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Old 06-15-2013, 08:10 AM   #1
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Our New Kitchen

I realize that few if any here would care, but we did get some good suggestions from ER members, so FWIW. I really did not want to spend the money, but DW was hell bent insisted, and I agreed as a means to enhance our homes resale since we plan to move in a few years.

As the head cook and bottle washer, I am enjoying the new kitchen. The late 80's kitchen was still operable, but horribly dated, the soffit/bulkheads were a dead giveaway. And the lack of countertop clutter is not for show, everything is now conveniently stored and readily accessible.
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Very nice. What did you use for the counter tops? Quartz or marble?
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Very nice. What did you use for the counter tops? Quartz or marble?
Granite, since that's what most buyers (in our price range) think they want. If we were keeping the house, we would have gone with quartz or even soapstone.
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Thanks.
New counters are next on my list, and I was thinking about quartz. I'll consider both.
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Very nice! I really like the light-colored cabinets and floor.

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New counters are next on my list, and I was thinking about quartz. I'll consider both.

Granite prices have come way down. BTW, many buyers who THINK they want granite are unaware of the maintenance needed(sealing, etc.).

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Granite prices have come way down. BTW, many buyers who THINK they want granite are unaware of the maintenance needed(sealing, etc.).
Very true, we got the best lifetime sealer we could find (Granite Shield)...not cheap. Our countertops were $75/sqft installed incl tax, but you could spend 2x or 3x if you wanted to. Home Depot (we did not use HD) had granite starting at $50/sqft installed, but it was 2/3rds the thickness of "standard."
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Granite prices have come way down. BTW, many buyers who THINK they want granite are unaware of the maintenance needed(sealing, etc.).
I'm aware of the need to seal granite, what's the "etc."
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Your new kitchen is beautiful MP and will definitely help sell your house when you decide to give it up. Amazing how different it looks even maintaining the same layout!
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Very nice remodel. I hope you enjoy it for the next few years before selling the home.
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I'm aware of the need to seal granite, what's the "etc."
I don't even know anyone who has actually resealed their granite in up to a couple of decades of hard use.
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I don't even know anyone who has actually resealed their granite in up to a couple of decades of hard use.
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Ours came pre-sealed.
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Gorgeous new kitchen ! How was living through the remodel ?
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It's beautiful! Wow! I love the lack of clutter.
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Oh oh..... These photos are going to cost me money some day.

Nice kitchen. What will you cook in it?
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Looks like you went from good to great Midpack.

So when is the ER forum only BBQ?
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I'm aware of the need to seal granite, what's the "etc."
Here's a list: How to Take Care of Granite Countertops: 12 Steps - wikiHow

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Gorgeous new kitchen ! How was living through the remodel ?
Not fun, but we got used to it. Kitchen was completely out of commission about 2-3 weeks, and the whole project took 5-6 (really about 15 days of actual work, mostly waiting for countertops). It's amazing what just not having a sink and running water does to a kitchen. Had to fill pitchers from 1/2 bath and wash dishes in a bathtub for weeks.

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Nice kitchen. What will you cook in it?
Everything, every day! Since I retired, I've perfected a lot of our favorites. And going from electric to gas (range) has been a nice change, even though I overcooked rice & oatmeal once each before learning the difference in #3 on electric & #3 on gas...
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Midpack,

See that the microwave is now over the stove. Just wondering where you are now keeping the coffeemaker and toaster oven?

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