Finished Kitchen - Creamy with Walnut

mythreesonsncSeptember 18, 2011

Hi GW,

We've been busy unpacking and moving. I keep planning to post my finished kitchen, but have been so slow actually getting it done. Always messy, and never quite "done." But, not sure it ever will be!

Thanks to all for so much help and inspiration. My layout definitely was made more functional after asking for help from you all, and the details and pictures are so helpful as well. I have enjoyed watching so many kitchens come together on this forum and I hope my pictures and details will help some people with their decisions. Thank you all!

Some details...

The house is new construction, so I was able to get out my graph paper and outline my ideas. It has been a really fun process, though it is nice to finally get to live here!

Cabinets: Local guys (Hogan and Co) --- painted Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan. ( It looks doesn't look tan at all though because the floors are dark)

Paint: Walls BM Greenbrier Beige, Trim Manchester Tan

Backsplash: Honed Crema Marfil 3x6

Appliances: Subzero all-fridge, Subzero all-freezer, Wolf rangetop, Sharp microwave drawer, Kitchenaid fridge drawers, U-line fridge freezer drawers (in butler's pantry), Kitchenaid dbl ovens and kitchenaid dishwasher drawers.

Floors: Random width walnut (3, 4, and 5 ") finished with oil based poly in satin.

Counters: Island: wide plank walnut finished with Waterlox, perimeter granite: White Diamond granite

Sinks: Prep sink- Ticor, Island sink- Shaw's, Butler's Pantry - hammered copper from Copper Sinks online

Faucets: Kohler Fairfax in prep, Perrin and Rowe at island (the water sprayer annoyingly drips) and Kohler Vinnata in Butler's pantry

The main part of the kitchen is really just the range wall (with fridge and freezer flanking), opposite the island, which has the sink, a dishwasher, trash /recycling and microwave. The other cabinets /drawers are extra storage. Things I love in here: The big drawers below the rangetop for pots and pans (definitely big here on GW), the spice pull-outs, and the floors.

Here are some shots...


If you look the other way, the range wall is opposite the fireplace in our keeping room. We love the openness of the layout. There are hidden doors above the window seats (see the paint on either side of the fireplace, those are big toy closets, accessed from above the windowseats, we love this)

Breakfast area. The drawers on the right are fridge drawers. This is very handy. My kids have zero reason to get into the range area fridges. We keep milk and all drinks in here. This I love!

Prep pantry: Small little area, so hard to get a good shot. It is hidden behind these barn doors....

Oven side:

Sink side, with pass-through to breakfast area:

Butler's pantry:

Pantry (before we organized):

The other side of the pantry, we put a counter. This works great for setting down groceries, preparing stuff, etc. I still want to find baskets that fit in the cubbies below.

And that's it.... now that I just previewed, I realized all of these pics came out giant.... how annoying! I am not sure how to re-size them without uploading again. Sorry about that!

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Wow....gorgeous setting. The walnut is lovely. The open beams and those barn doors. All of it is so beautiful. I will surely go back and look some more but just a quick note to say that your space is simply beautiful. c

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 9:23AM
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BEAUTIFUL!! Your kitchen/house is stunning!

However, I am having a hard time figuring out where things are in relation to each other, e.g., the pic with the stair banister.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 9:32AM
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Congratulations, it's a fabulous kitchen, pantry and oven areas, etc. Just absolutely perfect planning in your new home......

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 9:34AM
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Yea! It is beautiful! I remember you showing me pictures of your beams several months ago! Your kitchen is soooo pretty! I love everything!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 9:38AM
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Wow - looks great! SO happy you posted these. I ordered Medallion White Chocolate (off white) cabinets with a ginger snap on cherry (dark cherry) range hood and some beadboarding for my kitchen. Not sure how it all is going to play out and a little nervous but if it looks anything like yours I will be happy! Haven't picked my granite or backsplash but love how yours looks! Congrats and getting it all to come together very well!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 9:40AM
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Very nice, the cabs, pantry, oven area. You did a beautiful job and now it is time to enjoy.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 9:44AM
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What a gorgeous house! Your keeping room looks amazing... all those windows (sigh). And that island top is simply too gorgeous.
I too have a little difficulty undertanding where the pantry lies... a mini-floor plan might help us orient.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 9:48AM
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Congrats! It looks AMAZING! What a joy to work in there.

My favorites are the walnut (obviously) and the refrigerator drawers near the breakfast area. Oh, and the barn doors-LOVE them.

OT-I had to chuckle that you, too, have bags of "Breath Busters" on hand.


    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 10:00AM
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It looks absolutely lovely, and perfect in its setting (with the stone fp, wood beams, barn doors....). Refined rustic!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 10:11AM
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You are right.... hard to understand how it lays out....
I am going to try to find a floorplan, or I'll sketch it, but first, have to run out to Lowe's. In the meantime, here are a couple of pics that show a bit more of the relationship of spaces!

Here is a shot during construction that shows the kitchen, prep area and breakfast area....

Here is a view from the dining room, passing through the butler's pantry, down to the kitchen and keeping room....

The reverse view.... kitchen to butlery to dining:

This shows from the kitchen, the prep area and a glimpse of the food pantry:

I'll post it written out or a floorplan when I get back. Thanks for looking. Oh, and Katieob, I have those breathbusters just in case, my 12 year old dog has FABULOUS breath :-).

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 11:48AM
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What a lovely new space -- congratulations and may you enjoy it with your family for many years! Love the island countertop, the barn doors, and the window seats...


    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 12:02PM
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I love how open it feels with the high ceilings and open island.
I think my fave part is your breakfast table setup, followed closely by your island top.
You managed to make a spacious layout feel cozy.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 12:12PM
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Wonderful house -- I just love all the windows in your keeping room. Incredible light! What a wonderful space to be in. Congratulations!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 12:22PM
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Now that's what I call 'modern rustic' very nice. You've done a wonderful job of organizing your spacious area.


    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 12:41PM
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Can you tell us what your knobs are on the cabs (and your granite)? Beautiful all around!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 12:48PM
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wow! such a cool kitchen! I love the barn doors! so unique!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 12:54PM
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Beautiful! I too love the barn doors.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 1:08PM
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Terrific job. So many nice touches. What a lovely room to live in! I think Id take a pillow and never leave.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 1:20PM
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Great! Esp. the big windows and island countertop!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 1:26PM
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Not my best drawing ever.... but hopefully it gives a sense of the flow.

Lake girl, the knobs in the kitchen are Top Knobs in most places, with several Amerock mixed in as well.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 1:38PM
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Wow! LOVE those barn doors, and of course, the walnut and fireplace view. I am very intrigued by your set up, and hope you don't mind a couple of questions about how you use it. Where do you do dishes and have your everyday dish storage? How do you use the prep area besides for baking?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 1:49PM
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Love your space and the fact that you thought everything through so well in your planning. The barn doors and the walnut countertop are beautiful.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 2:08PM
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Beautiful, open and airy. May I ask what brand is the double oven?

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 2:18PM
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Had to long in just to post. Beautiful. Love the barn doors!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 2:50PM
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greenhousems - The ovens are Kitchenaid.

rhome - We are enjoying the set-up, though it might not work for all. I do just about everything in the prep pantry. We wash dirty dishes (kids pass them to me through the the opening between the breakfast area and the prep area, I rinse and put them in the dish drawers. As far as how we keep the dishes, we have a big cabinet next to the dishwasher and just about all of the everyday stuff goes in there. It makes putting away pretty easy. We almost fill a single dish drawer per big meal, so at times we could set the table directly from one of the drawers.

We keep coffee mugs and cups in the hutches next to the table (or even just out on the counter next to the coffee pot) because the coffee pot is on that counter right by the pass through and milk and cream and other drinks are in those fridge drawers below. Makes it handy for re-filling your coffee mug from the breakfast table. DH and I like to stretch out on the banquette seats and have coffee, and the kids have set up bird feeders right out the window and they have a drawer (below the banquette) that holds their binoculars and bird books.

The really wasted space is the island for our everyday use. The kids love the banquette so much that they rarely sit at the island, and we don't really use the shaw's sink much except as a pot filler. That might partially be because I tried to train the kids not to make it their handwashing / get a drink of water sink because I worried at first about water on the wood island. Now, the habit is to use the prep space more. When we have guests over, we like to set up snacks and stuff on the island and everybody seems to gather around it, but not so much for everyday use. The positive of that with my messy clan is that the island usually looks clean! But, I am anticipating using it all more around the holidays with more people around, but we'll see....

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 3:02PM
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Love it! Great combination of materials. Can you give me the specs on your triple window with the arched top by window seat. Thanks!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 3:57PM
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It's all SO GOOD!!!

I love it - but you had me at your layout pics ages ago!
that ceiling!!!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 4:23PM
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What a wonderful place! Thank you for sharing!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 4:36PM
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The barn doors are a clever idea. I like everything about your kitchen.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 5:25PM
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So love it - and I am so glad you posted it as it lives :) Thinking of Manchester Tan as a hallway color - front hall, up stairs, through to back hall and down . . . are you happy with it? We don't have loads of light in the hallways and need a lighter color. . .

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 5:41PM
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I remember you posting some pics during the summer...maybe it was for paint color. Regardless, your kitchen I think is my favorite of all kitchens I have seen in total. I love love love your kitchen. It is an A++++++ in my book. Flawless

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 6:09PM
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What a charming home. I love all the "little spaces" in it. Even though I'm sure it's quite huge, it doesn't seem cold and vast the way you have it divided up. The walnut countertops just exude warmth, too. Really lovely space.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 7:17PM
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Your kitchen is beyond gorgeous. I would feel like I was living in a design magazine every day.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 7:27PM
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Sounds great... I'm jealous. ;-) Thanks for answering!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 8:59PM
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Thanks everybody! This has been a really fun project, I loved every second of it!
To answer a couple of the questions:
Athens, I love Manchester Tan. We used it for trim, ceilings, etc, but my mother-in-law had it for her bedroom. It was just a nice color!
Dilly, the arched window is 7' wide. The lower windows are 5'tall, and the springline is about 26", making them about 7'2" tall at the highest point. The part I struggled with in designing the windows with the window guy was I wanted the "lites," mullions, whatever you call them, to be equal per set of windows, and furthermore, I wanted the mullions to be taller than they are wide (read "Traditional Construction Patterns," and this was pointed out in the book). The window guy had trouble understanding why this was important. I stuck with the concept throughout the house though, and one of the first comments is usually about how pretty the windows are, nice and open. So, i guess it was worth making a stink about. Not that you asked, but if you are considering this type of window, I think the pattern matters!

Thanks again all for looking, helping and supporting throughout this process!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 9:13PM
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Wowza, Wowza, Wowza!!!! Your kitchen and surrounding spaces are absolutely stunning!! I love that walnut countertop!

Thanks for posting pictures and your floor plan so I/we could get a better idea of the flow and how everything relates to each other. Fabulous job!!! Congratulations!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 9:42PM
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Mythreesonsnc- 7 foot tall windows! Wow! What brand are they? Or did your window guy customize the window? I just love it.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 10:01PM
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mythreesons-Absolutely stunning!!! I love everything about your new space! Those floors and the island countertop are gorgeous!! I'd love to see a close up of your crema marfil backsplash with the hood and rangetop. We opted to hold off on our backsplash for now due to indecisiveness, but yours is beautiful. Congrats!!!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 10:03PM
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congratulations! your house is beautiful and the kitchen is wonderful! i LOVE your prep area. genius! good luck in your beautiful home and enjoy your efforts.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 10:14PM
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I love the beautiful ceiling, windows, barn door, and counters. But most of all, I love the layout and functionality of your space. You did a marvelous and thorough job of planning--maximizing your space its utmost. Kudos to you and thank you so much for sharing your journey. Wishing you joy in your new home!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 10:35PM
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**clap clap clap clap**

Hooray, you're done! Congratulations to you on such a momentous feat! We need a 'reveal' in the building forum for the rest of the house. What a fantastic job you've done with the kitchen area. All the thought you've put into it really shows. Double Hip Hip Hooray!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 10:54PM
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Amazing! So beautiful, thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 1:58AM
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Every detail really looks fantastic. You did such a great job! And, I absolutely love your walnut countertop!

How do you like the barn doors? Our interior designer added some to a closet between kitchen/family room area, and I love the idea/look, just wondering how they really work in real life!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 9:12AM
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Beautiful! We are working on our kitchen design now and have a vaulted ceiling with the lowest point 12 feet high high point 20 feet. I would love to know the height and dimensions of you cabinets, hood and island. Hard to decide how high to go with the hood and cabinets.

kerry17 - we are using medallion cabinets also in the same color combo, using the Mendocino in maple 5 piece drawer fronts. Planning on a white island and range hood and gingersnap on the perimeter cabinets. Have you ordered your cabinets yet? Would love to see pictures.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 10:27AM
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Gorgeous kitchen! I love the beamed ceilings and that walnut countertop is stunning! Great idea putting the frig drawers in the breakfast area. Those barn doors are amazing! Terrific job pulling everything together!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 11:11AM
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hi RT --- Happy to give some dimensions. We actually drew this all out in powerpoint to figure out how high we wanted the beams. We made a little slideshow at the time and put the beams at varying heights. We played the slideshow for ourselves and friends / family. We all voted for the same height, so drawing an elevation out made it easy to see how we would like it! It might help you to draw out that particular wall to see how it looks. My original plan was different, but once I drew it out, I realized my hood was WAYYYYY too big and it looked really top heavy. Here is a pic of that wall head on (funny, in this picture, the handles on the fridge and freezer are on the wrong sides, guess my builder caught it and had them fix it)!

OK, here are our dimensions.
Our vault is very similar to your plan -- our lowest point is 11'8", and the peak is about 23'. The room width is about 20'8". On our range wall, the height of the fridge / freezer cabinets is 9'4" x 30" width (those are the outermost cabinets on either side). The smaller cabinets between the fridge / freezer and hood are 17" wide, 48" tall. The hood is 42" wide x 54" high (from the floor measurement it is 10'2" high). From a practical standpoint, the tall cabinets on top of the fridge are pretty hard to access --- I store holiday platters and things that I need infrequently up there (those knobs are set at 7'4" --- yikes). Hope that helps a bit --- I'm happy to give you other dimensions if I didn't quite answer your question!

Andik -- I love the barn doors, but really mainly as a novelty. Everybody loves them because they look cool, but the reality is, they rarely get closed. At first they wanted to swing back and forth (the rail is on top and the bottom of the door was somewhat loose, and it tended to want to bang on the wall. My builder was concerned it would ding up his trim work, so he built up a door stop type of mechanism to prevent it from banging. This really helps! So, bottom line, I love love love the doors, and would do it all again in a heartbeat, but they did take a bit of tweaking. I will say, as an aside that they seem much easier to me than the sets of pocket doors we have in the house. How is your plan coming, by the way?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 11:11AM
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Thanks for the info. I absolutely love the way they look. And, my guess is that we'd probably leave them open a lot also. Currently, we have ours at 21" wide each (with a larger opening into the space), and I'm debating on whether it would be better to just do one door @ 30-36" wide. My thinking is that at 21", you'd probably have to open both to go into the space, but at 30-36, you could just slide it over...and if it's left open, it's just left open. I think we'll nail it down once framing gets moving.

We are finished with the plans (!!!) and just waiting on permit process now! That seems like a slow painful death as I'm so ready to get started!!! We have the house site marked already. So, hopefully we will get permits in the next couple of weeks and can start digging some holes!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 1:00PM
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Looks lovely from what I can see but it's hard to take it all in with such large photos. They are too large to take in even with my wide screen monitor. (It's also difficult for me to follow the text - I have a very hard time when I have to scroll side to side to read stuff). Do you have your photos stashed at a photo sharing site that you'd be willing to share with us? That would help me and maybe others here view your wonderful new kitchen more easily. Thanks!

Congrats on being finished!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 1:36PM
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It's just beautiful. You must be so thrilled. The ceiling and beams are stunning, the wood countertop is really lovely. It all just goes together perfectly. Can you tell me where your chandeliers came from, especially the very simple one over the banquette.


    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 1:53PM
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How long is your maple countertop? And do you mind giving a ballpark figure of how much the maple countertop cost? And was it difficult to install? Am looking into having a wooden counter for our new kitchen island and this information would be incredibly helpful. Thank you! And beautiful kitchen, congrats and enjoy.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 2:00PM
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WOW! Gorgeous house, beautiful kitchen. It is obvious how much planning you've put into this. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 2:55PM
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I am so glad you posted the finished kitchen. I thought it was pretty in the earlier stages. My cabinets are a Manchester Tan color as well with a granite similar to yours and I am so happy with it. I am going to be building another house and I am going to try to get an island in the walnut countertop as beautiful as yours. Again thanks for sharing. I love what you did.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 7:27PM
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Wow!! Beautiful home, beautiful kitchen- love it all, but your ceiling, island, and barn door are really special!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 8:57PM
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Love your whole house! It's been fun to follow your progress here and on the building forum. Hope it's as wonderful to live in as it is to look at!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 9:15PM
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Beautiful!! I love the layout and the colors!!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 9:26PM
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I love it all--especially the barn doors, the beams, and all those gorgeous windows! Beautiful job!


    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 10:49PM
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Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! This was esp. fun for me to see since you & I both have very similar-looking walnut island countertops, and I'm considering using barn doors & built-in window seats when we finish our terrace level (phase 2 of our renovation). Also made me feel better to hear that your Perrin & Rowe sprayer leaks too. I have the same P&R bridge faucet (in diff. finish) and I've noticed little drips of water on the marble after I put the sprayer back in place -- annoying! Thanks for sharing your finished kitchen!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 11:12AM
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Thank you all! It is nice to hear as this was basically my "job" for about a year!

Sorry for being so slow --- yesterday we tried to get some grading done at our house for some landscaping and the bulldozer hit our phone line --- so no phone or internet until Friday... and I have an old type cell phone that doesn't really do internet. So, I am lost and a bad responder. I'll be back in action in a few days though.

The couple of quick questions that I think I just saw (I'm at Panera, just to get online for a few minutes, but I can't be late to be "mystery reader' at school!)...

The simple chandelier over the b-fast area is Hubbardton Forge.
Also, can't remember who commented about the size of the pics --- they are annoying, I'm sorry..... I wish I had realized it before I uploaded a bunch. I can't upload more now because of time crunch, but I did do a little diary blog to keep track of our building progress --- highly recommend it just to remember the thought process, etc. I have some pics on there, though not sure just how many are just kitchen?

Sweetandrew, can't wait to see pics!

Here is a link that might be useful: blog....

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 1:52PM
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Wow. The ultimate in Pantry Heaven!

Enjoy! :)

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 1:56PM
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Wow, so much to love! It's already been said by everyone else but I have to gush about my favourite things as well: love love love the walnut, high ceilings, exposed beams, ginormous windows, barn doors and many of the layout features you've described in the followups and questions answered.

I'm sure you'll enjoy making memories in your new space. Congrats on finishing a job well done!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 4:43PM
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Gorgeous kitchen and home!! Wonderful choices!!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 5:26PM
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It's a beautiful kitchen! You've done a wonderful job of making a spacious, family space feel cozy and inviting. Everything is so well planned and organized...but I think my favorite thing is still the banquette :)

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 7:15PM
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Love seeing the barn doors. A friend here in CO has them for their music room doors, we are planning them for our office doors. Did you order them or the hardware from or do you have another supplier? Beautiful home. Thank-you for the inspiration.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 10:49PM
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I remember your kitchen in progress too, and those magnificent beams! We were talking about your lighting and options as I recall. Really a beautiful suite of rooms.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 2:01AM
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I remember seeing sneak peeks of your kitchen in progress and have been waiting for the full reveal.
It is absolutely beautiful!!
The island countertop, the floor, the exposed beams, the open plan, the whole thing.
This is deserving of an AD article.
Congratulations on a great outcome.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 7:53AM
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Oh my, just now seeing this, I wasn't online last week....absolutely STUNNING! So glorious, so much lovely space! The beams and barn doors are show must be so happy and proud of of all your hard work. Are you having fun oiling your walnut? :) I just did mine again last loves it's monthly oil rub down!

    Bookmark   September 26, 2011 at 8:16PM
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I keep coming back to this beautiful kitchen. It is an absolute classic.. Very tasteful warm and inviting.
congratulations on your finished kitchen.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2011 at 9:56PM
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Your kitchen is beautiful! I love the high ceiling, the warm cabinet color, the dark floors, that beautiful counter top on the island and the beautiful counters on the perimeter. I love the stainless steel appliances and the backsplash.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2011 at 12:53AM
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I love your kitchen! The small prep area behind those really neat barn doors is very interesting. I would think it would be a very practical way to keep your main kitchen looking tidy when a lot of guests are over. The refrigerator doors over by the breakfast area are a cool idea too. The soft warm colors are lovely and will be easy to live with for years.

Congratulations on a well thought out gorgeous space! Enjoy!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2011 at 8:16AM
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OK, all I can say is WOW~ You did a great job on everything. It looks amazing

    Bookmark   October 20, 2011 at 8:28AM
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Beautiful kitchen! I love your island top. Did you have your wood top done locally or find it thru the internet? I am looking for a walnut top for my island.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2011 at 9:22AM
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Absolutely gorgeous!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2011 at 11:12AM
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Sooooo beautiful. Love it all.

The barn doors were the one thing I really wanted in my kitchen but couldn't convince DH. He'll be sorry when he sees this!


    Bookmark   February 29, 2012 at 9:44PM
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