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Old 04-25-2008, 05:41 PM   #1
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My wife and I are just getting ready to start the process of a kitchen remodel and will be knocking down a few walls, moving the sliding glass door, raising part of the ceiling, new cabinets, new appliances and sink, etc. I would appreciate any advice or things to look out for as Iíve heard and read numerous horror stories. Also, suggestions on appliances? I probably wont go the Wolf and Viking route as I think itís over kill and we spend most of or time grilling anyway. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-25-2008, 06:09 PM   #2
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Good luck. All I can say is that I just couldn't live with out a convection oven. I have a Kitchen Aid, (10 years old) GE has some mighty fine stuff out there. I also love my Amana bottom mount refer. (made by GE) My GE Profile dish washer will wash a WSM. Have fun and plan on spending twice the dough you had in mind. Been there.
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Ha HA HA HA! You just think it is a kitchen remodel. You will be finished when there is no other room in the house untouched.

I like convection ovens, glass cook tops, and quiet dishwashers. My cabinets are finished wood that need minimal maintenance and the floors are tile. The less I have to do to keep them clean the better. COUNTER space is a must, even if you grill outdoors most of the time. There is never enough space to set things on.

Good luck on your remodel and most of all, have fun!
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Toby how about some before pics of the kitchen and the said walls you want to knock out?
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I'm not a designer....but I think a budget limit would help.
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Just wondering...Are you doing all the work yourself? or getting contractors for specific work?
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Toby how about some before pics of the kitchen and the said walls you want to knock out?

I'll take a bunch of before pics soon. At this point we are just now starting our research so actual construction may be awhile.

Scotty, no budget yet but the less I can spend the better, especially with the economy the way it is.

Helen, I'll do the demo but I'm going to hire a contractor and get some help with the design. I have a buddy that is really anal and he just finished a huge remodel and I may hire him to keep an eye on things while I'm at work. This way I can make sure no corners are cut and things get done right.
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Toby how about some before pics of the kitchen and the said walls you want to knock out?

I'll take a bunch of before pics soon. At this point we are just now starting our research so actual construction may be awhile.

Scotty, no budget yet but the less I can spend the better, especially with the economy the way it is.

Helen, I'll do the demo but I'm going to hire a contractor and get some help with the design. I have a buddy that is really anal and he just finished a huge remodel and I may hire him to keep an eye on things while I'm at work. This way I can make sure no corners are cut and things get done right.
Pics would be helpful. When you're ready to take the plunge post them up. It might help as you go along.
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Toby,
If you're a geek, you may like this free 3D modeling app from Google.
http://sketchup.google.com/

Here's a design your kitchen using sketchup vid (there's 5 parts, so check the "related" links).


I've used it for other projects. If you haven't used a 3D program before, there may be a learning curve. Maybe you know someone local that's a nerd that can help with the computer stuff if you don't want to do it... it's free, and it's awesome.
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:58 PM   #10
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If you're a geek, you may like this free 3D modeling app from Google.
http://sketchup.google.com/

Here's a design your kitchen using sketchup vid (there's 5 parts, so check the "related" links).


I've used it for other projects. If you haven't used a 3D program before, there may be a learning curve. Maybe you know someone local that's a nerd that can help with the computer stuff if you don't want to do it... it's free, and it's awesome.
Thanks Scotty, I'm downloading the program now and will check out the tutorials tomorrow.
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