I recently shared about our new house plans and now the bids have started coming in. Wonderful Hubby will be the general contractor and is handling this part of the process. We are blessed to live in a community that is still small enough that we either personally know many of the builders/contractors or know someone who has used them. We know their work and their reputation and feel fairly confident with whomever we choose. I'm sure there will be a few hiccups, and even a misunderstanding or two but we will work through those as best we can.
I've put together a notebook with all 'New House' material we are accumulating. I'll share it in a week or two. It's helped keep us organized and focused. I started this notebook about a year or so ago to save ideas and photos that interested us. It's grown from a 3/4 inch binder to a 4 inch one! I've also been using Pinterest and Houzz.
We have LOTS of ideas!
Earlier this week, WH and I went to a kitchen and bath store to look at cabinets and counter tops. WH has been ALL ABOUT the foundation/concrete work. NOTHING is as important as this, as he says. And while I agree, I'm more interested in the things I can see (and will see for many years to come.) I guess it's just a woman thing!
I had to smile when the sales lady introduced herself and started the process, WH was right in there taking about what he'd like in his 'lodge' area. He has lots opinions and expectations! Apparently, he's NOT just all about the concrete!! He has some old barn siding that will be used around the bar area and an accent wall (we even had some in the car from our visit to the flooring place!) He and the sales lady were able to narrow his choices on cabinetry and counter tops. He'd like to go with dark, rustic wood cabinets and a granite-look laminate. The outdoor grilling area will wait for now.
I've been enamored with light colored cabinets for several years. We have golden oak now, from the 1990's and I'm wanting a lighter, brighter kitchen. My cousin has redone her kitchen and installed cream color cabinets. They are simple and elegant with no glazing; I just love them.
When we went shopping yesterday, I looked at something similar.
The counter tops I like are quartz from Vicostone. I'd two different colors, a dark grey on the island (Royal Grey) and a marble-look (Statuario)
on the surrounding cabinets. The marble-look I have my eye on has both thin grey and beige veins throughout. When looking at the off white paint options, the light grey or oyster shade looked perfect with the counter tops. It has a taupe undertone that will work with either beige or gray.
I'd like my cabinets to go to the ceiling but have glass-front small display cabinets at the top. I'd like the cabinet fronts on each side of the window sink to have seed glass.
I'm considering cabinet fronts around my range hood. I like the continuous cabinet look throughout the kitchen.
(The picture below shows much more intricate details than I'm considering.)
I'm also seriously thinking about deep drawers and sliding shelves instead of
simple box base cabinets.
Several people have mentioned they are easier to access as one gets older.
So many options!
We have several appointments with other cabinet stores this week and hope I remembered all of the amenities we discussed earlier so the bids are similar.
What are some elements you have in your kitchen that you couldn't live without?
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