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    Re doing Kitchen

    After a year in our new house, my wife and I have decided to redo our kitchen. Want to get away from the white and grey kitchen we have now and go to wood grain kitchen cabinents. Undecided on the floor. Really like wood, but not sure we want to go to a hard wood floor in a high traffic area. My wife has a bias against tile, but I think if it's the right color, it would look good, clean easy and be durable? Could go linolium I suppose?

    Any suggestion on good websites to research all this? Would be nice if we could also talk to someone who could look at the layout of the kitchen and make helpful suggestions.

    We want to end product to look good, be of good quality, and efficient.



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    Re: Re doing Kitchen

    Are you going to replace the appliances?



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    Re: Re doing Kitchen

    The best place to go would be a local lumber yard. Most of them offer free design for their cabinet packages. I have a bias because I work at a lumber yard not a big box store like menards. You might spend a little more but you will get exactly what you want and I feel better service. With all of the options anymore you can get whatever you want and spend as much or as little as you want. If you are going with ceramic tile be sure that is what you want because its a pain to take up if you want to replace it with something else. There is a product called dura ceramic that has the look of ceramic but it is a vinyl tile that doesnt have the warmth issues and is fairly simple to install. You can also grout that or go groutless since the grout is the part that gets dirty first. PM me if youve got any specific questions.



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    Re: Re doing Kitchen

    I'd recommend a pre-finished hardwood. It'll likely be more attractive to potential buyers if/when you decide to sell in the future. While wood is hard, it is still "softer" than tile & won't be as cold in the winter or as hard on bare/stocking feet.

    My wife & I installed hardwood floors about 4 years ago in our kitchen & dining room. We have 3 small kids & the wood has held up incredibly well. Even if needed, wood is pretty easy to sand & finish & isn't too expensive to do.

    We used lumber liquidators to buy Bella Wood & don't regret any of it for a second.



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    Re: Re doing Kitchen

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Are you going to replace the appliances?
    Good question. Neutral overall. The Microwave and Fridge are about 15 years old, so probably could. Dishwasher is new and Stove works great so probably no on those.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallruss64 View Post
    The best place to go would be a local lumber yard. Most of them offer free design for their cabinet packages. I have a bias because I work at a lumber yard not a big box store like menards. You might spend a little more but you will get exactly what you want and I feel better service. With all of the options anymore you can get whatever you want and spend as much or as little as you want. If you are going with ceramic tile be sure that is what you want because its a pain to take up if you want to replace it with something else. There is a product called dura ceramic that has the look of ceramic but it is a vinyl tile that doesnt have the warmth issues and is fairly simple to install. You can also grout that or go groutless since the grout is the part that gets dirty first. PM me if youve got any specific questions.
    That's too bad, because ceramic is what we have now. My wife hates it.



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    Re: Re doing Kitchen

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU_phoria View Post
    I'd recommend a pre-finished hardwood. It'll likely be more attractive to potential buyers if/when you decide to sell in the future. While wood is hard, it is still "softer" than tile & won't be as cold in the winter or as hard on bare/stocking feet.

    My wife & I installed hardwood floors about 4 years ago in our kitchen & dining room. We have 3 small kids & the wood has held up incredibly well. Even if needed, wood is pretty easy to sand & finish & isn't too expensive to do.

    We used lumber liquidators to buy Bella Wood & don't regret any of it for a second.
    I am in the process of buying in the metro and you are correct. It's something that I wanted to have and the house that we are closing on has a beautiful real hardwood floor.
    I don't mind the pergo stuff but real looks great when its an option.



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    Re: Re doing Kitchen

    I recommend refacing all of your cabinets if you are looking to save some dough. I did my grandparents kitchen and saved them about 4k versus buying new.


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    Re: Re doing Kitchen

    just make sure you contrast the cabinets from the floor. i really love a light color maple floor-extremely hard and durable, and then you can get darker cabinets so that the room doesn't all look the same. i would recommend some cherry cabinets, as i've seen this combo in a lot of high end homes i've worked on over the years and i think it looks great.

    just my opinion though. ultimately, it's your house, do what makes you happy-you are the one who has to see it every day.



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    Re: Re doing Kitchen

    Quote Originally Posted by isulive2train View Post
    I recommend refacing all of your cabinets if you are looking to save some dough. I did my grandparents kitchen and saved them about 4k versus buying new.

    this. we actually painted over ours(something i NEVER thought i'd do) and i've been extremely happy with it. spent about 150 on primer, sandpaper, caulk, paint, and rollers, and it only took a weekend.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CYVADER View Post
    just make sure you contrast the cabinets from the floor. i really love a light color maple floor-extremely hard and durable, and then you can get darker cabinets so that the room doesn't all look the same. i would recommend some cherry cabinets, as i've seen this combo in a lot of high end homes i've worked on over the years and i think it looks great.

    just my opinion though. ultimately, it's your house, do what makes you happy-you are the one who has to see it every day.
    Love the idea. Think I'll have sticker shock.



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    Re: Re doing Kitchen

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    Love the idea. Think I'll have sticker shock.
    you could also do some mocha stained cheaper wood cabs ilo cherry. main thing is to get the color of the floor far away from the color of the cabs or it all blends together way too much.



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    Re: Re doing Kitchen

    Yeah, a good wood floor should have no issues in a kitchen (that's the most common place we put them), and taking out the ceramic will be a pain, assuming it was put down right.



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    Re: Re doing Kitchen

    Quote Originally Posted by CYVADER View Post
    or it all blends together way too much.
    Sounds like my kitchen. White ceramic tile, white counters, white cabinets.

    If there's one thing i could change..



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    Re: Re doing Kitchen

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    Sounds like my kitchen. White ceramic tile, white counters, white cabinets.

    If there's one thing i could change..
    That's what we're dealing with only grey ceramic floor. You can clean it and it will look dirty a day later. I hate grey.

    We decided enough was enough and let's get something we like.



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