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Kitchen reno in Richmond, BC
January 27, 2013 in Before & After
Our 28yr old cooktop was failing rapidly. Because it had an integral downdraft fan, we had to replace that too. Since new fans have a smaller footprint, we had to replace our tile countertop. And since we were doing all of that, we decided to update the cupboard doors and drawer fronts on our existing cabinetry.

We purchased an electric Viking cooktop and Braun downdraft fan (and external blower) because of the easy to use dials. It was too much of a construction challenge to bring in gas or to install an overhead hood fan. The most difficult part of this project was finding someone to install these appliances.

We chose wide plank maple countertops, built by Culinary Hardwoods. Most of the countertops are waterproof and maintenance free. The 6ft tung oiled counter is used for bread and pastry making. The breakfast bar is cantilevered on stainless steel posts. The damaged walls from the original backsplash were covered with 4" maple boards.

The cupboard doors were installed by Cabinet Makeovers. We chose antique white shaker style doors with stainless pulls.

We were able to keep our incredibly heavy enamel cast iron sink, although we replaced the tap with a new Moen one.

The most difficult part of this reno was that it took place in December, not a good time to tear apart your kitchen.
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The Virtual Designer- Kitchens & Bathrooms
Lovely job .....congratulations. I think dying appliances are the reason for many a new kitchen; well it's a good excuse anyway.
January 27, 2013 at 10:30pm     
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Wonderful job! Congrats from a fellow Canadian! Love also that you kept all the handles horizontal and the floor ties in beautifully!
January 27, 2013 at 10:53pm     
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Reico Kitchen & Bath
Great update! Love the top on the peninsula and your choice of hardware!
January 28, 2013 at 5:15am     
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Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design
Want it! Love the floor and the look is sassy and inviting! A bunch of thumbs up!
January 29, 2013 at 12:14pm   
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Great update while still in keeping with the character of the house.
January 30, 2013 at 7:47am     
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Very nice..good job
February 8, 2013 at 3:05pm   
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Looks great! I think I had that same cooktop/vent in our old house. Was it a Jenaire with a griddle in the middle? I was so glad when I was able to renovate that kitchen...then we moved. But your new kitchen looks lovely.
February 8, 2013 at 6:14pm   
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Louis Pardoe
Looks Great....well done
February 8, 2013 at 6:19pm   
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Dixie Henrie
Onnie128 I had that Jenaire you're describing! Hated it! And the kitchen reno of that Jenaire house began because the oven caught on fire, as suggested by Virtual Designer. Nice job karenhac.
February 8, 2013 at 6:22pm     
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I like the floor actually. I think it's nice. I'm a baker - so this kitchen is very appealing to my eye! White cabinets won't show all the flour! LOL
February 8, 2013 at 6:25pm   
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Thank you all for the lovely comments . I can't complain too much about our old cooktop - the Thermador unit lasted 28 years. For those bakers out there - nothing beats a wooden countertop.
February 8, 2013 at 7:24pm   
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So nice! I love the black bar stools. Black is my favorite accent! I would add a bit more black if it were mine. Love it!!!
February 8, 2013 at 8:03pm   
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I just took another look. Black back splash...pleeeeze.
February 8, 2013 at 8:04pm   
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IN* D* Ex
So refreshing not to see subway tile and canned glass strips!
February 8, 2013 at 8:07pm     
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We have wood counters, too. Can you tell me what the gray rectangles are on the sides of the sink on the countertops? Are those tiles to help the water not pool there? Tx!
February 8, 2013 at 8:15pm   
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The grey rectangles are Oxo silicone drying mats - the best things ever. They're easy to clean, dry quickly and you can roll them up and tuck them away when guests come.
February 8, 2013 at 9:16pm     
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Ah, thank you! I will check them out!
February 8, 2013 at 9:33pm   
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Very nice job! Love the maple countertops.
February 8, 2013 at 10:11pm   
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