Posted May 2, 2012 @ 4:20 PM
I thought the spice rack was too high on the wall. Certainly other people besides the man cook. It would have been difficult for me to use (and I am a spice queen, so I understand the need for a rack) due to the height, but also because it really wasn't near the stove.
The 'after' with the Indian lady looked very sterile. What was all the black and gray? And while you don't have to have your culture reflected in everything, it seems they didn't even give a nod to doing something culturally interesting in there. It looked very sterile for a place that was supposed to let her entertain her family.
Posted May 3, 2012 @ 11:02 AM
Dear Producers: Look, I don't watch this show to learn anything. I watch it for the eye candy. (OK, and some guaranteed eye-roll exercise.) I doubt very much that I'm alone in this. But if you're going to have these two guys sunning poolside in L.A. and you don't have one or both of them shirtless or at the very least in a tank top, well, shame on you for not playing to your audience. Even supernice Canadian Scott McGillivray will sport a sleeveless tee on Income Property occasionally, and he's in Toronto.
And the show makes for excellent drinking games. Drink every time a) they change their Brunelleschi tshirts (they each seem to have about 10 of them in different colors), b) John immediately repeats something someone else just said and c) every time you can see John's nipples through his tshirt. Make sure you take a couple of aspirin and drink plenty of water before you go to bed.
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 9:53 AM
The corner island was a bit clunky design-wise
Absolutely. I kept trying to figure out how they could have done a better space plan ... maybe get rid of that entire wall (which included a coat closet opposite the entry door I think)? The space that used to have the kitche-nook just seemed not well-used.
For the most part, I liked the end result just from a 'pretty' perspective. Definitely looks like something out of a magazine.
Dear Producers: Look, I don't watch this show to learn anything. I watch it for the eye candy. (OK, and some guaranteed eye-roll exercise.) I doubt very much that I'm alone in this. But if you're going to have these two guys sunning poolside in L.A. and you don't have one or both of them shirtless or at the very least in a tank top, well, shame on you for not playing to your audience.
This. Especially when John said that he would go to get into his bathing suit. Come on!
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 4:40 PM
Posted May 4, 2012 @ 6:14 PM
More than anything, however, hated the space planning as usual. Tough to determine everything b/c they didn't have the previous floorplan on screen for long. If it were my kitchen, assuming this works with the floorplan, I'd want to remove the L-shaped section of wall that they wrapped what Anthony called the "full island" (haha) around. If load bearing, you'd obviously throw up a header there. That might allow space for a 2-sided island, open to both the dining room and living room. You might possibly place a post in the center. That way, the dining room would be fully open to the kitchen and have one side of the island facing it. If it worked with the living room, it would also create a greatroom.
Besides that, WRT space planning, they didn't need the small doorway past the end of the "island" - the one across from the wall oven(s). That led to the front door. That could have been closed up, allowing an entire wall for more cabinetry or storage, assuming that section was wide enough. So, that's two additional space planning possibilities. If they considered these options and rejected them for budgetary reasons, I'd prefer to see that addressed. It feels as if they simply cheap everything out and cut far too many corners. (See below, BTW.)
Also hated the way they (again) ran cabinetry all the way down one wall, butting it into the back wall, instead of wrapping that corner and filling in the gap adjacent to the sink. It might require a small custom cabinet/corner shelving unit but don't they claim to be carpenters? Speaking of gaps, didn't care for the additional gaps on that same wall next to the stovetop backsplash. Not a big fan of open shelving (it was on the left side of the stove) and then they simply left the other side open. In addition, didn't care for the jog they created by placing that counter-depth pantry/fridge surround adjacent to the much narrower cabinetry that ran to the back wall. (IME, those counter-depth, integrated units are usually segregated so that major jog/width difference doesn't occur.)
Never heard much about the flooring and specifically, how it coordinated (or not) with her existing floors. Got the impression they made no attempt to match it and failed to address that issue, on camera, anyway. Personally, I'd rather use a separate, distinct flooring material instead of failing to match two hardwoods. Incidentally, Squeezel, they talked about the multiple entrances to the various rooms. She didn't lose her laundry room access.
WRT the homeowner, sorry - didn't find her act funny or cute. She was trying to get the plugs in for her business. Couldn't stand the shrieking during the reveal. Hope she likes pink b/c they didn't get her approval on the color. I'm sure someone gave her the memo to wear that dress to match the countertop.
Anybody else catch the mistake/unfinished item? They slid those wall ovens in from the left side, before installing the cabinets and stovetop on that back wall. Nobody bothered to remove the bottom molding on that adjacent window and patch/paint the wall. Good luck opening that oven - it will hit the molding. Great work and attention to detail, guys. You're the experts, alright -
Overall, she lives in a 30's home with a 50's countertop and 60's backsplash tile - together with the updated cabinets and appliances. I'll give them one break - won't call the backlighting 70's disco lighting.
Yeah, this one s/b dropped from my dvr. Love design so it's tough for me to do. As usual, all of the above is JMHO and YMMV.
Edited by diydude, May 4, 2012 @ 6:23 PM.
Posted May 8, 2012 @ 2:04 PM
Posted May 9, 2012 @ 8:44 PM
Great scoop BTW on that oven. With all due respect, she looked like someone who's probably making more reservations than dinner. I sincerely hope she notices that before, say, she's invited friends over and attempts to put the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. Oh well, what's a little busted drywall/molding among friends? We've all had our Thanksgiving disasters!
Interesting start for S2. They got the HGTV plug in for DS. Noticed tonight they're plugging Restaurant Impossible. If nothing else, I'll be happy when they get back to NJ. At least they used quartz last week instead of their standard materials. One glimmer of hope for the season, inspite of the pink -
Edited by gazerguy, May 9, 2012 @ 8:47 PM.
Posted May 10, 2012 @ 4:56 PM
I'm a succor (Sp?) for kitchen renovations so probably won't be able to delete it from the dvr. If I did, my dw would probably sneak it back on, anyway.
Looking forward to seeing the commercial kitchen reno. Figure they can't blow that one, right? Hopefully that guy on RI (haven't ever seen the program) will challenge any poor space planning. That's my hope, anyway. So Taniya Nyack (Sp?) is a regular on RI?
Interesting start to the new season. Took a quick look at the RI thread. They believe the purpose was to promo KC, not RI. They apparently showed an hour version of the KC visit last night. Thought KC's ratings were good, last season. Anyone know?
Anybody see this KC? Always enjoy reading everyone's comments - definitely enjoy both lurker's and gazer's. Never read them until after I've seen the program to avoid prejudging, however. In particular, love debate. So, let's get some dialogue going, all!
Posted May 17, 2012 @ 4:32 PM
Haha! I always laugh when he does that.
, b) John immediately repeats something someone else just said
Posted May 18, 2012 @ 6:14 AM
WRT the single wine tap, Lola, the kegerator was located in the cabinet below. It s/b very easy to refill, if those people can use that much wine for any parties other than possibly Thanksgiving/Christmas plus the family party shown at the end of filming. We did some rough calculations - it holds an insane amount of wine. I'm sure she'd get far more use out of a pot filler.
ITA, that floor has to be one of the worst design choices ever made in a kitchen. Don't know if they're using a background designer. If not, they definitely need one. Besides the awful threading of the two floors, they repeated one of my ongoing KC pet peeves - again, they totally ignored the existing floors. I could see the previous hardwood (much darker than the new wood floor they brought in, BTW) through one of the doorways in the l.r.
The new terra cotta was an improvement over the old. Instead of failing to match the woods and leaving them with at least 3 flooring types between the lr, dr & kitchen, why not use the terra cotta throughout the dr & kitchen? Besides eliminating the wood issue, the overall kitchen/dr space would feel far larger. Back on the fugly floor threads, did anyone ever explain to them that the purpose of threading the wood in is to merge old and new seamlessly - not create a visible break between two dissimilar materials?
WRT their color choices, the green tiles were very nice but, as near as I could tell, they failed to repeat that color anywhere else in the room. In addition, it had a high degree of contrast with the cream cabinets. They needed to pick up some of the floor colors in the backsplash (or vice versa, their choice) and have an overall, coordinated color story - instead of 3 very strong colors with high contrast.
Had the feeling they received a higher budget for these spaces, possibly b/c of the MomCave promo. (S2, 3 episodes in, 3 promos so far - DS, RI & MC.) For once, they (or someone) installed a corner cabinet, instead of butting a wall of cabinetry into the corner. As an intense cook, however, can't stand their ongoing, constant use of wall ovens plus a cooktop. Personally, IMHO, every avid cook prefers a high-quality gas range. Their set-up feels cheap, to me anyway.
Not sure if their own people did the work. For the sake of common courtesy, unless the editor removed it, couldn't someone have introduced Jared from MC? What was his previous gig - Rate my Space in LA?
All of the above, JMHO.
Posted May 18, 2012 @ 8:42 PM
The floor was hideous the way they executed it. I get that the terracotta might have been overpowering in such a grand space but then toss an area rug in the dining space. I agree they should have incorporated the green from the wall tile. Sure they could have found an accent tile for the floor that had some green in it instead of more rust/yellow.
Also didn't agree with a single oven. If she's doing serious entertaining, she needs a double oven and put the microwave elsewhere. Neglecting a pot filler... didn't they put one in John's mom's kitchen? And was the sink in the island? So inconvenient. A utility sink in the island for vegetables etc makes sense, not your main sink.
It's obvious these guys don't cook. They suck at efficient layouts.
LOL. It was weird how he'd all of a sudden be in the shot and everyone ignores him. Guessing they shoot both shows at the same time but that's crappy editing on the part of the Kitchen Cousins crew.
couldn't someone have introduced Jared from MC?
Edited by Lola16, May 26, 2012 @ 9:48 AM.
Posted May 22, 2012 @ 7:08 AM
I agree with all of the critiques so far, although I did like the cabinets they chose, and I liked the long run of base cabinets underneath the wine barrel. Why in the heck did they do 2 wine barrels? If they insisted on one for the wine-dispenser, that is fine, but the 2nd seemed like overkill. When they first spoke of the wine barrel idea, I thought they were somehow going to hook up a nice box of wine to make it work! Not a keg!
They just go through everything too quickly to really see how the end-result will work, which I'm sure is by design. Where was the access to the backyard after they removed those french doors?
Posted May 25, 2012 @ 7:46 AM
First of all, the house was really cute from the front. I've never seen anything quite like it. It had a dutch-colonial type roof, but also with a front porch.
My biggest critique of the space plan, which we don't know if it was her original plan or the Kitchen Cousins', was that the french-door fridge seemed to be flush with a wall. It looked to me that the first time anyone would open the right door of the fridge, they would put a big dent into the fresh paint/drywall.
Nice big island, but no counterop overhang to allow for comfortable seating, which I think there was room for. A shame. I love sitting at a nice island. I'm not a big fan of using granite for the backsplash, especially when there are so many beautiful tile options. The granite itself wasn't bad, and I will say it looked nice with the white quartz counter that they chose for the island.
Posted May 30, 2012 @ 8:25 PM
I was surprised by their reactions to the small space though. If they work out of Jersey, wouldn't they have seen a small kitchen before? My kitchens in Manhattan have always been smaller than the one featured in tonight's episode, so seeing small spaces seems so normal to me.
I really liked how this episode showed us that a poor layout can really make a space unmanageable and seem smaller. Just moving that refrigerator opened things up.
Posted May 31, 2012 @ 11:47 AM
Something about those cabinets really worked for me. Does anyone remember what the cousins said they were called? I usually don't like colors for cabinets, but the antique look to them was wonderful.
I don't know what the cabinets were called, but I also liked them, and I thought they worked great with the soapstone. I must say that I also liked the mismatched cabinet hardware and pulls. That really seemed to suit their style.
WORD about their disbelief in seeing a small kitchen. I know with such a limited amount of space there didn't seem to be a lot of options, but as I looked at the dishwasher, I wondered exactly how they would use it. I'm lucky enough to have my dishwasher to the left of my sink, so what I do is keep the dishwasher door open, then I scrape and rinse dishes and put them into the dishwasher. When they are at the sink, no one will be able to open the dishwasher. I guess they will have to prep all of their dishes and such, and then move over, open the dishwasher door, and THEN load the dishwasher.
They didn't dwell on it, but it is true that you can get smaller, what I call 'apartment-size' appliances. They got a smaller dishwasher, and a small fridge; I wonder if they could have lived with a smaller range.
Sort of surprised that the homeowners didn't allow them to expand the kitchen into the living room. There is someone in my neighborhood who did just that. They had a formal living room and dining room adjacent to each other, but decided they didn't need the living room since they also had a family room. They 'moved' formal dining to the old living room, and then expanded their kitchen into the former dining room space, creating a huge, to-die-for kitchen. I would say that 99% of the women I know would agree to the same thing.
Posted May 31, 2012 @ 12:29 PM
Posted Jun 1, 2012 @ 6:42 AM
The cousins seemed to really enjoy this reno, they were certainly yucking it up.
Posted Jun 1, 2012 @ 6:09 PM
The only thing I didn't like was the mirrored backsplash, just because I don't like mirrors.
I agree, but more because I think they would be harder to clean. Did they already have a spotty, vintage-look to them? Even so, I prefer tile for a backsplash, although the cousins have picked some tile that I haven't liked.
Posted Jun 3, 2012 @ 8:41 PM
I only caught the last 5-10 minutes of the show but totally agree about the cabinets. So thankful not to see the high glossy flat Italian ones that they've over used in their series.
I don't know what the cabinets were called, but I also liked them, and I thought they worked great with the soapstone
Didn't like the mirror backsplash but have seen mirrored tiles that would have been a good choice. Have to catch a repeat to see the before & after.
Posted Jun 21, 2012 @ 10:58 AM
Some of it was nicely done--loved the table--and the bathrooms turned out well.
I thought the worst thing was painting the brick. They've now set the family up for a lifetime of painting or sandblasting, which is probably costly.
Unless the people really wanted it done, and were prepared to maintain it, why would you do that?
Also, did they know that the family liked green? Because that backsplash tile green looked about the same green as that awful bathroom wallpaper they were finally getting rid of.
Posted Jun 22, 2012 @ 8:47 PM
I thought the worst thing was painting the brick. They've now set the family up for a lifetime of painting
Especially because the house was in Pittsburgh which has rain or snow on average 150 days a year.
Posted Jun 22, 2012 @ 10:21 PM
WRT the Restaurant Impossible episode - that looked like mostly a clean-up operation. For the most part, it appeared they dropped in equipment the guy already had. The exterminator visit absolutely gagged/disgusted me. Wanted more information on the types of chemicals used. Guess we have to assume they know what's allowed by tptb when it comes to chemicals. Needless to say, I'd have a hard time frequenting that place, if I saw this episode.
Considering the design changes, besides the clean-up, I questionned their redirection of the traffic (restaurant staff) that the guys touted as such a major improvement. In particular, they had the wait staff walking all the way through the back of the kitchen work area, behind the kitchen staff. Prior to their changes, the kitchen had a pick-up window so none of the wait staff had to enter the work area. Sorry but I believe the previous set-up was superior. It appeared they had options for alternative space-planning, if they needed more wall space. They showed very little of the overall restaurant, i.e. front of the house, area. Have a feeling they made that change to remodel a section to cram in more tables. If that was true, why not mention it?
Turning to the woman who supposedly lacked a kitchen for 8 months - it appeared they simply came in and had a local gc (don't know the exact location) complete the previously designed and planned spaces, using her materials, for the most part. Nice for her that she didn't get stuck with their crazy colors and cabinets, i.e. probably what the KC's have leftover in inventory. Had to believe that's also why she scored the granite, quartz, deck completion and flooring work. Good for her.
Thinking about their performance, instead of simply dropping everything into place, why not better the space, if they're supposedly the experts? They never mentioned if anybody considered opening up that one wall (the one with the stove) to another room. (Sounded like the dining room was adjacent.) Yes, they probably would have had to redesign the kitchen and move the stove. Why not place the island over there? Any lost storage could have been picked up by wrapping the cabinets around the back wall and using the space next to the door. At least tell us if you considered that option, guys. The cousin mentioned it was the fastest they'd completed a kitchen - duh, we know why. It was obvious - you did almost nothing. Loved the one camera shot when they claimed it had been raining all day (during the deck construction) but they appeared clean and dry. (lol)
WRT the dishwasher error, many divorced mothers can not retain the family home. They may have to (unfortunately) sell the home. So much for their excuse about 2 people living in the home. In addition, her son will turn 18 and may leave the nest. Things change, guys. Well, with any luck, a prospective buyer won't notice the puny dishwasher. If they'd redesigned the space, they probably could have corrected that error, too.
Besides those things, I wasn't enamored with the red and black brick fireplace section, including that visible stove-pipe opening. If it were my home, I'd cover that with a narrow (because of the adjacent doorway), freestanding shelving unit. That way, I'd have more storage but the exposed brick would remain available, if/when the home is sold.
One other personal preference - I'm not a huge fan of using the countertop material as a backsplash. That granite slab was beautiful, although I wouldn't have selected those cabinet colors (and consequently that granite slab) myself. Yes, that backsplash provides nice flow and may enlarge the space but I just love using other tile and accent color optons as backsplashes. BTW, everyone catch that big gap on the end of the granite backsplash? Nice job, installers.
Also noticed she didn't receive a pot-filler at the stove area. So, they omitted that, again. The granite backsplash may have had something to do with it. Have to wonder if she might have appreciated the pot-filler for huge pasta pots.
Sorry for the late post. All JMHO, as usual.
P.S. Anybody else believe her son was totally disinterested in having anything to do with the deck-cleaning? It's o.k., Aiden - just go away to college when you turn 18.
Posted Jun 24, 2012 @ 8:02 AM
The Pittsburgh re-do: again with the weird wall treatment. Wouldn't that be hard to clean? Nice that they joked about the ugly green wallpaper and then used that same color as a theme throughout their makeover! The dry-erase paint was interesting -- but would wouldn't you have the same issues with the ink staining the walls if you left it on for a long time (like regular dry erase boards)? I think I would have painted a board with that paint, framed it, and hung it on the wall instead of painting the entire room with it (didn't they say they painted the ceiling with it too?).
I did enjoy the part when the George-Clooney lookalike cousin* was off the job, eating lunch with his parents, while the other cousin* was complaining in the attic ("this show is now called Kitchen Cousin").
*I can't remember who is who. I'm 100% Italian, 75% of the men in my family are named John, and GC-cousin's last name is almost the same as my name (one letter is different).
Posted Jun 25, 2012 @ 12:29 PM
I actually liked the weird wall treatment. I could not stand the green they designed every room, including the mail box around. It's popular now, but in 5 years it will be out of style. It's too specific and trendy. For a family who couldn't afford the redo in the first place, they're not going to be able to change out all that tile - it was in the bathrooms too.
The Pittsburgh re-do: again with the weird wall treatment. Wouldn't that be hard to clean? Nice that they joked about the ugly green wallpaper and then used that same color as a theme throughout their makeover!
Also, hated the grass on the plexi they used as a partition in the entry way. I did love the table they built and leaving the wood beam exposed. I thought overall it was nice.
Posted Jun 26, 2012 @ 11:46 PM
What is that RI clown thinking? He's supposedly trying to help these restaurant owners. Let's eat there, everyone - uh, not.
Only started the Ellen/Pitt episode so haven't read anybody's comments on that, yet. Already impressed with Anthony's initial kitchen design that lacked a stovetop. (No problem. Guess he only makes reservations or eats at his folks.) Anthony probably needs to yell at either his design assistant and/or background designer. Waiting for the Pittsburgh GC to show up.
Apparently Ellen - or whoever wrote her lines - forgot about the David Bromstad/HGTV'd episode they were involved in. Just kinda' funny when she said they'd never done anything like this before. (BTW, I've never seen Ellen's daytime show.)
WRT their names, IIRC, Anthony is the *Berlusconi (Sp?). I call him the son. George Clooney? IDK - never thought about it. I call John Colaneri (Sp?) the cousin. You must be another cousin, Squeezel. (Somebody probably altered the surname spelling somewhere along the way.) Haven't heard that line yet - Cousin, singular. Like it -
P.S. Wouldn't they just fly to Pittsburgh in an hour from Newark? Whatever - nice nondescript white van they showed up in. (I'm not jaded yet, right??)
*ETA: Oops, that's only slightly misspelled, lol. Let's make that Brunelleschi. Well, Anthony might appreciate that I just promoted him to PM of Italy!
Edited by diydude, Jun 27, 2012 @ 3:45 AM.
Posted Jun 28, 2012 @ 11:04 AM
Overall, in the beginning I thought they had a good plan. But they had one wall with the upper cabinets a different color. They built a new pantry that jutted out far from the end of the counters which made the room look small. The backsplash behind the range hood looked so odd because it was almost floating by itself on the wall. But the worst thing was they took out a wall to open up the space, now you could see the kitchen when you walked in the door, but the only thing you saw was the end of the upper and lower cabinets. It was strange. They should have either had a corner cabinet or maybe shelves so that your eye was drawn to something interesting. I did like the counters, tile and cabinets they used, but thought the end was strange. I don't know why they didn't put cabinets on either side of the range hood. One thing I liked was seeing the home owner push back when she didn't like something. I don't think I've seen that before. It's nice to know that the home owner has more of a say than we are seen.
I thought they did a nice job with the bathroom.
ETA: Got to hand it to whomever is promoting/marketing them, they're doing so many cross-over episodes you can't miss them.
Edited by NYC2007, Jun 28, 2012 @ 11:07 AM.
Posted Jun 29, 2012 @ 5:22 AM
Couple more comments on Pittsburgh/Ellen crossover. You all covered many of my issues. My biggest one, however, was the typical KC single, straight row of cabinetry, less the refrigerator, stovetop and double wall ovens. (IIRC, it was almost the same as the previous configuration.) They basically removed one entire wall of cabinetry but only replaced it with the small island. The island loses storage space to the farmhouse sink's plumbing.
Overall, I calculated the family lost storage space and the KC's never replaced it. They could have added storage, using their same basic KC plan by adding a large buffet on the d.r. wall. (The d.r. was spacious enough to handle it.) It would have broken up their beautiful display wall. (Agree. pain to clean, BTW.)
So, the family can either shell out for a large buffet, after they pay all the taxes, or Mom can set up a pantry in the basement and run down whenever she needs something. No worries. And, we had the classic KC island, facing the empty d.r., instead of the family space. No problem -
WRT the playroom, I do believe the ink will stain. Personally, I would have done 1 chalkboard accent wall, only. (It comes in many colors, too.) In addition, I was also concerned about John spraying that aerosol inside the playroom light - it's flammable, IMHO.
Not a big fan of the plexi, either. Yeah, love repeating that green. Besides the wallpaper, they'd even had green sinks, previously. It will become dated fairly quickly, again.
Liked the table but do we all believe they had 2 guys drive some reclaimed wood down from NJ? Yeah, right - you'd lose at least 16 billable hours from them. So, you insisted on Pittsburgh steel but it had to NJ reclaimed lumber. Whatever -
Is Ellen now Ellen, Live or something? (I've never seen her show.) It appeared awfully dark at that house. Wouldn't she be on the a.m. or early p.m. in many markets? It's o.k. - whatever, again. We can call it live to tape. Love the way these surprised folks immediately begin jumping up and down as they exit their vehicles, even though they supposedly have no idea what's going on. Plus, they're all wired up for sound!
Interested to know how long that redo actually took them. Sorry, 1 week - nuh, uh. Unless they really messed it up. Walking on refinished floors (even if they're covered) like Anthony said the next day? That's a big no, no, dude. Agree about painting the brick, too. I'm sure they had advance approval to go in and rip things out and make those decisions. P.S. WRT the floors, did everyone notice when the dh mentioned the "inlay"? See the seam, right where the wall came down, folks? That was no inlay, IMHO.
I'm sure the family's very happy. The euphoria of the reno will wear off, however. Just believe they'll notice and hate the lack of storage, eventually. Also don't know about those color choices (green) and some of the other decisions. Hope they set aside a few dollars for the taxes, too.
Oh, BTW - it was a good scene when John called himself the Cousin, singular. I'm thinking the show would Kitchen Nephew, however. Here's another way to remember their names, if anyone cares: ABC. It's Anthony B. (the son) plus Cousin - Colaneri, John. If that helps -
And, does anyone believe John was actually installing insulation during that luncheon? Everyone notice the insulation was complete when they took the shot? Oh well, more faux reality.
I should probably explain that I realize Anthony isn't (necessarily, anyway) related to the great Italian architect. I simply think of his family as the B's instead of the Carrino's to keep him straight from the Colaneri family and remember that he works for his father, maintaining my ABC mnemonic. They're either related to Italy's PM, the famous architect or a NJ family. (lol)
Edited by diydude, Jun 29, 2012 @ 5:23 AM.
Posted Jun 29, 2012 @ 10:55 AM
To me, double sinks in the kitchen are a necessity, even if most of your cooking is done in a microwave. I can't imagine why they'd do that.
I saw the RI episode on RI, but not the KC one. I don't believe the cousins had much if any say in the design, as Robert Irvine and his designer made those calls. The timeline is 2 days.
It will be interesting to see the cousins as judges on Design Star next week.
Posted Jun 29, 2012 @ 5:15 PM
In the KC version, they indicated that John's brother (a chef) was taken to TX and somehow/supposedly involved in the kitchen design. It appeared to be mostly a clean-up (yuch, again) and drop-in operation. They claimed it took 4 days or something but not sure about that. In any event, as I mentioned above, I would have preferred to see the collaboration on the design and understand why they had to have wait staff constantly traipsing through the work area.
Double sinks in kitchen does work well for preparation. The KC's, however, typically install a standard, simple layout. As I mentioned above, they severely reduced the PIttsburgh home's storage but never mentioned it. No worries, right?
Not sure about the missing ceiling episode so I'll comment on that one later, if appropriate.
Edited by diydude, Jun 29, 2012 @ 5:18 PM.
Posted Jul 1, 2012 @ 9:27 AM
Regarding Taniya on RI -- she doesn't get involved in the kitchen design. Her "talents" are limited to front-of-the-house.