One thing I wanted with the house was a fully functional kitchen that was easy to work in, the large layout with a wrap around counter suited me perfectly.  When I had a house and would have people over it's strange how often everyone would gravitate toward the kitchen, I think its because thats where the beer was...  I wanted something that put off a relaxed feel and wasnt something I had to struggle to move around in.  This kitchen features all stainless steel appliances, standard sized hickory cabinets, butcher block counters, and plenty of LED lighting. Its gotta be my favorite little room in the house. 

I was told I was going overboard with the wood.... what do they know ;)

I was told I was going overboard with the wood.... what do they know ;)

The cabinets were by far the most difficult thing to deal with, the install and over all work part wasn't the big issue, simply getting the cabinets was an absolute nightmare.  I ordered pre-made hickory cabinets from home depot, since it was a small space most of the cabinets had to be ordered.  I got the form from the store, drew everything out on the floor to make sure this stuff was going to work, built a list with part numbers of what I needed, and brought that list to the store.  Seems like everything would have gone smoothly right?  Anything but, the store would call me saying that they cancelled the order and I needed to re-order, the wrong cabinets were ordered when I went to pick them up, once that was sorted out and I waited another two weeks for the new ones to show up, the cabinets showed up damaged.  It was very stressful and it set the project back drastically, I don't know if I want to chock this up to bad luck or the store just not doing whatever they were suppose to be doing right.  If I were to do this again, Id get it started much sooner than I did this time.  And maybe go somewhere else...

The cabinets were by far the most difficult thing to deal with, the install and over all work part wasn't the big issue, simply getting the cabinets was an absolute nightmare.  I ordered pre-made hickory cabinets from home depot, since it was a small space most of the cabinets had to be ordered.  I got the form from the store, drew everything out on the floor to make sure this stuff was going to work, built a list with part numbers of what I needed, and brought that list to the store.  Seems like everything would have gone smoothly right?  Anything but, the store would call me saying that they cancelled the order and I needed to re-order, the wrong cabinets were ordered when I went to pick them up, once that was sorted out and I waited another two weeks for the new ones to show up, the cabinets showed up damaged.  It was very stressful and it set the project back drastically, I don't know if I want to chock this up to bad luck or the store just not doing whatever they were suppose to be doing right.  If I were to do this again, Id get it started much sooner than I did this time.  And maybe go somewhere else...

Cabinets were pretty easy to install, you'll just need some good clamps, some nice (carbide if your using hardwoods) drill bits, and a little patience.  Since the foundation was nice, square, and flush, setting the cabinets up and insuring they were level was pretty easy.  I cut leftover strips of 3/4 ACX and made small platforms that matched the footprint of the cabinet, I didn't want to lose the 3/4 of an inch once the floors went in.  I'm only 5'9" but I still don't like bending over anymore than I have to. 

Cabinets were pretty easy to install, you'll just need some good clamps, some nice (carbide if your using hardwoods) drill bits, and a little patience.  Since the foundation was nice, square, and flush, setting the cabinets up and insuring they were level was pretty easy.  I cut leftover strips of 3/4 ACX and made small platforms that matched the footprint of the cabinet, I didn't want to lose the 3/4 of an inch once the floors went in.  I'm only 5'9" but I still don't like bending over anymore than I have to. 

I just cant get over how beautiful hickory is, its such a wild looking wood with so much going on.  Call me crazy but every piece will build its own personality, each piece very intricate and unique.  I wont lie, its expensive, heavy, much harder to work with, and goes through saw blades and drill bits like its going out of style.  Its all worth it in the end, it makes you a better wood worker and I never get tired of looking at it.  

I just cant get over how beautiful hickory is, its such a wild looking wood with so much going on.  Call me crazy but every piece will build its own personality, each piece very intricate and unique.  I wont lie, its expensive, heavy, much harder to work with, and goes through saw blades and drill bits like its going out of style.  Its all worth it in the end, it makes you a better wood worker and I never get tired of looking at it.  

Before I started the butcher block, I went and picked up a plunger router and a biscuit jointer.  Two of my favorite tools to use anymore, really brings your work to a level.  Never having done this kind of work before and only having basic woodworking skills, it was wildly gratifying seeing it come together in this way.  I wanted to use granite but it was way too heavy, I didn't want to use formica counters because it looks cheeseball, the butcher block was the perfect balance.  Not too heavy and not too expensive, about 8 dollars per square foot if you choose to use birch.  There are so many ways you can go with butcher block, so many choices out there.  I chose birch because it was readily available and it is reasonably priced.   The amazing thing about this little kitchen is it offers up 35 square feet of workable counter space.... more than my last house.   

Before I started the butcher block, I went and picked up a plunger router and a biscuit jointer.  Two of my favorite tools to use anymore, really brings your work to a level.  Never having done this kind of work before and only having basic woodworking skills, it was wildly gratifying seeing it come together in this way.  I wanted to use granite but it was way too heavy, I didn't want to use formica counters because it looks cheeseball, the butcher block was the perfect balance.  Not too heavy and not too expensive, about 8 dollars per square foot if you choose to use birch.  There are so many ways you can go with butcher block, so many choices out there.  I chose birch because it was readily available and it is reasonably priced.   The amazing thing about this little kitchen is it offers up 35 square feet of workable counter space.... more than my last house.   

Wanted a nice recesses stainless sink with a big ol basin.  Found this Elkay sink at my favorite cabinet store and it worked perfectly.  I used a 30 inch sink cabinet so the sink basin would square up nicely with the window, a sink for that sized cabinet proved difficult to find if you didn't want to order something.  Love the way it looks, nothing sweeter than washing your dishes with style... 

Wanted a nice recesses stainless sink with a big ol basin.  Found this Elkay sink at my favorite cabinet store and it worked perfectly.  I used a 30 inch sink cabinet so the sink basin would square up nicely with the window, a sink for that sized cabinet proved difficult to find if you didn't want to order something.  Love the way it looks, nothing sweeter than washing your dishes with style... 

My first job was a dishwasher when I was 16, always loved those industrial looking sinks.  I just couldn't resist.

My first job was a dishwasher when I was 16, always loved those industrial looking sinks.  I just couldn't resist.

What I really liked about this sink was the seamless drain, gunk doesn't build up and it looks oh so slick.  What I didnt like about it is that it needed a garbage disposal that was twice the cost.  Im sure theres an adapter out there but this thing was so easy to install, and I'm pretty sure you could grind up an entire hog with this bad mother licker.  Really grinds food down and keeps my grey water catch from building up with large chunks of whatever I can cram down the drain.  Crazy quiet as well, pretty happy with the thing. 

What I really liked about this sink was the seamless drain, gunk doesn't build up and it looks oh so slick.  What I didnt like about it is that it needed a garbage disposal that was twice the cost.  Im sure theres an adapter out there but this thing was so easy to install, and I'm pretty sure you could grind up an entire hog with this bad mother licker.  Really grinds food down and keeps my grey water catch from building up with large chunks of whatever I can cram down the drain.  Crazy quiet as well, pretty happy with the thing. 

I would have stained these counter tops a dark color but I couldn't find anything that was food friendly.  I figure we inadvertently ingest enough chemicals and I didn't want to add to the mix, so I went with an all natural food safe butcher block oil.  Simply pour it on, let it soak, and wiper her down.  Took a few coats and after it was all said and done I'm glad I didn't stain it, looks great and it shows gross stuff making you more motivated to keep your kitchen clean.  Notice the beautiful seam ;) thanks to the router, biscuit jointer, glue, and joint connectors.  Keep leftovers from old projects if you have room (within reason) .  I kept all my old mosaic tile from my old house when I remodeled my kitchen, had just enough to make a beautiful back splash for the kitchen.  Just used 1/4 white cement board, acrylic tile glue, and a siliconized grout.  When using tile in a moving structure remember that you're going to have some movement when your house is bouncing down the road.  Use glues and silicone thats going to have a little give so your work doesn't crumble to pieces.  Little highlights like this is really stands out and brings the project the the next level. 

I would have stained these counter tops a dark color but I couldn't find anything that was food friendly.  I figure we inadvertently ingest enough chemicals and I didn't want to add to the mix, so I went with an all natural food safe butcher block oil.  Simply pour it on, let it soak, and wiper her down.  Took a few coats and after it was all said and done I'm glad I didn't stain it, looks great and it shows gross stuff making you more motivated to keep your kitchen clean.  Notice the beautiful seam ;) thanks to the router, biscuit jointer, glue, and joint connectors.  Keep leftovers from old projects if you have room (within reason) .  I kept all my old mosaic tile from my old house when I remodeled my kitchen, had just enough to make a beautiful back splash for the kitchen.  Just used 1/4 white cement board, acrylic tile glue, and a siliconized grout.  When using tile in a moving structure remember that you're going to have some movement when your house is bouncing down the road.  Use glues and silicone thats going to have a little give so your work doesn't crumble to pieces.  Little highlights like this is really stands out and brings the project the the next level. 

No garbage beers on this bad boy, took quite a while to collect this many bottle caps from craft beers.  Added it all up and figured that at about ten bucks a six pack, this would add up to 750 bucks worth of beer... I need to find a new hobby.  It was a fun little project and its fun to look at.  Made a frame for the caps and slowly started gluing the things in, if I were to do it again I would have used a different glue (not gorilla glue) and some black grout.  Still, just another little thing that will make your project uniquily yours.

No garbage beers on this bad boy, took quite a while to collect this many bottle caps from craft beers.  Added it all up and figured that at about ten bucks a six pack, this would add up to 750 bucks worth of beer... I need to find a new hobby.  It was a fun little project and its fun to look at.  Made a frame for the caps and slowly started gluing the things in, if I were to do it again I would have used a different glue (not gorilla glue) and some black grout.  Still, just another little thing that will make your project uniquily yours.

Double, triple, quadruple check all your spacing so everything lines up perfectly.  Used a 30" range hood that vents directly outside to help suck out all that bacon stank and other food smells.  Its insane how quickly a small space like this will fill up with food smell so its important to get a nice powerful hood to rid your home of any unnecessary smells.  Keep that there cedar smelling fresh!  I only have a 24" four burner gas range so it really does a good job getting all the gas fumes and food smell out of there.  The range is the perfect size and compliments the kitchen beautifully.  Went to a local tin shop and had them cut and bend seams into a nice sheet of stainless steel for the stoves back splash.  If you like to cook, get a nice, easy to clean back splash because you'll be surprised how much spatter it'll collect. 

Double, triple, quadruple check all your spacing so everything lines up perfectly.  Used a 30" range hood that vents directly outside to help suck out all that bacon stank and other food smells.  Its insane how quickly a small space like this will fill up with food smell so its important to get a nice powerful hood to rid your home of any unnecessary smells.  Keep that there cedar smelling fresh!  I only have a 24" four burner gas range so it really does a good job getting all the gas fumes and food smell out of there.  The range is the perfect size and compliments the kitchen beautifully.  Went to a local tin shop and had them cut and bend seams into a nice sheet of stainless steel for the stoves back splash.  If you like to cook, get a nice, easy to clean back splash because you'll be surprised how much spatter it'll collect. 

I wanted a refrigerator that had the freezer on the bottom but they ended up being crazy expensive for the sized I wanted.  Came across this fridge and loved the way it looked, more than enough for a small space like this one.  I had the idea to get the fridge off the floor and get it as close to the ceiling as I could.  Not only did it create an area for storage, it made the fridge a little more accessible.  Every single square inch counts, so whenever you can double up on functionality do it.  As you have seen in previous blogs, I have two hounds hellbent on eating me out of house and home.  They are more akin to ravenous feral pigs than domesticated dogs, that made me think of a creative place to store the food for my hungry dogs.  I simply made a heavy duty drawer with a hickory face under the fridge to store the food, it works perfectly.  Dog food bowls go in when they aren't being fed, and it holds about 30 pounds of food, keeps the small amount of storage open for me and the things I decided to keep. Wasn't sure how to seal the wood from the oily dog food and I didn't want their food soaking up some kind of chemical stain.  Just got some thick vapor barrier and stapled it in place, not the prettiest but it works like a charm.   

I love little touches like this, had a bare plywood wall I wasn't sure what I was going to do with.  Found some dark cork squares and slapped them up there for a very nice looking place to put memos and pictures of mine sweet sweet grandma. 

I love little touches like this, had a bare plywood wall I wasn't sure what I was going to do with.  Found some dark cork squares and slapped them up there for a very nice looking place to put memos and pictures of mine sweet sweet grandma. 

I wanted to make the house as easy to maintain and cheap to live in.  Although the all LED lighting throughout the house was a little expensive it is wildly cheap to run.  My electricity bill is something I don't even notice and thats exactly the way I want it.  Little features like outlets that sport USB ports is very handy, just keep cords in the drawers near the plugs and you'll never find yourself running around to keep your devices charged up.  Though more expensive than normal switches, the rocker switches with dimmers are just too nice to pass up.  I like a lot of light with my workspace, and when the sun goes down you can cool down those crazy bright LEDs.  Just remember, get dimmer capable lights,  otherwise you'll be a little disappointed.