinder that go to the table, oil and vinegar...

What if you hung a towel bar on the side of that cabinet? The sink is near enough that it would make sense. Simple, inexpensive and functional -- towel can also be decorative.

Another to the table idea -- you could do something like magazine slots there. They could hold magazines, the morning paper, homework, a phone book -- or placemats that could go to the table and have a spot when not in use (since so many drawers aren't quite wide enough or deep enough).

You know how you live and what you use. Think of something that will work for you and make it look like something unique and clever that other people wish they had thought of. ;-)

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 3:15PM
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Trebruchet

"Trebuchet, I would imagine that when the breakfast bar was cut down, that piece of wall was already there. The cabinet portion was also already there. Once the OP elected to have a new piece put on adjacent to the existing piece, there would have been no choice but to cover the top of the pony wall."

sjhockeyfan:

I agree, but that has nothing to do with who made the decision as to the final shape of the top.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 7:52PM
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annkh_nd

Treb, what would you have done?

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 9:49PM
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scrappy25

I think the towel bar or magazine wall holders are great ideas! It would make the area look more deliberate.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 8:47AM
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gr8daygw

I'm wondering why the new granite piece wasn't cut to cover up the top of that little area. Or maybe I am not seeing what I think I am. If it's just that, you could just put another piece of granite on that but that would be more seams. Maybe just put a finial there? A pineapple, it's the sign of hospitality. It looks like the perfect size of a granite sample, those squares they cut for you to take home. Just set one of those there!!! Sorry, I know what you mean, it's the little things! Pretty kitchen!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 8:58AM
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Texas_Gem

I could be wrong but from what I am reading, this isn't a new piece of granite. OP had then take out the raised area and use the same piece of granite that was already there from the raised area. I.E. no templating per say and no new granite.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 9:21AM
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Trebruchet

Texas_Gem:

Dang, I'm going to have to start paying attention to the posts I respond to one of these days. You are correct.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 10:22AM
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peachy605

Thank you for responding!! I checked this post a few times Monday morning, didn't see any reponses and then got so busy at work I forgot all about it :)

lascatx: I love the idea of a towel bar there even the magazine slot is a great idea...so creative! Then it looks more deliberate and not something that we had no choice about.

sjhockeyfan:
"I would imagine that when the breakfast bar was cut down, that piece of wall was already there. The cabinet portion was also already there. Once the OP elected to have a new piece put on adjacent to the existing piece, there would have been no choice but to cover the top of the pony wall." - you hit the nail, that is exactly why we had no choice but to cover the wall. BTW we do have an outlet right behind the pony wall extremely close to the counter.

Treb: the only other choice was cutting the wall, replacing flooring and DH didn't want to go that route. I wish I could have replaced the granite and redone it totally but that would be a bit crazy since the house is barely two years old and the kitchen is brand new. For me it was more about improving the functionality of the space.

As far as practical use of space goes, we've used that space so much more in the past 4 days (we got it done last weekend) than we ever did when it was raised :) The raised bar at least for us was like a clutter magnet. No one ever sat there except sometimes DS who now just loves the one level space. It has totally changed the space for the better!! Would NEVER EVER want to go back to the raised bar again :)

    Bookmark   May 7, 2014 at 4:45PM
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