My sunny, white kitchen is FINALLY finished!
Thank you so much to all the GW'ers who selflessly (and usually unknowingly as I lurked) shared their time, talent and support to my efforts to remodel my kitchen. Although I wish I had found GW earlier in the process, I am incredibly thankful for all the help I was able to get here before it was too late.
Lessons learned (the hard way, but confirmed here)
1. Budget extra for the unknown. Then budget some more.
2. Nothing will go as planned. OK, a few things will, but you will forget all about them while worrying about the ones that don't.
3. Pick a few things that are must haves and compromise on other things as needed. If you get your must haves, you won't notice what you compromised on as much.
4. Speak up early with your concerns. Spend as much time as you can planning every detail, but keep in mind things will almost certainly change (haha!)
5. Double check every order you or your contractors place.
6. Drawers rock. I did more drawers than my GC had ever done in a kitchen and wish I had done more. One big cabinet for appliances is plenty.
7. Last, but not least: this is a kitchen, which can be a wonderful expression of creativity, love and caring in a happy home, but is still just a kitchen nonetheless. All the stress of renovation will eventually be over no matter what it feels like now, so keep your priorities in tact.
1. My granite. I am in love. Still, always, sigh.
2. That we can all be in the kitchen together without being in each others way
3. That we can unload the dishwasher directly into drawers/cabinets; before we had to put everything on the counter, then put away because of the layout.
4. Ice and water through the fridge door. We go through a lot here in SoCal.
5. Functional storage space for everything, even the garbage!
6. Pulldown faucet is so handy and makes DH enjoy doing dishes!
7. Undercab lighting is gorgeous, especially at night.
Hertco Vogue cabinets in antique white painted finish and undercabinet lighting
Marron Cohiba granite in leathered finish (love it!!)
New Milgard energy efficient windows
Tilecrest Montecito bisque crackle subways tile backsplash with Sonoma custom blend 1x1 mosaic behind range
Dunn-Edwards "Gourmet Honey" paint
Kohler Hawthorne farmhouse sink
Delta Leland pulldown faucet in SS (CA low lead, of course!)
Top Knobs Dakota pulls, handles and knobs in oil-rubbed bronze
Samsung counter-depth French door fridge
Sharp Convection microwave (aka stealth second oven)
Kitchenaid convection range
(existing Fridgidaire DW- the only thing to stay, because the old one died last summer)
Pergo Elegant Expressions handscraped Kingwood flooring (indestructible and easy on the budget)
All new fluorescent can lights to replace dropped ceiling and ugly light box
Pottery Barn Porter pendants over island
lots of drawers (could have done more)
magic corner unit in blind corner
pullout next to sink for trash and recycling
pullout for oils/spices next to range
full height pantry with ROS on lower half and shelves, vertical storage for cookie sheets above