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Jan 17

People’s Choice: Vote for Kitchen Features

Blog Cabin 2013 Kitchen Vote


Today, I invite you to vote for the kitchen floor plan, decorative accessories, flooring and more.
This is your chance to define what Blog Cabin’s cooking space will look and feel like. Remember, you can vote up to 10 times per day. And please invite your friends and family to participate!

  • Posted at 11:11 am on January 1, 2013
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  1. Have fun bloggies. :)

    Clive on January 17, 2013 at 11:22 am
    • never thought i'd leave a comment but i am appalled and SO disappointed that the seashell chandelier isn't winning by a landslide…it's a BEACH house….shouldn't the decor include things like seashell mosaic?…a craft historically found in costal regions? I picture the decor as casual, low maintenance and…coastal!. apron front sink, shaker simplicity and seashell kitsch; hope things turn around..

      donna on January 17, 2013 at 8:07 pm
    • It is going to be an amazing house no matter what is chosen! Much Love

      Rebecca on January 18, 2013 at 9:05 am
    • I am sure some of the decorative items will include a coastal theme. I voted for the transitional light because I viewed the seashell one as being impossible to keep clean and dust free – I pictured spiders weaving away in the nooks and crannies of those shells. If this voting runs true to those in the past, once an item gets in the lead, it pretty much stays there. So it looks like you will get your apron-front sink at least.

      Windsmurf on January 18, 2013 at 10:12 am
    • didn't pick the seashell because it would not be fun to clean!

      jlthomps on January 31, 2013 at 8:08 pm
    • I love the built in stove in the Island and faucet! My wife loves the Sink and Cabinets!

      RonnieJames6182 on February 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm
  2. Love the way the voting is going so far! Traditional(so the antiques fit in), nautical and a tribute to the past, are the way to go with this one, I think. Pat Green

    Pat Green on January 17, 2013 at 11:35 am
    • I agree.

      Rebecca on January 18, 2013 at 9:06 am
    • I agree, Traditional and Antiques go together. ae

      Arlene Eggers on January 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm
    • Absolutely agree! Would love to see all the blue and white glass and antique dishes from the Robinson collection used in the decor! :) ;)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm
  3. could not wait until this am to see and chose kitchen-almost like Christmas. how different to chose when you visualize it is going in your house. love reading blogs

    michelle scott on January 17, 2013 at 11:42 am
    • It is funny how we get so excited for the next vote. I love it!

      Rebecca on January 18, 2013 at 9:07 am
  4. Love that this time we have the apron front sink option!<3<3<3 All of our choices look attractive, but I do wish the voters would read the details about the flooring choice. The maple (running last place at this time) comes with a 100 year warranty. The bamboo has a 30 year warranty, and the leading choice only 25 years. All are attractive-but the maple is rock hard. =/ Happy voting bloggies!

    SID on January 17, 2013 at 11:48 am
    • Totally agree on the flooring. Maple is the only one sourced in the US. The others are imports. The US forestry business is depressed enough without encouraging cheap foreign imports that aren't even up the same standard as the US option. The acacia and bamboo are much less 'green' also than locally sourced Maple.

      Clive on January 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    • Thank you Sid and Clive, you have changed my vote on the flooring!

      Jennie/Florida on January 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm
    • Clive, what do you mean that the other two options are less green, bamboo is generally touted as being the most green flooring material? Not arguing, just trying to understand.

      Windsmurf on January 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm
    • The 'green' argument for bamboo is that it's a renewable resource that can be harvested every 4-5 years. BUT that's only part of the story when comparing other wood flooring. All wood is renewable so the only advantage bamboo has is speed of regeneration. However, there are hardwoods that almost match it for growth speed.
      Some of the less green aspects of bamboo include :
      Grown on plantations created by destroying indigenous forest.
      Monoculture destroys biodiversity over large sensitive areas of fragile upland where the best bamboo grows.
      Increased water demand of plantations leading to spread of disease (malaria) and drying of water resources for those downhill from plantations.
      It has to be processed into boards. This is energy demanding including boiling, shredding and gluing, often with formaldehyde based glue. This poses environmental and medical hazards for workers and, potentially, an indoor hazard to the home owner.
      Bamboo has to be transported 1000's miles to the US thus adding pollution and fossil fuel use.
      Locally sourced maple can avoid or reduce most of these 'non-green' factors. :)
      There suitability of bamboo for humid coastal areas is questionable too.

      Clive on January 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm
    • Clive, it sounds like you have really done your homework on this subject. I have to admit that I was among those "bamboozled" by all the bamboo being so "green" hype. I actually felt a bit guilty about voting for the maple hardwood because it was the most durable and had the best warranty. Whenever practical I try to be conscientious about the environment. You have opened my eyes and alleviated my guilt on this one. Thank you my bloggie buddy!B):D<3

      SID on January 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm
    • 'Bamboozled' indeed. ;) Not all that looks verdant is really green.

      The same applies to propane gas fuelled stoves. When compared to wood or pellet fuelled stoves they're less green. Some would argue (with good cuse) that they're even less green than an efficient electric heater. :S

      Clive on January 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm
    • B) I have a propane gas fireplace now :@ It off gasses and makes my asthma act up-hate the darn thing and never burn it. I miss the beautiful wood burning F.P. we had in our old home so much. Sometimes so called 'progress' is really a step backward. I don't know why anyone would not prefer the real deal – especially in a more rural area where wood from storm damaged trees is abundant.=/

      SID on January 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm
    • Thanks for the thorough response. My only reason for voting for the bamboo is because it has wider boards than the other 2 options. But, I don't like the idea of formaldehyde glue soaked floors, so I will be changing my vote on that choice. I will continue to vote against the apron sink even though that is a losing battle as the apron front is already so far ahead – I personally just think they are ugly as can be and it only has one basin which I feel is limiting in usefulness for the way I use a sink. Plus, if you ever decided to change out that sink in the future, you would also need to replace the counter or there would be a big gaping hole there:o

      Windsmurf on January 18, 2013 at 10:24 am
    • I tend to agree with you about the sink. I do all the cooking for our 4 children, and I would be lost with only one basin in the sink. What do I do with vegetables or fruit that I am washing?

      Woodworker from MN on January 19, 2013 at 11:03 am
    • I agree with you on the sink too, Windsmurf. It's ugly, and I REALLY don't see any aesthetic value in the apron itself. Having had to look up what an "apron sink" even was (because I'm neither an active blogger nor an avid follower of kitchen appliance stuff), every resource I found which wasn't simply a running product page for some company or another (or eBay, Amazon, etc.) said "same thing as a farmhouse sink". When I looked THAT up, I learned that the sucker is deeper than the other option, and perhaps that apron's only functional purpose is to serve as an anchor against the counter. Meh…I still think it's ugly as sin…regardless of its alleged "historical" look.

      I really don't get the thought process on those who have gone head over heels for this particular type of sink. Not castigating them. I just don't get it.

      Earl on January 21, 2013 at 11:47 am
    • I believe a major factor in voting for the apron style sink is its below counter mounting. This design is much easier for cleaning things off work surfaces and has no riim that will collect dirt. Even when cleaned regularly this happens with over counter top mounted sinks.

      AnniesOwn on January 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm
    • I can understand that reason actually, Annies. Thanks for clarifying that. But I've seen under-counter-mount regular sinks used before in Blog Cabins and HGTV Dream Homes. Perhaps Dylan or one of the other designers involved could clarify what brand and type of sink (other than the apron sink) will be used, and if it will be, in fact, under-counter-mount or otherwise. Should someone post to them and ask?

      Earl on January 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm
    • You might also check my newly-posted comment regarding the facts of bamboo flooring as opposed to what appears to be a lot of misinformation (without any references to back it up) being spread here.

      I'm no shill for the bamboo flooring industry. Not by far. But I voted for bamboo flooring too…and will continue to. Not all brands of bamboo flooring have dangerous chemicals used to secure and seal them. I provided many good and informative links in my post. Feel free to look for it…it is not a response, but a stand-alone comment in this topic.

      Earl on January 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm
    • Clive, you are correct. If people actually check out the spec’s on the 3 flooring there would be no reason that anyone would choose anything OTHER than the maple.

      Eugenia27 on January 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm
    • I agree. To me it's a very easy choice. Maple is traditional, local, huge warranty, more suitable etc. etc. etc….. As an 'old' blog buddy once said "Why cant the voters see it like I do?" :)

      Clive on January 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm
    • It just is less attractive than the 2 other choices in my opinion but durable it is.

      zulumom on January 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm
    • From a woodworking point of view, the maple is a fantastic choice. Do people realize that most of the wood used in all those old, old houses was/is either maple or oak? That is why it has lasted for such a long time. In the photo of the three choices, some of them look a little "busy". I think the main reason people covered all that old nice wod, was because they did not want to sand it, and refinish it. In this modern age, the sanding process is quite easy, and refinishing is a breeze. That old flooring was 3/4" thick, so room for lots of sanding. The same holds true with painting nice old hardwood trim. Please, if you are remodeling, do not cover that nice hardwood trim with paint. What a waste of nice, pretty wood.

      Woodworker from MN on January 19, 2013 at 11:14 am
    • I agree that Maple is harder and a better warranty, HOWEVER…gosh darn its just too hard to pass up voting for a hand scraped floor for such an historic cabin as this is. I do love Maple but I gotta go with the hand scraped to keep that old look to the new build.

      Goin2SC on January 17, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    • I really don’t understand the hand scraped FAD. I grew up with hard wood floors and you really don’t want to be walking on uneven floors. Water will pool in the divots it is harder to keep clean. I understand that people want this new build to look old but in the same breath they want it to last one hundred years.

      Eugenia27 on January 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm
    • I agree with the durability of maple I just don't like the color as much as the bambbo sample shown. I would love a darker maple

      zulumom on January 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm
    • I have a confession I voted for the bamboo cause I like the look and the color but I have to agree that the maple is harder…what is moi to do!!!

      maria_w_in_nj on January 18, 2013 at 6:29 pm
    • I have to agree with Maria! It is a matter of appearance and decor… what be two to do??:|<3<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm
    • Good catch, SID. If we were putting in our own home, we'd be concerned with durability as well as aesthetics.

      KYdogwoman on January 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm
    • I keep on voting for that maple!

      laurel on January 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm
    • Love the sink too.

      Beth on January 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm
    • Totally agree also

      Susan on February 9, 2013 at 10:36 am
  5. Hi! For some reason I am not able to vote for kitchen sink, backsplash, and layout…??? You do such
    a wonderful job…so much fun voting…help!:) Thanx.

    Ethel on January 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm
    • My first couple of votes were the same way then the others kicked in. I know they were in operation somewhere because there were blogs about them.

      grammagail on January 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    • Ethel, I'm having same problem. I have tried repeatedly to no avail. I was VERY disappointed that they made NO changes to open up the kitchen layout and bring the cook up towards the living/dining area so Cook could interact with guests!! That tells me they are NOT reading our Blog posts! I had suggested and someone else also, whom I can't recall, that the kitchen side nearest stairs be opened half way , and the stove and refrigerator locations be swapped. It would allow some of that wonderful cupola light into kitchen and bring Cook closer to action and guests!!! Stove could be slid so there could be space on either side of cook top on which one could set pans with hot food; and I had also suggested sink be placed as a corner sink, which would burst that tiny kitchen open with counterspace for additional kitchen help! Dishwasher could be slid towards corner sink. Perfect kitchen work triangle, make kitchen larger and much more storage/counter/bars & seating space! Lastly but not least, I suggested the peninsula be extended about 2 feet or so, and rounded off gently, at a boomerang-like shape (prevent bruises from bumps) to give more bar stool seating space. There is room exactly at that point to adjust seating for feeding people inside! OK, I've tried again. DIY, you could make this apartment sized kitchen feel like a big one, if you'd just try! Right now, your kitchen design lacks creativity, space, storage and POP! Just my personal opinion. Your voting system is broken anyhow, so I cannot vote on items 1-3.xD<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm
    • Kitty, I really agree with your kitchen layout changes as you posted here and previously. <3<3<3 I posted previously that I thought your idea to remove part of the wall between the kitchen and hallway was really important- especially as doing so would help bring light directly into the interior kitchen via the roof cupola! There should still be time to make these improvements without any significant increase to the budget bottom line. Clive or Woodworker from MN suggested a solar tube for the kitchen as an alternative for more light. All very good suggestions IMHO. I just hope the designers are reading the blogs! :)

      SID on January 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm
    • Sid, you're always a sweetheart! See below, what I wrote to Suzy about the solar tubes, etc. Thanks for your comments! I don't think such changes would be expensive to the bottom line. Unfortunately, I think DIY hurts their bottom line by not reviewing and listening to educated, experienced Bloggies…. What a shame! Don't think anybody in this world is more eager to help DIY–well, other than those who volunteer to help Santa every year–can't beat those guys, ever!!!<3<3<3^_^ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm
    • I don't think they could place the stove facing a half wall with a hallway on the other side. Floating stoves usually are surrounded to some extent by an island counter. It would be considered a fire hazard.

      Suzy on January 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    • Suzy, If they put a downdraft stove, it can be placed anywhere, because it would be vented down through the floor, then out the wall. I have seen lots of downdraft stoves that sit entirely on a peninusula, or even a bar top. Total vision over top, and NO fire hazard.

      Woodworker from MN on January 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm
    • Suzy, I understand what you're saying, but the good news is, one can have a downdraft stove, such as JennAire–which is what I had the 2 times I had such an open "island-like stove." My daughter has one now. I also have solar tubes, which are very adjustable and yet, am thinking there may be some difficulty, nevertheless, to use one in this kitchen, based upon the present design, as I see it, so that's why I feel so strongly about opening up towards the stairway and letting the cupola light in!!! I believe very strongly that it would help so to bring the sink to the front corner near the dining area. It just would unite the cook with the company! What a shame to not put people into the design 1st, as well as function and activity. The current kitchen plan was not very well thought through, in my humble opinion. I just can't imagine the cook with her/his back to everybody, frying up fish and hushpuppies, while everybody is chatting, enjoying their margaritas and feeling all forlorn and unloved… woe is she/he!!!:(:oo.0 Let's give COOK some LOVE DIY!!! <3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm
    • Hey! Great ideas! In case anyone is actually counting votes. :)

      CarlaB on January 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm
    • Thanks Carla. I mentioned this before, but I'm getting the sneaky suspicion that DIY is NOT reading our BLOG. Big Bummer! :S<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on January 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm
  6. Love the choices for this one. Personally, I dis-like apron-front sinks so I voted for the other. I know a lot of people like them because they look old, but having had one in an old house when I was growing up, I developed a strong dislike for them – personal choice, I'm sure the apron will win. I also voted for the bamboo flooring because I like that the boards were wider and to me that looks more in line with what would have been in the original house – though not bamboo originally. I didn't like the coastal chandelier – looks like it would be impossible to keep dusted, and I didn't think elegant would go with the cabin atmosphere and I liked the transitional one, so that's where I went.

    Windsmurf on January 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm
    • Windsmurf,
      Good point about dusting the coastal chandelier -YUK! You talked me into changing my vote on that one!o.0

      SID on January 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    • I liked the IDEA of a coastal-style chandelier, maybe with seaglass or some shell dangles, but the one they have illustrated is hideous.

      Mimitheminer on January 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm
    • totally agree could not have been uglier

      zulumom on January 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    • I believe the PC term is 'whimsical'. Hideous is much closer to the mark. ^_^

      Clive on January 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm
    • I agree with you on the sink, it's lovely but not always functional.

      Lia_M on January 19, 2013 at 12:01 am
    • Windsmurf, I appreciate your concern regarding the coastal chandelier. The ability to keep it clean is important. To me it also too trendy, and will quickly become outdated. Obviously the other two choices will become outdated, but not at so fast a pace.

      KYdogwoman on January 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm
  7. The rolling island option needs to be thought through more by voters IMHO. For those who wanted a better view from the kitchen this would allow use as a prep station while looking out to the water.For those who wanted a pantry this includes one easily accessible by rolling the island out. For those who wanted more seating this could be used to extend the dining table to seat a few more. For those who would like a bar on the deck this could be stocked and moved for that purpose in good weather or to the living room in rainy or cold weather. I'm sure I'll think of some more options it opens up but it would be far more flexible than a fixed island peninsula.

    grammagail on January 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm
    • Gram, I'm with you on the rolling island. I would be voting with you, unfortunately, the system is allowing me to vote only on the first 4 items. hmmm.

      CarlaB on January 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm
    • Hi had a difficult time deciding on my vote regarding the island. I like the idea of having a floating island that can move around easily, but I also liked the thought of having more seating, Maybe a compromise would be to construct the floating island such that one could lock the wheels. That would seemingly serve all purposes.

      JulieW on January 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm
    • Yes, Julie! It would definitely have to have locking wheels and large ones to roll easily.

      grammagail on January 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm
    • A rolling island is not very good, because there will be no possible way to have water, electric, plumbing, or communications attached to it. Might as well have a glorified serving cart, and make the island permanent, with room for stools around it, if necessary.

      Woodworker from MN on January 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm
  8. I changed a couple of my votes after more thought. I agree now that the rolling island would be better. I would probably roll it to the center for prep use and not roll it back. The shaker cabinets are sooo much more in line with this cabin. The raised panel are dated looking. While not as popular, the coastal dining room light adds a little fun. Flooring is a toss up. I like the look of the bamboo and acacia the best but the maple is more durable. can't make up my mind on it.

    Sue on January 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm
    • I don't really care that much for either of the cabinet choices, though shaker is just as tired as the raised design IMHO. I did like the white ones with the glass fronts that they used in the kitchen vote screen – wish that were an option. As I said elsewhere in this blog, I like the bamboo because it is wider as would the original flooring have been. All of the choices are liable to last longer than me, so durability is not a driver for me :p

      Windsmurf on January 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    • Windsmurf don't despair. Hopefully we're only voting on the cabinet style, not the finish. I agree with you that painted white would be more appropriate to the original cabin feel. White would also help to make the inside located kitchen brighter. Let's just hope the BC planners are thinking the same way.

      SID on January 17, 2013 at 4:48 pm
  9. The fixed island leaves open the possibility of placing the sink in that area and thus allowing the cook/cleaner to be included in the activity in the other rooms. If the movable island is used, there is no possibility of doing that. Besides, the fixed island would hide any messiness going on while the meal is being prepared:*

    Windsmurf on January 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm
  10. Yay! A new round of voting!

    Summer on January 17, 2013 at 1:27 pm

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