Finished kitchen: Ikea, walnut, marble and glossy white

annkathrynNovember 23, 2012

My husband and I bought a small fixer-upper, recently moved in and have finished the renovation (in that order). We added about 450 square feet to the existing house, the max allowed by our town's floor area ratio calculation. The new square footage was mostly in an office downstairs and master bedroom upstairs, plus a little bit in the kitchen.

The original kitchen had a small laundry and half bath attached, and a door to the back yard. The kitchen was bumped out 3 feet towards the back of the house and a hallway added from the garage to the downstairs office. The hallway now separates the kitchen from the laundry and a tiny full bathroom, with a small niche for table linens and display. The door to the back yard is now through the laundry room. The new kitchen is approx 14x14.

From start to finish the process took 7 months, with 2 months of planning and permit back-and-forth, and 5 months of demolition/construction. We remodeled the existing full bath, added a master bedroom & bath, added an office, took the kitchen down to studs and enlarged it, put in all new electrical, plumbing and HVAC, new roof and gutters, etc, etc. For the kitchen, we built all the cabinet boxes and my contractor installed them. I purchased all appliances and fixtures.

Design considerations: we wanted a bright contemporary look that was inviting and uncluttered. We wanted mostly light surfaces because we were concerned the room might be dark. The kitchen faces north and the one window has an overhang from the master above. We also needed to be budget-aware which we mostly followed with the exception of one big splurge (details below). We loved the look of grain-matched walnut and after a visit to SemiHandMade in Southern California, we decided to go with their custom drawer fronts. I'm the cook and wanted a good expanse of work surfaces. My husband is the clean up guy so he researched and chose the sink and dishwasher.

The island is 60" x 30". In order to have an overhang for seating, we needed to have drawers that were 18" deep. Ikea doesn't sell 18" deep drawers, so we ordered these from Sherr's in the custom size we needed. The walnut end and back side of the island were made by a finish carpenter we hired who wrapped it with a mix of walnut veneer and solid walnut to our specification.

Things we love:

- the marble island (aka The Big Splurge)

- the grain-matched walnut doors. We were glad we got the end panels for the upper cabinets as well.

- lots of drawer space

- the trash pullout

- the tall pantry cabinet

- the butcher block counter

- dimmable LED lights

- Sherr's drawer boxes

- Ikea's 20% off sale and exchange policy

Things that aren't done yet:

- glass shelves for niche

- need to find lower bar stools

- some tweaking of door alignment and repair of edge banding

Gardenweb ideas used:

- lots of drawers

- offset drain in the sink to allow for a trash pullout underneath

- air switch for garbage disposal

- induction stove

- Ikea boxes and hardware

- under cabinet LED lights and outlets

- over-the-counter microwave

- recessed fridge

- did I mention lots of drawers?

Things we had to compromise on:

- no room for a double oven and separate cook top

- clearance behind the island is slightly less than ideal

- more filler by the upper cabinets next to the sink than we'd prefer, needed for symmetry

Things that didn't work out the way we thought

- the window was supposed to come down to the counter

- the finished sink wall was 2" narrower than planned, which meant we had to cut down the drawer fronts of a 24" cabinet to 18" and leave a little gap at the end of the corner cabinet (not visible)

- the corner cabinet needed a lot more door clearance than we thought, so the stove wall had to be adjusted

- the beautiful Mockett finger pulls needed to be recessed into the tops of some of the drawers just a little so that they would close properly. My contractor used a chisel and hacked the edge band badly on some of them. My husband and I are working on repairing all of them as we don't want the contractor to touch them at this point.

- the Abstrakt doors and deco strips show every nail and ding, and so were difficult to use at the top of the cabinets where they needed to be mitred.

Cabinets

Perimeter cabinets: Ikea

Door fronts on Ikea cabinets - white are Ikea Abstrakt, grain-matched walnut are from SemiHandMade

http://semihandmadedoors.com/

Island and niche cabinets & doors: Sherr's

Toe kicks are from Ikea in a glossy dark gray that looks like stainless.

Counters

Perimeter: Caesarstone in Arctic White. Purchased during the Ikea sale, fabricated by United Marble and Granite (Ikea's fabricator)

Island - Calacatta Oro, honed. Purchased at Da Vinci Marble in San Carlos, CA, fabricated by Marblus Granite in San Jose

Walnut butcherblock counter from Hardwood Lumber Company

Appliances

Electrolux 30" Slide-In Induction Range Model EW30IS65JS (Sears Outlet)

Sharp 1.5 cu. ft. Over-the-Counter Microwave (Home Depot)

Waste King 1HP Eco-Green Garbage Disposer with air switch (Costco)

Hansgrohe Metro HighArc Kitchen Faucet with 2-Function Pull-Out Sprayhead (Costco)

Ancona Tornado II 30" Range Hood (Costco)

Bosch-SHX68R55UC 800 Series 24 In. Stainless Steel Bar Handle Dishwasher

Elkay Gourmet Elumina Stainless Steel 30-1/2" x 18-1/4" Single Basin Kitchen Sink 10" Depth

Kenmore Elite fridge (existing)

Mockett Door pulls 3" Tab Drawer Pull - Satin Chrome (26D)

Omnia Pulls for niche cabinet

Floor - strand-woven bamboo from Teragren in Chestnut

Lights - LED undercabinet and can lights.

Pendants - Bruck Rainbow I (dichroic)

Wall color - BM Decorator's White

Kitchen before with dining room beyond

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Kitchen during with island mock-up. The original subfloor is on the diagonal. New exterior door/laundry room in background.

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6 inch recess for fridge

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Looking from hallway; entrance to dining room was enlarged

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From the dining room, niche and hallway at right rear

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Fridge wall

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From dishwasher to plate drawer

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Trash pullout

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Pullout left of stove

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Tall cabinet

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Mockett pulls and damage to edge banding (since repaired)

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Niche cabinet before mirror was installed

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Marble close-up

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Here is a link that might be useful: Post with in-progress pictures

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springroz

Oh My. That is beautiful!! So smooth, yet not out of place. Love it!

Nancy

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 7:26PM
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cat_mom

Gorgeous! Fabulous job! And that marble island--love how it flows down the one side!

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 7:36PM
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badgergal

What a beautiful space you have created. You must just love going into your kitchen now. Your waterfall island is fantastic. Good idea to enlarge your dining room doorway.
Congratulations and enjoy!

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:25PM
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taggie

Oooh what a pretty kitchen! You did a fantastic job.

Love the marble island and the caesarstone perimiter, they work so well together. And the glass cabs are great, as is the breakfast bar area with the walnut counter and white lowers.

It all looks so wonderful. You have to post some updated pics when you fill your glass cabs full of pretty things too. Congrats on your lovely new space.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:26PM
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trailrunnerbiker

wow...well I don't even have any words...staggered at the beauty and pure usefulness of every inch. wow...c

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:34PM
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breezygirl

From ho-hum to kabam!! It's just gorgeous! And so much more functional. Enlarging the DR opening made such a huge difference. The DR looks so inviting now.

The waterfall is definetly the show stopper, even with all the other beautiful elements. Great job!

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:40PM
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dljmth

Looks really nice! Would love to see where the mockets are. I couldn't see them in the picture. We have a bank of windows above the sink too so there is little wall space, thus the interest in the mockets.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 9:00PM
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hobokenkitchen

Wow - it looks wonderful and that island is amazing!
Congratulations, you must be so happy with how it came out!

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 9:07PM
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Lyban

That is an amazing transformation.
Love the cabinets and the marble island is wonderful.
I am intrigued by the little door under stairs, did you put that in and if so any photos of the inside storage.
I have a similar hallway and stairs and was wondering if I could use the space.
Thanks

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 9:35PM
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dljmth

annkathryn - just realized we are in the SF Bay area too. Saw your previous posts and we too are looking at Davinci for some tiles and slabs. Am curious about your painter. Would you recommend him? I am in need of a good one for our project.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 9:37PM
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gsciencechick

Wow, love the combination of light and dark! You have so much more space now, and I love the view in the DR. The island is gorgeous.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 9:40PM
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dretutz

Ooo lala. That marble island is stunning! Whole kitchen looks great.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 10:00PM
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annkathryn

Thanks everyone for your nice responses. I've enjoyed looking at so many beautiful kitchens on gardenweb over the years and really appreciate the wonderful community here.

Would love to see where the mockets are. I couldn't see them in the picture

We didn't use the Mockett power products but instead used their drawer pulls (who knew they had other products besides the pop-ups?) Which reminds me that the outlets around the sink aren't to code because in theory there should have been one to the right of the sink. Our city inspector was good about it and granted an exception.

laurat88 I would absolutely recommend my painter, he was wonderful. We used him in our previous house too. He's not my general contractor's sub, which caused a bit of tension. He'd point out to me areas where the GC's drywall guy should have done a better job, and my GC got a bit huffy about it. I was stuck in the middle, but since I cared about the final result I would insist that whatever it was be fixed, and eventually things got worked out. Anyway, the painters were working 10-hour days, 6 days/week for over a month because we really wanted to move in by the end of October. They were the only subs we tipped after the job was finished (although I baked them all cookies nearly every week and had a pizza lunch one day when everyone was onsite).

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lyban the door under the stairs was there already. The space isn't very useful because it has the cold air return to the furnace in the garage, visible down the front hall. Our architect tried to find a different place for the duct but wasn't able to move it in the end. I'll try to get a picture of it tomorrow.

Here is a link that might be useful: Where to put outlets by sink?

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 10:43PM
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writersblock

Oh, it turned out great, annkathryn. Stunning combination of finishes.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 11:11PM
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michoumonster

annkathryn, looks gorgeous!! i love your island especially and also the way you used walnut and white for your cabinets and counters. also LOVE your mocket hardware!
did you finish your walnut door fronts yourself? would you mind sharing what products you used? thank you!!

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 11:55PM
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deedles

Wow! What a great kitchen! Especially like the combination of glossy doors with the walnut cabs. The island is gorgeous, too! It all looks wonderful!

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 11:56PM
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annkathryn

Thanks again for the nice comments - I really appreciate them all as I sweated over every square inch of this kitchen for so long, and my friends & family just aren't into the details the way the wonderful people here are.

michoumonster the walnut door fronts all came pre-finished with a natural finish, no stain. When my GC tried to repair the edge banding he used a product with a stain which really wasn't the right thing to do. I've redone some of the edge band with Watco Danish Oil, and touched some of it up with Deft clear wood finish (sold at Lowe's) in semi-gloss. I finished the butcher block counter with Watco Butcher Block oil. It still needs a bit more sanding because it's not completely smooth.

The island end and back side is finished with the Danish Oil. I put 2 coats on - very easy to do. Here's a picture before oiling. From Kitchen

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 1:43AM
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amandasplit

Wow! Beautiful!! Absolutely stunning. Are you on the peninsula? Would you recommend your GC?

Also, how do you offset the drain, and where is the microwave plugged in? Intrigued by your OTC microwave choice!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 5:08AM
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function_first

You have incredible taste -- the materials you've used (and the way you've used them) are just stunningly beautiful together. Nice, nice job.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 5:09AM
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MarinaGal

Wow - gorgeous choice of colors and materials. And that island is fabulous - well worth the splurge. I hope you enjoy your new kitchen!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 8:20AM
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secondhalf

Just gorgeous. That island is stunning and warm at the same time. Love all the details....jealous of your mixer rollout!!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 8:20AM
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labbie

What a transformation! Your whole kitchen is beautiful, but that island, that marble is a showstopper. The waterfall effect is stunning. The combination of materials is very tasteful and calming.
The wider entrance to the dining room makes a huge difference.
Great job, and I hope you enjoy your beautiful new space for many years to come.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 8:25AM
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adel97

Ooh, I've been waiting for this reveal, and it was worth the wait. Absolutely gorgeous!! Perfect call on your big splurge. Your choices all look fabulous, but the waterfall marble is just stunning. Enjoy!!!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 8:47AM
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    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 11:25AM
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annkathryn

amandasplit yes, I'm on the peninsula and yes I'd recommend my GC, with one caveat that he's not a finish carpenter and doesn't have one available. I'll send you an email with his name/phone number.

The sink comes with the drain on the right hand side. I think the Elkay may be discontinued but there are others.

The microwave is plugged into a plug that's in the cabinet above. In the 3rd picture down in my first post, see the wires coming through the hole in the shear wall? That's for the outlet. They cut out a spot in the back of the cabinet, and also cut a hole in the bottom of the cabinet to feed the cord through. The Sharp is one of the few undercabinet microwaves out there, although there are lots of other options for built-ins sitting on a lower shelf.

Here's how it looks from below with the LED lights, microwave and undercabinet outlets.
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    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 1:07PM
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annkathryn

I am intrigued by the little door under stairs, did you put that in and if so any photos of the inside storage.

lyban I'm sorry I haven't been able to get good pictures of the closet under the stairs (friends are now referring to it as the Harry Potter closet). It's very small and has the HVAC return running across it, taking up most of the floor space. I don't think it will end up being very useful.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 4:48PM
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hlove

Such a beautiful job, congratulations!!!

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 5:37PM
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momand3boys

Nice! Looks very sleek and clean. Love the marble island top.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 6:52PM
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drybean

This is so gorgeous. I keep coming back to stare at the pictures. I love how you incorporated 3 different countertops. Love the waterfall island. Love the niche cabinet. love it all.

You have me second guessing my choie of the adel doors. The abstrakt is so gorgeous with the walnut.

Are those LED lights plugged into the power strip as well, or are they hardwired?

Fantastic job!!

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 11:09PM
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drybean

Oh, one more question. I have the same range sitting in my garage. Did you use a filler or cover panel between the range and the side cabinets? The Ikea rep recommended doing that so that it doesn't hit the handle. Just wondering if you did this or if the drawers cleared the range w/o it.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 11:18PM
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annkathryn

Thanks again for the nice comments! I know this contemporary look isn't for everyone, but DH and I are really happy with it. I posted pictures of our 3 finished bathrooms on the bath forum if anyone wants to take a peek there.

drybean the Abstrakt is a really nice look, but it was hard to work with when it was used as crown molding, and also the deco strip underneath the cabinet had issues too. It can't really be caulked without looking odd. If you've got an alternative to use for crown, I'd recommend it.

The pictures don't show it well, but I have a 1" filler on either side of the range. The drawers wouldn't have cleared the range without it. I'll try to take a better picture and post it tomorrow.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 1:45AM
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annkathryn

Are those LED lights plugged into the power strip as well, or are they hardwired?

They're hardwired and on a dimmer.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 2:12AM
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lalithar

Wow..WOW. I love the use of space.. The beautiful island is THE thing that balances form and function.. We really wanted to do customized IKEA but yielded to pressure from our contracter to use his custom cabinet guy. The balance between white doors and the walnut ones from semihandmade is stunning. I am in peninsula too and if you ever have your kitchen on tour, please post... I would love to see it IRL.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 2:37AM
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annkathryn

drybean below are a couple pictures of the filler pieces. Starting from the corner is 3 1/2" of filler for the corner cabinet clearance, the 15" pullout, and 1" of filler by the stove. On the right of the stove is another 1" filler piece, the 18" drawer base, and a cover panel.

It's a long story, but none of this was in the original plan other than the two 1" filler pieces. Our architect's drawing was off by 6 inches on that wall! So we had to have the walnut pieces to the left of the stove remade from scratch, and we cut down the drawer panels on the right of the stove from 24" to 18". Fortunately we hadn't assembled those cabinets when we discovered all of this, so we returned the original ones to Ikea and bought the replacements.

lalitha I don't think our little house will ever be on a tour, but you're welcome to come see it. I'll email you. From Kitchen From Kitchen

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 12:32PM
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kaysd

I love your kitchen. I keep coming back to stare at the pictures. I had no idea you could get grain matching across multiple doors and drawers using Ikea cabinets and custom drawers/doors -- I thought that was the kind of detail that required paying for full custom cabinetry. (Makes me mad I am paying for custom, especially with all the delays.)

The balance of walnut, white, stainless and glass and that gorgeous marble island with waterfall edge make for a stunning kitchen.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 2:11PM
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sthomas6978

Gorgeous kitchen! Question, my kitchen is 14x16 and I want so desperately to have an island, probably 3x5, but I'm afraid that there won't be enough space between cabinets and island. How much space do you have between cabinets and island. Thanks

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 3:05PM
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annkathryn

sthomas our island is 30" x 60". We agonized over its placement in the kitchen, which was partially constrained by how the dishwasher door lined up with the island drawers. Overall it works fine and feels like plenty of room in the island/sink and island/stove aisles. It would have been nice to have had a little more space behind the stools, but it's definitely liveable.

Sink to island: 37"
Range to island: 39"
Microwave cabinets to island: 39"

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 8:29PM
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a2gemini

Loving your kitchen but I need to be on the computer to see it in detail! Work gets in the way!

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 9:28PM
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sochi

annkathryn, sorry I missed the reveal last week. It is absolutely gorgeous, you did a fantastic job. Gorgeous grain and that marble is fantastic. I hope you're enjoying it!

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 9:50PM
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a2gemini

AnnK - Finally on a computer not at work - You did a great job on your kitchen!
Great transformation and well thought out on how to use every last inch of the kitchen!

Question - how wide is your dish drawer? If you have been following our thread - we had a dish drawer failure as the KD didn't know the total weight included the drawer weight....

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 7:11AM
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annkathryn

sochi your kitchen was one of my inspirations, it's so beautiful. I wasn't able to find a slab of quartzite as gorgeous as yours, but it all turned out for the best in the end when I came across the Calacatta Oro.

a2gemini I did follow your thread about the weight in your dish drawer. You can see from the picture above that the drawer we use for dishes isn't from Ikea, it's a Sherr's drawer made from solid maple if I remember correctly. Each drawer in the island is 30 inches wide, but the island cabinets are only 18 inches deep. The drawers are very solid, and even if I'd used Ikea drawers I think the weight would have been ok. The KA mixer in the 15" Ikea pullout is fine. The other island drawers hold heavy wood cutting boards and salad & mixing bowls with no problem.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 3:04PM
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heidia

GOrgoeus!!!!!!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 3:09PM
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drybean

Thanks s much for posting the photos of the range. It looks fantasti, the filler isn't noticeable at all. I'm glad you were able to sort out the measurement error without too much trouble, how annoying!

I just love the walnut. I'm so happy to see the Semi Handmade doors in action. I considered it for a long while but I was able to find frustratingly little from people who had used them.

Great job, again! I keep coming back to stare at your photos.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 3:15PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

Beautiful. And the big splurge was worth it!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 6:07PM
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a2gemini

Annk- :-).
Just want to make sure others don't make the same mistake.
Enjoy that beautiful kitchen!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 6:46PM
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scrappy25

can't believe I missed this earlier. Absolutely stunning and that waterfall marble is to die for!

Can I ask for details on your LED lighting- what are those things holding it to the light rail? Did you have to modify them to hardwire them?
thanks!
Nancy

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 5:50PM
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annkathryn

Nancy the LED strips are attached behind the light rail by little plastic clips that stick on the light rail and wrap around the strips. My electrician took care of all of this - I don't know the details, other than the strips required a transformer. Sorry I can't be more help.

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scrappy25

thanks annkathryn, cann I ask where the transformer is hidden, is it under the cabinets also?

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 1:10PM
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annkathryn

Nancy the transformer isn't under the cabinets. I'm guessing it's at the switch itself.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 5:21PM
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PurpleSquirrel

Wow - great job! Thanks for posting.
We are in the middle of our big remodel - and I am looking at the Costco Ancona Tornado II range hood, I'm wondering are you pleased with yours? ... it's kinda hard to return it after its been installed.
(Coincidently - I too, have purchased an Electrolux induction cook top and a Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher�)
Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 5:13PM
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annkathryn

PurpleSquirrel we like our range hood well enough - it's fairly powerful and easy to keep clean. The one issue we have is that it's pretty loud. I think the chimney part rattles a bit and needs some adjustment. Otherwise it's fine and I do like how it looks in the kitchen.

The Electrolux range is working well for us and the cooktop doesn't need nearly as much cleaning/scrubbing as our old Jenn-air stove top (non-induction) did. DH loves the dishwasher!

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auroraborelis

Where did you get the plug mold?

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 8:14PM
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dreambuilder

annkathryn what type of drawer pull outs do you have--sorry if you already answered this--looked and couldn't find it. Are they plastic or metal? They look very functional--and it appears that they have baskets that can hook on to the sides to better organize larger/tall objects like vinegars/etc.?

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 9:28PM
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firstmmo

AnnKathryn:
It's stupendous! I love the mix of materials you used--they go together so nicely: the white perimeter Caesarstone with marble island and amazing walnut cabinets. Love love love the combination you picked! I could move in today!

I am especially enamored with your slab of Calacatta Oro that you got from DaVinci. Been scouting there myself for marble. Did you ever consider a marble with a more brown veining to match the walnut? Like the Volakas:

Or the Calacatta Vagli:

I am considering the marble with the brown for my next project and am wondering if you saw these and ruled them out because of the brownish veins. My island may end up being walnut too and I am toying with the idea of using these.

You did an amazing job and all the obsessing that you mentioned obviously paid off. It looks fabulous :)

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 1:44AM
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annkathryn

Laura12 the plugmold is from Task Lighting, supplied by my electrician. It's tamper resistant, and the strip to the right of the sink also has a switch for the 2 lights over the sink.

Dreambuilder the drawers are all standard Ikea drawers, which are steel with a particleboard bottom. For the tall cabinet I used the basic Ikea drawer dividers.

Firsthouse_mp thanks for your nice comments. Your island was one of my inspirations (was it quartzite?) I didn't see the Volkas at Da Vinci but I did see the Calacata Vagli and another one called Calacata Caldia. DH and I were looking for a marble that had the effect of a river flowing over the side of the island. We weren't focusing so much on the color although we didn't want it to be too gray. The Volkas in your picture looks like it would have been a good choice for us. The veins in the Vagli that we saw looked a little muddy, as did the Caldia. I know they get in new marble all the time, but once we found that slab of Calacata Ora, which is a little creamier in person than in the pictures, we were sold. All Natural Stone in San Jose has gorgeous marbles too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Task Lighting power strips

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 2:44AM
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canicci

Just beautiful!

What was it like to work with semi-handmade? We're thinking of doing ikea cabinets with custom doors, and semi-handmade is local to me. I love how they match the wood grain across the fronts, but our home is older (1940) and I have to wonder if the slab front (would do walnut or mahogany) is too modern for our space. I love what you have done though, I may have to go visit their office and see if I can get a sample door.

Thanks.

This post was edited by canicci on Sun, Jan 13, 13 at 16:50

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 4:46PM
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annkathryn

John at SemiHandMade was great. He spent about an hour with us when we were at his shop and showed us the options for grain matching the walnut & how everything was made. He said we could pick out our sheets of walnut if we wanted, but since we live in NorCal that wasn't practical. I emailed lots of plans as I was tweaking them and got advice/responses back within a couple of days of each email. The drawer fronts were delivered extremely well wrapped, no issues at all with anything that was shipped. When we had to change the layout of the stove wall we got the new doors and filler pieces within a couple of weeks.

Our house was built in 1940 and is of no discernible style as far as I can tell. It's in a neighborhood of Craftsman and bungalows. When we were house-hunting we bid on an original Craftsman and I would have done a completely different kitchen if we'd won that bid. As it was, I didn't have a problem adding a more contemporary kitchen to this house. I think the cabinets we took out were the originals, painted white by a later owner.

Hope that helps!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 9:06PM
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drybean

Ann-I just received my mockett pulls and they are gorgeous! However, mine are not fitting on the abstrakt drawers. The drawers won't close. You didn't have to mortise the edges did you? I'm quite bummed. Going to try to see if I can make something work, but just wanted to check.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 8:34PM
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annkathryn

drybean I just checked my cabinets. I have 9 Abstrakt drawers and 3 of them had to be notched to allow the Mockett pulls to be inset a little. Two of the 3 were top drawers and the pull hit the butcherblock above. The other was a middle drawer.

The drawers fronts themselves are adjustable about 1/4 inch up and down. If you set the bottom drawer to be on its lowest setting and the top drawer to be in its highest, the middle drawer might be ok if you have a 3-drawer cabinet, for example.

I hope you can adjust so you don't have to cut into the drawer tops.

Since I'm of the opinion that a picture is worth a thousand words, I just took a couple. Sorry they're not in better focus.

Pull installed on the top of the drawer. From Kitchen

Pull inset into top of drawer (you can see the slight tear in the drawer material on the right side of the pull): From Kitchen

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 9:48PM
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youngdeb

We have the Haefele version of these in our master bath, and they're mortised in.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 10:07PM
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drybean

Annkathryn-thanks so much for the photos. I was too tired last night to fiddle with the drawers, but I'm going to do as you suggested and try to lower the bottoms. Dd you have similar issues on you SHM drawers? I really don't want to have to notch the drawers. Boo.

YoungDeb-bummer. I really don't want to have to have to do that.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 1:03PM
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annkathryn

Hi drybean,

Yes, similar issues with having to chisel into some of the tops of the SemiHandMade drawers too. A good finish carpenter should be able to do this. Unfortunately my GC didn't have one (long story, I won't bore you with the details) and so he took a chisel to the drawers that didn't close all the way and notched out enough room for the pulls. There's a picture above of some of the damage he did. I bought a roll of walnut iron-on edge banding and am slowly repairing everything that needs it.

I felt a lot better after watching a couple videos of the process. Go to YouTube and search on "how to apply edge banding" for more information. I'm also linking more information below.

Do you have your SHM drawer fronts already? If not, maybe you could send them your pulls and have them do the cutting at their shop. I think the drawer fronts are just a hair bigger than their Ikea counterparts, which is good because it covers more of the cabinet box, but not so good when the drawer pulls need such exact clearance.

I was going to use the Mockett pulls on the niche cabinet, but the kitchen cabinets were such a pain that I just used small drawer pulls instead.

I had a custom walnut vanity made for my master bath using the same Mockett pulls. I took the pulls to the cabinet maker and had them do the inset cuts when they made the doors. They look great (picture below).

Also, the roll of edge band I bought is about a gazillion feet, way more than I'll ever use. If you want me to send you some I'd be happy to do so, just message me through this site.

Master vanity: From MasterBath

Here is a link that might be useful: Edgeband instructions

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 4:35PM
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michoumonster

annkathryn, I am thinking of using finger pulls on all my cabinets, as I love the look of your kitchen and bath. Do you find it more difficult to open and close cabinets though since they are thinner than regular pulls? can you tell me what size pulls you used? did you use the same size for all your cabinets?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 4:42PM
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annkathryn

michoumonster I used Mockett pulls everywhere, all the same size. I think they were the 4" size but I'm out of town and can't measure this week. I don't find it difficult to open cabinets, and I don't really use the pulls to close since I've got soft close everywhere.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mockett pulls

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 1:53AM
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audreyamelia

I just love this kitchen. Especially the island. Our kitchen has to match the period of our home...otherwise I'd be all over the white glossy cabinets.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 1:43PM
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michoumonster

thanks annkathryn! 4" looks like the perfect size pull, even on your tall pantry cab. i am debating whether i should do this pull on the dishwasher too though. maybe i need to find something else for that.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 4:07PM
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