Here's An Introduction To Our Future Kitchen
Nov. 5, 2012 7:46 am
Updated: Nov. 15, 2012 1:41 am
Two weeks ago, we were at the miniMI and had great conversation with each attendee. That memory was extended the next weekend when we had the great pleasure of having an evening dinner with Bellepepper and Mr. Bellepepper. Our conversations were interesting
and diverse with no empty spots. Thank you, Bellpeppers, for a fun evening! We are looking forward to our next meet-up! (I remembered to take my camera with me and, of course, I never snapped even one photo.)
Mwchef and Mr. mwchef were going to meet with us, too, but an illness interfered with that pleasure. We'll be back in the Columbus area soon. Maybe we can meet then.
Mauigirl and Cat Hill have each announced the dates of their roundups. (The Maui Roundup is October 17, 2013 and The Midwest Roundup is June 21 thru 23, 2013.) I want to go to both as well as the MiniMI. Oh, yeah! There's GDerr's Southern Roundup and The Ohio
Bash to consider, as well. Time will tell if I can handle all of them. All these trips are dependant on what money remains after our kitchen rebuild. Money just isn't doing as much as I want it to.
About that kitchen. When it was built (1956) it was as modern as any kitchen you could find in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. But 56 years has a way of dating things and that mid-century marvel has become an efficiency albatross. We have agreed that modern
efficiency will be our goal and if the kitchen accidentally looks nice, well, that will be a bonus. Included in the rebuild plan is a new utility (laundry) room. Featured in each room will be pantry styled cabinets for storage. and, in the kitchen, there will
be base and OH cabinets, too. Plans are being drawn as we discover new ideas and equipment to include. This is a rebuiling , not a remodel. Everything is coming out from floor joists to ceiling rafters. Walls will be stripped to the studs and one wall is coming
out to make space for those pantry cabinets. Electrical will be upgraded and modernized, plumbing redesigned and replaced including a water purification point and an air exchange/filter system installed. Two windows will be enlarged and set closer into the
SE corner and will be the greenhouse style of windows. Lighting will be integrated with the design of the kitchen from the ceiling, walls and under cabinets. It will be useful lighting and not accentual. We will use a gas "set in" range and two electric wall
ovens giving us a total of three ovens. One of those wall ovens will be a smaller one similar in use to a toaster oven but larger capacity. Refrigerator will be a french door model with drawer freezer. We'll even install a dishwasher. We've never wanted one
but modern kitchen designs demand that one be present. We want zero countertop storage.
One of the pantry cabinets will house a "Wellness Center" because the kitchen is the primary room where wounds and burns and other calamity can occur. It will enclose a complete accessible first aid kit, fire extinguisher, OTC meds and, in an enclosed shelf,
The utility room will have our freezer, dryer, washer, household business center, pantry cabinets, open shelving laundry table and ironing center.
We are keeping the kitchen compact to eliminate unnecessary steps. We believe big floorspace is beautiful but can be a waste of effort if not correctly applied.
This question just popped into my thinking space. Your answer may just improve our plans. What is your favorite kitchen feature, idea or wish? Mine is excellent lighting. My wife's is taking the fewest steps in her work.