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Old 06-16-2013, 08:55 AM   #41
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No expert on granite care, but it's worth remembering that it's a rock, and though the surface looks/feels "smooth", there are plenty of microscopic cracks, crevices, etc.

Nice kitchen, Midpack!
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:06 AM   #42
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On this need to reseal bit, I have nice granite counter tops that I don't cut on (I use cutting boards). I haven't resealed in the fifteen or so years they have been in and haven't seen any problems. In resealing still a big deal in such cases? I can certainly do it if it makes a big difference.
Ours is new, so I can't answer from experience, hopefully others will. FWIW, our countertop supplier offered 3 levels of sealer.
  • Standard, no extra charge, had to be resealed by homeowner, not sure if there was any warranty
  • +$192, limited 15 yr warranty - not transferable, had to be resealed by homeowner, and warranty had specific instructions on cleaning up messes promptly (which sounded like a warranty loophole to me)
  • +$323, lifetime warranty & transferable, Granite Shield, no resealing required and no stipulation on quick cleanup (this is what we went for)
Probably just sales hype, but I fell for it...
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:34 AM   #43
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Looks awesome Midpack! Now your challenge will be to find a comparable kitchen in the new house
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Looks awesome Midpack! Now your challenge will be to find a comparable kitchen in the new house
And if that's not possible, we know that Midpack already has the experience, knowledge, and skill set to recreate this kitchen elsewhere.

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Interesting choice on cabinet and countertop color selection. :-) Ours redone a few years ago:


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Old 06-17-2013, 01:45 AM   #46
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Wonderfully done !!!

Makes me remember a older nieghbor who had his MIL as a live in. He did a high end renovation like yours, and when MIL saw the results, she quiped,

"Bernie, why didn't you just install a new phone, You only make reservations !!"
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Very nice new kitchen!
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Beautiful...very nice job. We re-did ours a few years ago...no regrets.
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Interesting choice on cabinet and countertop color selection. :-) Ours redone a few years ago:


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I am in the process of starting a kitchen remodel, so this very helpful info.
My sister, who is super super anal, is also doing her remodel, so I am planning on learning a lot from her. I did notice the hanging pan rack is missing do you prefer that over rollout pan shelf.

I am also interested in the logistic did you hire a general to do everything. Did you purchase anything form HD or Loews. Are the cabinets custom?
Having done 2 kitchen remodels in the past 8 years (1 at previous house and 1 at new house), here are a few ideas:
- Both times I bought Kraft-Maid cabinets at HD and had their designer do the cabinet layout BUT I had my own contractor do the installation. I really like the Kraftmaid features and construction.
- I did lower drawers in most cabinets on the 2nd remodel, wishing I had done it the first time. One big cabinet has the china in one drawer and serving pieces below, the other large one (under cooktop) houses all the pots & pans. I did do pullouts in a couple of cabinets, including one for small appliances.
- MRDirect is a Toledo-based sink manufacturer that has great stainless steel sinks for far less than name brand (<50% in 2009). I see no difference after 3 years.
- I think under cabinet lighting is definitely worth the expense.

Good luck with your project!
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- I think under cabinet lighting is definitely worth the expense.
This is one (BIG) thing I wish we had done...
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Wow - what a transformation! I especially like how you made the cabinets taller and cleaned up the ceiling.
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I'm just wondering where the box of wheat thins went. I love those things.

Nice job!
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I'm just wondering where the box of wheat thins went. I love those things.


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And thanks to all for the kind remarks...
So, time now to start the bathroom remodel?
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Very nice.

I had my mom's old kitchen updated not long ago. Looks 1000% better, but not of the quality shown in the pictures here. Gave it a coat of paint on ceiling, walls and cabinets. New flooring, formica countertops and a SS sink. Old neighborhood and the house was not worth a real expensive overhaul. But it should help sell the house when I'm ready to do so. Working on my Aunt's old house now. It is a project.
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Very nice. Looks a lot more expensive than the <$30k you spent.

I especially like that you got rid of the cabinet soffits. I hate those soffits... and so many "high end" kitchens have them. It seems to be a way of reducing storage space by allowing shorter cabinets to be used. I'd rather have the too-high storage for those serving dishes that only come out a few times a year.

I love how the cabinets and floor are the same hue. VERY nice.

Our budget was 1/3 - but we had "free" labor. Of course, we're in year 3 and it's still not done. (Husband is putting in the backsplash as I type this.). We went with stainless counters - but we are not planning on reselling before we go off to the nursing home... so what buyers want didn't factor in to our decision... We love the ease of cleanup.
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Already remodeled 2-1/2 baths. We're done!
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Very nice. Looks a lot more expensive than the <$30k you spent.
Thank you. I avoid conflict, but not easy to negotiate with and I did $4800 of the work myself.
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Had to go, very dated.
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I love how the cabinets and floor are the same hue. VERY nice.
Not quite the same (not sure I would have liked a match), cabinets are a little darker ("Wheat") than the floor ("Natural"). We had "free" use of a kitchen designer (Degreed in interior design), she was very helpful.
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Are the cabinets custom? Nope, all standard Kemper cabinets.
Just curious, Midpack et al: When we remodeled our kitchen 18 years ago (almost time to do it again ) we were told by a couple of contractors that we should go with new cabinet faces rather than actually replacing the cabinets. Our house was built in the 60's, and you could store bars of gold on the shelves and they wouldn't sag. Honestly, I've not really looked at the "standard" cabinets, but was wondering if you'd heard that same thing. We ended up going with the new doors and faces, and are very pleased, but again, it's starting to show wear and I'm secretly considering doing it before I retire in the next 5 years.

And Midpack, that kitchen is stunning. WOW! I'd never eat out again. (I lie).
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