So for the kitchen I am having to decided some things:
Cabinets- What color? What material? What design on the front? What handle or pull on the doors?
Countertops- What material? What color? What finish on the edge?
Sink- What material? What design? How big?
Cook Top- What company? What color? What features?
Range Hood- We know we need an island hood since it is viewable from all side. What company? What color? What features?
Lighting? How many lights? What type? Recessed, drop lighting or good old florescent?
We are reusing the fridge, double oven and microwave for now, they are practically brand new and "If it ain't broke don't fix it".
As you can see we have many decisions to make. So let's start from the top.
Cabinets- We have already decided we both love white. It is classic and will go with us throughout the years as design changes. I love how it can go from traditional to farmhouse to classic with just changing the drawer and cabinet pulls. The face of the cabinets will have a raised design, again something that will stay with us for awhile.
This is from the Timberlake Cabinets Andover Series Thermofoil White
We are leaning toward thermofoil but may change. This is an article on the pros and cons of thermofoil.
Countertops- Now I have RESEARCHED and RESEARCHED my heart out on these. Think about it, you put your food on these surfaces and you need to know what you are buying. Not only that but on some materials the maintenance is ridiculous. If I have to reseal it every few years or worry about radon emissions I don't want it. I grew up with laminate and have no issues with it. My parents house had this 70's style mustard yellow mixed with other colors countertop. It was all the rage back then, it lasted 28 years. They got there kitchen redone and my Mom's only request to my Dad was make sure you get laminate. I personally would not mind it but I want a certain sink and we will discuss this later. So I looked over everything recycled materials, natural stones, engineered stones, concrete, wood, metal, tile (since I work for a tile company) and glass. After buying Consumer Reports Kitchen and Bath and reading articles on the Internet I found Engineered Quartz to be the best. You can also get Natural Quartz but it requires more maintenance. Best article for research online it this.
There are quite a few companies to choose from
Cambria® I think I may go with this company they are made in the USA!!
So if we go with the Cambria here are my favorites so far.
|Cambria Burton Brown|
|Cambria Brecon Brown|
Sink- I have loved Farmhouse sinks for a long time now. Now they are popping up everywhere and I can't get enough of all the different designs, materials and colors. You can get them in stainless steel, stone, stone fire clay and copper. Then you can get them with a single or double bowl, there are pros and cons to both. I decided to go with the classic white apron sink 36" single bowl. This one is from signature hardware:
However, the budget is king and I am going with the GE Profile 36" Cook top
So that is where I am at right now. I have already selected the tile for the floors and tile that looks like wood for the Living and Dining Room. I have also selected the Master Bath wall tile, listello and shower floor. I will show you those later. :)