When we started this process, I contacted someone I used to work with. Her husband was a builder and I wanted to know if he was available. Mike Davis of Davis Builders and his wife, Donna, met with us to discuss our vision for the kitchen and steps we needed to take to accomplish that. He set the order - first the cabinets, then the counter top, then everything else. He arrived on April 6th to unhook and move out appliances and to move some electric plugs. Since we were adding almost six foot of new counter top, we needed the floor plugs moved up to counter top level. An afterthought was adding a new dedicated plug just for our TV and phone. Before the back splash went up but after the counter top was installed, we purchased a new flat screen TV for our counter. If you look at the first picture in my last kitchen post, you can see how much room on the counter top my old TV took up. In my excitement, I set up the new TV and discovered in order to use the TV to cover the cable and phone jacks, the cord would have to be stretched almost two feet to reach a plug. So, I asked Mike to add a plug next to the cable and phone jacks just for the phone and TV. You will see later that the TV covers the whole thing leaving a nice clean look. Just another one of those details that I didn't think through at the beginning. Luckily the back splash had not been installed, so no harm, no foul.
Woodfront Kitchens has a great working relationship with Central Illinois Granite in Morton, Illinois. After meeting with Dave at Woodfront, we went to Morton to find a counter top. After looking at many selections I picked a Quartz Reflections product which had recycled glass in it. Bits of glass were the same color as my accent tile but what really sold me was the tiny bits of reflective material which might have been mirror. When the light hit the sample, it sparkled. My kitchen needed sparkle; this counter top material was like a beautiful piece of jewelry. We also picked out a new double brushed nickel under mount sink and a new faucet. Those would be installed with the counter top. They promised that they would be at our house on April 14th to make a template of the counter top and be back one week later to install the new one.
Next post: countertop and backsplash.