On this remodel project we are building some custom counter tops. The existing cabinets will stay in place so we will use them as a template. The new counters will be covered in zinc. One challenge is the length of the counters, at 10 feet standard materials are too small. We built op a laminate of several layers to get the shape needed. The edges of the counters are trimmed in pieces maple to build the edge profile.
Working on a kitchen remodel in SW Portland we removed a tile floor in preparation to put in a new red oak floor. The new oak floor will match the rest of the house. When we got to the ares of the floor just below the blue wall we found a hole in the sub floor filed with cement. Under the cement a few rows of bricks from the base of what used to be chimney. With a bit of additional framing and a few pieces of 3/4 plywood the sub floor was patched and ready for the new hardwood floor.
A great way to get started with a project is to collect materials and samples of products that you like. We are working on a kitchen remodel that will feature a butcher block island. In this photo are samples of butcher block hard woods in Pacific Madrone and Western Walnut. Both of these woods are harvested locally and are FSC certified woods.