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Old 04-17-2015, 02:52 PM   #16
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I guess I will pipe in as I did just finished remodeling my kitchen I did everything myself, with the exception of granite fabrication/install and the drywall seams. First of all I hated the kitchen when I moved in, I spent a few years thinking about what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. Then spent god knows how many hours playing with design programs. You have a HUGE kitchen by the way.

1) Went with Ikea cabinets as they were the cheap, durable, looked awesome, and were packed with features. They are also top rated by JD Power and associates as well as got a lot of positive reviews on forums. I know you said you want to keep your cabs, but I would take a look at it as an option. You can even use their design to give you ideas on your current room. Takes a little practice.
2) I recessed the fridge to get a couple inches more space for the fridge. Counter depth as another person stated are over priced. Not as much as an issue for you as it was for me as you have more space.
3) Lights can make or break a kitchen. Can lights are the best way to go as well as under counter lighting. Removing hanging fixtures makes the place look bigger, also with a under cabinet lighting it makes the space look bigger.
4) Removing the soffit can give you more room, bigger cabinets, and make it look bigger. I removed 1 soffit completely and have the cabinets going all the way up to the top, while I rebuilt the other soffit to match the wood. It looks more integrated and it is smaller than the previous one. I had to add the soffit back as it hid plumbing.
5) What ever cabinets you go, a lot of people are doing white right now, try to contrast it with your counter top and back splash. I prefer darker cabinets, even though I live up north.
6) Use neutral colors for paints and use accessories and pictures as accents and pops of color.
7) Get new flooring, I would go with a tile or a engineered wood.
8) Even though your kitchen is a HUGE, it is almost too spread out. Unless you have a lot of cooks in the kitchen, you might want to make it less spread out so you don't have to go back and forth between a lot areas in the "kitchen triangle".
9) Consider an island of a peninsula to give you a more open work area.
10) Drawers and pull outs allow you to optimize shelves. You really don't use more than the first few inches of a cabinet.

Again I spent a lot of time designing mine and getting feedback on many forums. Unfortunately they closed the Ikea forums I was using (Ikea has brilliantly design cabinets, though they are stupid at everything else).
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:29 PM   #17
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wow what a great kitchen.. it is huge. if your keeping the cabinets great, otherwise i would think about a island and shrinking that work triangle with the stove, sink, and frig.


if on a budget and redo the back splash and counter tops...to more modern colors...and the flooring will really make it look great! Sometimes just refinishing cabinets or painting can make it look new..new hardware! good luck...send us pics of your new kitchen! congrats on the new home!
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Using photo 1, the wall next to the refrige and next to your pov, the refrige could go there and make the existing space more useable.

The existing kitchen is, in a way, too big. Lot of walking from stove to refrige, etc. Also where you're standing in photo 1, I assume that is another entry? That is wasted space. If possible, I'd remove the left wall in for just enough room for a table and put the thru-way on the other side.

If the louvered bifold door is a pantry, that could be refrige space. New pantry could be where the refrige is now. If old cabinets can't be matched, consider old furniture or a bookcase with doors for pantry.

Although it is dark and takes 10+ years to season, soap stone costs less and can be diy.
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... but we want to do it all ourselves and keep the cabinets their current color and style, since we think they are worth saving. Anyone seen this done with this tone? Any ideas for directions to go?
If you are interested in remodeling the kitchen yourself, I can advise you using special software. There are lots of kitchen planners in the internet. From my own experience, I can tell you that online 3d kitchen constructor is very human friendly - I've been using it for my kitchen renovation. Though, I also selected new cabinets (old ones annoyed me). But you can just find the similar cabinets in the programme and see what backsplash, countertops or floor colour will be more suitable. http://prodboard.eu/kitchen/
Wish you good luck with your project!
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I find paper, pencil and brochures far easier to use and more effective than any software.
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It's your opinion, I suggersted mine.
Moreover, nowadays everything is connected with computers.
My farther also got used to drawing his sketches, but my husband is an archirect and he uses special software like ArchiCad that is difficult for me. However 3D kitchen constructor, for instance, doesn't require special skills to design in. This app resembles me of The Sims 3, but it's not a simulator, it's a real handy software like more others of the kind that help people to work faster.
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It wasn't meant to be a personal attack and I hope you did not take it that way.

Even though I have been computing since the XT some things just have too high a learning curve and the 'old" ways work best.
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A lot of good ideas floating around out here. I feel compelled to chime in since I've done my share of remodeling many of our apartments and on a few house builds, plus other gained knowledge.

Firstly, you asked about raising the counter, it can be done but traditionally, you want the top height around 36". That's the general surface level for most things like stoves and what-not, but depending on what material you choose for the counter, it can be easy to raise if you'd like. Someone mentioned how to remove the whole counter, and if it is formica- in my experience, the formica was installed over regular 3/4 plywood. Very simple to remove. If you choose to go with tile, you could tile over the formica- there are things you'd need to do to prepare it well, but that could raise your counter height 1/4-3/8" without affecting the stove and other areas much. I would recommend, as it is your home and you want a good investment, to go with a quartz top with a light color to contrast both with the dark cabinets and to add some light to the kitchen. Quartz counters are man made and completely sealed off to liquids so you don't have to worry about maintenance as you would with a porous material such as granite. Alternatively, you could also do something like concrete or there are a lot of recycled materials paper and such that can be made to act like quartz which might be cost effective and very elegant.

For the floor, I would recommend again, a brighter material color. Tile, hardwood, or bamboo. You could do cheaper laminates, Pergo etc, but to increase property value, I would go with tile, hardwood, or bamboo. Or even a combination. I'm a fan of wood with a tiled standing area around the sink to catch the majority of water drips. A light color would do wonders to pair well with a lighter counter top and contrast with the dark cabinets, while also keeping the kitchen space brighter.

A simple subway tile or one of those glass mosaics in a neutral or alternating dark and light pattern would also be very nice, especially if you were to add under cabinet LED strip lighting.

And as many have said- that kitchen area looks HUUUUUUUUUUGE. But someone mentioned as I will now- it's a lot of walking to go from the fridge to the sink to the stove. I would personally, since you are doing floor work eventually, also consider adding in a large island with a counter that can double both as a work surface/eating area. You could add some extra style by making it lighter colored cabinets to contrast with the dark and create a visual focal point in the space where guests could interact with you while preparing meals, hanging out etc. Maybe even make the island something with a butcher block top to contrast with a hard counter tops lining the walls.

Recessing fridges also- if possible are always the way to go over super pricey and rare cabinet depth refrigerators. They're all only going to last you 5-10 years if you're lucky and a recessed fit allows for a greater variety. Just don't recess it too far- as you want the doors to stick out beyond the counter so that they open nicely without interference.

Looking at the first picture, what is in the room to the left? If it's a dining/living area, you could quite conceivably blow that wall out (of course making sure it's not a load bearing wall which it could very well be) or put a large opening in the wall to make a more open-concept for the kitchen to increase light and promote a brighter atmosphere. I know some people don't like that style, so you don't have to, but it would work really well if you were to open it up, while adding an island. I spoke a bit prematurely about the island based on a brief look and in afterthought- the kitchen doesn't appear so much huge as very wide. But an open concept with a large beam could clear that all up.

Check out this iphone/ipad/tablet app called Houzz or go to houzz.com. There are hundreds... thousands of ideas there for kitchen remodels. Also, if you subscribe to streaming netflix, check out a show called Property Brother's. It's all about people buying and working on homes within their budget to create their dream homes, and it has a lot of great tips about increasing property values and design and style ideas for budget minded people.

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Also, to create a sense of visual appeal, you could alter the top cabinets very easily by taking the doors and replacing the interior wood panels with some obscured/decorative glass of any color (white or clear only please, haha) and it could highlight the area as well.

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