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A Small NYC Kitchen Reno 2017

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9 minutes ago, caroled said:

This is so great and I couldn't be happier if it were my own. I look forward to seeing all the fabulous meals you prepare!

 

Now you've gone too far.  Happy as I may be for Weinoo, I'd be a little happier if he'd built it out for me...

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1 hour ago, caroled said:

This is so great and I couldn't be happier if it were my own. I look forward to seeing all the fabulous meals you prepare!

 

I'm so tired I just want to go out to eat.

 

But...once it's done...

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11 hours ago, weinoo said:

Starting to look a little more like an in-use kitchen.

 

A very nice in-use kitchen.

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The end is nigh...(I hope)...

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I ended up putting a magnetic knife strip at each end of the counter above, as I felt the stainless shelves were in the way, had I put them on the panel next to the fridge.

 

I ordered 4 more of those rollout shelves shown for that 18" pantry; I'll going to try and keep all my dishes and glassware on those, which are just perfectly in reach of the dishwasher. Wine glasses can go in that wall cabinet above the counter.

 

There's a shelf that goes on the riser in back of the range, that didn't make it into these pictures.

 

There are a few weirdnesses that I haven't decided whether I want to correct or not.  The butcher block is actually thicker than the quartz counter top by about1/16", so there is more of a lip on one side of the range, unnoticeable to anyone except the damn cook.  Evidently, stone is cut in cm, and I was told to order the butcher block 1 1/4" thick. Just another reason contractors drive me crazy.

 

The sink is literally 30% larger in cubic inches than my old sink. Both deeper and wider, and I think I really like it.

 

I am keeping my fingers crossed to be 100% done with kitchen and bath by end of next week. Still have to receive and install the vanity, and the kitchen sink drain/strainer is being replaced, as the plumber tried to get by with a different drain than i originally ordered, since they lost that one. I simply reordered a new one, and told them to replace the one they had put in.  And the floor will get a buffing and another coat of finish.


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Stunning!

What will go on the shelf over the long prep counter?

Love to see another picture when you have everything in it’s place.

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4 minutes ago, Okanagancook said:

Stunning!

What will go on the shelf over the long prep counter?

Love to see another picture when you have everything in it’s place.

Good question - I was thinking of various mason jars with rices, beans, pulses, etc.  The shelf won't hold a ton of weight, so I need to choose carefully.

 

I'm gonna wait until the floor is redone before I really start unpacking. I'm pretty tired of cleaning sawdust!

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Or frequently used herbs, spices in nice containers!

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1 minute ago, Okanagancook said:

Or frequently used herbs, spices in nice containers!

I actually bought custom made inserts for a few of those drawers; I hope to have them next week.  One is for spices/dried herbs.

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for all intents and purposes, the project is finished.  I have not yet paid the final bills for either my designer/architect nor contractor, as I'm waiting to get the final signed off document from our Department of Buildings. I'll need that to show the coop, which will also get me my deposit back.

 

In any event, a few pics; I've not yet settled on where everything goes (that's gonna take a while), and I'm only a little aggravated about a few things.

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Like the above. Note the height of the shelf to the left of the range, and the shelf on the range itself.  Wolf sells that riser with shelf - it's a 20" riser with shelf.  So I figured the shelf would be at 20", which is the height of the shelf to the left of the range ( and nowhere on the documents or drawings was this made clear).  Obviously, it's not, and though I could retrofit the shelf to sit higher on the riser (by drilling a few new holes into the riser), I'm just going to get used to it as it is.

 

From the opposite side:

 

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I really like these custom inserts, and at some point, everything will be in its proper place.  I could be really anal and get all matching spice/herb jars, but really?

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And a bit of the other side...

 

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Starting to come together.

 

The drawer inserts are all from a company called Drawer Essentials, and they did a very nice job.

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43 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

And the CSO is still there.

 

You know it...and I still use it practically every day.

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Wonderful kitchen!  Looks very inviting and efficient.

13years in my new kitchen and I am still improving on where  things live the best.

Too bad about the shelf height, ghrrrrr.

 

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Thanks for sharing everything all along - the result looks like a great place to cook! 

I especially love the drawers, an area where my kitchen is sadly deficient.

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2 hours ago, weinoo said:

 

 

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It all looks great and you really maximized your space. But ... are you sure you want those knives with the blades facing up? It's making alarm bells go off in my head just to look at it. 

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1 minute ago, cakewalk said:

It all looks great and you really maximized your space. But ... are you sure you want those knives with the blades facing up? It's making alarm bells go off in my head just to look at it. 

 

I'm not @weinoo, but if I had this lovely set-up, that's exactly the way I'd put the knives.  If the points were facing down, towards the counter, I'm sure I'd run my hand into them while tidying the errant coffee grounds on the countertop.

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^ Good point. (No pun intended.) But those blades are still making me cringe. 

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7 minutes ago, cakewalk said:

^ Good point. (No pun intended.) But those blades are still making me cringe. 

I can live with the blades but those unmatched spice jars...xDxD

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It looks wonderful. I have a very bad case of drawer envy! 

 

@weinoo, when you open your fridge doors, does the left side open fully or does that little bit of wall limit it? I have a similar fridge and a partial wall on the right side prevents me from opening it wide and it drives me nuts. 

 

 


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5 hours ago, cakewalk said:

It all looks great and you really maximized your space. But ... are you sure you want those knives with the blades facing up? It's making alarm bells go off in my head just to look at it. 

 

Absolutely. I will not do myself harm. Everybody else should simply stay away from the knives.

 

3 hours ago, FauxPas said:

It looks wonderful. I have a very bad case of drawer envy! 

 

@weinoo, when you open your fridge doors, does the left side open fully or does that little bit of wall limit it? I have a similar fridge and a partial wall on the right side prevents me from opening it wide and it drives me nuts. 

 

 

 

 

Yes, both fridge doors open to their maximum.  The fridge extends beyond the depth of the wall just far enough for the doors.  The wall on the other side is actually 6" away; I wanted that space to keep my step ladder! 

 

Here's the right side fridge door, fully opened.

 

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And here's the niche for my step ladder.

 

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I do the same thing with our step ladder..

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12 hours ago, blue_dolphin said:

If the points were facing down, towards the counter, I'm sure I'd run my hand into them while tidying the errant coffee grounds on the countertop.

 

12 hours ago, cakewalk said:

^ Good point. (No pun intended.) But those blades are still making me cringe. 

 

Yeah!

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9 hours ago, KennethT said:

I do the same thing with our step ladder..

NYC apartments - as you know, you gotta use every little nook and cranny and square inch.

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15 hours ago, cakewalk said:

It all looks great and you really maximized your space. But ... are you sure you want those knives with the blades facing up? It's making alarm bells go off in my head just to look at it. 

When I had mine mounted at or slightly below counter height, I kept my knives with the blades pointing down so the handles would come to hand easily. When I had mine mounted above counter height, I kept my knives with the blades facing up for exactly the same reason. 

 

I have a toddler granddaughter constantly in the house now, and no really suitable place in my current rental's kitchen to put it, so I think my magnetic strip might be relegated to holding screwdrivers in my utility closet for a while. 

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