Finito! one more white/marble/soapstone kitchen

segbrownDecember 6, 2009

I've posted in dribs and drabs, so this isn't exactly an unveiling, but we are 99% done. Thanks to everyone; I've been reading this forum for years, even in the "pre-model" we did a few years back (minor update). I am also greatly indebted to my wonderful designer and contractor; I lucked out there.

Before pics: we moved the kitchen into the family room, the dining room into the kitchen, and the breakfast area into the dining room. (The living room turned into the family room, and the office will soon turn into the living room ... more to do around here.)So these photos are not exactly classic before/afters. (And it's a snowy day, so bright outside, not the best for pics. Oh well.)

Old kitchen

Corresponding view

Old family room:

Corresponding view

Old dining room (both visible walls are now gone)

Corresponding view

I was previously opposed to knocking out both walls, but I am glad we did. For the way we live, it works much better. Entertaining is a cinch now. Because the kitchen is vaulted but the other ceilings are low, it doesn't feel like a huge empty space (that's what I was worried about). And I liked my "other" house, just not the kitchen. It was awful.

I'll post details here, and more specific photos in a subsequent post.


Aspen Leaf Kitchens in Denver/Berthoud, CO; proprietary Primer White, BM Taos Taupe on island and butler's pantry, and custom-stained antique pine on breakfast hutch


SubZero BI-36U fridge, pro handle

Wolf 48 DF range with 4 burners and double griddle

Viking 54 in. hood liner with heat lamps

Thermador DWHD64EP dishwashers

KitchenAid KBCO24RSBX three-zone beverage center

SubZero 700BCI refrigerator/freezer drawers

Sharp 0.8 cu ft microwave


Minas soapstone on perimeter cabinets and hutch

Calacatta gold marble on island and butler's pantry


Restoration Hardware Gilmore cup pulls, Aubrey knobs and handle pulls, Clear Glass knobs in antique brass, and Season knobs and Hanson pulls in ORB


Main: soapstone farm sink crafted by Terra Bella/Denver CO

Prep: Ticor S3650


Main sink: Kohler HiRise bridge with sidespray

Prep sink: Kohler HiRise bar faucet


Wilmette Clark pendants in ORB (breakfast nook)

Wilmette LaSalle wall sconces in antique brass (later photos)

Visual Comfort Classic Ring chandelier in AB (dining room)

Visual Comfort Four-Light Siena pendant in AB (butler's)

-Island stools-

Ballard Designs Dorchester counter stools in rubbed black (all other furniture and rugs previously owned)

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US Ceramic 6x8 in. bright white with Pewter grout

-Stainless shelf-
Custom, 13x86 in.

Prefinished 5" oak planks in "Tudor Brown" (from ProSource/Denver_

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 2:01PM
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Oh wow! Beautiful! That soapstone sink is amazing and the marble's fabulous. How are you liking the Hirise faucets and sidespray? They look perfect in your kitchen.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 2:07PM
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lovely! It must be such a nice living space now!

I especially love the cabinet hardware and those lights!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 2:10PM
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Gorgeous!!!! I love all the colors you've used in your house and (surprising to me) how well your white kitchen fits in with the rich colors you use, especially the bold choice of a dark blue ceiling in your dining room.

That's a nifty flip down panel covering the outlet on your island. Very creative! What was the inspiration? What does it look like when it's closed?

I'm putting your kitchen table and chairs in my idea folder. Love the red-painted chairs paired with the wooden chairs and red cushions.

Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 2:18PM
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Oh my oh my. That is just gorgeous. It must be a dream to cook in-- everything is within reach at the cook's spot. The flow is just great. Please tell a little about the house-- how old, what style, what region? And did you design this perfect space yourself or did professionals help you? I am really impressed with the vision and execution. Just BEAUTIFUL-- a perfect marriage of form and function.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 2:18PM
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Wow!!! Love the island and its gorgeous marble top! Great how you have the contrasting wood cabinets on one side and the wood table between the kitchen and living space to warm it up! I like the round lighting with the round dining table and the lighting in the kitchen is special too!
We thought about moving rooms around too, but realized it just wouldn't work for our home, especially as it would have been more costly and still we didn't see ourselves staying for years to come.
Congratulations on a great space that I am sure took lots of planning!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 2:23PM
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Wow, what a great use of the space! I love the different colors of the cabinetry and island, really makes it all pop.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 2:27PM
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Now that is one amazing transformation. I'm not often in favor of the taking-down-all-the-walls people indulge in today,
but this rearrangement of the space is fantastic.

Did your designer suggest this arrangment to you? Or was it your idea? If the suggestion came from the designer,
I'm thinking you really got a gem!

So how long did it all take, start to finish, to shuffle all those rooms around?
That must be have been tough to live with, but the result is certainly well worth it.

Love the 'Nordic' feel to the decor! Very refreshing.


    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 2:36PM
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I LOVE your dining room - the dark blue with the contrasting white windows and crown molding, the floor, the light over the table - all absolutely gorgeous! And your kitchen is beautiful! The lighting over the island, the glass cabinets, that island, and especially that soapstone counter and sink!!

Congratulations! You did a great job!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 2:39PM
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entry from mudroom/garage

(ceiling speakers to be added)

island outlets behind faux drawers

cabinet order screw-up (I didn't want this kind of pullout), but it's working fine. I will probably take out the other shelf, too, and just use the two

still need to paint over vent below refrigerator

cookie sheet/vertical storage (faux drawers)

refrigerator drawers in hutch (usually have lunch/kid stuff, still extra party beer in there now)

microwave in hutch

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 2:46PM
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Ooo...I love it! You've done a fabulous job! I love how warm and cozy yet elegant and refined the whole space feels together. I also love the electrical outlet solution you came up with, very neat! It's just gorgeous...enjoy your practically 'new' house :)

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 2:50PM
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WHat an amazing transformation. I love how your marble has the golden browns and the gray...It's really gorgeous. No surprise to anyone who knows how much I love gray, but I think the color of your island is fantastic. Great soapstone sink! I see that you list a butler's pantry with the marble...I don't see it in the photos?


    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 3:01PM
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My jaw just dropped!!! Where have you been hiding this, Segbrown?? Your kitchen is gorgeous - the floors are amazing! And the greeny/grey island with the Calacatta marble?? YOu've got to be kidding me. And the dining room is beautiful too with the dark navy blue walls. You've got a great eye for colour. That long rug by the island goes with the Calacatta Gold marble veining so well. And I love, love, love how you did the gold hardware. SO amazing!!!!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 3:01PM
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Oh and what's the wall colour in the kitchen?

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 3:02PM
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I love absolutely everything about it! Such a wonderful space. It looks great opened up!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 3:05PM
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Wow, thanks so much. We are totally pleased with how it turned out. I will try to answer the questions ... some of you posted in between my first and second group of photos, so I'll let those questions go and hopefully you'll see the answer in the second posting of photos.

Yes, I had professional help! Yes, he is a gem! Very collaborative, though, and we had the same vision, so it worked easily. And *almost* every time he had an idea I was afraid of, I held my breath and trusted him. (Not on the things I was sure of, just the new ideas, like not centering the range and hood, and using the taupe instead of a stained island, and ESPECIALLY knocking down all the walls).

On the other hand, at the end of the design period, I had him re-draw everything and add the main sink on the far wall instead of where the prep sink was (that was due to help on this forum), and that was one of the best decisions EVER. The way the kitchen flows is perfect now. And I pushed for the soapstone, which he was unsure about, and the brass lighting and hardware.

I love the faucets. We purchased a sidespray for the prep sink, too, but there isn't quite enough room. I still have it, and might install it, but I've started out with form over function for that one. I like how the island looks without it. It would be better to have a sidespray at that sink, but if I can live without it for a while, I will probably return the one I bought.

Oh ... one other thing, we have oiled the soapstone except for the key drop area and the bottom of the sink. I'm kind of curious to compare how it ages.

Demo started mid-May, so it took basically 6 months. We also did a bunch to the backyard in that time (since we moved the back door, we had to add a patio).

House is a Cape Cod style in a Denver suburb, built in 1978. The finishes had been updated before we moved in in 2000 (ie, brown trim painted white, all flooring replaced, etc.), but had not been extensively redone. There aren't that many Cape Cods around here, or even that many white kitchens -- most new and remodeled building I've seen is more mountain-y, lots of stacked stone and brown brown brown.

Wall color in kitchen is BM Elmira White, trim is BM Super White, and dining room is BM Champion Cobalt. I have always used a lot of color rather than neutrals, so that was a departure, and I didn't think my current furniture and rugs would work that well. But I was pleasantly surprised: what I thought would probably be temporary (until we have any more money to buy furniture, LOL), I'm happy with.

That marble really helped tie together the cool and warm, which was kind of a lucky accident. I already had a bunch of red, and those red Wolf knobs, well... ;-)

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 3:52PM
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Can I come play in your kitchen, too? It's absolutely lovely and so spacious!!!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 4:43PM
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i love your transformation! you did a fabulous job and i think you made some really nice choices. i especially like the way you mixed the two painted surfaces with the stained. -love the island color. congratulations and enjoy your "new" home!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 4:47PM
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Beautiful, beautiful kitchen(and DR too!!). As others have said, I love the way you mixed the different finishes. Love your color choices and REALLY love the way you separated the clean up and cooking areas. Congratulations and enjoy! It is definitely one of a kind!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 6:43PM
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Oh wow! Me too -- love love love the whole transformation. And I love that we're neighbors!

It feels so natural, and I don't mean in that Colorado way you mentioned (lots of stacked stone / wood), but natural in that it looks as if your house is meant to be as it now is.

It's just beautiful, and I am not kidding, I am grinning to know that you are near me!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 7:00PM
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    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 7:05PM
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It's just fabulous... I'm in love with your marble and the color of the island is about the greatest painted color I've seen. I absolutely LOVE the color. YOu should be so proud. ENJOY IT!!!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 7:25PM
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The color of the island is about the greatest painted color I've seen."

My KD was soooooo excited when the sample door came in. He had the idea, and it really turned out, didn't it.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 8:01PM
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WOW! Yours is my new favorite kitchen. It all just looks so perfect together, and the function must be amazing.

I LOVE the open shelves to the left of your tall cabinet (wish I had done that!), and also love the separation of prep and clean-up space.
Looks wonderful for entertaining.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 8:06PM
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That is unequivocally a transformative triumph! I hope it brings your family ongoing joy for years to come. I really love the blue dining room!
Thanks for posting these superb illustrations of your ne plus ultra renovation.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 8:18PM
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Segbrown~Absolutely love it!

Already been said, but the island paint color is perfect and that marble is GORGEOUS! Congrats & Enjoy!


    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 8:19PM
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Wow!!! That is just soooooooo gorgeous!! I know you must be thrilled to walk into your kitchen every day. It really seems like it fits perfectly in your house. I love every change you made. It took real vision to get there. Very impressive!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 10:25PM
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Wow! What an incredible job and what an amazing house you have. I couldn't quite follow the musical chairs game with the rooms but boy did everything turn out perfect. Going back for another look.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 10:34PM
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An unbelievable transformation. It is absolutely gorgeous - and it looks brilliantly practical - and as others have same, the colors are really great. It must have been very difficult to envision how it would all turn out with such major changes in the use of the space and knocking down walls and everything. Very impressive. I hope you are enjoying your beautiful new kitchen and the adjoining spaces. Congratulations.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 10:46PM
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It is so wonderful--all the thoughtful little touches like the hidden outlets, the refridge in the hutch, etc, make this such a special place! So amazing!!! Enjoy, enjoy!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2009 at 11:22PM
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Segbrown - Your kitchen and your home are lovely! Your choices are impeccable for a most classic, but modern kitchen that will never go out of style. I see lots of dinners, pots of hearty soups and wonderful baked breads in your beautiful space. Congratulations! Among all the favorite features of your kitchen, I love the cabinetry, countertops and the stainless steel shelf above your range. How do you like the shelf and when do you use it?

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 12:59AM
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Amazing transformation. Gorgeous and practical kitchen. Great use of space and love the painted island color and how it goes with that beautiful marble! Also, love your wood hutch with the soapstone and how all of it integrates so seamlessly together. I'm sure you will enjoy having it all done in time for the holidays.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 9:04AM
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Wonderful!!! My new inspiration kitchen!!! I hope mine turns out half as nice.

Do you have a trash pull out under your prep sink?

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 10:18AM
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Beautiful kitchen - I love how you used the bold colors (chair cushions) and the woods to warm the space. Congratulations on a really lovely kitchen!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 10:34AM
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Thanks again, you guys ... this is kind of overwhelming. :-)

Answers: the ss shelf is used as a warming shelf and as storage during prep, or other times that there are a lot of dishes going. I really like it, but I might should have had some holes or slots drilled in it for ventilation, because it blocks part of the back burners. The issue with that, though, was we didn't want it sagging, since it's so long. I don't think it will be a problem, b/c the hood is pretty powerful, and it does seem to still suck up almost all of what's coming off the range. The underside of the shelf will need cleaning, though.

And I have trash pullouts to the right of each sink:

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 10:48AM
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    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 12:06PM
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It is beautiful!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 1:13PM
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Just want to say: Interesting that you picked brass. I just spent a weekend in NYC, and in high-end hipster new design, brass is back.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 1:28PM
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Hey, I'm nothing if not a high-end hipster! (as I type away in flyover country) LOL

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 2:44PM
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Wowza!! Amazing. I lovvve the picture from the keeping area looking back into the kitchen. That totally looks like a movie kitchen. One where it is the perfect family space and I would spend all of my free time trying to find out more about the kitchen and house where it was filmed (I hope this makes sense)! By the way is the wall color in the kitchen the same color in the butler's pantry, mud room area, and fireplace wall? If not, do you mind sharing? Again amazing....such a great family space!!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 4:35PM
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Breathtakingly beautiful! Everything is just wowzers.

I really, really am slobbering over your floors. They are just scrumptious!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 5:31PM
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As Little Richard would say:

Good Golly, Miss Molly! You sure like to [do a kitchen] !!!! :-)

Or, IOW, congratulations on a most heart-warming and drool-worthy, overall superb kitchen -family-dining room remodel!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 5:57PM
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Love it! That Calacatta marble, with its gorgeous gold tones, is to die for. And I am seriously envious of the shelf above your range. Those are two of my most favorite things, but the entire kitchen is magazine-worthy. Congratulations!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 8:24PM
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LApurchase, yes, all the wall color (except the dining room, obviously) is the Elmira White.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 8:35PM
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What a delicious, beautiful, wonderfully designed space! I feels so at home just looking at the pictures . . . the colors are marvelous -- ditto on everything everyone else has said.

I, too, saw the 4th picture of your original post and thought it was from a magazine -- I thought that I had made a mistake, and that it was Boxerpups who had posted another wonderful photo in response to someone's request. I had to scroll back up to make sure what I was seeing.

I love the clever use of faux drawer fronts. I am so going to steal that idea . . . please pardon me!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 8:39PM
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Beautiful. Adore your butlers pantry marble backsplash. Great job!

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 9:07PM
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WOW. Absolutely stunning.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2009 at 9:13PM
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I love your kitchen!! Your details are exquisite...the lighting...the overscale backsplash tiles...And not only all the aesthetic touches, but it seems like it functions amazingly well. I keep looking at how the cooking zones and cleaning zones work. Just love it all.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2009 at 9:50PM
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Beautiful, love the details. Everything about your kitchen is very well done.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2009 at 10:18PM
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Absolutely stunning!!! Your attention to detail was fabulous!! OI love the arched marble backsplash in butler's pantry area!! Great job!! I love it!!!

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 4:29AM
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segbrown, I just want to tell you I love that you went with the antique brass for your lights and hardware. I wanted to go that route and everyone(including my DH) told me brass was out. I am so delighted to see you be on the forefront of what I think will be the next design trend, a return to brass. It looks stunning with your gorgeous calacatta marble and has such a warm feel to it. Glad you stuck to your guns.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 11:41AM
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This is a stunning kitchen...great cooking space yet so warm and you have a layout of the space? Or at least the dimensions? I'm curious how large the space is....

Congrats and hope you enjoy it tremendously!!

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 3:16PM
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The kitchen area is roughly 19 ft by 15 ft (the longer dimension is the sink wall with the door, the shorter is the range wall). This doesn't include the breakfast area, which is another 6 ft on the 15-ft side. (Does that make sense?) Aisles are 48 in., and there is quite a bit of space in front of that window.

I do have a layout, but I'm not sure about posting KD's work. I'll post it for a few hours and then disappear it. :-) This shows only to the island, which is more like 13 ft.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 3:52PM
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I'm joining the party late! I can't believe I almost missed this! This took my breath away; it is so absolutely beautiful and there so very many things I love about it. I keep going back and looking at the pictures. You call it " more white/marble/soapstone kitchen...", but it is so very special and unique, too! Enjoy!!

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 5:05PM
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Shut! Up!

That is one fantastic kitchen. Kudos on the wonderful job.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 5:22PM
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I am soooo loving your kitchen in so many ways!!! I love the mix of hardware finishes, paint colors, old and new elements. This is an amazing transformation, but one that is completely authetic with the look and feel of your home. We are are about 80% complete on our remodel and I am hopeful that I can come up with a similar result for our older home too. You have done a spectacular job on this project- simply beautiful!!!

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 5:27PM
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I really love your kitchen. It's impressive to see a kitchen with so many classic elements that still manages to be unique. There's nothing kooky about your space, and it's designed to serve a real cook, but you've managed to personalize it and create a beautiful space that suits your home.

Congratulations! Enjoy!

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 9:04PM
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WOWSA! Gorgeous kitchen, family room, dining room . . . gorgeous everything! It's like a new home! Your head must be spinning!! I keep scrolling back up to see it over and over again. I love what you and your KD did!!

Love the mixing of hardware, love the mixing of cabinet colors, love the stained hutch and stained heirloom looking armoire and stained table.

Love the architectural details . . . the high ceiling with high windows! The fireplace and wainscoating!

I love the pendants . . . they read vintage modern to me : )

Love the butler's pantry with marble backsplash . . . and also the message/mail niche. You thought of it all!!

I hope you have many wonderful times and memories in your breathtaking old/new home.


    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 9:15PM
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More nice comments, most of which I need to deflect to KD, of course. I love the ones that remark on how we tried to make a classic thing unique, because that's exactly what we aimed for.

Judydel, you'll hate me about the chairs. I bought those some years ago, at a consignment store that I would check out every month or so ... didn't buy very often, but they had some good things, so it was worth a look-see. The chairs were an immediate "YES" when I saw them. THey are Henredon, and I'm pretty sure they were brand new. I won't even tell you what I paid, because then you would hate me for sure. :-)

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 10:51PM
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segbrown I could never hate you . . . you own one of my favorite kitchens : )

A hem,
but it appears that Henredon doesn't make those chairs anymore. They are so pretty and they look comfy. Could you post a clear photo of one of them, or send it to me via email? I'd like to print it out and keep it with me when I chair shop. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 11:06PM
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From the back:

We had the cushions made. And I have no idea when they were made, because they weren't on Henredon's site 4 or 5 years ago, either.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 11:35PM
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O.k. - just have to say awesome! Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful - I'm a newbie and am just starting my kitchen redo - one question, how wide are you drawers with the dishes in them? Thanks

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 11:37PM
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I meant I have no idea when the CHAIRS were made, not the cushions.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 11:37PM
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Thank you so much for posting that!!! The dimensions were more than enough!

It truly is such a great space...wishing you many years of happiness and yummy food. :-)

    Bookmark   December 12, 2009 at 9:02AM
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I just love looking at your wonderful pics! This is amazing! Everything is beautiful and it's a wonderfully thoughtful use of all of the space. I love everything about it -- from the layout to all of the finishes! Thanks for showing it!

    Bookmark   December 12, 2009 at 9:30AM
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kellykath, the dish drawer is 30 in. wide.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 9:18PM
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Love your kitchen....everything is so perfect!! You must be thrilled that all your decisions have come together.

Could you tell me more about your floor and your table?

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 8:53AM
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Seg, "One more"? Girl, are you feverish? Let me feel your forehead.

Your kitchen is so beautiful and full of wonderful details that it will take me aweek to absorb each fabulous thing.
I liked your 'before' kitchen, too. I feel like Cinderella.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 7:08PM
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zoey, we bought the table a while ago, no brand, just reclaimed Irish pine (I think it was from a barn floor or something) turned into a table. You can find similar things online ... google "reclaimed wood furniture" or something like that.

The floor is Gatsby Hand-Sculpted Oak (by Armstrong World Industries) in Tudor Brown, 5" solid plank, style 755. We bought it at ProSource, which I believe has showrooms across the country.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 8:34PM
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I cut and pasted all that floor info; didn't really need to spell out Armstrong's full name, but it's by Armstrong.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 8:36PM
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Thanks for the info on the table and floor. Yours floor is gorgeous and your sink area with the soapstone sink is just...just...PERFECT!!!! Did you always know you wanted to do the ss sink or did you debate between that and a white farmers? Just wondering how you arrived at the perfect choice.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 7:17AM
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I looked at white farmhouse sinks, and they are beautiful, but they just didn't grab me like the soapstone did. Once I saw one in person, in the Dorado showroom, I was hooked.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 9:56AM
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What a huge transformation! Your kitchen is stunning. It looks like a kitchen from a magazine. Simply gorgeous. Congradulations and enjoy.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 10:04AM
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enjoy'! you're kitchen rocks!

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 12:46AM
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Wow! Knocking down the walls really worked for you, and your taste is amazing. I love the way it all comes together. Thanks for posting - it helps me get the courage up.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 1:14AM
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Wow, how did I miss your kitchen? The family living/kitchen space is fabulous, so warm that it just draws me in. Congratulations on reconfiguring the space. It's brilliantly done. I especially love the clean up hutch look.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 8:59AM
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Thanks for providing this link in the other thread. Actually, I now remember reading it before but couldn't find it when I did a search.

I apologize if these questions were answered above. I don't have lots of time to read through the whole thing (great to have so many responses though!).

I love the way you covered the outlets on the island. Did you come up with that yourself?

In the corner by the range, do you find you have enough counter space with the tall pantry around the corner? Of course, you have that great SS cover on the stove itself which looks like it could count. I will have a similar placement, and the corner I'm planning for my right hand is closing in now that we've decided to get a wall oven/MW stack. How much space do you actually have right there that you consider counter (or flat surface for hot pots)? It looks like you have less than I will have, and with an island behind me, I'm thinking it won't bother me at all. I'll also have about 24" on my left hand, plus an induction top.

How are your oils and spices holding up next to the oven? And how wide is that pullout?

The door trim - how wide is that, and is it just flat or molded? I can't tell in the pictures, but I love the look.

One more out of curiosity... How are your floors holding up so far? They are beautiful! And the dormers... brilliant!

    Bookmark   January 12, 2010 at 8:42PM
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Hi jsweenc.

1. No, not my idea. Thank the KD. :-)

2. In the corner, I was worried about counter space. You're right, I have the island and the griddle cover on the range, but what I hadn't thought of -- and what I assuredly use most -- is the shelf up above. I use that a LOT. It ends up that double decker counter space is better than a long counter, as it is closer to you, when you think about it. Didn't plan it that way, I must admit, but it has turned out great. If I need lots of room to spread out, the island works fine.

3. Oils etc. are fine, but I've only been in a month. Pullout is 9 in.

4. Door trim is 3.5 in. Plus the bottom part (can't remember what that's called), which is about 1/2 or 5/8 in.

5. The floors are holding up great, so far. We definitely get dog prints and the like, from wet paws, so if you are particular about having your floors look spotless, I wouldn't go dark. I can deal with it ... I spot clean when I need to, and I have cleaners who do the whole thing once a week.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2010 at 11:36PM
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Absolutely beautiful! One question, as I can't tell because I need glasses!!! (old age) Above your cabinets, where the ceiling slopes, I'm guessing they are dormer windows, is the actual face of the slope wall color or white? We will have ten foot ceilings and our back wall of kitchen also has two windows with slopes...not dormered, but we wanted this look versus flat wall all the way up. It is open over the kitchen..when standing on balcony you can look down in kitchen. We've asked around and get two different answers..paint the face of the slope white (ceiling color) or paint slope wall color! Are the inside of slopes wall color also? I need help! thanks so much!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 1:06AM
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Fabulous kitchen! I have to ask about the marble...everyone I speak to is talking me out of using marble for my counters. They say it marks, stains, from everything. But you have used marble and soapstone, both soft stones?
I have been searching for a "veiny" granite (very hard to find) to replace my dream marble, and you have it.
So..what do you think, are you happy with the marble? Anyone else have any pin ions on this?

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 3:30AM
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Thank you for the answers, segbrown! Is the door trim flat or molded?

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 9:46AM
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jsweenc, it's both. The top is flat, the side has a slight curve.

Since this was a partial remodel, I think the idea was to update the trim without completely changing the look in the rest of the house.

llrr, I love the marble so far. I don't see any staining, but if I look hard, I see etching. There is so much movement in the marble that it doesn't stand out. I guess if I had big purple wine rings, it might bug me, but otherwise, it doesn't. There are a few dings and nicks on the edge, mainly above the dishwasher and around the sink, but that's fine. I think it looks kind of cool.

My soapstone is nicked up around the sink too, though it seems more on the inside than the outside. The outside is more eased (I'm sure that's the wrong way to say it .. the radius of the edge is rounder than the one on the inside, which is more of a 90-degree angle), so that might be a way to minimize any dings.

nc cowgirl, we painted all the walls and ceilings, inside dormers, etc., the same color, Elmira White by Benj Moore. The trim is the only thing that's white. (or, white white, as opposed to elmira white ...)

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 10:15AM
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Ohmigosh segbrown! How did I miss your kitchen? (I guess it's because I search for finished kitchens using the keyword "finished" or "complete"... now I suppose I need to add "finito" to my repertoire.)

Anyhow your kitchen is fabulous! And I love that you have highlighted all your details.

May I include your kitchen in the Finished Kitchens Blog? That way folks can still access your photos and details long after this thread has scrolled off the forum.
Please indicate in this post that I have your permission. Then, at some time in the future, please submit the FKB Category Checklist.

Here is a link that might be useful: FKB Category Checklist

    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 1:36PM
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Oh, I love your marble countertop and the color of your island, and the fab marble backsplash in your bar area/butler's pantry. Sigh...

    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 6:21PM
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Yes, that is fine, Starpooh. Sorry I haven't gotten around to it (big travel season for me).

    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 11:01PM
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AWESOME, Segbrown!!! Thanks so much for all the pics and for the link to take me here! You have a wonderful home -- ENJOY!!!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 10:48AM
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I'm new to this forum but everyone goes into such great detail about their designs, constructions, and renovations.. but after reading about 20 threads of people showing off their completed kitchens but I noticed no one ever mentions or asks how much the project cost! Why not? I certainly would find it very valuable information when reading these types of threads. I love these threads, so much information and ideas, your kitchen is incredible!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 11:39AM
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Wow!!! This is stunning! Segbrown, you have one beautiful kitchen! qwibbled, in answer to your question regarding costs - costs are dependent on where you live. Appliances may be similarly priced, but labor, materials etc. vary a lot throughout the country.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 1:38PM
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Sure, but it's still useful to know. It helps people who are just starting out know what things costs when all is said and done for a particular look or amount of work done. Or if a kitchen looks like $50,000 but the poster shares that it only cost them $30,000 then there's probably a lot of information they can share to help others save a significant amount of money. I just find the financial aspect is often ignored on this forum, when every other aspect is explored down to the most minute detail (thankfully). :)

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 1:50PM
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Wow. What a transformation! I love the island color, and the pantry/bar area. I wish you many wonderful meals in your space!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 3:42PM
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qwibbled, just saw this ... I don't know how much mine cost yet, if you really want to know. I don't think I want to know quite yet. ;-) I have records of everything, and a general idea, but I haven't sat and calculated yet. We still haven't paid our last check, since the fireplace surround still needs to be tiled. Then I think we'll take a month or two or longer, and then break it out. The job entailed more than a kitchen, though, even into the backyard and landscaping.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 1:03AM
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segbrown.. your kitchen is truly amazing! Can you tell me where you got your solid stainless steel shelf that is on your white tile backsplash. MY KD suggested a restaurant supply store a while back.. but I was wondering who made it or did you order it somewhere??

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 7:44AM
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Oh, segbrown, thank you for providing a link to your thread. Your kitchen is so beautiful, and I did see it before, but I guess it was just before Christmas, I was momentarily not TKO. I love so much about your kitchen! Congratulations for a job well done.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 10:32PM
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ajard, the stainless shelf was made custom by a metal fabricator. It was about $300.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 9:12AM
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Thank you!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 12:37PM
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What a stunning transoformation!! I LOVE IT!!!! Really just wonderful, fabulous!!

I have a question about your marble - many on this forum have honed marble (myself included) - It looks like yours is polished. Can you let me know how it is holding up. Is it sealed (if yes with what) and is it etching. Are you super careful?
Thanks so much!!

Your kitchen is a dream!!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 12:43PM
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THanks so much, Willow. Yes, the marble is polished. The slab came that way, and I thought it was going to get honed, but it didn't. I decided to try it out like that, partly because it's so pretty, and partly because I thought the kitchen needed a little bling -- muted colors, matte soapstone, brushed stainless, why not try something polished?

I do not baby it. I haven't left red wine on it all night or anything, but it doesn't seem to stain at all. I do not know what sealer they used; I will contact the fabricator and find out. It was in a big jug with no label, just sharpie pen "marble sealant" or something like that. I imagine they just refill from larger containers.

Yes, there are etches. I pay little attention to them, they certainly don't jump out. There is so much going on in there, that frankly I don't think they are very noticeable. I get a lot of natural light, so there are trees reflected in it. And there are tons of different colors and shadows already, maybe you can see from the pic of the slab. Not only white and gray and gold but black and rust and beige and pale pale gray, etc. So maybe it's different than having something a little less active. Or maybe I just don't see things that others do. But so far, it's been wonderful!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 1:36PM
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Segbrown. I am trying to get a someone to make me a solid stainless shelf.. they are all asking me details that I was hoping they can figure out. Is your shelf just folded over infront and not really that thick? Is it nailed into the side as well or is it a floating shelf? and how many inches deep is it, 10? One metal guy told me it cant be solid above a cooktop, it has to be preforated... that cant be true! I would appreciate any details or the contact information of the person that made it.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2010 at 7:20AM
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Hi ajard ... I am not home this week, so I can answer only a few questions. Yes, the sheet is folded over in front, not really that thick. It's 10 or maybe 11 in. deep, just enough for a plate. I think it's floating, not sure.

It is not perforated, although I kind of wish it were; I think ventilation would work better. The reason we didn't perforate was due to its length -- they felt we needed all the strength possible. If your shelf is shorter, it shouldn't be a problem. Ventilation isn't bad, fumes from the back burner seem to wrap around the shelf, but I think some does hit the shelf and not make it up the hood. I don't have anything to compare it to, though, so I don't really know.

When I get home, I will update and find out contact info for you.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2010 at 10:33AM
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Segbrown, I live in the Denver area. I'm still in the research phase but am planning to start the remodel early next year. Would you mind sharing the names of your KD and GC (email me if you prefer)? I'm terrified of getting bad ones. It certainly looks like you had great ones! Thank you.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2010 at 1:05PM
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I could move right in. Your ideas and color choices are creative genius! Makes me think I need to knock out a wall or two.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 5:06PM
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hi Segbrown! I love your kitchen and was so excited to see you are in the Denver area. I'm local as well...if you don't mind, would you email me your GC Information? Also, what stonw yard did you get your Calcutta from? I'm assuming that the KD was with Aspen....

In advance- thank you for this info! Your kitchen is inspirational

    Bookmark   January 26, 2015 at 12:34PM
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