Saturday, September 15, 2018

Beachfront Bargain Hunt Part 3 Kitchen Remodel

Beachfront Bargain Hunt Part 3 Kitchen Remodel

Hi readers! Thanks for following my beach house renovation series. Today we tackle the kitchen remodel. You will see pics from the kitchen demolition, to the kitchen renderings, to the choices we made for the biggest and smallest items in the kitchen. Truth be told our contractors were pretty terrible. We ran into many snags with this remodel, as expected, but these were very difficult to come back from. The end result is stunning, but it took us a while to get there. I started the design with the contractor in November of 2017. And... it finally was finished in September of 2018. This should not have taken this long, especially since we did not change the footprint too much. Our original timeframe was February- May.

Kitchen demo.

The contractors were so terrible in fact that we sent my in laws to live in the beach house during the renovations to monitor (read:babysit) the remodelers. Goodness, I think they were there for a total of 2 months.... just to get the big items completed. Thank you In Laws!!!!

I found the video I made explaining our plans.
Take a look: 

So here are some rendering photos for the design:

You can check out my beach house inspiration board on Pinterest. 

Here are our final choices for the kitchen-----We used Lowes cabinetry and purchased most appliances from Lowes as well.

Cabinetry: Averley collection White Shaker Cabinets

Countertop: Silestone (Quartz) in Royal Reef


In store combo. 

Wall Paint Choice: Benjamin Moore Half Moon Crest


 Faucet choice: Kraus KPF- 168CH Pull Down Single Faucet in Chrome

Appliances: All Whirlpool except downdraft range is KitchenAid

My "thing" about designing kitchens usually has to do with "stations". For example, here is where you get your coffee, here is where you prep food, here is where you do the cooking, here is where you fix your drink or grab a beverage, here is where you sit, here is where you clean. 

I really wanted to add an exciting part to the kitchen to the "here is where you fix your drink or grab a beverage" so I chose a beverage refrigerator to be installed on the other side of the peninsula, a place that was a wasted corner where the stools would go. 

Also, here are some highlights from the design--

Base cabinets:
  • I wanted pot drawers - at least 4 - they are great for cookware, and allow for 
  • flex space in the peninsula.
  • A trash and recycling drawer was a must. 
  • A deep narrow base cabinet was a must for cookie sheets and cutting boards.
  • Instead of a "lazy susan", the corner space will be used for the beverage refrigerator. 
  • Install additional cabinet on end of peninsula for small appliances. 
  • Have one sliding drawer for "junk drawer" as we will need space for keys and boat keys, and pens, etc.
Upper cabinets:
  • Cabinets are to be installed to the ceiling and added crown at the top makes the 8 foot ceilings look higher. 
  • The bulkhead must be dealt with and not modified. I had to work around it so installing a blank spacer made the cleanest look for the top cabinets
  • Cabinets above refrigerator must be tight to top of refrigerator for built in feel (this is overlooked and has to be mitigated later). 
  • Build coffee station with uppers and lowers with added electrical outlet for coffee maker. 
  • Beadboard on ends of all base cabinets and flat side panels for upper cabinets (because the headboard NEVER gets actually ordered and it was delaying the progress). 
  • One glass cabinet for beverage station. 
  • Add wine X cabinet for wine and liquor bottles at beverage station.  
Handles, knobs and pulls- I always use a mix of these for visual interest. Most doors will have a knob, most drawers will have a pull (to different sizes for different drawer sizes). Special mermaid knobs to be installed on coffee station main top cabinets for variety and whimsy.

Knob selections- 

Where's your top??
Link for mermaid knobs, amazon, 11 dollars each. You need a left and right. 
Click here.

5 inch pull 

3 inch pull

I even had a plan for where each knob should go. They will be drilling holes in the cabinetry, which are expensive. You need to be this detailed. 

Gut! Gut! Gut! GUT! GUT!

Nice Gut!!!

After the gut of the kitchen, the cabinets were FINALLY delivered after many cancellations of the delivery and many times driving down to accept delivery. 

We had to make an executive decision. At this point, we sent my in-laws down to monitor the job. 

...and boxes.

My in-laws painted all areas of the kitchen where cabinets would not be hung, and. the insides of the pantry and closets. 

Then the construction started, yay!

Peninsula re-installation. Saving flooring. 
Rebuilding peninsula.

Lots of pot drawers!

Coming along. Pot Drawers.  
Seeing a problem already with the refrigerator.
No gaps remember? 
Paint color working well.
Can we just rip out that light already??

Coffee Station coming along.

Contertops (quartz arrives), these are some heavy and large slabs. I am not a fan of granite. Quartz is so much easier, you don't have to pick out a slab because the patterns are very consistent.

Sir, may I offer you a Cheez-it? 


So shiny!


Love this combo. 

The appliances arrive, and my father-in-law installs all lighting.... And shades. He is an electrical engineer, and a Navy Vietnam veteran! A great guy to have around. In a later post I will go over all of the electrical rewiring this house needed to make code. Turns out it becomes a lot of work for him. 

My deep D shaped sink with new garbage disposal.

Inside of the fridge. Gap at top- over 7 inches.
Have to order a spacer that will fit with an overlay. 

Love these bamboo shades!

Plug too deep. Another issue to be dealt with.

Downdraft Range. Damaged in back- #discount.

Beverage Refrigerator. I love when it lights up blue at night.

Then, after the trim is added, the backsplash is added, and it is gorgeous!

Coffee station ready to go - and does not block the light from the windows.

My little topless mermaids. What shall we name them?

And that's it for the most part of the kitchen. I will be adding information about the lighting changes and window treatments in another post. Hope you like some of these after images. This was quite a renovation. 

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- Kristen 


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