A Closer Look – Cabinet, Fridge and Stove Interiors

Being displaced from half of the house was/is really not that bad. We still had our morning (and afternoon) coffee, still had a usable sink (albeit the smallest sink you’ve ever seen) and other conveniences like a microwave and fridge. But I say “was/is” because even though we’re finally allowed in there (floors were finished Monday), I still feel like I can’t actually start using it, because the painters start up again in a couple days.

So, while I wallow in my first-world misery, I’ll show you some features of the kitchen that I love, and can’t wait to use.

The french door refrigerator (and I still can’t spell refrigerator)…

IMG_9070 (960x1280)The freezer section is quite limited in terms of space, but we plan to buy a small freezer to keep in the basement, which will help a lot. One of my favorite things about this fridge is that it comes with a plastic pull-out help card that tells you which foods to put where and how long they will keep.

The kitchen cabinets have a few extras, my favorite being the file drawer, since my office (I run payroll for my husband’s company and deal with the girls’ school and medical paperwork) is in the kitchen. Now I wont’ have to go down to the basement whenever I need to file something or look something up.

IMG_9154 (1280x960)And there’s the knife drawer.

IMG_9147 (960x1280)I’m used to having my knives at the ready – in a block on the counter or on a magnetic strip near the stove. So I wonder how I’ll do with having to turn around and open a drawer (two extra steps – I’m sweating just thinking about it!).

I think I will love the spice drawer which is just to the right of the stove (although in hindsight, maybe the knives should have been there and the spices behind me!? Or better yet, knives to my right, spices to my left and the utensil drawer behind me – curses!

IMG_9155 (916x1024)And the lazy Suzan corner cabinet that’s nothing new, but it’s still a great space saver and you aren’t breaking your back trying to reach things deep in the cabinet. We had one at our condo in San Francisco – good stuff.

IMG_9156 (768x1024) One of the great features of the cabinet are these lovely metallic brackets (or whatever they are officially called). No more grabbing pliers to get one of those suckers out of the hole. They are easily moveable and are weighted so that they automatically fall into place. Perfection.

IMG_9148 (960x1280)And lastly there is the beautiful interior of the Wolf oven. Cobalt blue. And I’m using a stock photo because I’m too tired to walk the 20 steps to the kitchen to take a photo of my oven.
WolfI did spend some time today organizing the kitchen, figuring out where everything should go. I almost got killed by a cabinet shelf (those metallic brackets are slippery suckers), but otherwise all went well and I made some decent progress. One. More. Week!

Kitchen Remodel – Week Five: Appliances, Cabinet Installation, Carpentry, Lights, Butcher Block

IMG_9051 (1280x1280)We’re more than halfway to the finish line! Week five of the remodel was really exciting, as all the work done was visible, so we were able to notice daily changes.

IMG_8973 (930x1280)The appliances arrived Monday afternoon (my only shot of the actual delivery is blurry).

We settled on stainless steel appliances. It was a pretty easy decision. What wasn’t easy was deciding which brands and/or models to buy. We went back and forth over whether or not a high-end fridge and range were worth the investment and ultimately did spend the extra money (gulp). Wolf, please don’t let me down!

We also got our zippered door on Monday…

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In the dining room, looking toward the kitchen.

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Looking into the dining room. The basement is through the hallway to the right.

It was perhaps the most anticipated event of the week. Having a zipper means no more traipsing through the freezing cold (literally freezing – it was in the teens a couple days last week) and snow (!) to do laundry or grab something in the basement or take the dog out. Now we just zip, step through and we’re in the other half of the house (with access to both the basement and backyard via the sliding doors).

Marty was in all week (including over the weekend), working on various carpentry jobs.

IMG_8971 (960x1280)He built the cabinetry surrounding the fridge and put up some of the crown molding…

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Fridge (551x735)…cut a new hole for the laundry chute and built a frame around the opening…

laundrychute (516x630)…and built the cabinets on either side of the fireplace.

Initially, on the left of the fireplace, we were going to have a false door on the top half of the cabinet, but the flue ended up being higher than originally speculated. Thus, he was able to box in the flue, leaving us with almost two feet of storage space we otherwise would not have had.

IMG_9006 (960x1280)IMG_9040 (960x1280)IMG_9049 (1280x960) In order to center the fireplace, which was a priority for my husband (the family room was “his” room to design vs. the kitchen, which was “mine”), we not only had to sacrifice a few inches of space lengthwise, but we were also left with another symmetry issue, caused by the flue having to vent out through the side (there’s another fireplace directly opposite this one, in the living room).

There were a few different choices including having two closed cabinets or no cabinet on the right of the fireplace. We thought about it a lot and chose the option that we felt was the best aesthetically.

Hardware was installed on the cabinets (I went with one of three (?) choices of standard hardware rather than pay additional dollars for a different kind of pull).

IMG_8977 (1280x946) IMG_8992 (1280x958)And the maple butcher block was installed on the island.

butcher (552x647)The lights over the island were put up. The electrician asked us if we wanted the longer rods or the shorter (he recommended the longer) and we chose shorter (and by we, I mean me, since the kitchen is you know, “mine.” I didn’t want anyone to bonk their head on the lights while cooking).

After they were installed, I felt like they were too short (#favoriteclient), so they went ahead and installed the longer rod for just one of them, so we could be certain of our decision by Monday (for sure the longer!).

IMG_9048 (960x1280)Our gigantor kitchen light was also installed…

IMG_9052 (944x1280)It’s definitely a biggie. But I got the size that was recommended to me by the good folks at Mutschler, so I’m trusting that once all the furniture is down (and our new kitchen table will sit centered for the most part under the light), it won’t look so in-your-face.

After the kids go to bed each night, my husband and I walk around the room and just take it all in (and of course find handles that are off center and fingerprint smudges on the white light fixture, etc). The decisions we’ve made are so far seem perfect. Fingers crossed that all the furniture we bought (most of which hasn’t arrived yet) will work with the space!

Cabinets Have Arrived

IMG_8960 (1280x960)Nevermind that I spent all week cleaning up throw-up and doing laundry (girls had stomach flu)…we have cabinets!

IMG_8942 (1280x960)They arrived on Wednesday on a big white semi. The driver must make a lot of trips out here, because he and the construction crew took off to I assume have lunch, before unloading the truck.

IMG_8947 (960x1280)I chose nordic white maple cabinets by Wood-Mode’s semi-custom line, Brookhaven. The glassed ones aren’t completely see-through. I think they are sanded just a hair. I don’t love that you can see inside, but I also didn’t like the opaque options, which were bubbled or too textured.

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This row of cabinets is on the same side as the family room fireplace. Fridge will go on right.

Now that the cabinets are somewhat in place, we have a much better idea as to what the finished room is going to look like. Pretty exciting stuff.