I've seen it. Don't let the name fool you into thinking this stuff looks
anything like granite (except maybe a real low-end granite). OTOH, the
engineered stones (which the Granite Transformations stuff is one of many) have
a lot of nice properties, if you like the look.
This room appears small and cluttered.
Lose the tile on the counters and backspash, install a white solid surface
(SS) on the counter and a 4" SS backsplash, maybe a tile mural behind the
Paint the walls white.
Lay some mirrors on the top of the wall cabines and add some tubelights
(mood light and ambience).
Put some uncomplicated silk plants on top of the wall cabinets.
No crown molding, it will increase the cluttered look.
Yank the cabinet doors and install glass inserted ones, add brass knobs on
all doors and drawers.
Install a ceiling fan/light combo.
Using lighter colors and less lines the room will more spacious and airy.
The cabinets themselves are dark and therefore make the room seem small but
cabinets are expensive to replace.
Point: make the entire room seem less cluttered and in a small room less is
Aiieeeee! What - it's to look like a Christmas display at Bergdorf's?
Hopefully *you'll* be the buyer if he sells soon. Otherwise, unless this is
what the O.P. likes for himself, I'd have to say - no. Not a wide-appeal setup.
In fact, a run-screaming setup.
SS all over? Then brass knobs!? Mirrors? Even up there? Glass showing all my
stuff. There's a hood in there. I don't need a fan in there too blowing stuff
other directions. (And what is this with fans being *in**every**single**room* - a few well-placed in certain rooms yes - otherwise, I go outside for
breezes!) You have the place with white, SS, and mirrors, it's cold enough
without the fan.
But then, you're entitled to your opinion ;)
Thats because you have a very narrow focus and don't know what you're
I've designed hundreds of million+ dollar homes for the past 20+ years.
My own home had many of the features I described, it sold for what we listed
at (3 times the amount I paid to have it built) exactly 4 days after it went
on the market.
And you've done what?
I am presently designing our new home which will have many of the *proven*
design specifics I mentioned.
Now go back to your *shabby chic* home and garden shows. LOL
"Shabby chic...garden shows"?!
Well, tells me that you think you know way more than you really know.
Which reflects on the rest of what you had to say before that little closing..
But, anyhow, mirror and white-stainless away, with my blessing.
I have to agree with Banty on this one. A lot of what Don has
suggested makes no sense.
Like solid white countertops? IfRex wants a home that will have more
appeal and stand out, I would not rip out white tile countertops only
to replace it with white solid surface.
And the suggestion to just replace the existing cabinet doors with see
through glass makes no sense. The glass doored cabinets that are
attractive and add value do so because the whole cabinet, including the
inside, is designed to be seen. The wood inside is finished and
usually made of the same wood as the exterior. Putting glass doors on
existing builder cabinets will simply make the insides, which are
usually ugly, visible.
As for mirrors and mood lights, well that sort of speaks for itself!
Another person that has had zero exposure to anything more than a double
You've never seen cabinet doors with glass inserts?
Just about ALL of the major cabinet makers have that option.
As far as your suggestion there may be something seedy about ambient light,
well, that says more about YOUR lifestyle than anything else.
When you've lived your entire life with that rusty old round flourescent
fixture in the middle of the kitchen ceiling its completely understandable
why you haven't the slightest notion as to the meaning of the THREE types of
lighting in residential applications.
And no that doesn't mean 1) candle, 2) exposed lightbulb, 3) exposed
lightbulb with a string.
Hint: Put on your sunday-go-to-church duds and go preview some of the
PERMANENT model homes in your area if any exist and observe whats going on
in the real world.
You'll know if its a permanent one if it isn't sitting on wheels and the car
in the yard is missing its wheels......
Yes, I hope you are insulted because that is exactly what you attempted to
do with your post about me.
So - what - no one here can have a different taste from yours? If they're not
into your ultra-contemporary look, they must be trailer trash?
Consider that people aren't even criticizing your *style* necessarily
(personally I think it is slick, if done right), it's that you're putting it
forth as a widely-appealing style that Rex should do up his tract-house kitchen
in, and that's what bears some discussion. And without getting so defensive.
It hardly seems something to get so prickly about. Although I did amuse some
friends recounting how some men really can get into pissing contests over
kitchen decor. So thanks.
You can have whatever taste you want and it won't bother me at all, nor will
I down talk your choices or insult you, as you have done to me.
I offered the OP some suggestions and right away you jumped on me and you
lied about it to boot.
That silliness about solid surface meaning stainless steel.
I mean really.
You like stainless steel sinks, I don't - I think they look cheap.
But I didn't jump on you for your opinion.
Do unto others as you would like done to you.
"You've never seen cabinet doors with glass inserts? "
Heh, Don, you moron. Of course we've all seen cabinets with glass
inserts. I didn't say they didn't exist. I said YOUR suggestion of
simply changing the doors on his existing builder cabinets to glass
ones makes no sense. That's because, as I already pointed out,
cabinets with glass doors have inside finishes that are attractive,
usually the same as the exterior, and meant to be seen. If you
replace the doors on typical builder type cabinets, which is what this
person has, with glass doors, all you're going to do is look at an
unattractive inside of a cheapo cabinet.
Is that so hard to understand?
The tiling in the room looks very institutional especially where it is tiled
around the tiny window without any window casing. Why is the backsplash tile
so thick that they had to use those heavy edge tiles? The grout lines are so
heavy and pronounced. The layout is not bad, and not worth changing but
getting rid of the bad tile job would go a long way to improving the room.
While I see a lot of that type of tile countertops on TV in old and new
houses, in this area they are not considered to be "in", in fact would
devaluate a house. Either solid granite, a sythetic such as Corian, or at
the cheapest, colourcore laminate would look better (in order of
Generic/tract houses are designed and set up the way they are
because that's the best trade-off between cost and appeal that
the builder could come up with. You're unlikely to do better
than that unless you plan on investing an awful lot of time
Stick to painting things until you've got a better idea
of what works for you.
I looked at these pics, as well as the later ones you posted.
Other than the fact that the recessed lights seem to be illuminating the
tops of the cabinets, rather than your workspace, the area most in need
of renovation is the floor.
I renovated (brought back from the dead, actually) a property using the
exact same neutral color scheme except I tiled the floor and laminated
the countertops, and I got the highest price ever paid in that
So if resale is important to you (personally I prefer to live in a house
*I* like, and to hell with the next owners) just change the floor to
tile. Don't do wood, as it will probably be water damaged long before
you resell it.
I may be the only one who's already sick of granite countertops, and
thinks they'll be as outdated as those hideous pink pickled oak cabinets
I saw everywhere a few years ago.
I agree Bob, and I believe the current trend in stainless appliances will
pass soon as well.
Trends change all the time.
Frankly, I think the stainless stuff looks cheap, like something you'd see
in an old greasy diner or something.
I hear it from my clients all the time that they did the stainless thing and
now its time to move on.
my cupboards are about the same style and wood colors as yours and I
have wood flooring.....one thing I can advise is not to paint the walls
yellow......you would be surprised as how much yellow is the woods
itself it just washes each other out. A nice mossy green is what I ended
Attended the home show. There is a company that makes a silestone
product that can go right over existing tiles. They come out measure
everything so its one solid piece. My daugher has their card so will
the info on it over the holiday. Prefer my formica countertops over
the tiles...which is what my bathroom has ....yuck yuck and more yuck.
I didn't like the oak cabinets, and I don't buy into this stainless steel look.
I don't buy into the see-through cabinet doors either, for that matter. And why
everyone seems to be putting wood on the kitchen floors now is beyond me! But,
I've always admired the look of stone. My practical sense had me considering a
solid surface manmade counter material, but I went with the granite. To *not*
do something just because it's the style is to be just as much a slave to
fashion as it is to do something *because* it's the style. And I only live once
Looks very warm, comfortable, and nice. Although I would have changed out the
sink for a stainless double sink. The taupey wall paint and copper sun add a
If you're still thinking resale, it's look that will hold up and have wide
appeal. But since you say you're going to stay at least five years and possibly
much longer, I'd say just do what you really want.
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