Decided that it would be good to get some cement countertops under my belt before doing a nice one for our kitchen, so I'll be doing a new top and some reconfiguration of my outdoor bbq table/bar.
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Man, I wish I had the space you guys do in my Kitchen.
We just did a remodel a couple years ago and are still working on the finishing touches. Mainly the trim under the cabinets since the floor just got finished a few months ago.
We replaced the cabinets and tore down a pantry that was built in the middle on the kitchen. It's only purpose was a cold air return for one bedroom upstairs. Moved that into a wall instead and got rid of the hideous pantry. Because of our space issues I had to keep the fridge where it is and the range but I added an island with some much needed counter space. Amazing how quickly the island now gets filled up with Junk.
I have been looking at led lights recently and have come across this company. http://www.elementalled.com/
They have some decent prices on dimmable leds. I bought some from Lowes because I didn't tear into the walls to put in any wiring for under cabinet lights and have some cabinets that don't connect and just have a few setup. Good luck!
Tile is a great topic.
My advice on tile is let the wife pick whatever she wants. We've got small glass tiles and I paid for the installation rather than attempt it myself. Regardless, a tile backsplash gives a much more finished look than just paint.
Phil, about the prices, it could be worse. You could be in Belgium. If you're ever looking to get away on a short road trip, go to Germany. You could do a Kolsh beer weekend and pay for with with the savings you'll get from buying construction gear there. It's amazing how much cheaper stuff is there. We saved 20 euros just on a wheelbarrow. You could pay for the trip in paint alone, assuming paint costs you similar fortunes as here.
Tile is a great topic. We settled on travertine for the backsplash. It was subway 3" x 6" and came in about $5 per square foot plus thinset. grout and sealer. I had painted the wall and so I had to sand the drywall with 80 grit and remove the paint since it was semi-gloss. What a pain. Then with a natural stone you use thinset instead of mastic. Mastic can be used with a porcelain, but will bleed through a natural stone. Once it dried I sealed and then waited 72 hours and grouted. Another 72 hours and then sealed the tile and the grout. I found the travertine had natural fault lines and would occasionally break as I finished the cuts on the tile saw. The stone we selected had a bevel so I bought a wet grinder with honing stones and put the bevel back on using the grinder to finish the tile before install. If I had to do it over again I would not paint the backsplash unless I planned to leave it as paint.
Light trim is a topic all it's own. We did can lights and I selected specular trim for the 6" perimeter lights and then 4" adjustable trim on the three recessed island lights so I could aim them at the island. They were adjustable 30 degrees IIRC.
A disposal should never be used on a septic system and grease should not be put down the drain of any septic system. It's not so much they will fill the tank, it is the solids could be pushed into the leachfield and blind the soil surface to the point the system would not operate and maintenace would have to be required (read as a new leachfield installed). (At one time I was what you might call an expert on septic systems.)
As far as a disposal in the kitchen the waste should as much as possible be placed in the refuse. Grease as well. We tend to use it when things spill over in the sink and then run it to be sure the particulates are as small as possible before they enter the sewer system. My wife tends to put more down the disposal than I do. Something one should avoid in the disposal is egg shells, they really don't break down in the long run.
With all that in mind, I do like having them to be sure I never clog my drains in the kitchen with inadvertent waste entering the drain, but Martin is correct, do not use them as the main place to discard kitchen waste. (Yeah, in a previous life I designed WWTPs too.)
Phil, what I am talking about is to the right of the deck door and left of the cabinet. My guess would be a lightswitch.
The compost bucket can become a stinky thing. Think about that before you leave a hole in the countertop, since you will have to manage that waste and more than a few days in the compost pot can become nasty. You probably already compost and know that. I had a plan to put in a compost area in our kitchen, but ditched it. We don't generate enough compost waste since I am so rarely home until the weekend.
There a big home trade show here every year. There's one stand with disposals there, but the saleschick is a b****. You had to buy there, on the spot and there was no way to get any information if you happen to be in the process of building a house and were only considering a disposal. I think she was French.
There's not much we regret about our kitchen. We still might put in a garbage disposal. Let me know if you find one.
In Deutschland wird eine solche Zulassung, wie in vielen EU-Ländern auch, zumeist abgelehnt. DIN 1986-100, Nr. 6.5 vom Oktober 2001: „Zerkleinerungsgeräte für Küchenabfälle, Müll, Papier usw. sowie Handtuchspender mit Spülvorrichtung, bei denen das zerkleinerte Spülgut in die Entwässerungsanlage gelangen kann, dürfen nicht an die Abwasseranlage angeschlossen werden,“ allerdings wird das Gerät in der Nachfolgeregelung 12056 nicht mehr erwähnt. Es gibt in Deutschland kein nationales Verbot, einzelne Gemeinden verbieten aber Abfälle, auch zerkleinerte, in ihrer Abwasserverordnung. In der Schweiz verbietet das örtliche Abwasserreglement normalerweise den Einsatz ebenfalls.-- http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%BCchenabfallzerkleinerer
If it were mine I would probably either move the cooktop and hood over or put the fridge there, or beside the sink as you mentioned. The sink side is nice because if you have groceries you can plop them on the island and go to the new pantry closet or to the fridge. Of course you can do the same with it on the other side of the range.
Questions in my mind:
What are you keeping?
Are you tied to the range staying in the corner? (Can the hood be rerouted?)
How are you planning to repair the floor where the half wall is located?
What is your lighting plan? (I currently only see lights in the hood.)
What is on the wall right beside the pantry cabinet?
How do/would guests most often enter the kitchen?
Your oven and cooktop can probably be separated, you might think about a lazy susan under the cooktop. We got a super susan in our corner and it is divine.
Are we roommates? The super susan rocks.
The space looks a little narrow as sketched up, so a rolling island might be the deal. Or a counter height table. Had one of those in our kitchen, but gave it to my brother.