Blog Cabin

Feb 4

People’s Choice Round Three: Vote for Kitchen Features

Blog Cabin 2014 People's Choice Vote

It’s time for round three of our People’s Choice vote, and we’re moving to the main level of the home. For the next two weeks, you’ll be selecting features for the kitchen. From the island top material and cabinet colors to the refrigerator and accent features, you’ll have a variety of ways to help design this year’s kitchen.

Keep in mind though, your flooring pick from round one will greatly affect the cabinet choice you pick in this round. In round one, you chose the tiger strand bamboo flooring, so choose the cabinetry color that will best coordinate with that design.

Have fun, and be sure to share your picks with the group.


  • Posted at 10:53 am on February 2, 2014
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  1. For the ISLAND ACCENT FEATURE the options are POT RACK versus UPCYCLED CHANDELIER. I got to believe that the UPCYCLED CHANDELIER is the project Dylan shared with us a few weeks back. Hopefully the UPCYCLED CHANDELIER wins.

    MAOW on February 4, 2014 at 10:59 am
    • I'm with you. I like pot racks if you keep your pots and pans polished up otherwise put the in the cupboards

      Straybird on February 4, 2014 at 11:06 am
    • Agreed.

      FYI. I read an on-line article a few weeks back about current kitchen design trends. One of the first trends that they mentioned was removing POT RACKS to reduce clutter.

      MAOW on February 4, 2014 at 11:19 am
    • Totally agree. We made the mistake of having one in our kitchen when we remodeled. It lasted two years, the second year was only because I was too lazy to take it down. ^_^

      Clive on February 4, 2014 at 11:44 am
    • I think you are right! Dylan was making the up cycled chandelier! I voted for that choice since I do not care for the pots to be out in the open. Also I am short in stature so I would need a ladder every time I needed a pot to cook with! lol Love Love all the choices in this round! :p

      jchristie24 on February 4, 2014 at 11:12 am
    • I am TALL in statue and I have to bend down to see past the POTS if they are in a POT RACK.

      MAOW on February 4, 2014 at 11:22 am
    • In all past Blog Cabins the custom made pieces are included in the house and never part of the vote. I'm going out on a limb and saying that the light fitting on offer is not the same piece that Dylan was making.

      I was completely wrong about the master suite location so I'm trying for redemption with another wild guess. ;)

      Vote & vote often my friends!

      Clive on February 4, 2014 at 11:35 am
    • Clive,

      It will certainly be interesting to see what Dylan's project is and where it will live in the BC.

      The overwhelming opinion was that Dylan was making a light out of a GLASS DISH and/or MASON JARS. If that opinion is correct (It could be wrong) the KITCHEN would be the most likely home. However, we will not know until Dylan finishes his project and shows us where it goes.

      I guess we will all find out in due time.

      MAOW on February 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm
    • It looked to me like a whiskey bottle of sorts because you can see a black label with a gold edge on it still on the bottle. The picture shown here looks like whiskey and wine bottles – crafty, but not very attractive and any rough wood holding it together will be impossible to clean. Pot rack for me.

      Ralebird on February 4, 2014 at 2:29 pm
    • Yeah, GO pot rack! The light fixture I'd say is either for the master BR area or breakfast area. The bamboo flooring will be nice and it's from a highly renewable source.

      MrMoogy on February 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm
    • I'm thinking outside lighting or sunroom lighting for the mason jar feature Dylan was making. :)

      Clive on February 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm
    • If you want to see how make this DIY chandelier you can get full instructions from the "How To" video made by Brian Patrick Flynn, Decor Demon on DIY network :)

      Clive on February 5, 2014 at 2:20 am
    • I feel since Dylan was using mason jars, they will go in a guest bathroom or the powder room. Of course the wine bottles will go in the kitchen.

      webwoman on February 5, 2014 at 6:40 pm
    • Here's my guess: A light made from bottles will show up somewhere in the house whether this vote puts it in the kitchen or they put it above the stairwell or somewhere else.

      Ralebird on February 5, 2014 at 12:35 am
    • Unless I had perfectly clean pots, I'm not a fan of a pot rack.. I grew up seeing exposed pots and pans in my parents kitchen and it got old- quick. :) I'd much more appreciate someone's artistry on the upcycled light above the island.

      AndreaMP on February 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm
    • My thoughts exactly! Dylan's project! First thing that came to my mind! (But I'm still voting for the pot rack)

      dsterli9 on February 5, 2014 at 12:25 am
    • Totally agree. If you live in a subdivision, chose the overused cherry, etc. This is in Florida-go light, use found objects to create art in your home! Wish I were there now- so sick of below average temps and ice here in the "South".

      Pat Gleghorn on February 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm
    • Pot racks can be great dust catchers and head bangers I love the upcycled chandelier idea if I can't bump my head on it LOL because I'm really good at that! And my assortment of pots and pans aren't that pretty!

      minitoni on February 5, 2014 at 11:49 pm
    • I agree with the chandelier. Hanging pots only look good initially when they are sparkly new…..and they tend to congregate as time goes on giving a cluttered appearance to a lovely new space

      ctcat on February 7, 2014 at 7:50 am
    • PLEASE … Upcycled Chandelier … PLEASE … I'm not afraid to admit that my cooking skills are BASIC at best … I won't use all those pots. So, for me, it's the upcycled chandelier, or a dust collector! LOL

      CreativeGraf on February 7, 2014 at 8:54 am
    • i''d like the bottles in the chandelier to match [all blue for instance ]
      even hang the bottles from a pot rack, easier to clean:)

      s. hugdahl on February 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm
    • i'd like the bottles in the chandelier to be … FULL. We can empty then to celebrate winning the BC.:p

      MAOW on February 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm
    • While I love the look of the chandelier and I definitely have been voting for that, I am wondering, if the pot rack wins, will it contain some sort of lighting fixture over the island? The pots will most certainly cast a shadow from surrounding light sources and a central fixture of some sort, to me, seems like a must to make this island as functional as it will be lovely. I wish I could read Alison's creative mind!

      stlmom1 on February 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm
    • Sorry, but I wouldn't want the upcycled chandelier. That thing would be a bear to keep dust-free.

      D Fox on February 9, 2014 at 10:43 pm
    • upcycled chandler

      Robert E Woodard on February 10, 2014 at 12:01 am
    • I totally agree. I thought the Upcycled Chandelier would look great, but it seems the majority of people want the pots & pans. Too bad. I think the other is bright and cheerful, something to have a conversation about.

      Geri on February 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm
    • like port rack and copper looks so fun BUT this is florida copper turns greenish and gets pitted and requires a lot of maintenance. sealing it would help but as you can see it has pocked type surface and would require bleach or something to keep clean and sanitary which would remove sealer. just sayin'

      WhitsEndRanch on February 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm
  2. I love our kitchen choices. I know some will choose dark cabinets however I believe the maple cabinets will keep the kitchen light and bright, the way a waterside cabin retreat should be! Copper top island is amazing.Appliances speak for themselves. Love it all.<3Great ideas Dylan.

    Sheri McNamara on February 4, 2014 at 11:00 am
    • Moving laundry room wall great idea. Bigger bedroom, not third bath.

      Lana on February 4, 2014 at 11:19 am
    • I agree Lana. I blogged that yesterday. I see you got a -1 . Well my choice would still be for a bigger bedroom by moving the laundry wall and No 3 rd bathroom. I know this is for the kitchen–sorry. I will get to that. just an opinion the way ,I love the kitchen choices. best to all, Nan ;) ;) <3 <3

      Nan on February 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm
    • Lana, can't give you more than one thumbs up, but I agree. One Jack & Jill Bath, replace the tub with the double sinks, move the tub/shower to the back of the bathroom. Don't need 2 baths there.

      Wind Chime Girl on February 4, 2014 at 9:26 pm
    • If the stripey bamboo flooring is going to be throughout the house and into the kitchen, I think the cherry might look better with it. I need a side by side comparison to be sure. ;)

      TwoCorgis on February 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm
    • TwoCorgis,

      Based on the way the voting is worded (ie. Cabinets w/Tiger Strand Bamboo Floor) the Tiger Strand Bamboo floor will be used in the Kitchen.

      I recall that when the flooring options were being voted on that there was a discussion as to whether or not the Tiger Strand Bamboo would be used in the Kitchen due to concerns over durability. The Morning Star website advises that a rug should be used in front of a sink when Tiger Strand Bamboo is used in a Kitchen.

      The website does not recommend using the Tiger Strand Bamboo in Bathrooms so it will unlikely be used in the Bathrooms.

      MAOW on February 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm
    • Chances are I would just by some of the silicone pads used for people who stand for extended periods of time. They come in nice color and pattern these days. Won't hurt floor good for feet.<3

      Sheri McNamara on February 4, 2014 at 4:50 pm
    • I worked with one under my feet moving around on and off it tripping at times, they get so dirty, and I thought of having 1 at home and just remember when moving around at work and the way, when you cooking, not worth the hassle.

      Denise_D._ on February 4, 2014 at 5:54 pm
    • Oh they did discolor the floors under it, don't know about bamboo, I know that any rug you but on the floor with light coming in will not turn fade so when you move it you will see where the rug was

      Denise_D._ on February 4, 2014 at 5:58 pm
    • Sorry to hear that Denise. I worked on concrete for over 20 years and what a huge difference when we got those pads. They were extremely heavy I don't think I could of kicked one much less trip, they had tapered ends.

      Sheri McNamara on February 4, 2014 at 6:08 pm
    • It will be interesting regarding warranties on the flooring if they do use the bamboo in the kitchen, laundry room and bathroom. The manufacturers specifically state that it's unsuitable for these sort of rooms with high moisture.

      DannyF on February 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm
    • Don't forget counter tops. The counter tops, cabinets and bamboo flooring all go together. That is why I am thinking lighter cabinets. I really don't know since counter tops unknown at this time. The light cabinets do go with copper top of island. Guess we will see. Good evening to all.:)

      Sheri McNamara on February 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm
    • I'm sure Linda will pick out coordinating counter tops once she sees which cabinets and island top wins.

      webwoman on February 5, 2014 at 2:37 am
    • Linda doesn't design the Blog Cabin.

      AnniesOwn on February 5, 2014 at 8:55 am
    • Hi AnniesOwn, I'm glad you said that.I kept thinking Linda, who's Linda? haha I thought I was loosing it!!LOL.And when I mentioned just a few blogs back. I agree webwoman, it takes the whole picture: floors, counters, cabinets ,back splashes. It takes it all for the colors to come out right. Luckily the coppertop goes with it all. I have faith in the whole DIY crew, Dylan and Kayla . They will make it a fantastic cabin.And with those great "crashers" it's gonna be great! (Just like Tony the Tiger always says.) Oh my I think it's about bedtime for me.Love, Luck and Laughter to each and everyone. However keep in mind, I'm gonna win that home!!! Sounded awesome and felt good to say that.. LOL<3<3:)

      Sheri McNamara on February 6, 2014 at 9:36 pm
    • The darker cabinets go back in time, every time I vote all I see is when I was growing up back in the 50's 60's plus they are to dark the maple look so much better and brighter than cherry. The pot rack is the best choice than chandelier, (if that's what you call it) I have seen it used before for a kitchen that reflects some it but not for this kitchen. When people are voting they have to take the whole rooms fashion style with it. Was there a reason why no voting on either electric or gas stove?

      Charlotte on February 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm
    • No gas lines in the area?

      Sally on February 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm
    • Hi Charlotte, you mentioned why no voting on either gas or electric stove. We do have the option on two different stoves, but they are both electric. I believe it's the last voting entry on this round. It's basically conduction vs. convection. Take a look. Good day to you.xD

      Sheri McNamara on February 7, 2014 at 1:54 pm
    • Sheri, thanks for answering back at me. I did pick the electric only because I have never used the other type of stove, but I hate cooking on electric. I want to win this house, I will find a way to put in gas somewhere most likely outside. Who ever wins can do that and change out the drawers for the flip ups seats.This is all new to me ,I did vote last year at the end of the give-a-way for the dream home but didn't know about all this. I want to win so much I am ready to burst to win one of them! This is fun I feel like a young person but I am not. I'm excited.

      Charlotte on February 11, 2014 at 9:10 pm
    • I have been looking into bamboo floors and they say it is great in kitchen and are easier to up keep then hard wood and it has a 100 year warrantee with transfer to new owner. and I was looking at the strand, dark and lighter mixed. that is why I though the lighter cabinets would bring out the lighter tone of floor and look bright if you put darker cabinets in it will pull out dark stripes out and make room look dark no matter how much light comes in, also makes room look smaller. come on people start voting for maple cabinets now and get it up there to win not much time. Also flip bench , what are you going to put in a drawer??? towels???

      Charlotte on February 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm
    • I agree with you on the Maple cabinets. I don't like anything dark and heavy for a lake or seaside setting. However, the choices in countertops were disappointing. Butcher block is pretty, but not practical, and copper? Would prefer it to be an accent. Can foresee maintenance issues for either choice.

      Pat Gleghorn on February 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm
    • Don't worry, Pat! These choices were only for the island, so I am sure that the rest of this rather large kitchen will have a countertop that will be a real workhorse! I too have read about the issues with both of these choices, but I believe that that Allison will work her magic and have a solution for the winner.

      stlmom1 on February 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm
    • Butcher block is used the world over in kitchens including many of the best in any country. I guess it is practical and does a great job.;)

      AnniesOwn on February 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    • I think people aren't thinking about the look of the entire kitchen when they choose cherry cabinets with copper top. The colors are just enough off to look awful together. On the other hand, the butcher block with the cherry would be stunning. Better than that, I believe, would be the light maple cabinets with the copper island top – awesome!

      Angel on February 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm
    • I agree, but I think the dark cabinets got the most votes. I think the light cabinets and the copper top island would look great together.

      Donna on February 12, 2014 at 9:31 pm
  3. Thanks to you Kayla for getting the first floor plans to us so quickly, sure has helped with the voting options. Great day to all.<3xD

    Sheri McNamara on February 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Both options are for BUILT-IN SEATING (Like the original BC had). Could this mean the old BREAKFAST TABLE TOP is being used?

    With a BREAKFAST EATING AREA included in the KITCHEN does that indicate that the KITCHEN ISLAND will not include seating? .

    MAOW on February 4, 2014 at 11:13 am
    • I would assume that the kitchen island will include seating per standard HGTV practice and former blog cabins. Even with the eating nook. We shall see later won't we? I think they will have island seating, that old table can only hold probably 5 people with a chair at the end and that would be very cozy.

      minitoni on February 5, 2014 at 11:51 pm
    • Yes, we will see.

      Part of the fun of this site is guessing what the DYI team will do and then to see what they actually do.

      MAOW on February 6, 2014 at 12:02 am
    • That is very true they always have something up their sleeve to brighten things up and surprise us!Sent from my iPad

      minitoni on February 6, 2014 at 2:13 am
    • Wouldn’t the flip tops give more usable storage space?

      ctcat on February 7, 2014 at 7:52 am
    • Much more. That's indisputable.;)

      AnniesOwn on February 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm
    • The old breakfast nook was located over by where the new jack and jill bath will be … a new and improved recreation of the bench-filled nook might be in the making :)

      CreativeGraf on February 7, 2014 at 8:58 am
    • Wish voters would consider the massive amount of storage that is lost when they choose drawers over lift-top spaces. Love the extra seating either way!

      Heidi on February 12, 2014 at 12:52 am
  5. Good morning Kayla, Dylan and bloggers! Thank you for these awesome choices for our lil cabin's kitchen! I can just see me now, cooking in my kitchen, watching all the activity outside as I prepare a feast for all! Nice storage in the window seats and awesome copper top island! Love Dylan's up cycled chandelier too! Now I know what he was making a few threads ago. My choice for the cabinet color is cherry. I love cherry so much and cannot wait to see it in the (my) kitchen. Awesome and beautiful appliances. What a tricked out kitchen this will be!

    Hope everyone has a great week. Here in FL, we are finally warming up to our usual temps in Feb. lots and lots of fog in the mornings though….I grew up in Michigan so I can relate to all the bloggers who are enduring this record setting winter snowfall. That is why I left there over 30 years ago! <3 :p

    jchristie24 on February 4, 2014 at 11:20 am
    • Hi jchristie24, I just had to write a little note in regards to your comments. I agree the kitchen will be beautiful. However, that will be MY kitchen in MY cabin in that wonderful Winter Haven, and more specifically on that awesome Lake Hamilton. It is truly going to be a work of art with Dylan at the helm. You are welcome to dream, it would be tough not to, but remember I'm gonna win this one!!!!!!LOL Well that did sound good didn't it Jill(if I remember right).Good luck to all that vote, it's gonna be wonderful. May everyone have a great day.P.S. The temp is starting to drop here in sunny(?) Florida and raining, some very soothing showers. Love to all.XXXOOO<3<3:D

      Sheri McNamara on February 7, 2014 at 2:09 pm
  6. I love the idea of using all usable space. The pot rack is a great way to do that. While I do like the chandelier, the pot rack has my vote.

    mimiouiser on February 4, 2014 at 11:23 am
    • Mimiouiser, I appreciate your thoughtfulness about efficiency and use of space, and many may agree with you. I would, respectfully however, ask you to reconsider your choice of a pot rack for your upcoming votes. There are some problems — in my opinion — that you may not have realized. If a pot rack is hung low enough for short women to comfortably use, it's in the way of working at the stove. If it's hung high enough to be out of the way, it may be hard to reach. The other problems, regardless of how high or low it's hung are that: well-used pans (the everyday ones that would be the most efficient to have at hand on an overhead rack) don't often look nice enough to keep on display, also, anything over the cooktop is chronically greasy. That's just my two cents.

      Aunt Sal on February 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm
  7. Pot racks are horrible dust and grease collectors and need constant cleaning in a kitchen. Unfortunately, the up-cycled light fitting looks like it would also fall into that category. Not sure I would want wither in, my kitchen but different folks may not have a problem with them. They all look nice in the photos. :)

    Sally on February 4, 2014 at 11:23 am
    • I agree with you. I think the pot rack and the chandelier would both be awful to have in a kitchen. I do enough cleaning and picking up in the kitchen I don't want to have to deal with cleaning pots I haven't even used and that light is just plain ugly.

      flashy on February 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm
    • Well you can occasionally take the pots down and run them through the dishwasher – try doing that with the rough wood and electrified wine bottles!

      Ralebird on February 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm
    • As I blogged, neither would last more than 5 minutes if we win. Both are off to Goodwill ASAP. :)

      Sally on February 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm
    • I love your honesty, Sally!!!! :D

      AndreaMP on February 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm
    • Excellent point, Sally. I've never had a pot rack so thought it might be a nice way to add extra storage but if you end up having to clean the pots after and then again before each use that doesn't sound very efficient. I'm sure they could make a gorgeous light fixture that doesn't need to be washed before and after each use. ;)

      elfie on February 4, 2014 at 9:57 pm
    • I'm not a fan of the pot rack and seeing it so far ahead in the voting, I am guessing it will win. That said, it's probably just as well because one could more easily remove it rather than switch out the light.. :)

      AndreaMP on February 4, 2014 at 11:26 pm
    • I have a pot rack and and it doesn't collect dust or grease. Maybe that is because of the way it is made and where it is hung. My pots and pans are so frequently used that they never have a chance to collect dust so not a problem there. The one problem I do have is keeping them looking "pretty" so they can hang out like they do. I like for them to look closer to new than used if you know what I mean. The pot rack is extremely convenient and I wouldn't trade it for anything unless it was to size up. My not so frequent pots are in the cabinet and it works out fine.

      Valerie on February 8, 2014 at 9:22 pm
  8. Good morning everyone. I let my wife select these options for the kitchen. She does have something to say about the stove. The double oven sounds grest, but it lacks space in each oven. Trying getting a 12 pound turkey and roaster in either of those ovens. Most of our house is GE – kitchen, laundry and house generator. In our area the service is the best. Her other idea is if there is to be a dish washer make it a Baush (I think that is spelled right) She likes the other oven choice best – larger oven area and a warmer drawer below.

    Jay Michajluk on February 4, 2014 at 11:24 am
    • I totally agree with larger oven space versus two smaller. Not to mention the value of convection cooking. Love warming drawers for entertaining. FYI, correct spelling is Bosch I have one and love it!

      LAUDGIRL on February 4, 2014 at 11:49 am
    • thanks LAUDGIRL Spelling is not my claim to fame, if I have any claim at all.
      On another note. What do you think about the pot rack. I do the most of the cleaning in the kitchen.
      Would not look forward to that. Wife does the cooking (unless it is outside) and I do the clean up. That amount of pots on a rack looks like some serious cooking. If this is used as a vacation spot thats more work than play. I sooner have the light.

      Jay Michajluk on February 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm
    • All the more reason to have someone else host a turkey dinner! :D

      AndreaMP on February 4, 2014 at 4:50 pm
    • Excellent idea. There are two crucial factors affecting who hosts the big family gatherings: who has the big table and the oven.

      RLDorf on February 5, 2014 at 9:54 am
    • I was hesitant because I don't like to correct anyone, but the way you expressed yourself made it seem that you would be open to the information. Forgive me if this was not the case. The only reason I know the spelling is because I have one. German I think.

      Pot rack versus chandelier…I'm a minimalist because I hate clutter. I realized early on that it was because I was such a finicky cleaner and it would take me forever cleaning and putting everything back. Life was passing me by. Now I give everything away to charity that I don't use. My mother- in-law had a pot rack with beautiful copper pots. They were never used – I'm sure, because they are a pain to keep clean (at least by my crazy standards). Even my stainless pots are not nice enough to hang. Maybe I'm too picky, but over time, even with great care they get blemished and are an eye sore to me. My choice is definitely the chandelier. I think the one DIY displayed was not the best choice, since so many have commented on disliking it, and it is probably swaying voters that think it will be the actual one.

      LAUDGIRL on February 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm
    • LAUDGIRL, you didn't offend Jay, don't know why you thought you did. I didn't read anything there to indicate that.
      As far as hanging pots & pans, they are supposed to be used. They get stained over time. That is their claim to fame. Use shows the love!
      I sure wish I'd been there when you got rid of M-I-L's rack & copper pots. My oh my.

      Wind Chime Girl on February 4, 2014 at 9:43 pm
    • Oh no, misunderstood! I would never get rid of her pots and they are still there but she never used them. She was a great cook, but used her everyday pots from the cupboards.

      LAUDGIRL on February 5, 2014 at 9:31 am
    • Thanks for the spelling lesson. Never feel bad for correcting my spelling. I know it is one of by down falls. I will try to do my best from now on – I hurry to much and do not check what I post. :-)

      Jay Michajluk on February 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm
    • see there I used by not my….. dang

      Jay Michajluk on February 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm
    • There is no warming drawer. The ad shows and states it is for pan storage.

      webwoman on February 5, 2014 at 2:28 am
    • Thanks. The idea of a warming drawer almost swayed my vote! In a vacation home, I would hope to NOT be preparing huge meals. Two smaller ovens seem more usable and energy efficient. Besides, won't there be an "outdoor kitchen" anyway to prepare the catch of the day?

      riverbluffer on February 7, 2014 at 11:27 am
    • I believe there is a warming drawer that can double as a pan storage. Here is a response to that very question I posted earlier:
      · 3 days ago
      Jay Michajluk ·
      This is the GE oven we have and (not sure it is the same model number) when not using the bottom drawer as a warmer you can store the broiler pans and extra racks in there. We love the extra space in the single oven.
      Also I have another brand and the bottom drawers doubles as storage, warming and cooking as a small 2nd oven!

      Slps60 on February 7, 2014 at 10:42 pm
    • I have a convection oven and love it over a double oven.

      ChicagoBirder on February 4, 2014 at 8:59 pm
    • Yay I'm here! And we have a double oven with the top oven convection but our home is 15 years old so the appliances are too and we will have to replace it before we sell the house. That is the one thing we didn't replace when we redid the kitchen and updated it with granite and cherry island and love my kitchen! Even the ovens are great. But for holiday gatherings one would need a full-size oven. I'm going to vote now!

      minitoni on February 5, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    • Jay, you are correct about the double oven. Not only do you lose space, but I've also heard that, since the top oven racks are closer to the heating element, you run the risk of burning food. When I was researching appliances for my new kitchen, I thought it would be a good idea, until I read others' reviews. What I opted for was a full oven and a combination microwave/convection oven above it. It's great when you need to cook foods at different temperatures at the same time.

      Nancy on February 5, 2014 at 1:40 pm
    • This is what we would replace our current double ovens (top is convection/conventional oven but is large for a top oven and will hold a 12 lb turkey easily) and lower which will hold a 20 lb turkey easily. I agree with that assessment. But when we redid our kitchen that is one thing we did not replace.

      minitoni on February 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm
    • I'm going to try my first new post replying to you. I think your wife is right and I'm going to go vote now. We need a generator here for emergencies and we have GE Profile appliances in our kitchen too. Bosch is the name of the dishwasher, but as I said we have a GE Profile we are very happy with but we don't have to deal with any noise issues as the kitchen is large enough and far enough from living areas to be quiet. When I am working adjacent to the kitchen with two french doors open to the kitchen our GE Profile dishwasher doesn't interfere with the TV volume at all. So I think that is a good choice too. And I think it needs a dishwasher because this place will definitely get visitors. Now we'll see if I'm back on the blog after begging :-)

      minitoni on February 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm
    • Toni it's so good to have you back. I always enjoy reading your posts (and photos) on the Green Home, but couldn't comment to you there because this is the only site where I am signed in to blog. It's nice to be able to tell you how much I have appreciated your reports at GH! I'm afraid I'm a bit old fashioned and media shy (don't even do Facebook) but I've blogged here at DIY for years where most everyone is kind and we all feel like close friends. Welcome home blog buddy!<3<3<3

      SID on February 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm
    • Thank you Sid, I'm going to stay away I think while they are filming and leave them alone and I'm not posting any more photos because it would not be a surprise for later if I did. We all know it's ready to go now anyway. Will post more when the tours start and will go a couple of times. Thanks for your welcoming me back. It took a lot to get back on this blog. Post on the SH blog, you're signed in here so you're automatically signed in there when this is open in your browser, just open a new tab for the SH and blog away! You can do it. And thanks again. miniSent from my iPad

      minitoni on February 6, 2014 at 2:10 am
    • <3

      SID on February 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    • There is a new post over there on SH Sid. You might want to take a peek!

      minitoni on February 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm
    • Hi again I was able to read your post… Our kitchen is also all GE Profile including the dishwasher. I hope that I did not confuse anyone about the stove. Our stove does have a single oven with a heating drawer. It is only a few years old so I thought the voting option was the same.

      Jay Michajluk on February 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm
    • Jay, I also forgot to mention that my new oven also has the warmer drawer. I love it! My oven is KitchenAid, so I don't know if GE has the same features, but my warmer drawer has five temperature settings, from low to high. I use medium low to warm my plates and serving dishes – no cold food here!

      Nancy on February 5, 2014 at 1:48 pm
    • Now you sound like my wife. I did not think anyone else warmed plates.

      Jay Michajluk on February 5, 2014 at 8:24 pm
    • we use the dishwasher to warm plates here! LOL

      minitoni on February 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm
    • Bosch……..They make terrific appliances, as well as automotive parts, for years and years. Very dependable company.

      Builder on February 5, 2014 at 8:39 pm
    • Are they American made? I would prefer American made products when possible. I agree Bosch is good-just not sure if American? Are they German? I am not up on the different companies origins:<( I will check:>)

      ruffybc on February 7, 2014 at 9:11 am
    • Yes, Bosch is a German company. However, I do not know if there are Bosch factories here in the US. They have been famous for years and years, known first in the Diesel Injector business, as well as fabulous spark plugs. We have a HE Bosch front load washer, and it is fabulous. If it is like the engine parts they make, it will last forever, like my Mom' Maytag products. The reason we bought a Bosh washer, was because of the pushy salesman at Sears. We told him what we wanted, and he kept wanting to sell us another brand that was double the price. I am sure he was on a commission.

      We went back a couple days later, and bought the Bosch from a woman who had lots of experience at Sears, told her the story, and she just shook her head. Money is the root of all evil when it comes to selling appliances, not what the customer wants. No wonder Sears is getting a bad name.

      Builder on February 8, 2014 at 11:08 am
    • hi
      I know exactly what you are saying about Sears:<( I have grown up with Sears and always went to them first but not anymore. I have had some real bad experiences with them as far as following up with what they have sold you:<( Never again-they have changed, not your old Sears. Really too bad. I am sure they will do everything top notch in this home:>)
      Thanks for your comments

      ruffybc on February 8, 2014 at 11:20 am
    • Done. Thank you for changing your vote.

      Jay Michajluk on February 12, 2014 at 8:07 pm
    • I know what you mean about Sears not be the same as the old days. My dad started working for Sears when he was 19 (spent 6 years in the Army during WWII) then returned to Sears in 1945. He was 55 when he retired. Did not like the new direction they were heading. Retired the day before Christmas and moved to St. Petersburg, FL. Boy I just love St.Pet's Beach.

      Jay Michajluk on February 12, 2014 at 8:14 pm
    • We also grew up with Sears. My dad working for them when he was 19. After 6 years in the Army he returned in 1945 and retired when he was 55. He did not like the new direction they were heading. He retired the day before Christmas and move to St. Petersburg, FL, I just love that area and the beaches.

      Jay Michajluk on February 12, 2014 at 8:21 pm
    • Sorry for the double post. It looked like the first one was removed.

      Jay Michajlluk on February 12, 2014 at 8:48 pm
    • Jay Tell your wife she made a great point. I was for the double until the point she made about smaller ovens. I think I will change my mind on that too.

      JackieOC on February 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm
    • Done. Thank you for your vote.

      Jay Michajluk on February 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm
  9. The dark cabinets would be too much with the floors being dark. Keep it light people.

    Lana on February 4, 2014 at 11:26 am
    • I agree 100% Lana the light cabinets go with the cabin idea. Just do not think dark would look right.:)

      Sheri McNamara on February 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    • I also agee:D

      Denise_D._ on February 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm
    • I like either white cabinets or cherry, so in this case, it's cherry. :D

      AndreaMP on February 4, 2014 at 4:50 pm
    • We really don't know what is going on the kit. Floor. A lot of house have hard wood, but not alway in the kit. I made a suggestion to Dylan on the floor plan posting, I believe that is where it is.

      Denise_D._ on February 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm
    • Just remember what Kayla warned us about – "Keep in mind though, your flooring pick from round one will greatly affect the cabinet choice you pick in this round. In round one, you chose the tiger strand bamboo flooring, so choose the cabinetry color that will best coordinate with that design."

      She means that the butcher block doesn't go well with the bamboo floor. She's trying to tell us something here.

      webwoman on February 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm
    • I meant to say the light cabinets wouldn't go well with the bamboo. Sorry.

      webwoman on February 4, 2014 at 6:38 pm
    • I disagree…I looked back and forth between the cabinets and flooring and I think the light cabinets will pick up the "light" stripes in the bamboo floors. Since the cabinets are pretty simplistic I think it will highlight the floors and show them off even better. Then add the richness of the copper island top that ties in with the colors of the floors and "pops" off the light color of the cabinets. Just my two cents. :0)

      paradise68 on February 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm
    • So far the copper island top is way ahead; I think the dark copper would look better on the lighter maple ! Keep it light & bright ……… it's Florida !!

      gremol on February 5, 2014 at 4:12 am
    • Thank You,I think we have a bunch of kids voting and there friends too. A dark counter top AND dark cupboards are just dreary.The lift up feature in the seats has more storage space but the drawers are winning due to the way they look.I personally want storage.The more the merrier.It keeps clutter down to minimum,and when I get up in the morning it would be nice to have a light cheery kitchen.I had a stove with double ovens and loved it.Especially holidays.There was plenty of room for an 18lb Turkey in one with pies and homemade bread in the other.I hope the floors are a bit lighter than they come across in the pictures.

      Magnet12 on February 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm
  10. The options for ISLAND TOP material are COPPER and BUTCHER BLOCK.

    The options for CABINET color are CHERRY and MAPLE. However, no options are provided for the COUNTERTOP color/material to be used with the CABINETS. The pictures shown for the CHERRY and MAPLE CABINETS show a light/white COUNTERTOP.

    Should we assume that the CABINET'S COUTNERTOP color/material is going to be light/white?

    MAOW on February 4, 2014 at 11:38 am
    • I really don't know either so I am thinking countertop may depend on cabinet choice that wins at end of this cycle.

      Sheri McNamara on February 4, 2014 at 12:14 pm
    • Sheri,

      When the KITCHEN voting started I was expecting to see votes for COUNTERTOP color/material and the BACKSPLASH.

      However, now that voting has begun I can see why DYI did not ask us to vote for the COUNTERTOP color/material and the BACKSPLASH at this time. Without knowing the CABINET color we could have selected a COUNTERTOP color/material and BACKSPLASH that did not match the CABINETS selected.

      MAOW on February 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm
    • And there is no guarantee that they will use cherry for the island. In fact, I bet they do not.

      stlmom1 on February 5, 2014 at 1:57 pm
    • True.

      It will also be interesting to see what wood/finish is used for the BUILT-IN SEATING which we are voting on the Storage Options for (Lift Lid or Drawers).

      MAOW on February 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm
    • I wonder too with the copper. I love it but, worry about maintenance of it? I did hear somewhere? esp with a copper sink and I am assuming this applies to the countertop-that the copper is naturally anti-bacteria? Has anyone else heard that? I am torn on which countertop to pick. I guess I really like something that is solid and germs will not linger in any way. Such granite, or whatever else is out there now. When it comes to food prep I want things to be clean and able to be cleaned-well!:>) I do not want any unwanted contamination. Esp. when you are feeding many people:>) guest,etc. We do not want to turn this into a horror cruise! if you know what I mean!?!:<(

      ruffybc on February 7, 2014 at 9:18 am
    • ruffybc you are absolutely correct that copper does have antibacterial qualities. Probably even more importantly it is non porous, so bacteria can't be absorbed into the surface where it can grow. The only real caution I would have is not to chop or cut on the surface because copper is a soft metal and could be damaged by sharp implements. The example they show is hammered copper, which to me is the perfect surface for a kitchen work area, and what I hope they use. A lightly textured hammered finish like the one shown is not only beautiful now, but would make the counter much less likely to show any scratches and dents that might come along over the years with daily use. Personally I like patina. Good thing too- I'm acquiring lots of patina on my face over the years!;)B)

      SID on February 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm
    • Hi SID
      Yes, I like the patina also. But as you say doing cutting and chopping (which I do a lot of it seems) I would worry about surface damage-I most likely would use another chopping board and may even do that if it were granite? I would not like to chop right on the stone and I would like something I could throw in the dishwasher to be cleaned. So I think I can handle this topping if it wins:>) I will work with it and take in the beauty:>) I got the patina thing going on too! LOL! Gotta love it! It is not years-it is wisdom:>):D

      ruffybc on February 9, 2014 at 9:26 am
    • i never regretted enlarging my butcher block counter if i had an island in my kit. it'd be 1/2 block and 1/2 marble .. i make a lot of ho-made noodles etc.:)

      s. hugdahl on February 8, 2014 at 8:05 pm

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