My Big Fat Reveal - pics of everything
First, the background: DH and I have lived in this house for 24 years - we bought it new; it was a spec house. The kitchen was adequate, but cheap builder grade, and poorly laid out. Over the years we learned what we liked and hated about the design, and I've spent many years working on plans, but nothing was "it". I wanted to make the kitchen more efficient, improve the storage space, and reduce clutter. We had shelves in the laundry room that served as pantry for bulk purchases.
Finally I had a breakthrough in my plans, and everything fell into place. I met with Dan the Cabinet Man in January. He and his brother co-own a custom cabinet shop; they've been in business for 25 years.
Next, the details:
Cabinets: oak, built by Radi�s Custom Woodworks; Blumotion softclose hinges and drawer glides; uppers to 8�
Countertop: Cambria Somerset
Pulls: Bayport, South Bay, 5", satin nickel
Sink: MR Direct stainless 503L
Faucet: Grohe Eurostyle with side spray, satin nickel
Fridge: LG LFC25776ST
DW: Whirlpool gold (re-use)
Range: GE 90313 with convection
Hood: Zephyr Breeze II AK1200
Disposal: InSinkErator Evolution
Undercab lights: LED strips, no dimmer
Paint: BM Putnam Ivory; ceiling BM Elephant Tusk
Stencils: Cutting Edge Stencils
Pantry cabinets with built-in file drawers, charging station. Half 12" deep; half 20" deep
Full-depth pull-outs over fridge
Easy-reach upper cabinets
Built-in spice rack on the back of a cabinet door
Closed off corner � drawers on both sides
Built-in cutting board
Wusthoff knife drawer insert
Lee Valley drawer organizers
Extra shelves in some cabinets
Powered phone jack (direct power for cordless phone/answering machine)
Folding step stool
Special requests I made of Dan the Cabinet Man:
- Super susan heights are different, to accommodate taller items
- Drawer heights to my specs
- Shelf in one of the pantry cabinets to my measurement (for beer and pop storage)
- Cabinet over range hood as low as possible (I'm only 5'4"). He checked code on that one - his software spits out 33" above the cooktop; code was actually 30". It's an electric range, and the clearance to my hood was adequate.
Other things Dan did to make me happy:
- every time we met to go over the plans, he reminded me that by putting drawers on each side of a corner, I would never have access to it.
- He was always upfront about scheduling issues. For example, he told me that getting the stain color right could take several days, and he would go through as many iterations as necessary to get exactly the color I wanted (he has colors custom mixed). And as soon as I told him I wanted Cambria counters, he said it would be at least 3 weeks from template to install.
- His two most-used phrases in our meetings were "I want you to be happy", and "I don't want you to have any surprises".
- When there were mistakes, he took responsibility, addressed them promptly, and fixed them to my satisfaction.
- He complimented me on being thorough!
- Dan recommended his favorite electrician (though I could have hired anyone I wanted). I was very happy with his choice.
- He insisted on being on site during counter install, if I couldn't be there (that was one sub I didn't hire myself).
- The bill was, to the penny, exactly the same as the bid.