Bungalow kitchen reveal
Wood lowers, black countertops, white uppers, good use of space
Hi CP! I don’t get on gw much anymore, (I miss the old gang) but saw this thread from you and thought I‘d finally share how our tiny cottage kitchen turned out. You helped design it and it works great! The cabinets are off the shelf bamboo cabinets from Lowe’s, (as the much missed Sophie would say - cheap Chinese crappola! Haha!). It was what we could afford at the time, and honestly, I think I like them better then my Schuler white icing cabinets we did in the other house color wise. The white ones look pretty terrible now from wear and tear after only about 3-4 yrs unfortunately. The counters are prefab white quartz that has little flecks that match the wall color perfectly. Backsplash is a blue-green glass tile from Lowe’s. Floors are maple laminate. Wall color is called SW sea salt. I recently got that rack thing under the window to put my daily used appliances on because I was sick of the counters being so cluttered. We love our little cottage, as we call it, and the farm is doing great. Btw, your house turned out FABULOUS!!! Here is the view which we are thankful for everyday. Notice the rainbow? Now that the volcano stopped erupting on Big Island our sky is blue everyday and the sunsets are breathtaking. Aloha and many mahalos to everyone on gw who helped us! I’ll try and check in here more often and help others as well.
Wood cabinets, white quartz countertops, sea green backsplash
I haven’t read all the comments - but I agree with social media saturation. To a certain extend, some degree of white & wood will always be timeless in a kitchen, so those will be very popular. I recently built and shared a pick of our wood & white kitchen, but saw someone else on Houzz who chose an absolutely stunning light bluish green for their kitchen cabinets. It was seriously so beautiful... I think when people find those colors they love they really stand out in an incredible way!
More wood and white
Walnut and white kitchen
Wood floors with wood Shaker cabinets and light counters
A kitchen redo is more than just cabinets. If you’re not doing anything structural, this is the average distribution of numbers over the last 3 years. If you have issues, like knob and tube wiring, or cast iron pipes, or mold remediation, your allocations may be different. Average hands off remodels in my area are bell curved closer to 50K. Very few below 40K. Very few above 60K, although I do both. The lower cost ones generally have a significant DIY contribution to offset paid labor from contractors. I agree with GD’s cabinet list. I think Shiloh, Medallion, and Merillat Masterpiece are good values for the dollar. Plywood absolutely is not worth paying extra for. Ask any KD. Most didn’t choose it for their own homes. Put that 20% into finishing off the sides and backs in a more decorative manner. If you’re interested in a lower budget project (Traditionally kitchen remodels are 15-20% of a home’s value.) then this may be a good thread for you to take a look at. https://www.houzz.com/discussions/white-shaker-battle-ikea-vs-the-rest-of-the-cabinet-world-dsvw-vd~5647040#n=41
Good value cabinet lines, and a graphic breakdown of typical remodeling costs
Mid level will average 20-30K for cabinets. A standard mid level kitchen remodel runs 65K, with no structural changes. That’s licensed contractors doing all the work, and all the surfaces getting touched. https://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2019/ Good mid grade lines are Kraftmaid, Diamond, Shiloh, Medallion, DuraSupreme, Dynasty, Merillat Masterpiece, and lots more. Most RTA is cheap import garbage.
Good value cabinet lines
Walnut veneer slab frameless cabinets with white counter and backsplash in a Craftsman home
50 Shades of Gray, TKO version
Layout similar to our proposed L, but with an island and no cleanup sink
i checked out the photos in the bungalow kitchen book and there were two ways it was done 1) the bracket ends before the backsplash starts 2) the bracket serves as a divider between tiled and untiled areas. here is a photo (not from the book) showing brackets above backsplah This post was edited by donaleen on Sat, Dec 1, 12 at 10:26
How 1920s etc kitchen cabinet brackets were done
How to tile around decorative cabinet brackets
The definition of Pro-Style, or Prosumer hood is very much a moving target depending on manufacturer, because most residential buyers wouldn't want a true commercial hood that Pros have to cook under. That said, if you select a hood with baffle filters, enough entry aperture to overlap the cooking zone, some space below the baffles and above the entry aperture to accommodate plume transients, a means internal, in-line, or external to incorporate a blower capable of pulling 90 CFM per square foot of hood entry aperture when constricted by the pressure losses of the baffles, ducting, and imperfect pressure compensating make-up air, then you will have achieved the requirement of column 2 (Medium) of Figure 4 of the Greenheck guide, and this seems to be enough for most residential cooking activities. Make-up air (MUA) is not a function of the hood system, but is necessitated by the hood system. Some commercial ventilation units parallel the path of the exit air to bring MUA into the kitchen where it may be dumped below the cooking unit, or directed across the ceiling, but this is for roof-top curbing convenience. In any case, the MUA intake should be upwind and at least 10 ft from the hood exhaust, or brought into the residence somewhere else. Note commercial systems almost invariably use up-blast exhaust blowers, so this alone tends to direct the exhaust away from the MUA intake. Instead of being a part of the ventilation hood system, the MUA system has its own ducting and filtering (minimal or as desired) and blower (in some cases). How it is introduced into the kitchen is a topic all in itself. Fantech has various sized units and their website may be instructional. Search MUA here and read about some of the issues and solutions.
Advice on hoods and make up air
Shaker wood cabinets, white counters, wood floor, sage paint
Big white range hood with stained cabinets
We just had stainless counters installed. I can tell you how we sourced and priced it. We have an L shape that is 13'9" in one direction and about 5' in the other direction. Near the corner is a double integrated sink and a drain board (sloped area, but no runnels). We tried getting quotes from 4 sheet metal fabricators in San Diego - the cheapest was $6000, the most expensive was $8000. We started giving up our dream of stainless counters. Then my husband went to restaurant supply place - he asked if they could make it. Their quote was $3700 (plus shipping and tax). It worked out to just over $4000 as the final number. It was fabricated up in Los Angeles by a vendor they work with. This put the pricing less than the silestone counter we had been considering. Ours is a 16 guage. We also have a turned up backsplash... which added tot he cost. We've had it in for 3 weeks. We've made pizza dough and pie dough on it - great surface for both. It's super easy to clean. If I could reclaim the section full of power tools (we're mid-remodel and DIY) I'd be thrilled. Sorry for the poor quality of this picture - this was taken the night we lifted it into place. I was tired and the flash was giving me fits. Here's a cluttered daylight picture of the integrated sink.
Restaurant supply store as a source for custom stainless steel countertop