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Old 06-07-2013, 07:52 PM   #16
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Hmm I hadn't given much thought to the "style".
Style is what is new and popular. Style changes every few months.

Find things YOU like, and go with that. Create your own "style". There's no set template that you have to follow. Spend plenty of time researching what can be done, what you can handle, and how to do it.

Remember. Home improvement goes in these steps.

1. Make it safe.
2. Make it reliable.
3. Make it pretty.

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Thanks for all the help and replies everyone. I will be taking all advice. It all sounds like good advice to me. Most of what has been mentioned, I was already planning to do. I was not sure if I had thought of everything though.

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Question.....do you have gas? If so...start thinking about swapping out that stove and oven....gas will save you a boat load of money
Yes the house does have gas. As do I. But I was told that these days, gas really isn't all that different from electricity in price. Don't know if its true or not.

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Which will be the perfect time to get rid of that awful electric cooktop and hideous drop-in sink.
What other type of sink would you recommend? Are there better ones to go with besides drop-in?
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Which sink is purely a matter of what your style prefers. I like undermount sinks as they don't provide that nasty lip for crud to collect under. But they do require a very precise cut-out of the opening. A drop-in doesn't require that, which often makes the install of them less expensive as the hole can be cut in the field and not have to look perfect. But if you're going to spend some money on the counter you'd just get them to cut the hole while fabricating the top.

I don't know anyone that has gas cooktops that ever wishes they had electric. I've known plenty that hate electric. Yes, electrical induction tops are versatile but they require very specific kinds of pots. So unless you're certain your existing pots will work then you've got to buy all new ones to work with induction. We went with a GE 48" gas unit for our new kitchen.

If you're faced with budgetary limits (and who isn't) then if you 'have to' keep something just make sure the opening it needs can be filled by something new. As in, if you have to keep the cooktop then just make sure what newer models would fit in the same (or larger) hole.

It's better to spend money on the overall design of the kitchen than on the appliances themselves. The appliances can always be replaced/upgraded but a bad design can really ruin how usable the kitchen might be.
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But aren't you going to have some kind of lip with an under mount sink as well? Not very familiar with them.
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Sure, there's a seam between the underside of the counter and the sink. But that's a lot different than the edge that sticks up on top of a counter when you use a drop-in. That lip tends to catch all kinds of filth. That and you don't have an easy way to sweep any liquids into the sink (either spills or while cleaning). Eventually anything you use to seal that drop-in to the sink will fail, potentially leading to leaks that damage the counter and cabinets below.

The only place we'll be using a drop-in will be for a utility sink. That provides a way to use the edge of the sink as part of the work process. We're going to use this one: Mustee Vector 25. The molded drain edge should come in handy for that sort of sink.
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If you like that attending again at atomic amend the colors. Whether or not you accumulate the abuse is up to you. And, of course, plan on replacing all the window treatments.
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Great looking house you got there, though you’d need a couple of things to make it look better. How about adding window frosting on the windows and doors? You don’t need to completely frost them, and there are frosting designs you can apply on them too.
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Great looking house you got there, though you’d need a couple of things to make it look better. How about adding window frosting on the windows and doors? You don’t need to completely frost them, and there are frosting designs you can apply on them too.
I wonder what your obsession is with frosting windows!
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I wonder what your obsession is with frosting windows!
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