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Date: 6/8/12 9:58 AM

I have been searching for 3 years, yes that is right 3 years. DH said enough is enough and he called the contractor and set a start date I'm excited and scared. This is my one and only chance. DH said "This is it do it right because we aren't doing it again".

So, I have looked at cooktops, double ovens, popup electrical outlets for island, slate for floor, granite counter, popup downdraft with external blower. I'm getting closer but just don't know what will be good/great choices so that I don't regret or wish I would have gotten something different. Anyone with a certain product that they bought they love or hate? I'm thinking induction cooktop, convection ovens but not sure of which brands are good. Slate or no slate, granite or cement counter? Getting mixed reviews online on about everything. So anyone with experience with any of the listed items please give me your thoughts

Thought I should add that since we are putting an island in I'm trying to figure out if it will work with the sink to my back while I work on the cooktop. Will it be a congestion place with others in the kitchen? If I put it at the end of the island then it doesn't leave much room on each side of the cooktop for preparing things. How much room between me and the cooktop and the sink behind me should there be?
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Date: 6/8/12 10:16 AM

I am envious! We will probably do ours just in time to sell and downsize.

Random thoughts:
- marble, granite etc. are hard and cold. If you cook a lot, I have been told stone is really hard on the legs. Everything that falls on stone floors and counter tops will break.

- DD is a chef and spent some time doing demos on induction cooktops and loved them. The only person I know who has one ADORES it. Food doesn't cook on if it spills, so it is a quick wipe to clean and sometimes she has to dust it!

- The microwave/vent hood combos I have used are either too high for me to reach into or read the display on the m-wave or so low they get in the way for using the cooktop.

- extra lighting under the top cupboards is brilliant, looks great and helps elderly eyes enjoy working in the kitchen.

Have fun!

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Date: 6/8/12 10:38 AM

I have a ceramic cook top and love it -- wouldn't go for anything else with the way we cook.

Other must haves (or don't repeats) for me -- some we've added to our kitchen and others are on the to-do list either for updates or renos:

* goose-neck faucet with the pull down spray head -- just installed one this past winter and don't know what I did without it

* under the cabinet lighting -- don't have but want to add -- DD just had her kitchen redone and added this and I love working in her kitchen

* lots and lots of counter space -- as much as you can fit in

* I love an eat-in kitchen

* electrical outlets for all counter areas -- we have a huge peninsula as part of our counters (open concept to the living room) and it has no electrical outlets -- what a waste

* this house is my first time having a walk-in pantry and it's now a "must-have"

* deep sinks -- mine aren't and I hate it

* we bought a side by side freezer/fridge when we built our house -- it has filtered water and an ice-maker and doesn't fit our lifestyle anymore -- the filters are hugely expensive ($120.00) and only last about a month with the amount of water we drink now (we don't use it anymore and instead use a water cooler). I also absolutely hate the freezer on the model we have -- it is narrow and deep and next to impossible to root around in. This would be a "not to repeat" in any kitchen reno

* DD got a fridge with the freezer on the bottom as part of her reno and she loves it -- it sure seems convenient but can't recommend as I haven't used one on a day-to-day basis

Just some thoughts or things to think about.


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Date: 6/8/12 10:38 AM

I don't know if these are common in the US but when we were in Korea, a lot of apartments had a kick button at the base of the cupboard underneath the sink. The large button was at feet level and you tap it to turn the faucet on and off. It was a really convenient feature when you're alone with dirty hands!

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Date: 6/8/12 11:06 AM

I don't know what your space is like, or how you cook & the things you eat... but for us, if I could remodel, I would insist on a second full-size deep sink. I garden and grow a lot of our vegetables, and travel to pick lots of fruit in season; it would be great to have another sink and countertop area for washing & preparing fruits & vegetables. I'd probably choose honed--not polished-- granite for countertops, since DH sets hot pots straight down on countertops and has wrecked our linoleum counters. I have a ceramic cooktop and hate it. Can't wait to get a gas range, and have begun mistreating the ceramic one in hopes of speeding up the purchase. One friend has a wood-fired pizza oven in his kitchen, and if I could do a huge, expensive renovation I'd either get that or a "Tulikivi" from Finland... probably the Tulikivi because it could also heat part of the house for those times we lose power.

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Date: 6/8/12 11:06 AM

I don't know what your space is like, or how you cook & the things you eat... but for us, if I could remodel, I would insist on a second full-size deep sink. I garden and grow a lot of our vegetables, and travel to pick lots of fruit in season; it would be great to have another sink and countertop area for washing & preparing fruits & vegetables. I'd probably choose honed--not polished-- granite for countertops, since DH sets hot pots straight down on countertops and has wrecked our linoleum counters. I have a ceramic cooktop and hate it. Can't wait to get a gas range, and have begun mistreating the ceramic one in hopes of speeding up the purchase. One friend has a wood-fired pizza oven in his kitchen, and if I could do a huge, expensive renovation I'd either get that or a "Tulikivi" from Finland... probably the Tulikivi because it could also heat part of the house for those times we lose power.

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2008 fabric in, 23 yards; sewn 20 yds; given away 6 yds
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2011 fabric in: 55 yd.; sewn: 21 yd; given away: 20 yd
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Date: 6/8/12 12:41 PM

I have redone my kitchen twice - 20 years apart.

I have a Kohler Executive Chef high low double bowl sink, it takes up the same space as a regular double bowl sink, but one side is extra deep and wide......I love this sink so much when I needed a new sink for the next redo, I bought the same sink in a different color.

I don't like clutter on my kitchen counters - so I had the phone jack and electrical outlets put in the upper cabinets. The phone lives in a cabinet, rechargable appliances and phone chargers stay out of sight but are easily accessable. You also need electrical outlets adjacent to each section of counter top.

I have a drop in range -- there is a big difference between a drop in and stand alone range. The stove is flush with the counter top all the way across (nothing extends above the top of the stove) so the back splash continues along the back of the stove. I opted for a drop in with a warming drawer in the bottom ... the drawer is the full width of the stove and a great place to store large baking dishes; but when company is coming and I have a big dinner to stage I move the stored pans to the laundry room and use the drawer to warm dinner rolls and can hold food at serving temperature for an hour or more.

To minimize the disruption during the project ... plan, plan, plan. Make all your decisions before anything is started and buy everything you will need. The only way to keep the various trades working efficiently is to have all material staged in the garage...then nobody can say the job needs to stop for a week while they get the faucet/light fixtures/tile/etc you have chosen.

I have had tile floors in my kitchen forever and wouldn't have anything else. They are easy to clean and most days a quick sweep with a dust mop (buy an industrial size one at a janitoral store) is all you need. My husband can wash and dry the floor in nothing flat doing a towel dance that requires 2 old bath towels. In the winter time the floor is cold, so I wear slippers....most of the year I'm barefoot around the house and the tile is not a problem. Whatever you chose do not go with white grout.....pick grout that is very close to the color of dirt, once you wash the floor you will know it is clean and won't be aggrivated by discolored grout.

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Date: 6/8/12 3:25 PM

The new July 2012 issue of Consumer Reports has kitchen ratings, besides appliances it has flooring, counters and cabinets.

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Date: 6/8/12 3:36 PM

We've had a lot of houses, so never did remodel, except the first oooold house has linoleum counter tops--remember those?
But if you still have kids at home, an island with at least a couple barstools is great, mine always ate breakfast and lunch there. Desk and walk-in pantry if you have room.
There are new counter tops (name?) that look like Corian. Everyone wants Granite but I find it looks smeary, rather have the new matte look.

We have the Maytag with 2 top doors and bottom drawer freezer, with whole-width pull-out deli drawer--great for 2 people and we got rid of our small chest freezer. My DIL has one with the narrow vertical freezer which she hates for space and access.
Under cabinet lights, definitely, we don't even turn on the center light.
Put in a roll-out shelf for the wastebasket on the side of the sink for sure. And arrange the whole thing so it's not THE walk-thru for the whole gang so you can work in peace and quiet.

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Date: 6/8/12 3:38 PM

Oh yes - almost forgot the freezer on the bottom fridge. We have had two now and they are fabulous. DH is tall and hated bending over all the time. He now has at least a fair crack at finding things in the fridge, though being male, he still does what a friend calls "looking with his voice instead of his eyes." "Honey, where's the????"

Note on stand alone ranges - ours is flush with the cupboards, which I really like. It does reduce the oven size by a smidge so our biggest pizza pan doesn't fit anymore but everything else is fine.

I love, love, love the ceramic cooktop. People seem to be rabidly pro or con on that. But if you are going induction, it will be ceramic.

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