Brian Einsweiler

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Cabinets and appliances

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Today I took some time away from work to solidify a lot of the internal details of the new house with my builder. Our first stop was at Brooks Brothers Cabinetry in Monument to discuss the kitchen and bathroom design and what cabinetry I was going to need for them.  I choose a nice knotty alder wood with a square raised panel detail. The finish will be a color called nutmeg, which is a medium dark brown with a hint of red in it. It looked very nice in the sample kitchen they had set up with that combination. The drawers in the kitchen will be soft-close buffered drawers and I'll have a couple of slide out shelves in some of the cabinets near the stove as well as a pull-out container for the recycling bin. I choose to have the cabinets go two different heights across various features in the kitchen to help it look a little more interesting. I didn't opt for a lot of other fancy features other than a well-built lazy susan for the corner cabinet since we're definitely stretching the limits of my budget. It should look very nice, though!


After the stop at the cabinetry company, we went to an appliance provider that my builder works with regularly. He was able to work with me to come up with some very nice appliances that are within my budget (well, okay, I had to stretch it a little bit, but it was close!). Here are the appliances that will be going in my new kitchen:

Range - GE JGB810SETSS 30" free-standing gas range with center burner and convection oven.



Range hood: Zephyr Gust AK7100AS


Refrigerator: GE GSHS6LGBSS 25.9 cubic foot side-by-side with in-door ice and water dispenser


Dishwasher: Kitchen Aid Superba KUDS30IXSS super quiet


Microwave: GE JES1656SRSS



I'm not a big fan of over-the-range microwaves with vents built in, so I went for a separate under-cabinet range hood and a counter-top microwave. However, the lady at the cabinet place said they can design a nice microwave shelf that will give it a built-in look for not a lot of money, so that's the plan for now.

After the appliance store, we stopped by a tile and countertop place. I got a lot of ideas, but no firm decisions yet. I need to decide on a lot of things -- kitchen tile backsplash, kitchen countertops, bathroom tile floors, bathroom countertops, tiles for shower enclosures... I'm a little overwhelmed by all the options, but it's fun in a way!

My builder clarified the process for approval from the county and city, and it looks like it's going to be a lot faster than I expected. There is a possibility that building can actually start in somewhere around 2-3 weeks from today! (well, really, the first thing is demolition of the old foundation and driveway, then the actual building will start)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 17:01  


#1 Liz DuHack 2012-10-02 17:53
I love the choices! Are you going for a tiled backsplash? Your fridge is very very similar to mine. I love having a built in water dispenser and ice.

Did you decide on flooring yet? Bathroom stuff and light fixtures (swoons). I geekily love this stuff.
#2 Em 2012-10-02 18:02
Oooh, so very, very exciting. I'm obviously sorry about the house eating fire that means you have to go through all this, but I do enjoy living vicariously through you as you choose the elements for your new home. I am extremely jealous of your stove. I may come visit just so I can cook for you and try it out!
#3 Brian Einsweiler 2012-10-02 20:20
Liz, Still considering flooring options. I have some that I like, but need to figure out if I can afford them (apparently, I have expensive taste). The kitchen and dining room will be wood, so I guess I can get some nice wood since it's not a lot of area. I'm afraid of what the carpet and tile budget will look like. (yeah, I got insurance money for the old house, but I seem to be upgrading *everything*) I'll have a tile backsplash in the kitchen, and potentially one or more bathrooms.

Maybe you need to help me make some decisions - I haven't even touched on the faucets and light fixtures yet! Gack!

Em, Feel free to come cook whenever you'd like :)
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