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Display Name: jenniferp
Member Since: 4/26/11

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Oh, and:
-Cocktail recipes for when I'm at a friend's house and we spontaneously decide to make cocktails.
-My fedex and UPS account numbers
-My favorite nail polish colors in case I want to replace one but can't remember what it's called once I get to the store.

A big shout-out to Workflowy and it's fabulous instant syncing!


Five Lists I Always Keep in My Phone
5/19/14 12:51 PM

-List of what to take on a picnic. Surprisingly helpful.
-Restaurants I loved or want to visit, organized by neighborhood.
-List of wines I loved or want to try.
-List of gift ideas (to purchase or previously purchased) for friends & family. This is crazy helpful when I don't know what to get for someone.
-Past dinner/brunch/tea parties menus. So I can serve those things again/not serve them again.
-Useful but easy-to-forget numbers like my library card # (for online borrowing!), frequent flier numbers and IP addresses for VNC.


Five Lists I Always Keep in My Phone
5/19/14 12:47 PM

nyc, there were NO change orders during the project, per my original contract :)

-Jennifer


Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation: The Big Reveal Renovation Diary
4/30/14 06:51 PM

lherbert, the tile is from Tile Spark in NYC. If you go there, ask for Ray. They have quite a few stone countertop samples in the store, which helped when I was trying to find a match for my Caesarstone countertops.

Tile Spark
(646) 336-9792
36 W 22nd St
Manhattan, NY 10010


Jennifer's Kitchen: The Last Week Renovation Diary
4/30/14 07:02 AM

textiles, thanks for all your great input during my reno diary. I've gotten so many great ideas from many of the commenters here!

The contractor is going to complete that molding once the radiator cabinet is built. He'll also add molding around the bedroom door frame where the wood laminate was cut. Lots of punch-list stuff still left to do, but everything is is great so far!

-Jennifer


Jennifer's Kitchen: The Last Week Renovation Diary
4/29/14 03:05 PM

p.s. I was kidding about the food at IKEA. I imagine they serve all kinds of things at their restaurants.
-Jennifer


Jennifer's Kitchen: The Home Stretch Renovation Diary
4/24/14 05:49 PM

Hi everyone, Jennifer here.

Wow, I didn’t expect so much feedback about the placement of the 2-burner cooktop! It’s fun to read what everyone has to say about it. :)

The temporary apartment I was living in during the project had the same floorplan as my apartment. Coincidentally, the kitchen there also had a 2-burner cooktop (maybe this common with new renovations of smaller units?). It was installed perpendicular to the counter, with one burner in front and one in back. I had several weeks to use it while I was living there. Two things I didn’t like about the placement: it split up usable counter space and there was always an opportunity to burn myself when reaching over one burner for another. That’s when I decided on the less conventional placement for my cooktop.

The good news is that my 5-quart Le Creuset Dutch oven fits just fine on the cooktop and doesn’t hit the wall. I can also (just) have a full-size skillet or saucepan next to the Dutch oven at the same time. And the counter space in front of the cooktop is perfect for prepping food that is going onto the stove. So, so far I’m very happy with the placement!

There IS undercabinet lighting. What I nixed was lighting inside the upper cabinets (which were going to have translucent doors.) Totally unnecessary with all the light in the room. The undercabinet lighting is great!

There’s no way to have a vent in this kitchen without running it up, across the ceiling and into a hole created in the exterior wall. It was just completely unrealistic for this kitchen.

The light green backsplash tile is PLENTY of color for such a small space. You’ll have a better feel for it when you see the pics of it installed.

Scottish Folds are the best! (I have two of them -- not sure if Sophie made it into any of the pictures.) Folds always look grumpy because of the ears, but Spencer is a sweetheart. He made a point of befriending everyone working on the project!


Jennifer's Kitchen: The Home Stretch Renovation Diary
4/24/14 05:47 PM

Sorry -- missed the comment about the jeans! So the story is, one of the workers would come in every day during the demolition stage and change out of his street clothes into his work jeans. Then he would leave the jeans in the apartment over the weekend like you see in the pic. I guess he had somewhere nicer to be after work!

Happily, the cabinets are deep enough for my dinner plates :)

-Jennifer


Jennifer's Kitchen: Some Big Decisions Renovation Diary
4/24/14 01:53 PM

elyrie,

I mentioned this in an earlier installment, but my contractor is Ferenc Forizs of Double F General Construction. (347) 731-2575. I've had a very positive experience with him throughout the project (not to mention that his bid was the lowest). I hope you have the same experience!

-Jennifer


Jennifer's Kitchen: Hold the Cognac Renovation Diary
4/24/14 11:52 AM

JPA, it's a single-drawer drawer dishwasher. Not freestanding. You can see it here:

http://www.fisherpaykel.com/us/kitchen/dishwashing/

cheers!
-Jennifer


Jennifer's Kitchen: Hold the Cognac Renovation Diary
4/24/14 11:50 AM

Fridge just hasn't been leveled yet!

-Jennifer


Jennifer's Kitchen: Hold the Cognac Renovation Diary
4/23/14 02:44 PM

Canadian, those are just two cabinets whose doors did not arrive with the IKEA order. You can also see electrical wiring up there. I originally planned to have lighted translucent doors on the upper cabinets, which is why the wiring is there. But I've decided against it since there's so much light available in the room already.

-Jennifer


Jennifer's Kitchen: Hold the Cognac Renovation Diary
4/23/14 02:43 PM

I posted some notes at the end of the last installment, but in case you didn't see it: cabinetry is being installed above the fridge. It's just not up yet! :)

-Jennifer


Jennifer's Kitchen: Hold the Cognac Renovation Diary
4/23/14 02:41 PM

Jennifer here...

Thanks, everyone. for all the great suggestions, support and helpful info!

A few answers/notes:

-Cabinetry IS being installed over the refrigerator. Just isn’t there yet.

-The reason for dispensing with exterior wall cabinetry/countertops wasn’t because of budget, it was because I wanted more floor space and openness. After living here for 13 years, I have a good idea of how much prep space I need. I’m usually only cooking for myself or or for two, so I’m happy with the smaller prep space. As far as storage, I already have substantially more storage than I did before. It’s all good!

-Love the idea of a small bench or possibly upper cabinets being used as base cabinets Both great ideas!

-The bathroom door is standard width. Not sure why it appears small.

-The frosted glass in the bathroom door has turned out to be opaque enough for sufficient bathroom privacy.

-There IS a long shelf over the bathroom door -- on the bathroom side. It makes for LOTS of extra storage space!

-The storage cabinets above the window are great for long-term storage of things like the waffle iron, serving platters, booze and cookbooks. I’m very happy to have those cabinets.


Jennifer's Kitchen: Some Big Decisions Renovation Diary
4/23/14 01:34 PM

I don't know the exact cabinet I got, but it's 22" wide. Not wide enough for most ovens, I think (my GE wall oven is 30"), but it fits my Fisher & Paykel 22" dishwasher.


Jennifer's Kitchen: Moving Right Along Renovation Diary
4/18/14 01:01 PM

p.s. Yes, I'm doing a panel below the drawer dishwasher, in the same glossy white as the IKEA cabinets.

As far as meeting the $4500 minimum for IKEA, I believe that anything from the kitchen department will go towards that minimum for the discount.


Jennifer's Kitchen: Moving Right Along Renovation Diary
4/17/14 10:48 PM

new in ny, you are correct about the counter photo. I found that photo online and it was captioned (erroneously) as the Caesarstone Concrete finish. Later I realized it was a different finish. However, the square swatch above it is a photo of the actual Concrete finish. Nice catch! :)

-Jennifer


Jennifer's Kitchen: Moving Right Along Renovation Diary
4/17/14 10:45 PM

Stephie, the plans call for under-cabinet outlets. So instead of having a few visible outlets, I'll have multiple invisible ones! They will look like these:

http://www.remodelista.com/files/styles/733_0s/public/fields/under-cabinet-outlet-strip-green-tile.jpg

-Jennifer


Jennifer's Kitchen: Moving Right Along Renovation Diary
4/17/14 02:28 PM

kimithy, agreed about the original brick. But only about 3/4 of it remained and most of it in terrible condition. I discussed it with my contractor, but it would be VERY expensive to repair and keep the brickwork.

-Jennifer


Jennifer's Kitchen: Some Unexpected Issues Renovation Diary
4/17/14 10:20 AM

textiles, yes, the bathroom door must be moved to the right about 6 inches to allow for standard 24" counters and fridge on the interior side of the kitchen. Good eye!

-Jennifer


Jennifer's Kitchen: Some Unexpected Issues Renovation Diary
4/17/14 10:18 AM