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Young3815
Complete Kitchen remodel!! Need Advice
Young3815

Hey Guys,
So my husband and I just bought a 1913 Farm house that is basically falling apart on the inside. The Kitchen is one of the first rooms that we will be tackling. It is a 10X10 U shape kitchen (shoe box) and we plan on opening up the wall to extend the kitchen into the dinning room making it an overall eat in kitchen... so before I begin I need some help.

1) Is quarts counter tops really as good as they say? I know laminate is cheaper but if I have room in our budget I would like to upgrade to something that I don't have to replace in my lifetime.

2) I am thinking that I would like a G shape kitchen but I have only ever had an L or large U shape. How is the over all flow and function of a G shape.

3) Finally!! I really want a double wall oven because for all of my family on the holidays a single oven doesn't cut it... Are there certain guidelines to follow when trying to figure out where to place them at in the kitchen.

Thank you all. If you have any one tips for me while we completely renovate this house I am always open to advice!!

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

First, research and find pictures of kitchen layouts that you like and that would work in your space. As far as layout, again, what works best for you? I personally don't like obstacles between me and any other working location in the kitchen, whether that's the refer, stove top, or pantry cabinet. If you like running a rat maze every time you're in the kitchen, then maybe you'll like an island or other impedance in your workspace flow.

Can't find pictures of what you like, you may need to hire a designer to help with layout, appliance locations, and most importantly, lighting.

As far as what kind of counter tops to install, stone will certainly last you a lifetime, as will tile. Laminates, aka Formica, tops are pretty durable too, however, they do degrade over time, particularly under heavy use. Man-made materials such as Corian may be another solid surface alternative for you, but it does have some limitations when it comes to hot pans and staining, btw, stone can/will stain too if you're not careful.

Sombreuil_mongrel
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Sombreuil_mongrel

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Casey

ed21
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ed21

I have a kitchen that sounds like what you want, except no wall stove.
The open area to the other room is a nice feature. You loose wall space, but you can still hang cabinets there. It opens up the rooms.
The G shape would impede the flow most likely and cramp the work space. Corners only allow one person at a time and limit what happens around them.
Drawing up the kitchen would be helpful. Graph paper makes it easier. A kitchen designer could help as well as input from around the web and books.
Lots of stone products as well as artificial stone are available. Different stones have different properties. They often look nice, but I've only ever had laminates.

dj1
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dj1

What they said, plus:

You need ideas from kitchen designers (even Lowes/HD have them in the stores).

10x10 is not huge, and may not be big enough for all your ideas. If you cramp it with too many details, moving around will be a challenge.

A double wall oven will be good for what you will need it for. In addition, you will need a cook top.

Do you have natural gas in the kitchen?

shaithus
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shaithus

Looking for ideas on the web is the cheapest fastest way to find design answers.. do you know about the "work triangle"? Where the sink, the stove/oven and refrigerator make up your work movement. I have a G kitchen and I had to decide where to put the wall over, either on the left or right of the cook top. My worry was movement by it with the door open.

As far as countertops go.. we went with granite.. found a great place that sold the stone, cut and installed it for us. We originally got a quote on three different types of stone 2 yrs ago... budgeted and went buy.. found that prices are about half of what they were then... Yaaaay... just got them installed yesterday... and let me tell you ....nothing says permanence like real stone...

We took out a wall between the kitchen and a bedroom to make a kitchen dining room combo... the G on the lower cabinets makes an eating area..

Do your homework... I just discovered that my kitchen drain is too high for the new styles of sinks and disposers.. find out where you will be installing your electrical for undercabinet lighting if you want that.. look at PEX tubing for ease of plumbing...

Good Luck!

shaithus
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shaithus

Oh and if you are going with tile on the floor.. be sure to use 3/4 ply underlayment and Shluter.. it allows the wood to move separate from the tile.. so no cracks and look for a tile grout that has sealer in it.. so no future sealing issues..

tanyaring
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tanyaring

A complete solution to your remodeling questions is being provided in here www.avonlearenovations.com,
I too got a complete kitchen remodelling in my age old house that is located in Toronto. Trust me you will not regret once the remodeling is done because these people do it so well in concern.

Lynne
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Lynne

If you can invest $100, get Chief Architect's Home Designer Interiors software. You can create a 3D design of your proposed kitchen and do walk-thrus to see how it may work for you.

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

As mentioned above, be sure to have the floor framing checked for deflection if you desire tiled floors OR stone countertops.

The John Bridge Tile Forum has a handy dandy deflecto-meter which can help you determine your floor joist deflection.

MichaelInOr
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MichaelInOr

Yes, quartz is the king of counter top materials... IMO. I couldn't afford quarts so I went with granite and installed it myself. I am very happy with my granite but it does have some poricity to it unlike quartz.

I am also a fan of chief architect and have my whole house drawn up with it. It has been a great help for all the remodeling projects I have done.

I love my tile kitchen floor. The tile replaced oak hard wood which did not hold up to kitchen wear, tear and moisture issues over the years. I installed electric heat under my kitchen tile... everyone really loves my kitchen floor!

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