Archive for July, 2008
Progress continues on Projectbungalow. This week the kitchen countertops were installed.
I selected honed absolute black granite for the countertop material. Originally, I wanted to use soap stone but it’s 2-3x the price and your kitchen cabinets must be built to accommodate this material. The key difference is the plywood top needs to be inset versus on top of the cabinet structure. My cabinet maker placed the plywood on top of the cabinets. John Yeh with Colormason, my countertop installer, also told me that the cabinets have to be just about perfectly level to use soapstone. The reason being is the stone sits directly on the counters — so if you have to shim the material to create seamless joints the underside of your counter top will have gaps relative to the cabinets.
I also installed a Oliveri stainless steel sink. This was a great value at roughly $900. Its heavy gauge stainless and comes with a stainless steel drain grid. Additionally the inside edges are all radius, so cleaning and maintenance will be much easier than the Blanco I was originally considering.
This part of the project including material cost about $3,700. What an improvement.
Now I need to get started on the backsplash — I think green glass tile just might do the trick
The next big step is to get all the the trim work complete in my kitchen. Then it’s on to painting and lighting fixtures.
The picture below shows how I have decided to do the finish work, For the casing above the wndows, I decided upon a simple detail. I used 1″ and 3/4″ square sticks to create detail on the window and door way headers. It was less expensive than buying mouldings and I think it fits pretty nicely with the overall design
I also installed wainscoating. The wainscoating along with the window seat and trim will be painted white. I am going with a sage green on the walls. The color will really make the trim work stand-out