Great work. Lurvely. A thought, though - your page would load LOTS quicker
if you used lower-resolution JPEG files as thumbnails. You could do that
without signifcantly compromising the front page, and stick with what you've
got on the larger pics.
Damn, you can't win for losing ... the average size of the thumbnails on the
website has always been purposely around 46 KB.
Somehow this new 6 mp camera, and the new version of PSP, combined are not
rendering the thumbnails down to that target size. Didn't even notice it
until you mentioned it. Thanks.
I feel your pain ... my paranoia has increased logarithmically with each
passing year since I built my first computer (Heathkit) in 1968. (Actually,
it might have started about the time I built that crystal radio set in the
LOL ... The gas is definitely on for the top burners, and the 220v for the
oven is definitely wired correctly, as I checked both myself. I should at
least heat up a bowl of soup to celebrate the occasion, but that honor will
have to go to the new occupants.
I agree!! Beautiful work. Love those counter tops. Personally, I would
have prefered upper cabinets surroundng the window, but maybe it wouldn't
work in this application.
Quite efficient in construction time too. This would have taken me years to
build. Thanks for sharing your project with us.
One question, did you forget the refrigerator?
Nope, that's a very good point. AAMOF, I did that in my own kitchen (added
shelves on both sides of the window over the sink) ... and there is still
room to do that for the buyers.
it's been amply demonstrated that many women prefer to have the wall space
on the sides of the kitchen windows for calendars, weather stations,
personal pictures, message boards, etc.... sometime you have to leave the
canvas blank in spots so they can fill in according to their tastes. I can
go back and put in whatever they want during final negotiations.
Again, and in this price range, I like to leave the choice of refrigerator
to the buyer. It is a personal decision for most women who, IME, are the
ones who actually make the purchase decision based, in large part, on the
kitchen and master suite/bath ... this way their desires can be better
accommodated during final negotiations.
Tell me, are those raised panel cabinets in "Projects7" Cathedral style and
the "Projects1" (Page 1) in Roman style? I am trying to figure out which
style template to buy at this time (I have none and they are $100/set).
I am not an architect by any means, however the Project 1 doors were drawn
as what I would call an "oval" arch; whereas the latter is, I believe, more
technically described as "cathedral", although they are, purposely, fairly
gentle in that respect.
Very Nice! I like the layout. I'll post mine in about a month. I went in the
opposite direction, I wanted a modern look with spending as little as
possible and as little time as possible but doubling storage and the
countertop I want. Ceramic Flooring, Ikea Cabinetry,.Silestome Counter and
Island so far including some choice tools, I'm just short of $7K. (3.5K for
countertop) After everything is up and running, I'll start making maple
Originally, I had 4 contractors bid on doing the jobs with about 14 L. Ft.
they all came back with 25K to 35K+ figures, (refacing was 18K w/2custom
cabinets). Honestly, I wasn't impressed with many of the Manufactured
cabinets, in all cases you could see where they cut costs to maximize
profits. So I examined building them, not cheap either. For quality wood,
your still going to pay for it and then even hardware like handles and
drawer slides are getting costly. Creating a overly costly Kitchen is easy
too, the challenge being in doing a mid-quality level ass cheap as possible.
Ikea gave me the all Al/Glass cabinets I wanted, for the price of just
outsourcing 1 set of A/G doors (550.00).....
Even though I'm retired my time is more money then I first estimated and
over 50 I don't move as quick or lift as much. What I realized was that very
few people when I sell the home will appreciate the cabinetry if I did it
myself, and honestly most now would redo it they're way (and break my
heart). As they say location location, location......
I hear you loud and clear. I am 62 and starting to feel myself slow down
also, Besides being a lot of physical work, it's almost impossible to find
help that will stick around long enough to make hiring worthwhile. On this
particular job I had one hired hand for less than 3 days during the entire
fabrication and installation. (Leon, bless his heart, cut the end panels to
spec for me and saved me both time and back.)
Cabinet work in this area, even in the most expensive homes these days, is
often done by folks from a desert climate who never saw wood until they swam
over here. While some do fair work, as a general rule the workmanship is
appalling. The contrast between my cabinets and the rest of the cabinetry in
the house speaks for itself _loudly_, and usually makes a good selling
That said, I can still put a good amount of $$ in my pocket by doing some
kitchens myself, and at the same time add to the selling points of the home.
I am also fortunate to be married to a veritable blood hound when it comes
to finding quality fixtures at closeout prices, and she does all the
interior decorating to boot.
Your remarks about "appreciation" are right on ... many folks don't know
quality from K-mart these days because they've never experienced it, and the
current idea is that a kitchen cabinet's life is less than 15 years.
Makes it increasingly tougher to justify doing good work, commercially, with
that prevailing wind ...
(I am betting that is one of the reasons an obviously skilled, world class,
artisan/cabinetmaker like Tom Watson is now "retired" ... and a damn shame
I agree that as you get older, something like kitchen construction gets
increasingly difficult. Even I'm starting to feel it at the tender age of
51. But what about the enjoyment part of it? Admittedly, if I was building a
kitchen again, I don't have a wife urging me on to get the job finished, but
I would be doing it for the sheer enjoyment of getting exactly what I
wanted. And later on, the pride I'd feel when I was showing it off to
friends and family.
Yep .. just like playing music, there's only about three things for _doing
what you like to do_ that really count:
Exposure; Satisfaction; Payment.
If you can get any two of the three, you should definitely press on.
Advancement in technology and materials and the shortage of time will
eliminate all the Artisans. On the History Channel they had a show about
WWII British Aircraft. They made wooden bombers not so much because of metal
shortages, but because they lacked experienced metal workers but had tons of
Cabinet and Furniture makers. Time takes it's toll! I do two things now, the
stock market and making furniture. I can increase my craftsmanship in both
areas and not worry about the appreciation factor. I also volunteer doing
Habitats for Humanity, I've worked on 6 homes so far and paid with some of
the greatest appreciation one can ever receive.
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