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Old 10-19-2012, 11:35 PM   #16
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My new wife says the same as you, she'd rather have ANYTHING but carpet in the kitchen - but we've had carpet in 100% of our rooms including baths and kitchen since 1968. In about 1/2 the house it is original - but since it was originally top quality it still vacuums well and looks good.
Wow, really you and your new wife have been together for 45 years. Tell me it isn't so Joe.

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Old 10-20-2012, 12:30 AM   #17
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I would just go with vinyl or a laminate. Actually they now have laminates on the market which look like wood. You might want to investigate.
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Wow, really you and your new wife have been together for 45 years. Tell me it isn't so Joe.

No - I've been in and around the home since 1968 - my Father was the original builder and owner. I inherited the house a little over three years ago.

As far as post volume, Yes, I'm unemployed (retired). I've found the forum to be particularly helpful as I address some chronic problems around the home. The one that generated most of the posts was my need to understand my 240V ceiling heat to address a couple of dead ceiling grids.

I'm also posting about construction methods and insulation issues for my son-in-law as he builds a rural home. I suppose you'll see me here regularly for a while yet.

Rusty, your advice makes the most sense. Roll-vinyl flooring. I appreciate everyone's frankness about these particle board floors. The votes are in, and I'm going quality sheet vinyl over 1/4 inch luann. I'll have the clearance for the dishwasher and good quality vinyl looks pretty good these days.

Regarding how nasty the carpets are, be assured that the carpet in all the baths and kitchen have been replaced 2X since '68. Some of the less-used rooms are original, but thanks to my Mom's emphasis on keeping things clean they still look lovely.

So - thanks everyone. You've helped us make our final decision here.
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Thanks for not taking offence with our frankness. Welcome to the site. There are some amazing pro's here, one of which I am not, however from what knowledge I have gained since hanging around someone is sure to tell you to rethink the luan choice....
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I thought I had responded to this thread----post must have vanished or another member asked a very similar question yesterday-----Let me re-read this and I'll be right back----
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Now we have a confusing mess------

New member------please keep all of your questions in one thread-----I merged your two threads together---

Most regular members use 'new posts'' or 'today posts' to see who needs attention---so little is gained by posting the same question under different catagories-----Moderator---Mike-----
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First off, what is a USA Kitchen. Second, who still has cabinets in decent shape in their Kitchen, that are dating back 45 years, same for a Dishwasher.

If your dishwasher is still running and in good shape from 45 years ago, I want to know the manufacturer, because I want that machine in my kitchen.
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1. I said USA kitchen as I notice we have members from Canada - and I'm used to forums with people from around the world. I thought I'd better be clear about whether it was standard or metric as far as appliance openings, etc.

2. Yes, we have the original Amish built solid wood kitchen cabinets. My wife and I are continuing my Mom's tradition of carefully cleaning around all the door and drawer hardware each spring. They are lovely, and I've only had one door frame and one drawer slide give trouble over all these years (easily repaired in both cases).

Even the formica is original, although last year we finally had to replace the double oven due to an accidental overheat that fried the controls.



3. Sadly, the original Kenmore dishwasher died about 8 years ago. I've replaced with a modern unit. Funny how I couldn't find one in Avocado anymore

Dig those groovy blue countertops with Avocado appliances. Yo diggety!
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If the counter top will be replaced---you are home free---raise the cabinets or add a 3/4" furring strip to the existing set up and just raise the tops---

The U-shaped counters will be darn near inpossible to remove and reinstall---so you may face a challenge----
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Personally I would forgive tradition, and make the home your own. There is no need to keep hanging on memories, just because it is what you grew up with. As for the cabinets, they can be refaced. As for the couters, you can replace them.

Personally I would expand the Kitchen out if you can, to get more room. There is not even enough room for two people in that space to work at the same time.
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Just me, but I probably wouldn't put wood-like flooring in there to compete with the cabinets. Given the shape, I'd opt for a vinyl flooring, perhaps something with some blue in it.
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You know what. It wouldn't be all that to update your kitchen. Paint the cabinets new sleek hardware. Quartz countertop,Update cooktop to one of those flat slick looking electric cooktops black to match other appliances. New vinyl or laminate floor. Finally replace lights with recess fixtures. Oh replace the fan. Quartz counter would be most money.
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You can easily add hardwood without locking the dishwasher in. First, if height is an issue, just don't lay the new wood in the dishwasher area. Next, just turn a board sideways in front of the dishwasher and only put one or 2 pin nails in it. This way, if you need to get it out, you can pull out that board and if will give you enough room to angle it out of there. We do this all the time.
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If you can get your dishwasher out now with the carpet....you shouldn't have any issues with hardwood...(or the engineered type)...or even tile....

Remove the kick plate....turn the adjusters up...remove the screws on top that are screwed into the counter top...and pull out....you will most likely find that you have about 1" of insulation between the dishwasher and the counter top.

BTW...that is a decent looking kitchen.......except for the carpet.....and those old lights.....and old vent hood......

But, hey.....we are glad to help you spend your money...

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