Daughter's Kitchen Remodel

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Daughter and husband recently purchased a mid-1950’s house in Colorado Springs and the kitchen had never been remodeled. It was very narrow (8’ 3”) and the corner originally had a washing machine installed. A previous home owner had moved the washer, and replaced it with a dishwasher, but had left the drain pipe sticking up thru the countertop. The layout was terrible, and the drawers were worn out. It needed an upgrade desperately.

After some work with my design software I came up with the following layout, and 3D rendering.

Well, a couple of months making the cases, and then her father-in-law and I put them on trailers and took them to Colorado. 7 longs days of demo and rebuilding that took everything back to the studs. Somewhere in it’s life, the roof had leaked and the sub-flooring the cabinets was rotted (the floor joists were solid).

Finished product included 2 corner cabinets with 45 degree fronts. One houses the sink, and the other a lazy susan, in both the upper and lower, with an appliance garage in between. The sink straddled a corner (as it did in the original kitchen); so the sink needed to steal a couple of inches from the adjoining cases.

The range is still approximately where it was, but rotated 90 degrees and placed in the end of an island.

Another challenge was that there was an air return in the wall behind the range. This was incorporated into the island, behind some open shelving.

Another view of the U part of the kitchen with the sink in the corner (daughter’s preference).

I need to make another trip to install backsplash and flooring and do some molding, and a floating shelf in front of the air return; but I’m glad everything fit when designed 700 miles away.

-- Craig -- Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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posted 01-15-2013 05:27 PM

Nice job in such confining quarters. What design software do you use?

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posted 01-15-2013 08:18 PM

Thanks—I use Broderbund’s 3D Architect; now the bad news—they were bought out by Punch Software several years ago. I have to run this old version (about 12 years old) under XP emulation mode on Windows 7. I do the floorplans for our local Habitat for Humanity chapter and a couple of years ago, we (I) did some research to find out what was available to replace this with. Everything I read said to use Punch Software. I bought one of the cheaper versions, but compared to 3D Architect, it is TERRIBLE. 3D architect was for designing houses, and it allows you to put cabinets in rooms for perspective purposes, but doesn’t do anything like figuring actual cabinet dimensions. Punch does the same thing, I just find that it takes about 4 times as long to accomplish the same thing with Punch.

-- Craig -- Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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posted 01-17-2013 03:39 AM

That looks awesome – well done and thank you for the ideas!

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 01-17-2013 03:42 PM


Your’s came great . Me and my wife and son did my kitchen over from top to bottom it was so old and angled all
Different ways took us 12 weeks first big job in my life but worth it lol a lot of tuff days learning on the go : )

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posted 01-17-2013 08:12 PM

Yours look quite involved to PaviKing…you should set it up as a project…Go to the Upper right, and under MyHomeRefurbers, select New Project.

Good Luck and welcome to Home Refurbers.

-- Craig -- Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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posted 01-17-2013 09:11 PM

Hay thanks ick

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posted 02-14-2013 07:20 PM

Great Job! Turned out Beautiful!
Chris Mobley

-- Chris Mobley - www.cmobleydesigns.com

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posted 02-21-2013 04:00 PM

Just got back from 2nd trip, and finished the floor/backsplash/beam/etc..

First picture shows the completed beam, and the now finished column tops.

The 2nd photo shows the completed cork flooring. It is very dark and seams are virtually undetectable. Threshold had to be built-up 3/8” to deal with the difference in floor heights.

This picture shows the river rock backsplash. I warned my daughter that it was going to be tough to grout, but the customer is always right. We got it done, and it looks great. The need to grout between the backsplash and countertop, and seal the grout, so there’s still some masking tape visible.

The last picture shows the glass doors on the display cabinet. I really like the white cabinets with the lacquered birch interiors.

-- Craig -- Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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posted 02-14-2015 04:26 PM

I finally finished my countertops in our Florida home. I am so happy I used custom butcher block countertops from https://butcherblockco.com they are soooooooooo beautiful. I will upload a photo as soon as I setup and upload some to a Photobucket account.

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posted 02-18-2015 03:01 PM

Craig – beautiful work.

-- Love woodworking and fixing most anything

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posted 08-26-2018 10:14 PM

Everything looks great!

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