Chris Snowber AIA, a principal at Hamilton Snowber Architects, joined the weekly chat.

Mar 31, 2011

Chris Snowber AIA, a principal at Hamilton Snowber Architects, joined Jura Koncius and Terri Sapienza for their weekly Home Front chat. Together, they gave advice on interior decorating and home improvement.

Good morning everyone. On this dreary morning, let's try and cheer ourselves up by talking about beautiful kitchens. Washington architect Chris Snowber who designed the Zantzinger kitchen featured in Local Living today, is here as our guest.

Good morning everyone! You can find today's Local Living cover story on kitchen design here.

We renovated our kitchen recently, and with three teenagers who love to cook but don't like wiping up spills immediately, I am SO glad we did not get marble (even though I love the look of it). We are totally relaxed around our Caesarstone - we have fun and make a huge mess in the ktichen. I can't imagine worrying about spills as Amy Zantzinger says she must.

Sometimes the choices we make for love involve a lot of work as well!  Thanks for sharing your experience!

We are thinking about getting rid of the breakfast table space in our kitchen when we renovate, so we can add more storage and counter space. Instead of the breakfast table, we'd like to just have the island counter extended for stools so four people can sit and eat right there. Our formal dining room is just on the other side of the island. Do you think this will work in a single family home just outside of beltway, both for functionality for us and also for resell?

Without seeing the space, its hard to know whether it will all fit right, but if this arrangement works well for your family, I can assure you there are many potential buyers who are looking for the same thing!

My friend is remodeling her kitchen and does not feel she needs to add a dishwasher. Do you think a dishwasher is essential for a home's resale value?

I certainly do.

Hi Chris, we are adding a covered front porch to our typical colonial-style house. We plan on painting the brick an ivory color. The windows are clad in a khaki trim, and won't be changed. One of the builders we spoke with recommended a copper roof, but I think it will age to an acid green that will clash with the khaki window trim. The inside of our house is pretty modern, despite the facade, and I'm leaning towards a seamed metal roof, probably in a coppery brown color. The builder thinks it looks commercial. What do you think? Any other ideas?

A standing-seam copper roof is somewhat atypical for a Colonial brick home. More typically you would see slate, a lovely but expensive choice, or more commonly, shingles.

When redoing a kitchen to make it more contemporary, must one break out walls? I have a rowhouse w/a galley style kitchen. Everyone says I must break the wall into the dining room. I don't like the look of an island/breakfast bar right next to a dining room table. How best to address this?

There are many elements that can contribute to the contemporary feel of a kitchen:  cabinet style and materials, countertops, etc.  If breaking down the wall doesn't work for you, don't do it.

I recently purchased a new refrigerator and wanted to share this as a word of caution to other shoppers: check model numbers! At HH, Gregg, a salesman offered us what seemed like a very steep discount on a Kitchenaid refrigerator. I researched the model number posted on the fridge and the price offered was indeed much less than what I could find online. It was only after purchasing the fridge that I noticed the model number on the floor model did not match the model number on the receipt. The fridge I received was indeed the one I had seen in the store, but the model number posted in the store was incorrect, therefore making me believe I was getting a much better deal than I really did. I do not believe this was an honest mistake as there were no other Kitchenaid floor models in the store.

Thanks for sharing your story.

We recently moved into a new house - the entire back of the house is a long rectangle and includes kitchen/dining area and a family room. The family room is defined by a step down/low wall with columns. Would it be ok to paint the family room a different color than the kichen/eat-in area? I'm thinking BM Shaker Beige f(HC-45) for the family room and Spiced Pumpkin (CC 034) for the kitchen/eat in area.

Yep, that should work.

We're gutting and renovating our bathroom and are having a hard time making decisions. My husband is pushing for our shower to be tiled, whereas my dad, who is doing the renovations, has warned me that tile is hard to clean. He instead suggests using a modular shower wall. We'll have a normal bathtub either way. I'm in the middle - I like the look of tile, but it will be slightly more expensive (this is a starter house) and we're not the best about constantly cleaning the shower. The second issue is the use of accent tile - I like the idea of a row of accent tile near the bottom and another row near the top, but I've been told some buyers might see this as us trying to cover up a leak. Really?! Any advice?

Budget questions always jump up in any renovation project, so you have to find what works for you.  However, I think that tile is a much better look for both living with and for future buyers:  it builds up the overall sense of quality of the home.  I would call it a good long-term investment.

I have a window in my living room that is actually one window to about 7 feet, then a small wall space and then another window that is up to the high ceiling. Where can I hang curtains other than the wall break? Do I need to go all the way up to the top of the second window?

I'm having a hard time visualizing this situation, so I'm not sure what to recommend regarding curtains. Have you considered shades or blinds that can be mounted on the inside of the window trim?

I'm about to undertake a kitchen renovation in my condo...can you tell me if there is a good source in the DC area for concrete countertops? any experience with maintaining them? special considerations for cabinets to support the weight? I'm also thinking about an island with a stainless countertop with an integrated sink. Any sources for that?

Yes. Try Concrete Jungle in Frederick. www.concretejungleonline.com. They can answer all your questions - a great resource.

Does anyone on this chat today have concrete counters? We would actually like to hear pros and cons from you.

Hello, the kitchen was beautiful, but there is one large mistake in the organization of this kitchen. The spice pull out cabinet is next to the very large, hot stove. As all good cooks know you never store spices close to heat! Just an observation from a pastry chef.

This  is a fascinating observation! What do you all think of this?

We're about to start a pretty elaborate deck/outdoor project and I was wondering if this is the kind of project that would be good to have an architect's input on? Do you think we could find an architect interested in a relatively tiny project? We have some pretty specific space constraints, an onerous homeowner's association, and big dreams. We did a project at a previous house with a deck company and while they did a good job, it was pretty straightforward. In this case, I'm not sure how to achieve what I want (something distinctive and functional) and could use some input.

Decks are sort of like cabinetry:  every detail, material choice and design element is very visible.  If you are solving a trick problem, and if you want to carefully detail things, an architect might be a good idea.  A good resource for finding architects in DC is to go to the website of the local chapter of the Amercan Institute of Architects (AIA), where there are links to firms, broken down by type of work they do.  Here's the link to their site:  http://www.aiadc.com/

I have a dark gray couch and green carpet tiles (flor's house pet: frog). My walls are beige.... something just isn't right. Is there a better color for the walls? White? Light gray? I live in a townhouse with not a lot of light and i'm looking for a open, airy look. I also have some large medium brown colored furniture (piano, hutch, bookcases,etc.).

Sounds like you have a lot of medium-toned things in your rooms, which doesn't do much for the light and airy feel you are going for. I think repainting the walls is a good idea, and a light gray might do the trick. A light green may also work, too. If you go gray, I would also add some pillows on the couch that have green in them, but not an exact match of the carpet. You could bring in another color with the pillows, too.

Another possibility to open up the galley kitchen is to make the wall between the kitchen and dining area into a half wall with a counter top (like a peninsula). It can be a narrower counter top and slightly higher (bar height) so that it doesn't feel like a breakfast bar. You get the serving space for entertaining, can use the counter as "buffet" space for dining and you still hide the dining area somewhat from the kitchen. But it also opens up the air space above the counter to open up the galley. It may be the compromise choice for the owner's tastes and contemporary feel.

Thanks for this idea.

we have a tiny kitchen, but room to put in a small island. the existing kitchen countertops are a chocolate brown silestone with specs of gold and gray. if i add an island, is it ok to use a different countertop material? if so what? or should i search for a small piece of silestone to match?

I think its fine to use a different material on the island counter, much like the table in this kitchen.  In fact, we have done many islands with wood tops that have both work and eating space.  Harder woods are often used, and they can be stained to work with other materials in the kitchen.

For the chatter debating between tile and the one piece liner - we placed our liner with white subway tile in early December. We cleaned it once after the renovation was complete, and since then have sprayed it daily with a shower spray (the Method one smells amazing). Besides that, we have not cleaned it at all and the tile still looks perfectly white and clean!

Love knowing this. And I also love Method products.

If you have a residence with more than 2 bedrooms and is above the median price for a house of that type (townhome, condo, SF) then no dishwasher will essentially make the house unsaleable. People who are looking to purchase above the median in a given style of home, consider a dishwasher to be a must-have. People who are either looking for a fixer-upper or looking for a "good deal" may be willing to overlook it.

Well said! I totally agree.

Hi ladies, loooove your chat! We are planning to redo our kitchen. Currently the floor is linoleum, which I hate. What is a good choice for kitchen floor? Tiles seems hard and cold on feet. With some water may splash, hardwood seems difficult to maintain. Help!

This is a common question that everyone has a different opinion on. Both are good choices and have their pluses and minuses, so it really just comes down to personal preference. I like the look and feel of hardwood in my current kitchen, but might choose another type of flooring in another kitchen down the road. Let's throw this question out there to the chatters and get some other opinions: What kind of flooring to you prefer in your kitchen?

We are in the middle of renovating an old home and its kitchen. What are the most common mistakes people make in kitchen renovations?

When I walk into a kitchen that just doesn't seem to be working, the issues can range from out of scale elements (oversize crown molding at the top of cabinets), to inappropriate details (overdone trims on cabinet doors).  Kitchens have a lot of competing visual elements in them and the biggest trick is to get a good organizing concept and then simplify and regularize as many elements as possible.

We have a kitchen full of large recessed light fixtures fitted with big bulbs? What do you recommend that is smaller and less of an eye sore but still gives off plenty of light?

It sounds like you may be describing incandescent fixtures.  In the Zantzinger Kitchen we used a fairly limited amount of low-voltage fixtures (MR-16 bulbs).  The ceiling holes are small (3") and they have a lot of punch.  The chandelier in the middle does the rest.

We are trying to neutralize our home in order to sell in the near future. The living room and dining room are essentially one big room. The living room is painted a very light tan. I wqould like to have a more prominent color over the chair rail in the dining room. Under the chair rail will be white. The dining room does not get a lot of natural light. Any suggestions?

This is more of a real estate question, but I will offer my thoughts anyway. If you're painting just to sell, I would paint the rooms the same color, probably even below the chair rail. In smaller rooms, having different colors above and below a chair rail can make the space appear smaller and visually divided. I think I would avoid that posibility and paint above and below the same color (unless you have some sort of molding or paneling beneath the chair rail).

Love the kitchen and the article. Also, thanks for providing the sources for everything. One question -- am also considering a counter height table in the kitchen. Approximately what size is the one in the featured kitchen?

The table is at the same height as the kitchen counters:  36".  This makes the table more usable as a work surface as well as dining space.

The person is describing a large window with a transom window above it. We have this setup. One option is to have valence curtains above the transom window and regular curtains on the bottom. Do a google search on "transom windows treatments" and look at the images. There are many styles for treating transom windows and you need to get an idea of your general taste and then you can narrow down the general idea to a specific idea.

Great suggestion. Thanks.

Yes, the tile is very hard to clean!!! And, if the job isnt done correctly tile can come lose and fall out. Yes, it looks pretty and everybody and their mother is doing it....

!!!!!

My dining room is pretty small and doesn't get a lot of natural light. I think a dark wood dining table would be too much like a black hole in the room, but maple wouldn't work with the taupe walls. What do you think of a white table . . . or limed oak?

How about a dark wood table and white or off-shite slipcovered chairs to lighten things up a bit. You could also repaint the walls a brighter color, too.

Swapping out 20 year old granite for new as part of a kitchen update. Old granite improperly installed; all base cabinets had to be lifted and re-installed to make a completely level surface for the new countertops. Surprise!

Yuck! Well, it did last 20 years, which is very good. My granite was installed in 1998 and I must say it still looks amazing.

We are considering remodeling a small kitchen in our 25 year old home to include an expanded kitchen and great room for TV, etc. I hear horror stories related to kitchen remodeling when a contractor may estimate the time frame to be eight weeks and eventually the project takes six months or more. This is a time when the family does not have access to the kitchen for meal preparation, etc. What advice would you offer to someone considering a kitchen/ great room project when dealing with a contractor(s) and the timely loss of use of the family kitchen? Thanks. Bill.

Kitchen projects take a minimum of 2-3 months, even without a lot of renovation or addition.  Often the existing kitchen must be demolished, the new space created, the new cabs/appliances installed, and then finishes:  counters, backsplashes, floors, etc.  A critical issue in any renovation project where you might be staying in the home is dealing with lead paint, an issue that all contractors are required to be trained in now.

Measure your stuff! Our neighbor has an gorgeous set of cabinets that aren't deep enough for "real" plates. The thought didn't cross their mind to take their stuff into account when they bought anything. Also, their oven is a fancy one with side by side ovens, both too narrow for a Thanksgiving turkey. I would take notes during parties and holidays to make sure you remember all your needs.

You are so right! My kitchen has very limited storage space - and I am always annoyed that my platters just won't fit into my cabinets.

We have a liner in the bottom of the shower and tiles on the walls. That liner is the worst to clean. I have bleaced it used comet to scrub it still dirty looking. Never again. Tile only.

Amen.

I live in a rowhouse and plan to remodel my kitchen. I plan to knock down the load bearing wall between my kitchen and enclosed 10x11 sleeper porch (with permits, of course). After the wall is gone, I want to add a peninsula and bar stools and put a small table in the room that was the sleeper porch so that I will also have an eat-in kitchen. I'm concerned about resale. Would it be unusual to have a peninsula and bar stools next to an eat-in area? The room is surrounded by windows on two sides, so I don't have many options for placement.

Bar stools at a peninsula with an adjacent table area is very common.  The two elements are used somewhat differently, and so not redundant.  The peninsula can also act as a visual buffer between the kitchen and the seating area.

I have a similar situation (large window with a gap topped by transom). We have installed inside-mounted roman shades to the larger bottom windows and then have a tinted film on the top window which lets in sun but keeps fading down.

Oh, yes, a transom window. That makes sense now. There are several ways to handle covering this type of window. Thanks for your suggestion. You could also have a custom shade made for the transom.

I have a fairly open floor plan in the back of the house with the family and kitchen only being divided by a half wall (a useless wall). I find the half wall a collection area for clutter. The reason this comes up is that I want to new hardwood floors on my first floor and am wondering if I should carry that into the kitchen or should I stop before the kitchen and use tile for the kitchen.

Have you considered having the half wall removed? If you're getting new flooring anyway, it's probably as good a time as any to do it. Oh, and think with an open floor plan, I would continue the hardwood in the kitchen.

I would put in a dishwasher if remodeling but I dont think I have ever heard someone say "I didnt buy a house because it didnt have a dishwasher"!

I think that might be because so few houses these days do not offer a dishwasher in the kitchen.

I loved today's articles on counter top material trends and the Zantziger kitchen (love those floors--could you give us more details on them?). We will be installing hardwood floors on both levels of our home (replacing wall-to-wall carpeting over plywood subfloors) and I'm wondering what you see as an enduring trend in hardwood flooring. I know that the trend has shifted to wider planks (but how wide is wide enough?) and possibly to darker shades. I am clueless as to what type of wood floors to put in that will not look too dated in ten years or so (we plan to stay in our home at least that long). Your thought please...

The floors in the kitchen are reclaimed vertical grain fir and are both wide and stained darkly as is the table.  These are about 4" wide, but can be gotten in a variety of widths, and even in the same room can have a mixture of widths.  The beauty of wood floors, of course, is that you, or a new buyer, can change the color.  Spend the money on better grades of wood, regardless of the species.

I recently acquired a painting but it needs to be stretched for hanging. Since this cost me a little bit of money and I've never done this before do you have any suggestions on reputable places I could take it to get stretched? For me this is a lot of money so I'm a little nervous entrusting it to someone else but I don't want to keep it rolled up in a tube forever. Also, does it make any difference that the painting is on linen rather than actually on canvas?

I don't have any experience with this. Do any of you?

I should have been more specific in my question, but thanks for the height info. However, I was interested in the length/width dimensions of the table. Looking at the picture, it fits beautifully.

The kitchen table is 38" x 74".

I need a carpet runner on the wood stairs in my home. The stairs are too slippery for my children and have become dangerous. Are there any local carpet sores (MD ideally) that are recommended by readers? (I'd like to keep costs down as much as possible...) Thanks!

A lot of us here have used nylon remnants from Carpet Palace in Bethesda. They have a agreat selection of stylish designs. I would not suggest using wool as I had a wool carpet on my stairs that was threadbare in two years. What other stores do you guys suggest?

It's really not that big a deal if you like the rest of the house. You lose 24" of cabinet space next to the sink when you cut the space, and that's that.

True.

When I remodeled my kitchen, I replaced the kitchen table in my small kitchen with a pantry (I had been storing food on the table and eating in the dining room anyway). The arrangement works out great, and the dining room actually gets used instead of wasting space most of the year. It helps that I have a small house and the dining table is literally 3 feet from the kitchen door; also, my dining room isn't all that formal. I'm not sure about resale value, but the pantry itself should be a big plus.

I have pantry envy. No pantry in my house but they are really really great.

We have three teens, so we buy in bulk and cook in bulk (and freeze for later). Our kitchen designer recommended Thermador's Freedom towers - separate fridge and freezer on either end of our cooking space. As a design element, they're not bulky yet give us lots of storage.

They sound terrific.

Re: the Zantzinger kitchen, the range, sink and refrigerators seem quite apart from each other, if still in the desired "triangle." Seems like there would be a lot of schlepping back and forth?

Amy and Richard have lived with the kitchen and I've never heard this complaint.  The wide open counters around the sink and stove, plus the table area, provide great work space, particularly for multiple cooks and entertaining.  You can see the plan of the kitchen later today on our website if you want to see the how it all works:  http://www.hamiltonsnowber.com/

We need to find a rug for our mid century modern style living room. The seating area in front of the fireplace has a sofa, rectangular coffee table, and 2 large armchairs on the other side( with a end table in between). The sofa is against a wall but there is 2 ft of space behind the armchairs. Would it look tacky if my rug (8 x 10) is only under the front legs of the sofa and the armchairs? The armchairs kinda move a little when I sit down on it since the floor is slippery.

No, not at all. It's prefect;y fine to have just the front legs of the sofa on rug. Actually,  if there is enough space, I would pull the couch away from the wall a bit and pull the rug over a little with it. By doing do, maybe you could have the chairs on the rug entirely?

Look for art restorers. My sister has had this done, but not locally. You should be able to find some through a Google search or by speaking to a reputable auction house or antique store.

Good thoughts. Thanks.

We have tile and it is easy for clean up. Gel pro or similar mats make a huge difference because they are HARD.

Thanks.

Try Custom Carpet in Rockville

Add it to the list.

I currently have tile. I figured it wouldn't be too cold b/c kitchen is above furnace in basement, which is the warmest part of the house. Well, I was wrong. I am thinking of switching to linoleum (not vinyl, but the real thing, like Marmoleum) at some point. My problem with hardwood is that the rest of the house has the original wood floors (80 years old), which I doubt I could match and don't want to redo the floors in the entire house! Otherwise, I agree hardwood is a good choice. Or Pergo, I suppose.

Thanks for sharing your experience. good to know.

The most common mistakes I see are design flaws. Make sure to get outside opinions on your design before implementing. Important concepts include ensuring the "kitchen triangle " is a pragmatic design, or that your sinks are the right heights (some people like higher basins, some like lower basins), that your lighting supports the type of use you put your kitchen to, or that you have an appropriate amount of storage for your use, can all be reviewed in the design phase with someone who has an idea of how to make preferences into working designs.

This is great information.

IMHO, the dishwasher or lack thereof would not put me off a house. The lack of PLUMBING and hook-ups for a dishwasher, in a logical place in the kitchen, would.

You are very right.

Call an art school, you might be able to get an art student to do it. I know they do their own canvases.

Yes. Try the Corcoran.

I've lived in homes with both styles and found that tile requires more maintenance - regrouting, etc. I prefer the plastic liner, and simply pull the shower liner and curtain across the space when not in use. If you add details to the outer area - crown moulding, great floor, accessories - I don't think anyone would question your choice.

Another opinion - love this feature of our chats.

I was so happy to hear that granite counters are finally well on their way out. The only down side is that trendy marble seems just as silly. Sure it looks nice, but I like a counter I can use to really cook. With the hard stone I always feel like things will break and I have to pussyfoot around my own kitchen. I'd love to see a story on wood countertops. Wood is by far my favorite material for counters and its time has come!

Read Domenica Marchetti's fine story in Local Living today on granite and other counters! Lots of controversy. Does anyone out there have wood counters who wants to add their voice?

 I will be renovating my kitchen in my 1920s DC rowhouse and would like to change the floors from ceramic to hardwood. There is a small powder room practically in the kitchen (it use to be a pantry). Do you have any thoughts on the sensibility of using wood floors in a powder room? What about resale?

I also live in a 1920's DC rowhouse and have hardwood in a first floor powder room. I love it now and I loved it when I saw it when I walked through the open house years ago. I think old wood floors add warmth and character to a small powder room.

For the person trying to paint to sell, a tip I saw on one of the HGTV shows is to use different colors from the same paint sample so that they are complimentary. Choose the darker color for the room with more light (in this person's case, the living room) and the lighter color for the room with less light (e.g. dining room). Note that while the owner wants a "more prominent color over the chair rail in the dining room" be careful how prominent. The point of neutral is that it doesn't turn anyone away.

Yes. This is a very good suggestion. Thanks.

We are interested in eventually building a green home dependent on solar and other power sources -- can you steer us in the best direction to learn about this? Any other ideas?

For me, the most compelling model for new green homes today is the "Passive House" model, which depends on super-insulation and a clever heat-recovery system to reduce 90% of energy needs, without the use of solar panels, etc., for about a 10% premium on initial construction costs.  This concept was developed in Europe and is now happening in the US.  One of the first Passive Houses in our area is nearing completion in Bethesda by Peabody Architects.  Here is a link about the project:  http://www.greenhaus.org/passive-house/

Can't they just make sure that the cabinet next to the sink is the right size for a dishwasher and that the proper water/electrical hookups are there? That way, if they ever are ready to sell, they can put in a dishwasher lickety split. I can't imagine it would be that difficult if they plan for it.

I guess that would be the second best thing to having a dishwasher already installed.

We love Georgetown Floorcoverings (located under Whitehurst Freeway). Family run business, been around forever. They installed sisal on our stairs (although they recommended using something else). We really liks the sisal, but it is impossible to clean. their installers are fantastic.

Thanks for your honesty.

Any advice on a proper window treatment for a front door? We have a home built in 1917 with the original front door, however most of the door is paned glass and while we would like privacy at times, we also want a window treatment that is minimal and inconspicuous when not being used. Any suggestions?

Just hang a shade (roman, roller, etc.) on the back of the door, above the glass panes, and lower as needed.

I would never buy a house without a dishwasher and event before that, was very tentative about leasing an apartment without a dishwasher. My friend who never used her dishwasher would use it as a drying rack, so it wasn't a complete waste of space for her either.

Haha.

Even that's not a big deal, assuming you're putting the dishwasher next to the sink. We did that recently in a total kitchen reno (took a wall down and everything) and it's just spliced into the existing sink plumbing.

Lots of interest in this topic...

Both my husband and I are tall; my kitchen designer raised the height of our island just a bit and it makes extended standing and chopping so much easier!

Great that you thought of this in advance.

We completely redid our kitchen several years ago and had a local outfit do it all. Our biggest error was to not hire a professional plumber for that part of the job. Minor issues, but ones that could have led to expensive fixes. We hired an electrician to put in a new line for an over-the-range microwave and glad we did it as our old circuit box was shot. It was expensive, but a fire would have cost a lot more! Pay for the specialists, folks!

Good advice.

I just wanted to say I love the layout for the kitchen. I love the fact the appliances are around the outer edge of the kitchen leaving the middle for gathering. How much input as the architect did you have with this aspect or did Amy know exactly what she wanted when she brought you in to the project? I am thinking about getting rid of my pantry closet per se as I find it to be a big black hole of food stuffs and putting in cabinets that would function as pantry storage. Would this be a turnoff for resale value? Thank you

The space was originally going to be a Family Room, and the kitchen elsewhere.  But the connection to the yard and porch, and large windows made this very appealing, assuming we could find sufficient storage space for everything, which we did by using full-height and depth cabinets on two walls, plus a separate pantry closet.  

Regarding the question of future buyers, I always suggest that if people find something that works for them, others will see its value.  On this somewhat unique kitchen, not everyone will be attracted to a table in the middle of the room.....but many will!

When my old house was flooded and I had to replace 75% of the house, Allstate had us contact Carpet One for all of the flooring. They were fantastic. They knew their products, the pros and cons, did a great job installing (although trying to communicate with the installation team where only the head guy spoke English was amusing) and gave a fair price. We used the location in Crofton, but they should be a reputable vendor regardless of the location.

Thanks for sharing this.

Good morning ladies, Do you know if I can use radiant heating under wood floors? I've found conflicting information online.

Yes, you can use radiant water heating under wood floors, but not radiant electric.  We have done it many times.  Here's a link to Uponor, who makes good products:  http://www.uponor-usa.com/en/Header/Systems/Heating/For-Homeowners/Overview.aspx

swapped out a broken trash compactor for a small fridge right next to the sink for juice, eggs, butter, milk...all the stuff we use routinely for cooking or for breakfast. The electrical connection was in place and it was an easy exchange.

Wow!

Real linoleum. Not vinyl. Its green and anti bacteria. We ripped out th hardwood the previous owners had installed in the kitchen because of stains and water damage. Forget Pergo or similar because it isnt durable. Scratches easy and cant be refinished. When we redo kitchen we ill go with a restaurant/commercial flooring with a drain in the center. Floor pitched to drain so we can just use a commercial kitchen sprayer to hose down the flloor to keep clean.

How interesting.

I wouldn't buy a home without a dishwasher!

Me either.

 

By the way, Domenica's story on kitchen counters will shortly be posted on our website - sorry there was a delay today. Don't miss it.

The house would have to be really special for me to overlook a missing dishwasher - even if I could put it in myself.

true

Down here in FLA a lot of doors are glass, but frosted--either with designs or just to be private while still letting light in. SO you might look for a specialty glass shop.

Thanks.

Thank you to Chris Snowber for joining us for this lively conversation. See everyone again next week, same time, same place.

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