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After posting progress pics of the kitchen a few weeks ago, some questions popped up. First, there was concern that the hood appeared to be too high.

Handy Hubby installed the exhaust hood according to the directions which advised placing the hood 30″ – 36″ above the cooktop.

Ours is 31″ from the cooktop so we’re actually on the lower end of the recommended range. There are several reasons as to why the hood may seem higher in pictures. First off, the height of the ceiling where the hood’s chimney dead-ends is 9′. That’s because we opened up the original 8′ ceiling and vaulted it. Where the sloped ceiling meets the wall is 9′. That extra foot of headroom might be extending the height of the hood visually.

Another reason the hood may look so disconnected from the stovetop is because there’s nothing but empty space separating them at the moment. The control dials on the range are located at the front, just above the oven door, so there’s no control panel on the back that sticks up. It makes for a clean line horizontally but might be why the hood feels oh-so-far-away. Ideally, I’d like to add a backsplash {not sure what type of material} and/or a shelf above the stove. Both of them would help to bridge the stove-to-hood gap. Upper cabinets placed on either side of the hood could also give the hood a cozier height visually but they aren’t in our kitchen plans.

One other thing…many of the newer exhaust hoods are efficient enough that they can be placed further from the cooktop than older models.

HH and I didn’t really notice the hood feeling too high. HH likes the fact that he can stand at the stove and easily see the burners without dipping his head under the hood. Hopefully, our plans to add a backsplash/shelving above the stove will keep the open space from feeling like a tundra.

There were also some questions regarding the fridge. Many of you wanted to know our reasoning for choosing a side-by-side model. We chose the side-by-side for several reasons:

1) We had one at our previous house and liked it.

2) We have friends who have a French door/bottom freezer drawer and they hate it. We usually like/dislike the same things so we figured we wouldn’t like it either.

3) We like having the water and ice dispenser on the outside of the door so our kids can fill their cups on their own.

4) We don’t have a need for storing large platters {i.e. we’re not caterers or bakers} in the fridge, so the narrower fridge space is just fine with us.

5) We wanted a counter-depth fridge and IKEA only offers them in side-by-side models. {We purchased our entire kitchen from IKEA during one of their 20% off sales…if you buy three kitchen appliances, you get 20% off your entire kitchen order. We bought our fridge, dishwasher, range and hood from IKEA.}

The side-by-side should serve us {and HH’s Yuengling!} well. I totally understand that some people prefer other types of fridges though.

What about you? What’s above your stove?…a microwave?…a patterned backsplash?…a custom hood? Are you like us and prefer a side-by-side fridge? Or are you a French door fridge lover?

FYI – We’re making progress in the mudroom/dining room/laundry nook! Catch a sneak peek two images up and in the image below.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

75 Comments

08.May.2012

We have a small shot gun kitchen so to save counter space when we remodeled our kitchen we mounted a microwave/hood above our stove then cabinets above that. We have a glass tile backsplash (in a subway tile type pattern of 1×2 multicolor tiles) which i LOVE and was SUPER easy to do all on our own. And I must say is SO easy to clean, just windex, when the kids chunk their plates into the sink and spaghetti o’s go flying all over the backsplash :) We have a top freezer type fridge, nothing fancy because we bought it right after hurricane Katrina… We evacuated and couldn’t return home for 2+ weeks so by that time you can imagine what that fridge smelled like… death. We trashed it and bought what we could. BTW, that stove is a beast!

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replied on May 9th, 2012

That stove was a splurrrrrrge for us – more so for HH than me as he’s always been the cook. We both cook but he likes cooking. HH picked out the stove. I think the beastly range will keep him feeling manly in the kitchen ;)

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08.May.2012

Love seeing some of the underdog!! As for fridge…I like the old fashion freezer on top. Hands down. I’m not a fan of side by side, but I would totally take it over french door…I just dont like the freezer drawer concept.

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09.May.2012

We love our French door/bottom freezer and will never go back, but that’s just our preference. It meets our needs best, but each family is different. We are currently renting, and there’s a microwave above the stove, but I would way rather have your set-up. The hood is gorgeous, and I think it’s at a great height. I loved your bathroom tile selections, so I’m super excited to see what you choose for your kitchen backsplash. I’m picturing something shimmery white, but I usually go for simple. Our stove we chose in our home we owned had front controls like yours, and I loved it! Now, with little ones, I feel safe knowing our rental kitchen has the knobs in the back. Still though, if I were to buy one again, I would choose front controls again. Afterall, they’re not little forever. I like the openness of your kitchen, and I’m sure it’ll feel just cozy enough once it’s lived in.

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09.May.2012

We love our freezer on the bottom, but, we bought it on sale & hubby is 6ft 3in, so fits our needs. Also, no kids at time of purchase… So, to each their own. :)
Love how open your kitchen is & LOVE the range hood. I think you’ve done a FABULOUS job with Under Dog! Keep up the great work – really enjoying reading your reno stories, fr conception to completion. Keep up the good work! Happy Mother’s Day too. :)

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Side by side fridge all the way!! I seriously dislike the bottom freezer and how all the freezer stuff is on top of each other. It is nice and neat in a side by side. PLUS, with little kids, they can open the door easier on the side by side to get themselves milk, string cheese, juice, etc. And, I dislike that a french door fridge is so much more expensive to have the water/ice in the door! why?!?!?!? I think you made the perfect choice.
Love the SS hood…was just telling hubby tonight that I wish we had one.
Love everything so far! You are a great designer!

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09.May.2012

I have a bottom freezer and dislike it very much. I wish we could’ve gotten a side by side, but we needed a counter depth. Oh well… I took my counter top material up into the backsplash, but in a large subway tile pattern. That turned out really well.

I’m loving your kitchen and look forward to watching your home progress. Great job!

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09.May.2012

we have a bottom freezer and i really like it. well, i don’t love that everything is stacked on top of each other in the freezer, but i do love how much width the fridge has! and ours has a water/ice dispenser on the outside of the door–i couldn’t live without that! :)

all your progress in the underdog is looking awesome!! can’t wait to see the final product! (and by “final,” i mean “good enough to move in to,” lol!)

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09.May.2012

Hi, I must agree with you that side by side freezer are much better than the bottom freezer but we used to have that because my mother bought it on sale. But when we decided to buy a new one I really insist to have side by side…my mom loves it now.

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09.May.2012

we have a french door/bottom freezer and while I love the look of it, it’s horrible to use. The freezer space is small and it is difficult to see everything as it is piled on top of each other. You also have to awkwardly bend down and reach in to get the ice. You made a good choice!

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09.May.2012

I think your kitchen is looking great so far, and you can’t go wrong with using the advise/directions regarding the height of your hood – it’s what we did. It’ll look cohesive once you install counter tops and other elements. I’ve always liked side-by-side fridges, but we went with a typical European/single fridge (freezer on the bottom that opens like the top/door) due to the size of our kitchen. I think that pull out bottom freezers can become tedious. My neighbor in the states has a fridge like that, and it just feels bulky/cumbersome (probably because I’m vertically challenged). As for a backsplash, we opted for the classic subway tile with dark grout. Some people may not like the look, but I think it makes the beveled tile pop out more and helps hide cooking stains/age (despite I like my home clean).

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Love the side by side fridge. I don’t care for the french door ones. In our rental we have a microwave/hood combo above our stove. I’m probably naive with this but gotta say I 99% of the time don’t use the hood. I mean we don’t cook meat at home but how often does everyone else use their’s? They’re pretty but how much are they needed in the first place?

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replied on May 9th, 2012

Robin – We have your same setup in our apartment. Right now, I’m using the vent to calm Mabrey. She loves the sound of the microwave ventilation fan!! The apartment fan isn’t very helpful other than that though as it just vents upwards into the apartment. The hood in the Underdog actually vents outside so it should do a much better job of removing odors and heat from the house.

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replied on May 9th, 2012

omg that reminds me of turning on the dryer to calm my babies! I wonder if the whir reminds them of being in the womb where it’s all whoosh and flow? I LOVE your kitchen. You guys are amazing. You just have a touch. You may have said at some point, but what are you using for counter tops? I had a side by side at our previous house – enjoyed it. Now have a freezer on top- enjoying it. Mostly thankful for anything that cools and freezes, but we had a below the fridge freezer when I was growing up and it seemed awkward somehow.

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replied on May 10th, 2012

Haven’t discussed countertops yet – soon!

09.May.2012

We just replaced our top freezer fridge with a french door one with water dispenser. We have a 32 inch opening, so a side by side was a no go. We finally found a whirlpool French door model that is only 30 inches wide! The external dispenser has water but the ice maker is in a bin in the freezer, not in the door. So far, so good!

Kitchen is looking great!

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Love the contrast between the white upper cabinets and the dark lower cabinets. The range is RIDICULOUS. Would love to know the make/model of that hood too. We’re going to be doing some minor upgrades to our builder kitchen in a couple years and I like your choices!! NICE!

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replied on May 9th, 2012

I linked to the hood just below the first image if you’re interested!

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I love your kitchen. I love the dark cabinets on the bottom with the white on top. I love how bright it is. I really love that you can add stuff as you go, like a back splash, at a later time. Can’t wait to see the mud room.

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09.May.2012

I love the side-by-side as well. We know a lot of people who have the French style and whenever we use these types (at their homes) I’m not impressed with the freezer space.. it seems like more work to shuffle the stuff around to get to what you need. Also, I don’t like having to open 2 doors to get a full view of my fridge!

We have a microwave above our stove, which I’d love to change out but we use the thing more then I’d like to admit =P

Can’t wait to hear your review on your Ikea cabinetry (after move in/lived in for a bit!) We are considering using them for our reno and love the look!!

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09.May.2012

What led you to choose a counter depth fridge? I’m considering one for the kitchen we’re currently renovating. Right now there’s a hulking black side by side fridge and it stands out (and juts out) like Darth Vader!

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replied on May 9th, 2012

We really wish we’d gone with counter depth – but at the time, we thought we needed the space (we don’t, really) and we thought we wanted a french door style and those, in counter-depth, were like 2x as much money. As it turns out, we hate the french door style and we really wish we had the counter-depth fridge instead of the giant silver beast of a thing we have now.

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replied on May 9th, 2012

You hit the nail on the head! We chose the counter-depth because of space. The kitchen island is across from the fridge and we wanted a fair amount of room for traffic flow and opening the fridge doors without feeling like we were fenced in by the island. I also liked the idea of the counter-depth fridge since the side of it will be highly visible from the adjoining family room. Who wants to stare at the side of a ginormous fridge while sitting on the couch? PS – I’ve still got to come up with a way to make the smaller side of the counter-depth fridge less obvious.

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replied on May 9th, 2012

Ikea has large sidepanels called “Gables” that you could cut to size to cover the side of your fridge with. It esentially makes it look like it’s built in. You would just have to add a couple of L brackets (on the fridge side so they’re hidden) to keep it anchored to the wall and then also attach with screws (again fromt eh inside of the upper cabinet) to the cabinet over the fridge. Then you have a beautiful white panel that you could hang art work on, or paint part of it for a chalkboard or use those removable hangers and hang a corkboard on (which I’ve done so that I don’t put a hole in the panel). Something to consider anyways!

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replied on May 10th, 2012

I know the side panels that you speak of. My only concern was that a white or black side panel on the fridge would look strange since our kitchen scheme is black lower cabinets and white uppers. A white panel to the floor would look odd since everything else in the bottom half of the kitchen is black. A black panel would be strange as it would join to the white upper cabinet above the fridge. I think I can come up with a creative way to disguise the side of the fridge, but, yes!, a side panel would have been practical if we didn’t have the whole lower/upper contrast thing going on.

replied on May 10th, 2012

ahh yes, silly me! even though the photos are right in front of me I didnt even think about the 2 tone cabinets. Hopefully you think of something. Perhaps a stainless steel side panel instead to cover the black part of the fridge :) whatever you come up with it will be great! Look forward to seeing more of the kitchen progress.

replied on June 24th, 2012

An idea I had while reading this little conversation was to cover the “gable” on the side of the fridge with a chalk board?

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09.May.2012

I love how the kitchen is coming together! My husband and I remodeled our kitchen last year and we went with the french door fridge. We don’t like it at all. We had a side by side before and when we were loading up the items from the old fridge into the new one it wouldn’t all fit. I miss all the door shelf space too. I wish we had stayed with the SxS :(

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09.May.2012

I’m with you on your SxS fridge love. When we upgraded our appliances we hesitated with choosing the side by side over the french door/bottom freezer model, and I’m glad we went with the side by side.
Your kitchen is looking fabulous, I love seeing the progress! We have a hood above our stove, and our backsplash goes all the way up to the hood. Our backsplash is 12×12″ black granite tiles, same as our countertops.

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09.May.2012

I have not cared for having the microwave above the stove. I never felt that it was safe for my kids to use (because they would climb onto the stove) and since I am short (5’3″) it was a bit tricky to take a larger pot of hot liquids out. We took ours out and use a countertop model. My husband (6’2″) likes being able to see the stovetop now that the microwave is out of the way.

I like seeing the house come together. I’d LOVE to see more baby pictures though!

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09.May.2012

We have the bottom freezer/french door combo and we. hate. it.! Thought we were being cool, trendy, whatever, but, no no nannette. No Good! I think what frustrates me the most is that there’s this notion that it’s more efficient – only open one side! don’t let the cold air out! – but we always open both sides anyway and if you don’t shut them just-so, then an alarm eventually rings because your food is going to spoil from lack of cold. Guests never know how to shut it, so we spend too much time fixing the fridge. I think I would be happy enough with the bottom freezer if we just had a single door up top. Side by sides have started looking more attractive lately too – exactly because, as someone else mentioned, you don’t have a pile of food, you have visible, stacked food.

But then I live in fear of not fitting a deli tray in! Because we do that all the time, i guess. (hint: we don’t)

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09.May.2012

If people think the hood looks high, it’s because they’re having trouble envisioning an accurate scale for the room when it’s still so empty. Once things are in place and they can imagine the correct relative height of a person standing in front of it, no one will think anything looks off.

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09.May.2012

I would be so interested to know how you like your IKEA kitchen! We have a house that is 110 years old and we are in the (never ending) planning stages of remodeling our galley kitchen – making it a U-shape soon – and we have visited IKEA and the kitchen area and want to replace everything with IKEA products! BUT would love to know what you think of their appliances! I’m a little nervous about ordering appliances that are not KENMORE. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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replied on May 9th, 2012

IKEA kitchen appliances are actually Whirlpool products and come with a decent warranty. But I’ll be sure to tell you how we’re liking/disliking them after we’ve used them a while!

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09.May.2012

{i.e. we’re not caterers or bakers} made me laugh. Love how the kitchen is coming along!

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09.May.2012

I have a GE Elite Side-by-sde fridge and HAAAAAAATE it! it is completely the bane of my kitchen. The fridge side is fine. I am able to organize and arrange things without a problem. But the freezer??? Useless…. you can’t even fit a frozen pizza in there without taking averything out and rearranging the shelves. Think about it, almost everything you put in the freezer is in a box or sqaure/rectangle shaped container. In a narrow tall space, box shapes fill that really quickly. I am constantly trying to force things to fit without falling out. I could go on for days about how much I hate it.

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replied on May 10th, 2012

I’m so sorry your side-by-side isn’t working for you. We actually store a lot of bags {frozen fish, veggies, fruit} in our freezer – we have one box in our apartment freezer at the moment – so the narrower space isn’t a problem for us. You’re right, though, a bunch of different sized boxes would be tedious to arrange…and rearrange. Definitely something for others to keep in mind when debating a new fridge!

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09.May.2012

We needed counter depth too, and bought a Samsung. We like the french doors and I adore the freezer, but the butter section doesn’t take two sticks of butter side by side or n top of each other, so I can’t get a pond of butter in there. Crazy!

Oh, and the deep door shelves don’t fit much, and are so deep you can’t see the labels. We need to have more shelves and have the front of each be lower so that you can have another shelf and still get jars out.

Hope that helps other fridge shoppers.

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09.May.2012

Hi Dana,

Your kitchen is looking great! We are revamping our kitchen in a 1960′s split level in Montreal, Canada…And i just want to put my hair out with a cook top with downdraft, wall mounted oven and microwave…What a trip finding those in the size to fit the original cabinets….and they are so expensive compared to stand alone stoves and regular range hoods :( As for the fridge we have a Fisher and paykel with the freezer on the botton so far we love it as we love to entertain!!!! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your kitchen :)

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09.May.2012

We are in the process of remodeling our 27 year old kitchen on a seriously tight budget, so I’ll have to stick with our traditional top-door freezer for now, but I would SOO love to have a side-by-side. My mom has one and it is the best. I love the ice maker right in the door more than anything else! We’re getting a new oven and a new dishwasher because they are original to the house (27 years old…yikes!) but the fridge is a much newer model from our previous home and given the lack of budget, we’ll have to live with it for now. I’m painting the lower cabinets white and removing all the upper cabinets, replacing a few with floating shelves. I’m going to go the route of painted counter tops in a darker color to make the ceramic cook top on the new oven and the entire kitchen back splash will be bead board, since tiling from counter to ceiling would be too busy and I hate the way a partial back splash will cut the room in half visually, making it seem smaller. Now if only I could settle on wall color!! Your kitchen is looking AMAZING!!!! I can’t wait to see more!

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replied on May 10th, 2012

Sounds like you have your work cut out for you but I love the penny-pinching plan!

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09.May.2012

We have the Samsung counter-depth side-by-side with ice and water in the door and with 3 kids we love it. We also had to decide between that and a French-door style and much prefer the side-by-side. My in-laws and sister have the French door and do not like it. Her kids leave the freezer drawer ajar all the time and you have to open both doors of the refrigerator almost always! I’m so glad we went with the side-by-side! We can also store large frozen pizza boxes flat in the freezer which many people said we would not be able to do! Your kitchen looks awesome and I think the height of the hood looks great! Love your blog!

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09.May.2012

Oh Oh Oh!!! Is that horizontal plank wainscoting I see in the laundry/mudroom??? Would LOVE to know exactly how you did that!
Thanks for sharing your projects and inspiration – it’s so much fun to follow along!
Leah: )

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replied on May 10th, 2012

You have a good eye!

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09.May.2012

Thank you for addressing the fridge question! Ours is on its last leg so we went to go buy a new one at Home Depot. While looking, the fact that our three young children never seemed to be able to shut the French door made us go back to the drawing board/ broken fridge. What about the pizza in the side by side issue? We love our Mystic frozen pizzas…

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replied on May 10th, 2012

Our last side-by-side fridge in our previous home could easily hold a pizza box. Haven’t tried it yet at the Underdog, but I’m guessing that will be our first meal there so I’ll let you know!

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replied on May 11th, 2012

I just went back to the store with a large (empty!) frozen pizza box and an empty gallon of milk to check it out! Every new side by side fridge we would consider fit the pizza box easily! I was feeling a little silly until the guy helping me said most people bring a case of beer to see how it fits in a fridge and assured me all side by sides fit a full case. Phew! He also gave me a hint to wait until Memorial Day. Sounds like a sale coming up!
I really appreciate being able to read all the responses it has helped with my side by side decision. My husband is relieved that I have stopped yammering on about what fridge to get!

You have a fantastic blog! Oh- and my kiddos LOVE smoothies too. They call them “Posies” now. Funny how those little mispronounced words stick :)

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replied on May 11th, 2012

Hey, you do whatever you gotta do to make the right decision!

09.May.2012

You don’t have to rationalize anything! You bought it/have it because you LIKE it!! Enjoy your choices!

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replied on May 10th, 2012

Oh, I hope this didn’t come across as me defending our hood installation and fridge choice! I just thought addressing these FAQ’s in the form of a post would be fitting in case anyone else out there was wondering the same thing. Also, when I’m reading about DIY/renovation, I like a behind-the-scenes dialogue of what the DIYer is thinking. Thought maybe you guys would like that too!

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replied on May 12th, 2012

Nah…you are awesome.

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09.May.2012

Please let us know how you like the range hood–is it too noisy for example? I really need to get something that won’t sound like a jet landing in my kitchen and allows me to roast vegetables w/out the smoke alarm going off. Ikea is at the top of my list for kitchen phase 3. (Phase 1 was painting existing vintage metal cabinets and adding a few Ikea cabinets; phase 2 begins this weekend & will be new countertops (Ikea butcherblock), sink and faucet; phase 3 will then be tile backsplash & range hood). I’m loving the Underdog and can’t wait to see a photo tour once you’ve moved in.

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09.May.2012

We’ve never had a range hood in the houses I’ve lived in… the microwave has always been above the stove!

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09.May.2012

I think everything looks great! It’s just empty. Once you add your stuff the hood will look less high.
On a side note… Since you have no pantry from what I can tell, where are you going to be keeping your food?

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replied on May 10th, 2012

Good question! We eat a lot of fresh fruit and veggies so the majority of our groceries go in the fridge. The rest is going in cabinets, and we also have a small closet just off the kitchen that I think I could utilize as a pantry of sorts for less frequently used items. One of my favorite things about keeping house is organizing and making our home work for us {instead of the other way around} so I’m sure there will be some kitchen organization posts in H*T’s future!

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We have a side by side stainless and love it. We also chose to get stainless on the sides because having the black sides bothered the crap out of my husband. Our backsplash is 1×3 glass tiles and we took those behind the fridge enough so you can’t see any wall behind the fridge. Graphic designer spouses are awfully picky! Your kitchen is looking great!

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09.May.2012

Love everything…. can’t wait to see more pictures!!!

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09.May.2012

I love the fact that you are a woman who admits that cooking isn’t her favorite activity! The women in my family are ALL fabulous cooks… Not to mention my father is a retired chef ! I do okay…. Let’s just say I make a mean “Easy Greek Spread!” ;). The kitchen is gorgeous and the sneak peak of the multi-use room is so Scooby-Doo ( zoinks! Do I see tile on the wall? )

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replied on May 10th, 2012

Nope, that’s not tile…

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replied on May 10th, 2012

Ok…is it stone????

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replied on May 10th, 2012

Not quite…

replied on May 10th, 2012

Isn’t that Easy Greek Spread great?!

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replied on May 11th, 2012

So yummy and refreshing! And best of all Easy!  I keep wanting to try the ravioli recipe you posted as well… Just haven’t gotten around to it.  I also detest grocery shopping … So cooking is just a challenge for me at the get go.   Amazing enough I like to clean… Maybe we share a gene and are distant cousins!    Ha ha

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We have a microwave over our stove and it feels bulky and too low. I wish we had the room to do just a hood like you have. On the backsplash, we have marble mini subway tiles which surprisingly stay really clean. I think your kitchen would look fabulous with a ceiling to counter slab of stone as the backsplash like Emma has: http://www.themarionhousebook.com/house-home-house-tour/

We have a side by side fridge which we love for many of the same reasons you mention. Its counter depth but we got the extra tall model (we had a baby on the way and figured we could use the extra space). Your place is looking so good!

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replied on May 10th, 2012

Love, love, LOVE Emma’s house and blog! Thanks for reminding me, Jen! If we end up with a backsplash above the stove, I would like to see it go all the way to the ceiling with the hood.

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10.May.2012

Hi Dana! Do you remember when Steve burned the bacon so bad when we came to visit you? That hood would have been nice then! :) Just teasing! We had a Freezer top, frige bottom in our old house and now have a side by side and I LOVE it! My mother and mother-in-law have the french doors. I don’t really care for them. I don’t like having to open two doors to see what is in the frige. We also have the water/ice in the door. My mother-in-law has a nice new frige but is very disappointed in the amount of ice it can made, it is piddly. My father-in-law wants our frige back! We have a very open kitchen with a built in stove with front knobbs like you, though it is a glass top. I don’t like the front knobbs as the kids can turn them on when they are “trying” to help and the kid guards don’t fit our stove. We have a genaire grill with a vent right next to the stove that we use instead of a hood. It works quite well. Can’t wait to see more progress pics! And more pics of Mabrey! :)

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replied on May 10th, 2012

Yes, he did burn the heck out of the bacon! Happy to report he’s much better at frying bacon now.

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10.May.2012

LOVE the kitchen so far, can’t wait to see the finished room. I’m very jealous of the double door fridge, all our friends who own one love itm, and our stove hood looks pretty similar in height to yours and works perfectly :)

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10.May.2012

We chose a side by side stainless fridge for the same reason… I love that the kids can get their own ice and water.

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10.May.2012

Regarding the side wall on the refrig . . .
how about the whole Ikea panel painted with dry erase paint or all cork or all chalkboard paint (not necessarily in black since several manufacturers have colors now)?
I personally would go with either dry erase or chalkboard paint with a coat of magnetic underneath so that the eraser (along with a small container for dry erase markers or chalk markers) could ‘hold’.

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replied on May 10th, 2012

Those are all great ideas!!

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replied on May 11th, 2012

That is a great idea! We gutted our kitchen and one side of the fridge will kind of be the “wall” for coming up from downstairs. Would like a way to make it look more fun!

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11.May.2012

i’m glad you weighed in on the fridge. it helped to reassure me that i’m not stupid for choosing the side by side, even though everyone at the stores say the french door is THE ONE to go with now– that it’s more cutting edge and a better design. whatever! i love our current side by side so i know i will love our new one even more in sleek stainless! i’m trying to find a counter-depth side by side without a water/ice dispenser on the outside, which unfortunately is proving hard to do. KitchenAid made one but it wasn’t high in demand so it was discontinued!

as for the side panel on your fridge, maybe i’m crazy, but i actually don’t think it would look weird if you extended the white wood down from the upper cabinet, even though all your lowers are black. you could definitely do, as one commenter suggested, a chalkboard wall there which would break up that white and coordinate with the black lower cabinets!

your house is looking fabulous! so exciting!

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13.May.2012

I must know (in case I missed an old post). Where did you get that travertine? It’s beautiful and it looks like it would go beautifully for an extension of some existing travertine I already have.

Keep up the beautiful work on the underdog!

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replied on May 14th, 2012

Got it from the tile from The Tile Shop here.

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