Kitchen Project Part 2
Although it is difficult to appreciate all that has been accomplished from the photo, a great deal of progress has been made this week. The electrical, plumbing and framing work has all been signed off on by the town, so now the room can begin to take shape.
New mudroom closet:
Prior to the start of the electrical work, Richard and I put together an electrical plan. Decisions were made about number and size of recessed lights, pendant lights, and location of additional lighting and switch plates. I actually found the larger decisions quite easy to make, but when it came to the location and usage of the switch plates, it can become overwhelming. You really have to think about how you will utilize your electrical appliances in order to make those decisions. For example, where do I need easy access to power when using my mixer or where will I charge my iphone.
In addition, I have finalized my choices for appliances, counter tops, and tile. With my kitchen plan in hand, I visited Yale Appliance & Lighting in Dorchester. I've used them in the past and know that they carry many of the brands I was interested in and their service department is efficient. I would suggest that if you need a little design inspiration or want to learn more about high end appliance lines, you should visit the Clarke Showroom, 7 Tide St., Boston. They do not sell appliances, but rather act as appliance consultants.
We selected a Thermadore appliance package for a couple of reasons. Out of all the commercial ranges to pick from, Thermadore was my favorite commercial range and the rebate special offered was too good to refuse. We actually received a free Thermadore dishwasher and hood vent with the purchase of a Thermadore commercial range and a Thermadore refrigerator. In addition to these items, we chose a subzero beverage refrigerator and a Shaw extra large porcelain farmer's sink. When an order is placed, Yale requires a 1/3 down payment and 14 days prior to delivery your order must be paid in full. Another important point to remember, if you purchase a farmer's sink, the sink must be in place prior to templating your counter top. My recommendation is to ask your contractor for a soft date for the appliance delivery to make sure Yale has your delivery on its schedule.
Last year, I researched counter top materials for a newsletter article I had written and decided at that point when I renovated my kitchen, I wanted to use quartz because of its durability. Knowing my personality, easy and care free maintenance was a priority. Our kitchen designer, Good Life New England recommended SkyLine Marble & Granite in Middleboro. With my cabinet samples in hand, I made a trip to their facility. The nice thing about visiting a fabricator is that you can see large slabs of their products in the yard. I knew pretty quickly which one I wanted (Cambria's “Britannica"), but if unsure they will cut some samples for you to take home.
These are my choices for cabinet, countertop and hardware:
After choosing the counter top, Sherry Westelman from Good Life New England referred me to Classic Tile & Stone in Hingham to look for backsplash tile and flooring for the mudroom. The store is located right around the corner from Scarlett Oak on Rte. 53. Neatly organized and not overwhelming, I was pleased that I located tile that I liked fairly quickly. In order to keep the backsplash simple, I chose a white glazed subway tile with silver grout. For the mudroom, I wanted to use something a bit more dramatic and chose a cement tile with a geometric pattern. These cement tiles can be ordered with custom color combinations, but if you go that route, allow several more weeks for delivery. Within two weeks, I received a call that the tile was in and the order was delivered the next day.
Can't wait till next week: Wood flooring and kitchen cabinets installed!!
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