Our kitchen is done !

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

It took 3 years, we are now done. It is all paid for, we paid cash as we went, that's why it took 3 years.
8' x 12' addition, moved everything, washer & dryer out of the basement, new dining room window. Also put new windows in the whole house, new walls & ceilings in the dining room & living room. New siding on the house.
Next happening starts in the spring of 2007, addition to living room & master bedroom, 4 seasons porch/office, & an old-fashioned open porch with posts & railings & gingerbread trim.
Bernie

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Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

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Outside.

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Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

Dining room window. Can't see, but there are black & white tiles under the plants.

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Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

Okay, details.

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Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

Glass doors on both sides of cabinets between kitchen & dining room.

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Lansing, KS(Zone 5b)

Good job Country Gardens! Now, where's the pot of coffee and homemade pastries to celebrate! ;0)

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

Coffee is always on & I'm sure a snack isn't to hard to come by.
Everyone is welcone anytime. My favorite pasttime is shooting the bull!
Bernie

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Love the kitchen and also love the color of the house!! Great job!!!

Northern Michigan, MI(Zone 5a)

Very nice, Congratulations !!!!!!!!

~Julie =0)

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Very nice! Love that area behind the corner kitchen sink. Also love the cabinets. Would love to paint mine white but they are still in okay condition as is. We had cabinets between our kitchen and dining room and had thought about putting in glass doors but hubby didn't want to go that route so we removed the cabinets all together really opened things up. Great job. Also love the color of the outside of the house, looks so homey!

Savannah, GA(Zone 8b)

considering replacing countertops with corian, due to the cost factor.
Also wondering about the best type of sink. The integrated corian sink sounds nice. Anyone had one for a few years that still looks good?

very nice !!!

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Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

CG, what are your new counter tops? It is all so wonderful

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

We hand built them using laminate. No seams in the whole kitchen!

OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA(Zone 4b)

Good job Bernie!

Springfield, MO

Hi there...we are in the process of re-doing our kitchen. We built the house 12 years ago, and are replacing formica with granite, and painting cabinets a cream color. My question is..I need to replace the cooktop and dishwasher, but can wait a bit on the fridge, and microwave is new. All are black, and it would be much cheaper to just replace what is necessary, and stay with black. Will black be OK with light painted cabinets? I like stainless, but really don't want to spend so much money on appliances right now. Suggestions?

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

There are some replaceable "fronts" for appliances. And there is appliance paint. I have seen both and they look very good.

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

My thought would be that off-white or stainless appliances would look better with the light colored cabinets, but that's my personal taste. In your case, I'd think about what look you want in the long term--if you think you'll like the black appliances then by all means get the new ones in black. But if you'd really prefer light colored or stainless appliances and you think you can afford to replace the rest of your current appliances in a few years, then I'd get the color you want and either put up with mismatched appliances for a while, or get the replacement panels or paint the others to match.

OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA(Zone 4b)

I have everything all mixed up; started with an all white kitchen
Switched white microwave to black/stainless

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OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA(Zone 4b)

Have a stainless steel sink and the original white dishwasher; the formica strip along the front edge of the counter has fallen off; have not tried to put it back on because I don't know what kind of glue to use.

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OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA(Zone 4b)

When my white range fell apart I switched to black with stainless steel trim and 6 months later switched out the white vent hood for stainless.

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OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA(Zone 4b)

Now when I decided I wanted an island . . . thought a little wood would be nice. The counter top matches the other counters. off to the left I have another table that is wood but has a stainless steel
top on it . . . where I keep my commercial meat slicer.

So I have a mix of about everything you can imagine . . . it's probably not kosher but it doesn't bother ME!

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Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

Unless you're trying to sell, it really is all about what you like and what works for you. Only reason to care what other people think is if you're trying to sell the house!

OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA(Zone 4b)

Build a little into the selling price and a buyer's dislikes can be a negotiation tool without the time and expense of changing it to what you may "guess" a buyer would like.

If we had to do our house so people in this area would like it . . . we would have to put tons of oak all over and we do not care for oak.

We will probably never sell our houses so it will be our children's challenge after we are dead.

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