Kitchen remodel has begun! LOTS of Pictures
Hello fellow smaller homers! I have returned from my weekend at the Kitchens forum and have pictures for you. The old kitchen is gone now and my skylight is in. Today Jim built the wall that will separate the Kitchen and Family Room. Do not think I am crazy for building the kind of wall everyone else is tearing down, for only 6 feet of it is to the ceiling. The next 6 feet or so of it is going to be only 40 inches high. It gives me a backsplash for my desk area, which overlooks the family room and TV. But what it is really doing is keeping the dogs from getting onto the counter from the Family Room furniture! :-)
It also provides space for running electrical outlets to the desk area and to the Family room.
The green box by the book shelves is my solution to an immovable object. As you can see in the above diagram, the stairs to the basement are right next to that side of the kitchen. We previously had a pantry behind a bi-fold door. That pantry was an unwieldy 40 inches deep. Inside, on the pantry floor was a slanty protrudance. It was the ceiling of the stairwell and we must live with it. It is still there under the bookshelves, but I don't want the bookshelves 40 inches deep! My solution is to have Jim build a little bench above the slant in front of the bookshelves, like a place to sit once you choose a cookbook to peruse. That is what the green box is.
More pictures of the denuded kitchen and our new skylight. Each picture actually has a caption at my pbase site. To read them, go to the link below and start at the page I posted and continue hitting the "next" button. You will see all of the pictures posted here, along with the captions.
Lots of info is on the pbase site, so if you have questions about these photos, please check there first (link below).
Now, this is where I need your help. We have the cabinets, we got the used 23 year-old kitchen from Green Demolitions. We have also purchased a polished porcelain tile that looks like stone to use as a top for the 45 x 93 island. We have the tumbled marble 4x4 tiles for the field tiles in the backsplash. We have also ordered a 4 x 12" listello for the backsplash, a top and bottom line of polished granite with a center diamond-shaped stone of the same pink/brown granite each foot. The background of the listello is a polished stone the same color as the tumbled marble (more or less). I plan to have one row of tumbled marble, the listello, and two more rows of tumbled marble. The listello is not here yet, and the sample cannot be taken home for more than a few hours, so I cannot show it to you yet.
The perimeter countertops will be Nevamar laminate. We had chosen one - before we chose the island tile and listello - and now we are questioning if we have the correct one. I have narrowed it down to three choices. We also have not yet chosen the flooring. It will be Marmoleum (real cork and linseed oil flooring made with natural pigments and a jute backing just like it was 100 years ago.) I also have three choices for flooring. Would you like to see? I strongly suggest you hit the link below so you can read the captions, but feel free to scroll through these pictures posted here, too.
Here is a link that might be useful: Diagram of kitchen and other pics with captions.