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  1. We tracked down the message to the cabinet guy specifying we wanted rounded safety corners on the bench top. "Don't laugh but I'll kill myself running into the island if we don't round the corners" said DB. He did the ordering for us and we had discussed what we needed to ask for with the fake stone company. So after sending him a copy of the message a few times, he talked with the bench guy who offered to come out. He rounded the corners with a grinder sans charge. He didn't want to take too much off because it would not look right and said this would keep it from catching if you hit it and make more of a glancing blow. "I have rounded corners and kids and can tell you, if they hit the bench, they're going down." πŸ˜„ I would have liked to see a bit more taken off, but it is certainly better. The carpenter came out and finished the trim. Painting is done, so about all left is staining/varnishing trim and the backsplash.
  2. haresfur

    Sad News about Katie Loeb

    β€œWhen life gave her lemons, she made limoncello,” - best epitaph ever
  3. I eventually managed to turn on the oven *and* set the timer to heat up a quiche for supper.
  4. I usually use a large pot or bowl for this. Bonus if it was already dirty.
  5. We had a double sink previously and I''m actually looking forward to the single, since I always had trouble washing big cutting boards and sheet pans. We will just have dirty dishes on the island as before.
  6. So I was getting ready to was some dishes before putting them back in cupboards, looked down and thought, "You know, since the cooktop was moved towards the pantry, we probably could have swapped the sink and the dishwasher so there would be room for dirty dishes on one side and the dish drainer on the other." That has been one of my issues with the old design. It would have at least been worth discussing with the cabinet guy. Hard to see everything when you are headed down a certain path, and I'm still happy with what we have.
  7. Yeah, like a swamp cooler that they use in places like Arizona. Air up on the roof runs past wet pads and is cooled then is blown into the house. It's a single pass system so you keep windows cracked to vent. I suppose it blows heat from the oven out, too. It's very energy efficient but does use water. Of course when the humidity rises, it doesn't do much.
  8. I'm glad people are thinking about what they like and what they would do differently. There is so much to consider, and so many compromises to make.
  9. They were supposed to round over the edges and corners but did not. At this point, I can't see fighting it.
  10. You are right, I am concerned about that, too. Something to keep in mind if we get wild in the kitchen.
  11. Forgot to mention, the good thing about a reno in summer is being able to cook on the barbie. The bad thing is a house swarmed by flies. 😝
  12. Busy day today. There were some scheduling issues with people showing up unexpectedly. I think my partner who has been at a conference asked the sparkies to come out because our evaporative cooler wasn't working - a breaker up in the attic on the unit had flipped. The bench tops came early in the morning and were installed. Then some remaining electrical work and installing appliances. So almost everything major is done. Still to do: A little trim work that had to wait for the bench tops The exhaust fan needs to vent up through the ceiling. Plumber forgot that. Backsplash. The cabinet guy got a little testy with me because I forgot that we wanted holes for the knife rack, and made me do the measuring. Hope I got it right We will do the painting. We haven't even picked out flooring but are going with vinyl that will be installed on top of the old floor. We probably will have to plane a bit of the bottom of the door to make it fit. I need to install a pot rack that was over the cooktop, but will now be over the window. Then there's figuring out where everything is going to live. Bench tops were in by 9:00 AM. I tried to go to work for a few hours but it wasn't meant to be. I don't really like the microwave there but we will give it a try and see how it goes. Don't know if the induction plate will stay there. I wish they had mounted the oven a few cm higher. The cooktop and oven are made by Asko and they seem really well designed. I'm so excited to try the wok burner, and hope it has enough oomph. Dishwasher is a Bosch.
  13. Speaking of messy dining tables, here's ours with the kitchen stuff I thought we might need. Microwave, induction plate, sous vide, and the barbie outside should get us by.
  14. I'm not quite sure what you mean with the Plexiglas - so we don't splash on the window?