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    Default Buster Reno Thread - Part DEUX

    So it's finally time to get around to upgrading the things I didn't do in 2016.

    I'll get to posting some more details, but for now:

    1. Rear deck area to be totally revamped.
    2. Kitchen will be stripped out and a new one installed. I'm actually probably going to move it across to the other side of the house!
    3. Windows/envelope.


    My architect is doing some of the drawings and original sketches.

    But it is WISH LIST time.

    What would be your guys' wishlist for a deck area, and a kitchen?

    I've seen other wishlist threads, and they always turn up great ideas I hadn't considered.

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    Looking forward to build thread 2.0, red knob everything?
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    I'd like a kitchen fan (hood fan) with more features than my current setup. Features such as:
    a.) Less than 123 dB.
    b.) Actually removes smoke and cooking vapours.
    c.) Multi-speed that doesn't have all four speeds >120 dB.
    d.) Does more than zero of simple things it was exclusively designed to do.
    e.) Brings me less rage.

    I think these issues are disappointingly common with hood fans, so I think it's worth addressing with your contractor.

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    Commercial extractor fan. If it isn't large enough to require make-up air, it's not large enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    Commercial extractor fan. If it isn't large enough to require make-up air, it's not large enough.
    I need to look into this. So does The Mighty Penis it seems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenIsMightier View Post
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    I'd like a kitchen fan (hood fan) with more features than my current setup. Features such as:
    a.) Less than 123 dB.
    b.) Actually removes smoke and cooking vapours.
    c.) Multi-speed that doesn't have all four speeds >120 dB.
    d.) Does more than zero of simple things it was exclusively designed to do.
    e.) Brings me less rage.

    I think these issues are disappointingly common with hood fans, so I think it's worth addressing with your contractor.
    I’ll one up you, mine does all those things yours does, but the buttons are all stuck so the only way to interact with it is to smack it in strategic locations hoping the right function clicks.
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    Put a pot filler above your stove if you haven't already. Drives me nuts we didn't do this when we took our kitchen down to the studs.

    I appreciate our dovetail drawers. IIRC the incremental cost to get these over normal ones wasn't a ton, but they're much nicer to look at.
    IMG_20180202_145942.jpg

    Assume you've thought of it, but toe kick central vac thingie. Another one that we could have done but didn't for some reason.

    If you have a lazy susan somewhere in a cupboard, you can get one that has no stripper pole in the middle, it's just flat shelves. It's worth the extra couple hundred bucks.

    Don't get a Miele fridge/freezer. My parents freezer failed a few months outside warranty period, Miele stopped making replacement parts, and their only suggestion was to replace with a new one. I can tell you the rest of the story sometime if you're interested, but won't clutter the thread. They're happy with all the other Miele appliances.

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    Soooooo Subzero?
    Originally posted by Thales of Miletus

    If you think I have been trying to present myself as intellectually superior, then you truly are a dimwit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjblair View Post
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    Put a pot filler above your stove if you haven't already. Drives me nuts we didn't do this when we took our kitchen down to the studs.

    I appreciate our dovetail drawers. IIRC the incremental cost to get these over normal ones wasn't a ton, but they're much nicer to look at.
    IMG_20180202_145942.jpg
    I think this is a really nice detail. Doesn't matter to 80% of people, but will be strongly appreciated by the rest. Should also be slightly quieter on closing as well. I hate drawers that "rattle" when you close them. Soft-close hardware is also a good call. Whatever Ikea uses, no joke, I think it's some fancy euro brand you can buy separately.

    Not for buster, but for others, if you are buying "entry level" cabinets, you are better off just getting ikea cabinets, as they are similar quality, and during kitchen event, great discount.
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    +1 For Pot filler.
    Run the waterline for Cappuccino maker
    A double sided Fireplace for the deck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjblair View Post
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    Put a pot filler above your stove if you haven't already. Drives me nuts we didn't do this when we took our kitchen down to the studs.

    I appreciate our dovetail drawers. IIRC the incremental cost to get these over normal ones wasn't a ton, but they're much nicer to look at.


    Assume you've thought of it, but toe kick central vac thingie. Another one that we could have done but didn't for some reason.

    If you have a lazy susan somewhere in a cupboard, you can get one that has no stripper pole in the middle, it's just flat shelves. It's worth the extra couple hundred bucks.

    Don't get a Miele fridge/freezer. My parents freezer failed a few months outside warranty period, Miele stopped making replacement parts, and their only suggestion was to replace with a new one. I can tell you the rest of the story sometime if you're interested, but won't clutter the thread. They're happy with all the other Miele appliances.
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    Soooooo Subzero?
    No idea on appliances yet. Based on current research, I think people often go Miele dishwasher and then a package of Wolf/SZ to round out the rest. I already have the Miele dishwasher to replace my old one last year, so I'm set there. My brother has a steam oven thing that he really likes. I despise microwaves, but my wife and my inlaws think they are a primary kitchen tool, so I think I will have to get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster View Post
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    I need to look into this. So does The Mighty Penis it seems.
    Based on my research, short of going full commercial custom, get a https://ventahood.com/.

    It doesn't have the "pretty" grill grease catchers, but those are what cause the noise. We are going with a 1200cfm version. It much quieter than anything else I've seen / heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benyl View Post
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    Based on my research, short of going full commercial custom, get a https://ventahood.com/.

    It doesn't have the "pretty" grill grease catchers, but those are what cause the noise. We are going with a 1200cfm version. It much quieter than anything else I've seen / heard.
    nice. I don't think I will go commercial. But not sure what you mean about the grease catchers being pretty. I need to look into this.

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    +1 For Pot filler.
    Run the waterline for Cappuccino maker
    A double sided Fireplace for the deck.
    Double sided fireplace? Do you mean with one side in the house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster View Post
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    No idea on appliances yet. Based on current research, I think people often go Miele dishwasher and then a package of Wolf/SZ to round out the rest. I already have the Miele dishwasher to replace my old one last year, so I'm set there. My brother has a steam oven thing that he really likes. I despise microwaves, but my wife and my inlaws think they are a primary kitchen tool, so I think I will have to get one.
    Make sure when you get your stove, either get the real range top or get a full wolf range. Do not just buy a cooktop no matter how "pretty" it looks.

    Check the BTU specs to understand what I mean.

    Also dual wall ovens, get way more use than you think they will but dont have to be wolf if you want to save a few $.

    On the water line, its not uncommon for your fridge to have a waterline out to minimize filter changing on multiple appliances. Something to think of.
    Last edited by killramos; 01-22-2021 at 09:04 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by killramos View Post
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    Make sure when you get your stove, either get the real range top or get a full wolf range. Do not just buy a cooktop no matter how "pretty" it looks.

    Check the BTU specs to understand what I mean.
    I'm not a fan of cooktops because they often aren't vented and the odd time I want to crust some meat at 550 degrees in the oven I can't without smoking up the house. Wall ovens look nice though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster View Post
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    nice. I don't think I will go commercial. But not sure what you mean about the grease catchers being pretty. I need to look into this.

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    Double sided fireplace? Do you mean with one side in the house?
    Yes one side inside the House.

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    You are making me kitchen Jelly. I have been planning a dream kitchen for years haha

    Thoughts on the rear deck? Consider putting shutters all around to increase the length of the season? 3 season room style.

    Bonus points you don't have to shovel your deck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by killramos View Post
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    You are making me kitchen Jelly. I have been planning a dream kitchen for years haha

    Thoughts on the rear deck? Consider putting shutters all around to increase the length of the season? 3 season room style.

    Bonus points you don't have to shovel your deck.
    It may be semi covered, I'm not sure. Kinda depends on what the architect comes up with. I'm replacing all of the windows fronting onto the lake and the new deck with big sliding door style ones so we can convert to indoor/outdoor living space when we ant.

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    Sounds very practical considering we live in Calgary.

    Heck, even if I lived somehow warmer I’d still cover my deck.

    Think of all the money you will save on bbq covers
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    Under Cabinet Lighting 100%
    Main double sink + extra sink closer to range for quick handwashing
    I would actually NOT put the main washing sink in the kitchen island nor facing a window; I want it under a cabinet. See photo; those Finnish people are so smart. Near a window would be idea.
    Double dishwasher if I could fit it
    That fancy microwave drawer style
    Specific storage drawers for pot lids
    Pull out hanging shelf for pans
    Riser for kitchenaid, w/ plug inside that cabinet
    Dedicated "drop zone / phone charging" and "junk drawer" area

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