finished kitchen: tan brown granite with dark cabs

janealexaDecember 31, 2012

Hello All!

The house is finally done! Thank you so much GardenWeb and GardenWebbers for all of your help!

Here are pictures and details of my finished kitchen.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes!













Hardware on trash pull-out

Pantry with pocket door, extra refrigerator in pantry

Telescoping downdraft

Outlet cover stained to match cabinets

View into great room

Cabinets: Knotty Alder, custom cabinets with custom stains, highlighting details on island
Countertop: Tan brown granite with crescent edge, enhanced
Backsplash: AZ Tile tumbled camargo (travertine) 2x4, antique linen grout and caulk, light almond outlets/covers
Outlet covers on island/peninsula: unfinished wood covers that I bought from Home Depot and asked our cabinet maker to stain
Floor: White oak
Stovetop, telescoping downdraft, double wall oven: Kenmore Elite
Dishwashers, pantry refrigerator: Kenmore
Kitchen refrigerator: Whirlpool Gold
Sinks: Ticor
Faucets at both sinks: Delta Leland
Water filter faucet at prep sink: Aquasana
Soap dispensers at both sinks: Delta
Garbage disposals: ISE Evolution Pro Compact
Cabinet knobs: Amerock
Cabinet bin pulls: Cosmas
Trash pull-out pull: RK International
Counter stools:
Peninsula lights: Kichler Norwich
Breakfast nook light: Savoy House Oristano (discontinued)
Wall color: SW Kilim Beige
Ceiling/trim color: SW Alabaster

This post was edited by janealexa on Wed, Jan 2, 13 at 23:32

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Wow! Stunning!!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 1:37AM
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Really beautiful! Love those gorgeous, rich cabinets. And that floor! And those light fixtures! Really gorgeous! Enjoy your beautiful new space!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 4:15AM
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Wow, that kitchen is huge! Congratulations on being done, isn't it a huge relief? Love all the gorgeous dark wood, your views and especially your wonderful breakfast area. What is the purpose of the door at the right end of the sink run? One last question, what is your trash pullout hardware, it's lovely! Best, oldbat2be

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 8:23AM
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Very sophisticated! Nice job pulling it all together! I would like your views! Love those light fixtures!!! Love the mottled stain - it goes so nicely with your counters.

Tell me more about your "Shelf" in the ceiling area - are there up lights for this area - maybe it isn't a shelf but it looks like it. We have a shelf in our sunroom/kitchen divide and still trying to figure out how to use it.

How wide are your drawers under your cooktop - our longest drawers were 42 and I had a failure - no one mentioned to include the weight of the drawer as part of the total weight (I asked the question but KD said I was OK - oops!) I love my big drawers and working on a fix.

More pictures of what is stored in your drawers!

OldBat - that handle would look great in your kitchen!!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 9:09AM
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Beautiful kitchen!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 9:23AM
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Beautiful! And that view is gorgeous. Love all your finishes. They remind me of the kitchen in our former house. And that is what sold our house. Enjoy your new space!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 9:31AM
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Beautiful! Congratulations!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 10:44AM
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Thank you everyone for your kind comments! It was difficult pulling it all together since all the hardware and light fixtures are different brands. I also ordered them online so I did not see them before I purchased them. But the finishes match well. I was amazed that I was able to find exactly what I was looking for.

oldbat2be-Thank you and yes, it is a huge relief to be done! The door at the end of the sink run is an appliance garage, but we use it to store our compost bin. I searched high and low for a trash bin pull-out. I found this beautiful one for 20.23 shipped on I had a coupon at the time so got it for even less:

a2gemini-we have two types of lighting in the soffit. One switch is rope lighting. At night I like to turn on the undercab lights and the rope lighting. Then the other switch is fluorescent lighting. They put in the softest fluorescent lighting possible, it lights up the room well without being too harsh. The same two types of soffit lighting are also in the great room.

Here is a pic of the soffit lighting in the great room (before furniture)

As far as the drawers, our cabinet maker is still making organization pieces for me. The large drawers are 39 in wide. Here is a pic of the other side of the island (before hardware). I love my deep and wide pot drawers.


This post was edited by janealexa on Tue, Jan 1, 13 at 10:56

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 10:51AM
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Drop dead gorgeous! Such a beautiful kitchen that enhances your amazing house and views. Stunning. I will oogle the pics repeatedly! You did an amazing job!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 12:37PM
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Wow! Your kitchen looks as though it goes on and on for miles! Lovely and spacious!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 2:15PM
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janalexa - I was guessing you did that - and you had to show that view - when I started our reno and the KD asked what I wanted, I pointed to a view.. Weill, I can dream - looks great!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 5:35PM
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everything is perfect! Your floors are to die for! And that view! Holy guacamole! Can I ask where you live? It looks way high up...

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 6:07PM
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Oh my goodness, this is DROP DEAD gorgeous! I think (?) I remember these cabinets from several months ago when you were in process of building, because they are so beautiful, but I never imagined the finished product could look this totally amazing.

I love almost all the kitchens I see on gardenweb for their own unique styles, and you can always admire a kitchen even when it's not "you" ... but this one I could totally move into without changing a single thing. .... When would you like me there? :-)

Seriously, I love all your choices, every single one of them. The cabs, counters, flooring (love), the backsplash (perfect), lighting, and hey, especially love those views!! But I don't suppose you'd want to trade me for my view of neighbours 8 feet away on each side, lol.

Great job. Congratulations and enjoy your beautiful new home.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 7:19PM
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You have a BEAUTIFUL kitchen!! It is exceptional! I love it -- and the view too. You did an excellent job!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 9:49PM
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janealexa, your kitchen is beautiful! i love the colors and the rich finishes that all match your view.
btw, are you happy with the insinkerator evolution pro compact? i am thinking of also getting this one.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 11:06PM
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Thank you again everyone for your kind messages and for taking the time to comment!

a2gemini, thank you :)

taggie, LOL, thanks for your sweet message and for making me smile! Come on over, I'll put some tea on ;)

michoumonster, thank you! Yes, I am happy with the evolution pro compact. It works really well and it is so quiet. I have an air switch at the the main sink which I love. Then at the prep sink I have a toggle switch inside the cabinet. I have never used that disposal. I do have to mention that we compost so I don't put anything big down the disposal...

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 11:18PM
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Your cabinets are beautiful. We just chose alder for our master bath cabinets and I hope they look like these. It is nice to see a beautiful kitchen with dark cabinets. We are doing them as well but have not chosen wood species or stain yet.

Your dark counter tops are also beautiful with the dark cabinetry. We have been advised to go with light counter tops because our floor will be dark as well. But it is nice to see an example where it works so well. I don't have to be so constricted with my choices when that time comes.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 7:56AM
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Fabulous. I hope you will enjoy it. I envy you all that space.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 8:49AM
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Beautiful, rich, warm, inviting and huge! Congratulations on a lovely completion! Your views are gorgeous, are you in CA?
It must be wonderful to start a new year with a finished kitchen!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 10:44AM
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What a great combination of style and function in a space that is warm and inviting but very sophisticated. You started out way ahead with that to-die-for view and location and the expansive floorplan and you have created a showstopper of a room. You know I would love the rich dark cabinets! The lighting is beautiful. The fixture over your table is perfect and I just love the way you layered light in your soffit. It must be stunning with the soffit and cabinet lights on at night. I'm with Taggie... I wouldn't change a thing. Congratulations on the results of all of your hard work...enjoy!!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 12:38PM
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Thanks again everyone!

Karen.1288, thank you. It was difficult photographing my kitchen. The perimeter cabs and the granite are not as dark in person. And I could not seem to capture the detail of the granite in the photos. We decided on the granite before construction even started. Then I found GW and saw so many other types of granite that I really liked...but we had already purchased the tan brown slabs for the entire house. Good luck with your cabinetry, I look forward to seeing pics!

annsch and sanjuangirl, thank you! I am in the Southwest :)

treasuretheday, glad to reconnect, I appreciate all of your great input during my build :) And thank you for your very kind comments, so glad you like it :)

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 12:15AM
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Now that I have time to sit down, I figured I'd share some details regarding my new kitchen :)

-Refrigerator recessed into the pantry so it doesn't stick out. The builder had the dimensions of the refrigerator when they were framing the house. The cabinet maker also had the dimensions ahead of time in order to make the refrigerator cabinet have a built-in look. The cabinet is deeper and wider than it appears in case we ever have to replace our fridge with a larger one. Love the built-in look without the built-in price!
-Double ovens - I like to use the second oven as a warming oven. We have a cabinet drawer under our double ovens. There is an outlet back there in case we ever want to put in a warming drawer. I also like how the ovens can be used as convection or conventional ovens.
-Appliance garage - I actually don't use it as an appliance garage. I like how I can hide our compost container in there.
-Non traditional pendant lights over peninsula - they are actually foyer lights and I love how they look.
-Breakfast nook light - I searched high and low for something different. I get many compliments on it.
-Two dishwashers - they work out great for when we have company. When we don't have company we use one as a drying rack for when we handwash dishes, pots, etc. It keeps the counters clear
-Deep and wide pot drawers
-Mostly drawers on my lowers
-Lots of cabinet space allows me to use dishes, etc that were difficult to use in my old house because they were so hard to get to.
-Large handle different from other hardware on trash pull-out - easy to open and easy for guests to identify
-Extra refrigerator in pantry (as opposed to having an extra one in garage)
-movement sensor light in pantry so light automatically turns on when I walk into pantry then automatically turns
off shortly after. There is an option to turn it on so the light stays on.
-my bridge burner on my stove top, was great to make gravy at Thanksgiving and Christmas using the pan drippings in the large roasting pan.
-air switch for garbage disposal at main sink
-built-in soap dispensers
-single bowl main sink makes it easy to clean large pots, pans, and platters. I would never get a double bowl sink again!
-polished chrome fixtures - I love the shine that they bring in to the kitchen. We originally had ORB fixtures in the plans but they were more than double the price of chrome.
-cabinet hardware that blends into the cabinets
-pull-down faucet - love these high arc faucets, but they are not too high that they cause a lot of splashing. I like having the same size faucets at both the main sink and the prep sink. I was going to get the smaller version at the prep sink, but again it was much more expensive for some reason. Having the same size at both sinks makes it look very balanced IMO.
-highlights on the island - the dark highlights on the island tie in the darker perimeter cabs - gives it a cohesive look
-raised panel cabinets and paneled drawer fronts - we upgraded our cabinets and we are glad that we did. It was worth the extra money. We did flat panel cabinets in the laundry room and bathrooms.
-bun feet at island - originally I was going to integrate 4 posts at the island but it was very costly. I was able to obtain the freestanding look with bun feet and they were much more affordable

-my stovetop scratches VERY easily. If I had known I would've made sure that I used microfiber cloth on it to clean initially. It is scratched up from metal utensils touching it, from the grates, and from just using paper towels to wipe up spills. I wish I would've been more careful with it.
-I would've used a slightly darker grout color so I could see the individual tiles better. This is an easy fix with grout dye.

-We have an outlet in the pantry for a microwave. We did not use our microwave much in our other house. We never put one in this new house and we don't miss it at all. We reheat food on the stovetop or in our countertop convection oven.

Construction is difficult because there are so many details to attend to. Not to mention so many expenses. My "original" dream kitchen included pro/commercial appliances, a subzero fridge, and a huge range with a beautiful mosaic backsplash. But due to budget and the layout of the kitchen, I had to pass on these items. As I mentioned previously, I also wanted different granite after I saw such beautiful granite with a lot of movement here on GW. However, we purchased tan brown slabs for the entire house before construction even started. But in the end I am very happy with the results and it is a dream kitchen to me :)

This post was edited by janealexa on Sun, Jan 6, 13 at 15:56

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 12:32PM
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Love your kitchen! Noticed you mentioned white oak floors. What color of stain did you use? We are re-doing ours as we speak and haven't yet decided on a color! Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 6:16PM
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kjordanx4, thank you! We used a natural/clear stain. We looked at different stain samples and I really wanted to see the variation of colors in the wood. We saw variation best with the natural stain. Hope that helps, good luck :)

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 6:25PM
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Stunning kitchen and views, Enjoy!

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 9:53PM
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Stunning kitchen and views, Enjoy!

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 9:54PM
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I don't know how I missed your reveal when you posted it. Your kitchen is beautiful. I love all the rich warm tones. The alder is stunning. I think your light fixtures are really gorgeous. The entire space really flows beautifully from one finish, surface to another.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 7:30AM
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I missed your reveal too. Very nice! Your backsplash gives me inspiration for my kitchen. Our cabinets are rustic walnut and you don't see dark woods too often here. I also love your floors.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 10:40AM
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Wow - that kitchen and those views! Beautiful! It all looks great together. I like the lighting too. :) Enjoy.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 12:47PM
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Does your island have a seam? My Hubby is wanting me to take 12 inches off ofour 11 foot island that is at the cabinet shop being built. Because we can only find granite 124 inches not anything longer and really didn't want a seam. I don't have a sink or anything in it?? Got opinions....can they really make a seam look good in granite??

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 1:38AM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

Beautiful kitchen! Nice you got to start from scratch! I'm impressed with everything you did, and envious of your space!

Our home was built with views in mind, and the builder put so many windows in the kitchen, there is very little space for cabinets on one entire wall!! We have the views but I'd rather have cabinets in the kitchen!

We meet with our contractor today and I will mention the deep and wide pot drawers!

Wonderful post!


    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 10:34AM
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I missed this before and really like the dark stained cabinets with the lighter oak floor.
I'm thinking of a small fridge in the pantry. Whatdo you keep in it vs your main fridge?
Just lovely and I like the granite choice for your cabinets, and backsplash.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 10:35AM
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Thank you ALL for your kind comments!!

waterpondgal, No, our island does not have a seam. Hmmm, that is a good question. The only seam we have inside is at our kitchen sink. Then our outdoor countertop is a long run with one seam. I don't mind it outside, but I'm not sure if I would want that inside...especially if there is no stovetop or sink to distract from the seam. Maybe you can post your question here on GW and see if anyone has/had the same experience? I know I have done a search of granite seams in the past here. Some of them looked fine, but it also depends on the type of granite you have (color, amount of movement, etc). Maybe you can ask your granite fabricator to show you pics of some seams that they have done? Good luck!

desertdance, thanks so much! We had a similar issue. I could've put a wall up between the kitchen and the great room. That would've allowed me to either have more upper cabinets or have a stove with a mosaic backsplash. But in the end we chose to keep the open floorplan. It allows us to enjoy more views from the great room as well. I think you will be happy with your choice, I love looking at the views everyday! Just make the most of your cabinets, such as organizers, drawers instead of lower cabinets and/or pull out shelves in your lower cabinets. Good luck with your new kitchen, I'm sure it will be lovely!

ppbenn, thank you so much! We use the pantry fridge like a fridge that people would have in their garage or basement...all the extras such as extra milk, drinks, meats, etc. OR anything that just doesn't fit in the main fridge. I love having the extra fridge right there without having to run down to the garage! I do think that I might still get an extra freezer for the garage one day :)

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 3:10AM
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