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Classic Coastal Colonial Renovation - the Ultimate Island traditional kitchen
 

Classic Coastal Colonial Renovation - the Ultimate Island

The nearly 10’ island is an ideal place for food prep, a quick bite, buffet set-up, or sharing a glass of wine with friends. 2.5” thick marble countertop on the island gives substance and a professional feel.
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michal1976 wrote:
Perimiter counter - Hi again- how tall is the marble thickness? What is the diff in height between island thickness and perimiter? Do they end at the same height? Thank you!!!
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Michael Robert Construction
The island slab is 2.5" thick. The perimeter is the standard 1.25" thick. The island is 1.25" taller due to the slab thickness, though you'd never know.
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michal1976 wrote:
How many inches tall is marble on the island counter - Thank you!
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It is 2.5" thick
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smotwane wrote:
Cabinet color please?
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The white cabinets are Nordic White. And the island is number 505... both by Woodmode cabinets.
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mrskarabrown wrote:
Pendants - What is the distance between the island counter and the bottom of the pendant light?
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31"
April 7, 2014 at 3:44pm   
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jonashmac wrote:
Photographer! - I love the kitchen but I would fire the photographer for not fixing those books,that are front and center in this shot!!!
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september10
Don't fire him! He does GREAT work! :)
March 23, 2014 at 10:25am     
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Michael Robert Construction
He'll appreciate that, september10! Thanks!
March 23, 2014 at 10:53am   
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wendywohns wrote:
Where did you get the pot on the island?
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The urn? Home Goods!
March 1, 2014 at 1:37pm   
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wendywohns
Wow! Thanks!
March 1, 2014 at 1:52pm   
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cynthialytell wrote:
Pendant spacing - We are remodeling our kitchen and building a similar island, although not quite as large. What is the proper spacing of pendant lights? Especially when there is a sink. In this photo it looks like the pendants are directly over 1/3 of the island. I've seen some islands where the pendants are right down the middle. Is there a rule of thumb.
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I used two very large mainly glass hanging Lanterns. I am having a problem with keeping the lanterns from turning. Any suggestions. I also think they are hung a bit low. I am trying sample paints from Farrow and Ball now. There paint seems very tempermental to the eastern facing light and prefers a cooler light. I am not a decorator, so I am not sure why the colors are so different from wall to wall. This is the first time I have used F&B Paint.
February 26, 2014 at 6:06pm   
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Michael Robert Construction
Try contacting the manufacturer for the pendants and asking them for a solution.
February 26, 2014 at 7:02pm   
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Sonya Vogel wrote:
What are the dimensions to the island?
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4'3"x10'
February 23, 2014 at 6:46am   
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Sonya Vogel
Thanks!
February 23, 2014 at 8:15am   
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ccs3 wrote:
kitchen sink on island - Could you share your thoughts on how you feel about having your sink on the island? We are torn on what to do..... we would like to have a clear island without the mess of a sink at times, but want to face the room not the wall or window. This is a beautiful kitchen and your comments have been very helpful already!
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Michael Robert Construction
Absolutely! I wouldn't change it for the world. I spend the majority of my time in the kitchen at the sink. Especially with the kids... I can see everything from here -almost all of the first floor- so it's key. Our sink is very deep and it hides any amount of dishes that are piling up. Though I will say I am pretty diligent about getting them straight into the dishwasher (which is directly to the right of the sink) so that's not much of an issue for us. Also this island is pretty big, about 10' long, so I don't feel that the sink takes up any prime real estate. Happy to answer any more specific questions! Hope that's helpful. -Ellie
January 6, 2014 at 7:48pm     
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treggie wrote:
we love the pulls on the island. where did they come from?
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rwil6966
Love the industrial stainless steel lights. What brand are the lights?
January 16, 2014 at 5:14pm     
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Thanks! They are Restoration Hardware.
January 16, 2014 at 5:33pm   
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Marcela Nathan wrote:
Ceiling and cabinet height - Hi, could you tell me the height of the ceiling and how tall the cabinets are? I'd like to know as I have 8 ft ceiling in my kitchen and I'd like to install similar similar pendants in my island. Thanks
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Michael Robert Construction
Hi! These are the 7" pendants. Good luck with your project!
February 1, 2014 at 3:59pm     
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Michael Robert Construction
Your choice will revolve around if you want them to be a focal feature in the kitchen or not. While I do love these pendants, I wanted them to blend in with the kitchen and not stand out. Thus, the smaller size.
February 1, 2014 at 4:00pm     
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sbriglio wrote:
Wall paint - Do you know exact wall paint
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Michael Robert Construction
Yes. This is Farrow & Ball's Skimming Stone.
November 9, 2013 at 10:34am   
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bbfarmer wrote:
I was curious of the exact island paint color. Thanks
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Michael Robert Construction
This is not paint, it's a Brookhaven cabinets color. It's part of the Designer Series I think.
October 3, 2013 at 4:25pm   
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kikastew wrote:
Did you do a mitre edge on the island? It looks much thicker than the - Looks beautiful
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Michael Robert Construction
The sink base cabinet is 36". The sink itself is approx 30" wide.
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Michael Robert Construction
The countertops are honed white Carrara marble
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diandsteve wrote:
Adding new kitchen to existing log home. What are the dimensions of th
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What is the size of this kitchen?
July 24, 2013 at 7:27pm   
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The kitchen is about 18' x 18' with a 9' x 10' breakfast nook.
July 25, 2013 at 11:36am     
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dgsammut wrote:
Island counters - What type of stone was used on the counter and the colour pls.
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This is white Carrara marble.
May 7, 2013 at 3:45pm   
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treggie wrote:
What is the paint color used on the base of the island and who is the manufacturer?
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What type of hardwood is this?
October 29, 2013 at 5:11pm   
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Michael Robert Construction
On the floor? White oak, #2 (not select or #1 because we wanted the variation in boards and knots) with three coats of water based poly.
October 29, 2013 at 5:24pm   
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cksurgent wrote:
What oil finish did you use on your floors? how is the maintenance?
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It's actually not oil. We used 3 coats of water-based poly. It's been about two years and we are seeing some wear, but that's with two small boys and a biiiig chocolate lab!
March 25, 2013 at 10:14am   
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14271600 wrote:
Island cabinets - what is the color gray on the island cabinets? Thanks so much :)
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Brookhaven, a division of wood mode
March 27, 2013 at 10:55am   
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Decore-ative Specialties
Please let us know if we can ever be of assistance, www.decore.com we are a custom manufacturer of cabinet components and supply to all 50 states, all of our products are made in the USA
March 27, 2013 at 10:59am     
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eakcook wrote:
I am using carrara on my counters and island. The cabinets are a white dove color and the island will be a - mid dark stained alter wood. I am very traditional and will have a darked stain on the floors with older oriental rugs. Would you recommend using solid carrara for the backsplash, or a carrara type honed (my counter is honed) subway tile, or a solid color subway. The walls will be neutral, maybe elmira white. I would appreciate any suggestions and imput. Thanks so much
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Michael Robert Construction
It will definitely give it a more modern, contemporary twist than a tiled splash would, but I like that. Especially with the contrast of the warm wood floors and rugs you described. Go with your heart! And re-look at all the photos in your idea books- look for patterns (similarities in the pictures) that you may not have noticed before. That will tell you what you gravitate towards. Good luck and keep us updated!
March 21, 2013 at 2:50pm   
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You can use Calacatta Chiara Marble Mosaic for your backsplash. You could get them in a polished finish to add some shine.
April 1, 2013 at 11:27am   
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Amanda Galati wrote:
Can I have a copy of the picture?
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Michael Robert Construction
Probably... But can I ask what for?
March 21, 2013 at 6:08am   
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2mch2du wrote:
to the ceiling cabinets - I love these cabinets and that they go to the ceiling. You've done an amazing job with just 8 foot ceiling. I have 9' ceilings, so you've given me hope. Why is it that the cabinet companies, KDs and construction people keep trying to talk me out of bringing my cabinets to the ceiling?
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Michael Robert Construction
I don't know! I think going to the ceiling is a great look. And with 9' ceilings all the better! You could even do an extra cabinet above with a glass front door. It would be beautiful. Very stately. Good luck!
March 15, 2013 at 12:00pm   
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sbriglio wrote:
Backsplash - What color and brand did u use
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What color are it cabinets painted
March 12, 2013 at 2:40pm   
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The cabinets are Brookhaven cabinets in Nordic white. The island is also a standard Brookhaven color. Not sure what it's called, but it's number 505 or 504 I think. Not many like it!
March 12, 2013 at 2:55pm   
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dfogarty wrote:
Kitchen and Den Dimensions - Hi. I looked but didn't see...Could you possibly share the dimensions of your kitchen and den? We are renovating the same, almost exactly like your beautiful space and have 8 foot ceilings:) So look at your gorgeous layout helps a lot. Thanks.
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Michael Robert Construction
Thanks! The dimensions can be found in the questions section of this photo here:


Good luck with your project! Be sure to send some pics over our way when you're done!
February 2, 2013 at 12:59pm   
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pharmchic2007 wrote:
Is that a pull out microwave by the fridge? if so what brand is it? thanks!!
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Michael Robert Construction
Yes, it's a sharp.
January 26, 2013 at 8:58pm   
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danasuzi wrote:
What color paint on walls? - Thank you
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Michael Robert Construction
It's Farrow and Ball, Skimming Stone
January 26, 2013 at 4:25pm     
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DJ. Schmidt &. Associates Interior Design wrote:
Paint color on the island?
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Color of center island?
May 1, 2013 at 7:19pm   
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Michael Robert Construction
It's not actually a paint color, it's a standard offering from Brookhaven/woodmode cabinetry. See above for more!
May 1, 2013 at 7:34pm   
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maryr410 wrote:
How does the marble hold up with food prep? - I've been told by many to not use marble in kitchen: stains when acidic food prepped., may scratch easily, to soft, etc. How is this marble look after 6-12 months of use? Any regrets using marble?
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brider
What does football have to do with marble??
December 7, 2013 at 11:31am   
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Nothing, but I will not pass up the opportunity to acknowledge a fellow member of the SEC nation on their championship day when I can while I am enjoying the pros & cons of marble discussion. I'm glad I live in a country where I have the freedom of speech to do so any time I please. Have a nice day.
December 7, 2013 at 12:15pm     
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maryr410 wrote:
What is distance between stove and sink?
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Also just found the answer. I'm redoing island. My stove and sink are back to back and have constant log jam when 2 people are cooking. More distance will make hugh difference.
January 8, 2013 at 5:05am     
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gharris8 wrote:
Pendant lights - Gorgeous kitchen! Do you mind telling me who is the manufacturer of the pendant lights? What is the finish?
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Michael Robert Construction
Yes, you could do 2, although I think 3 would work nicely as well.
February 16, 2013 at 8:39am   
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Michael Robert Construction
They also come in a larger size, if you wanted to only do 2.
February 16, 2013 at 8:40am     
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James Nichols wrote:
Dimensions...sort of - So I see that the island is 4'3" by 10'. How deep are the cabinets facing the white cabinets then? I figured they were 24" like most cabinets but that would leave 27' for the bookshelf width and, to me, it seems as if the cabinets are deeper than the bookshelf. So, are the cabinets deeper than 24"?
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Nope, they are the standard 24" depth!
December 22, 2012 at 11:21am   
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ajland wrote:
Ceiling - What is the ceiling height? Thank you.
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So pretty! And so nice to see a well done 8' tall kitchen. I've only got 8' as well, your work is such an inspiration! And looks much taller :)
December 7, 2012 at 2:12pm   
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Michael Robert Construction
Thank you! That is very kind of you to say! -Ellie
December 7, 2012 at 2:19pm   
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jwarfield wrote:
What is on the other side of the island? - I forgot to ask. Is it a long panel or seating or two sided cabinetry on the living room side of the island? Thanks again.
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Michael Robert Construction
Seating. 3 stools. There are photos of the kitchen and living space from all angles in our "project gallery" let me know if you have trouble finding them.
December 5, 2012 at 7:11pm   
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jwarfield wrote:
Would this kitchen look as great in a post and beam home? - We are remodeling the kitchen in a post and beam home near the ocean. The floors are oiled southern pine and the wood is all Douglas Fir for the timbers. I would like to use bluish grey, white, and carrera marble, but i worry about the colors not being good in a timber frame home. I would appreciate any ideas, links, etc, thanks so much
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Michael Robert Construction
I think it would look gorgeous. I actually love the foil of warm wood tones against a cool, clean palate. I don't know if you can see, but we have woven wood shades in warm tones on the kitchen windows, and I love the contrast. It adds warmth and texture, much as I think your timbers would. Good luck with your project!!
December 5, 2012 at 7:10pm   
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Laura Strong wrote:
Size of the island - What are the dimensions of the island?
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What is the distance between the island and the cabinets?
April 5, 2013 at 6:56pm   
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45.5" between the island and the cabinets.
April 8, 2013 at 7:30am   
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yianni54 wrote:
Whole house help - What is the paint color in adjacent room? Thanks
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Michael Robert Construction
Both the kitchen and great room are Farrow and Ball's Skimming Stone. The dining room's paneling is F&B's Charleston Gray and the walls are also Skimming Stone.
November 11, 2012 at 12:17pm   
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izzyobrien wrote:
Island paint color - What color paint was used for the island?
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Michael Robert Construction
This is a standard Brookhaven cabinet color. Number 504 or 505 I believe. Not many like it, you shouldn't have a problem picking it out from the choices.
October 23, 2012 at 6:08am   
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donnalyons wrote:
The cabinets are beautiful! Are they framed or frameless? I know Brookhaven makes both. Thanks!
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Michael Robert Construction
No, he was able to match it in his shop and he sprayed them himself. He also made several end panels and miscellaneous other pieces to match. His name is Azzam Ezmat, and our company (Michael Robert Construction) works with him all the time. He does a lot of work in your area. He can be reached at 973-709-1510 or by email azzam1@optonline.net. Good luck!
September 18, 2012 at 6:27am   
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Michael Robert Construction
My pleasure! Good luck, and post pics when you're done!
September 18, 2012 at 6:30am   
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lisawyett wrote:
marble - Is the marble on the island honed?
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are those pendants the 7" or 13" ? (trying to get a measuring feel for similar kitchen layout) THANKS!!
December 13, 2013 at 4:22pm   
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They are 7"
December 13, 2013 at 4:55pm   
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rose1019 wrote:
Floor - What type of wood flooring is that? It is exactly what I have been picturing in my head!
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Michael Robert Construction
Thank you! The flooring is 4" oak planks, #2, with 4 coats of water based poly. We went with the #2 (actually the third most "desirable" grade) intentionally so that we would have the variation in color and the natural knots for visual interest. The water-based poly gives the floor a lighter, whiter look. I didn't want the yellow or red tones to come through as they do with an oil based poly.
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Thank you so much!
August 17, 2012 at 12:41am   
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martipat wrote:
island height and marble - Hi, I also want to put in a thicker slab on the island (2 1/2 inches like yours). Did you shorten your island cabinets to account for the extra height or is your island taller than your perimeter cabinets? My second question is about honed marble. Is it as bad as everyone tries to convince me? I have two small children and am in the middle of a kitchen reno and my countertop deadline is fast approaching. Does a good sealer help? Thanks in advance!!!
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elandry
Did you ever find the sealer? Getting ready to add honed Imperial Danby and Pietra Grey marble. Would love to know of a good sealer.
February 21, 2013 at 6:29pm   
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Michael Robert Construction
I didn't. Sorry. We finished the bottle that our installer recommended, which has been great. I would just ask either your installer/fabricator or your supplier. Or even your tile person... They should be able to recommend something reliable.
February 21, 2013 at 6:38pm     
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auggie1020 wrote:
Love the faucet. Can you tell me the brand/model #. It is big and beautiful
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Michael Robert Construction
Hi auggie! It certainly is big, and definitely beautiful, but I have to be honest, I wouldn't recommend it. After only one year of use, it is not holding up well. At the time, we ordered it based purely on looks. We ordered it from a website that I can't recall. It's not a name brand, and the price reflected that, but in hindsight I wish we had gone with a more expensive, reputable model. Hindsight is 20/20 though, right? :) sorry I don't have better news for you! -Ellie
July 11, 2012 at 7:19pm   
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jodi0553 wrote:
Dimensions of island? - Is your island 10' x 4'? We're working on a very similar layout kitchen and they have us drawn at 11' x 42" but that will end up with a seam in our granite. I think we can get 9.5' x 4' out of a single slab and not give up any counter space, but it is hard to envision! I love all your finish choices.
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Thank you! Ours is 4'3" by 9'8". We were able to find a slab that could accommodate, but had to rule out some lots bc of size. Worth it though! Love my huge island and so do all our guests!
June 8, 2012 at 12:01pm   
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broilwoman wrote:
Cabinets - Hi - we are designing now using Brookhaven cabinets. Which profile did you choose (Colony, Edgemont, Winfield?). It is difficult to determine from the pictures, but it's a perfect choice. Lovely. Thanks so much
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Can you tell me the actual color of the white cabinets? I am doing a new kitchen with the same cabinetry.
October 4, 2013 at 11:00am   
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Michael Robert Construction
Yes, it's Nordic white. Good luck!
October 4, 2013 at 11:06am     
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vivikenny wrote:
BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN! How much space between island and counters?
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Michael Robert Construction
Thank you! It's 45.5" between the island and the countertops. Good luck with your project! -Ellie
May 17, 2012 at 8:37pm     
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bettygott wrote:
What is the name of the granite used for the island countertop?
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Michael Robert Construction
This is actually Carrara marble.
May 17, 2012 at 11:27am   
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elizabethzm wrote:
Island - Hello! Beautiful kitchen (and home!) -- I gather you designed and live there too. My husband is a builder and I too am designing our home. I'm hung up on the kitchen. I was planning on all white cabinetry, carrera marble on the island and honed black around the perimeter. (And, I’m narrowing down from three possible backsplashes! Eeek!) Now, I'm considering a gray island – and searched some pictures and came across this one. I love the color of your island! Looks like it has blue undertones, which I really like. What color is it? I think you said a "standard" color in another post, but I'm not sure what that means? If we decide to change to a gray island, I'm thinking the black honed soapstone around the perimeter may be too much -- perhaps carrera all around would be better... any thoughts? Thanks – and again, love the kitchen!
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Thanks so much for the advice -- always good to bounce ideas around!! I'll try to get some pictures up when this whole house comes together -- and I finally make some decisions. Oh, and my daughter is also Elizabeth -- Ellie for short. Love Eleanor; family names are the best. I may be back with some more questions... :)
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Michael Robert Construction
Good! I'll be looking forward to it! Have a great weekend and a happy mother's day!
May 11, 2012 at 6:14pm   
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kjfrau wrote:
This is a beautiful kitchen! I was wondering what color you used on the perimeter cabinets? Thanks!
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kjfrau
Thanks for the reply! I love the white-white look. So pretty and crisp looking.
May 9, 2012 at 7:39am   
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Michael Robert Construction
Me too!
It's my pleasure. Good luck with your project!
May 9, 2012 at 7:46am   
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mdoneganbarry wrote:
what brand are ovens? - what brand are ovens?
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Michael Robert Construction
They are thermador
April 13, 2012 at 2:49pm   
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nikid812 wrote:
How big/what size are the cabinet pulls? - I ordered some that are puny - I want THIS look
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Michael Robert Construction
What an awesome resource! Thank you!
Excited about the shelf! Will post when we find one and have it up. I would have loved to do a chunky salvaged wood shelf instead of stainless, but my husband reminds me that heat+flame+wood= not a good idea. That's why I keep him around. ;)
April 14, 2012 at 9:29pm   
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Lol yeah, good call
April 15, 2012 at 2:03am   
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nikid812 wrote:
What edge did you use on the island and countertops? - I assume a square edge on the island but the countertops look a little more rounded on the ends?
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Michael Robert Construction
What a compliment! Please let me know if I can help in any other way. Congrats on your new kitchen! Hope you post pictures when it's all finished!
March 8, 2012 at 9:49am   
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Thank you so much and I definitely will! You are very talented - thanks for sharing!
March 8, 2012 at 9:51am   
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j2 santi Custom Homes wrote:
pendants over island?
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Circa Lighting
These look like the Country Industrial Pendant with a metal shade by Sandy Chapman for Visual Comfort, available through Circa Lighting. These pendants measure at 14" wide, the shade size is 9 1/2" H x 14" W and there are custom height options available. It also comes in several different finishes. For more information, visit http://circalighting.com or call 877.762.2323
February 14, 2012 at 11:57am   
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Michael Robert Construction
These are actually the 8" Benson Pendants in Polished Nickel from Restoration Hardware. They do look very similar to the Circa Lighting pendants.
February 14, 2012 at 12:44pm   
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kjmac wrote:
Hi: What a beautiful kitchen. What is the backsplash? Is it a simple white subway? Or is it a marble subway. I cannot decide on a backsplash in my kitchen. We did soapstone on the white perimeter shaker cabinets and carrara marble on the greyed barnwood island. There are a two upper cabinets that have frosted glass in them.
   Comment   January 22, 2012
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Suzanne Tucker
Thanks! What size did you use?
January 10, 2013 at 5:04pm   
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3x6
January 10, 2013 at 5:08pm   
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smondrag wrote:
In regards to the island slab, when doubling the width do you see the seams? I thought you would when there is a pattern vs. a carrera which is very uniform. Thank you
   Comment   January 22, 2012
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No, we opted for a mitered edge which hides the seam in the edge and allows the veining to follow all the way over. In my mind, this is the only way to go. Your fabricator will know what you are asking for, and should be able to provide you with samples of both a mitered edge and a stacked slab.
January 22, 2012 at 8:42am   
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arecinos wrote:
Island marble slab- What size is the profile? I love the look of mitered edges but am having a hard time deciding between a modest 2" or 3-31/2".
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liedetec1
Michael Robert. Thank you for the tips. :-)
June 23, 2013 at 9:29pm   
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You're welcome! Good luck with your project.
June 24, 2013 at 3:19am   
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carolgriffin wrote:
What kind of sink is this and how deep is it? Thanks
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This is a Franke undermount sink. It is approx. 14" deep.
December 28, 2011 at 5:38pm   
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lornatimbrown wrote:
Are the counters real marble? I love them but worry about the warnings I've read about the care/maintenance/other issues about Marble.
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caroline5002
Everyone talks about the etching and staining but not as often heat. Can you put something hot down on marble the way you can on granite?
December 23, 2012 at 7:29am   
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I have read that you can, but I have not tried it.
December 23, 2012 at 7:42am   
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jessicgrace wrote:
How did they decide to put sink and dishwasher in island?
   Comment   November 30, 2011
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I was adamant about a one-level island. A multi level island cuts your prep and serve space down drastically. I love having the open space to cook, roll dough, or set up a buffet. Also, I prefer the design. It fit more with the industrial, professional look I was going for. I feel that multi level islands are a little contemporary in their styling. In terms of our dishes etc, our sink is super deep- you can't see any dishes left in there! I'm admittedly a little OCD about that, but the deep sink helps. Also for cleaning purposes, a single level island is much easier to wipe down and keep clean.
December 13, 2011 at 6:55am   
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super helpful insight! thanks so much!!!
December 13, 2011 at 7:40am   
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Margarita Graham wrote:
What paint color was used on the island and the walls of the kitchen? Thank you
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suzzannee
what color is the island? thank you :o)
April 16, 2012 at 10:14pm   
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oops, just saw the answer above. You can ignore my post.
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The blue-gray island is nearly 10 feet long, giving Ellie plenty of room to cook and entertain. She and Michael decided to give the Carrara marble countertop the look of a double slab by mitering the edge of the single 2.5-inch piece. "It's a great industrial feel, and the manufacturing is superb," Ellie says. "The veins of the marble even follow right down over the edge to give it a seamless look." Pendant: Benson PendantCowhide: KOLDBY, IKEA

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