Friday, August 10, 2007

Sweet Renovation Vol. 2

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Check out this awesome kitchen sent in by Garrett in Columbia Heights. The extra beauty of this one was that Garrett was able to do the work himself! I'd say he did a damn good job. What do you think?

Garrett writes:"Details: The space was a nasty large bathroom addition when we bought the house and the exterior walls were made of load bearing brick. We tore off the brick and rebuilt the addition out of wood. The kitchen's got semi concealed Lutron QED electric roller shades for all of the windows, all Bosch appliances except for the Jenn-Air French door fridge, maple cabinets from Brookhaven, basalt stone countertops, floating cork floor with radiant hydronic heat below, pop-up mixer cabinet, pneumatic sink top disposal switch, low voltage lighting, speakers hooked into sound system, Eagle windows & doors, & cell phone charging station, etc... The paint is "Reflecting Pool" by Behr. In this phase of the renovation we also added a powder room and a spiral stair to a new roof deck above the kitchen.

Cost: It's hard to quantify the cost since we did 95% of the work ourselves, but the street value for a good GC to do the job was probably $150,000. We didn't spend nearly that much."


Anonymous said...

Fantastic renovation. Question: How do you like the cork floor? Spouse and I are undertaking house renovations and are trying to figure out a kitchen floor. We had wood in prior house and with our three dogs and heavy kitchen traffic, the wood just gets scratched too quickly. We'd also like radiant heat for the kitchen but are worried about warping if floor is wood.

Cork insights?

bogfrog said...

I am the proud owner of the OLD floor boards from that kitchen!

Garrett said...

I think the cork floor is great. It has the same maintenance requirements as hardwood floors. It's easy to clean & it's great underfoot since it has two layers of cork with MDF in the middle. Also, if you drop a dish, they don't break, whereas a tile or stone floor would certainly break it.

The finished surface does get scratched if you have animals, but depending on the pattern of the cork, the scratches are nearly invisible. We had two cats and experienced very minor scratching.

I'd say the two most important things to consider with a floating cork floor is a quality product and a competent installer.

The radiant aspect is awesome - especially in the winter. Check with your radiant installer about your warping worry.

Anonymous said...

Ok, this new "Sweet Renovation" section is starting to depress me. You're two for two now, two FANTASTIC kitchens that I just want to live/eat/sleep/cry/laugh in. I love both renovations so far, and am definitely jealous that I'm too broke to even afford a kitchen that size. Sigh.

Crestwood said...

Wow, beautiful job, Garrett! I wish we'd been able to do as much ourselves, but our talents lie elsewhere ...
We got the same fridge as you. It looks and works great but storage-wise, I'm sure glad we have our old fridge in the basement. I wonder if you have the same experience.
I hope others will send in their reno pix; I love seeing what people have done with their homes.

DC1974 said...

This is absolutely the best one. It's the only renovation project that you've shown here that I've thought: I'd live in that. Everything else seems cheap. The cork floors are a great touch --- me thinks they are more enviro friendly as well. But those cabinets are beatiful as well. And the addition of the wall of windows seals the deal. This is magazine worthy.