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You May Say I'm a Dreamer... 
Mar. 22, 2012 10:56 am 
Updated: Jun. 24, 2012 5:13 pm
... But I'm sure I'm not the only one!

I am talking about MY DREAM KITCHEN! Really, I can't be the only one (of us here, anyway) who thinks about this. I don't really think about any other rooms in my fictional dream house, I am focused on my kitchen. Every time I find myself annoyed with some feature of my current kitchen, I mentally file it away to be sure that my dream kitchen improves upon it.

Some details that I want in my dream kitchen include:
(Note: all pictures are just ones I found looking in Google Images that looked sort of like what I want. None are my pictures)

Well first of all, lots of space! That's a no brainer. I want lots of counter area, lots of room to move around, some free space to have extra cooks in the kitchen if ever that's needed. I'm thinking, something like this should suit my needs (just the layout, not necessarily the colours and appliances):

An absolute MUST for me for my dream kitchen is a double sink. I never thought too much about this one, because I had one all my life at my parents' house. My apartment has just the single basin sink (with a faucet that operates only on shower-type spray mode, which is another annoyance). It never even crossed my mind that this would irritate me, I mean it's just a sink, right? Well I find myself cursing my stupid sink almost every day. I go to drain a pot of pasta, and find nowhere to put my colander because there is like two other things in the sink. There is nowhere to place dishes aside to rinse after washing, I have to wash and then rinse each item instead of washing a bunch then rinsing. And it fills up too darn quickly, I have to wash dishes too often! Yes, definitely need a double sink in my dream kitchen. This one looks nice but I don't think I'd want black.

The next one is not really a MUST but boy would I sure like to have it! A double oven in the wall. It would be so nice to fit more things in the oven at once, cook two different things at different temperature. Much more flexible for when you're preparing a lot of food at once.

And, the reason I want my two ovens built into the walls, is because I want a countertop stovetop, not attached to the oven. No particular reason, I just like. I can more easily pretend I have my own cooking show :P The centre island in the kitchen picture above seems like a good place to me to stick a cooktop.

I would also really really like a walk-in pantry with tons of shelving. Self explanatory I think, just like all the space it provides, somewhere to keep all my small appliances together without burying them in a basement (or in my case, stacking them up in the second bedroom... thank god I got a two-bedroom place or I think I'd have to be sleeping with my slow cooker and ice cream maker at night).

And more in general I like dark-ish counter tops (not black, but maybe a dark grey), colourful walls (maybe a nice pale blue for a kitchen) and not stainless steel for appliances. Not the fridge anyway. I could get on board with stainless steel ovens and dishwasher.

Anyway, that's a few elements from my dreams, how about yours?
Mar. 22, 2012 11:08 am
Hi alex, designed my own little, I stress not large, kitchen once in one house in Scotland. Based on old house, knocking 2 rooms together. Worked brilliantly. Sorry, food calling, mas manana. cheers
Mar. 22, 2012 11:11 am
Love your style Alex - closely matches my own. :) I want an island in my kitchen and a proofer for bread - not a huge one - just a box style. And one must for me is polished concrete countertops and stainless steel appliances. Love the look!
Mar. 22, 2012 11:18 am
I actually want a triple sink with the raised mini sink in the center. Pull outs everywhere, and a landing spot within reach of the refrigerator door for doing the "shuffle" or "big gather" as I call them. That last one is so important for me and my "approach" to things. :)
Mar. 22, 2012 11:23 am
Hi Don, I'm jealous you got to design your own kitchen! If I ever win a lottery, I am going to design my kitchen (a large one though!), have it built, and then they can build a house around the kitchen :)
Mar. 22, 2012 11:25 am
Hi Caroline! A proofer for bread sounds like a nice addition to my dream kitchen! I do like the look of stainless steel, it just seems hard to keep clean. My fridge is smudgey enough with fingerprints witout being stainless steel, so I don't think I'd go for that in a fridge! Plus I find it looks overly clinical and less homey if there's too much ss going on in one area, you know?
Mar. 22, 2012 11:26 am
Triple sink! Well that sounds like a plan, linda. Sign me up for one of those :) But double is at least the minimum for me, I find it so hard to function with just the single sink!
Mar. 22, 2012 11:29 am
I very much dislike double sinks so much that I replaced mine with the largest, deepest, single basin sink I could find. I could bath a 5 year old in the sink if i had to. Dishes are washed in a dishwasher except for my very large sheet pans. These pans can easily fit inside my sink for an easy wash. I will never go back to a double sink. If I needed to wash a few dishes by hand I could simply place a basin inside the sink and make it divided. The kitchen shown has good counter space on both sides of the range, that is nice. I hope you get your dream kitchen some day.
Mar. 22, 2012 11:35 am
Hi Alex~ My dream kitchen has been completed. I agree on the double sink. I chose a nice, deep stainless for the sink and was not disappointed. The one thing I wish I could change is the poor choice I made for my stove/oven. Ugh I stress not to get a glass or ceramic top. So hard to clean, mine is black, and you can't use familiar products like Windex. I so so so wish I had gone gas instead of electric. I decided not to go high end with appliances because all those fancy features were just not needed in my home so hence I saved money getting mid grade appliances and they work beautifully. I went granite for my counter tops and it is lovely (expensive though). I have so many tips for the weeks that I did not have a kitchen while the work was being done but that's for another time. I hope you do someday get your dream kitchen as I have so enjoyed mine. :)
Mar. 22, 2012 11:41 am
Marie, a large deep single basin sink would be preferable than what I have now, though I do miss having the double in my parents' kitchen. But like you say, if I at least had a really large sink, I could insert something to divide it if I need to! I handwash almost everything since I'm just me and don't use all many dishes unless I'm making something complicated; dishes would be sitting in the dishwasher for a week waiting for a load full enough to run. Plus I pay for electric, not included in my rent, so if I was running it all the time, it would add up. AND I learned my mother's dishwashers rules. I know there are lots of people who wash everything in the dishwasher, but I was trained that only dinner plates and bowls, cutlery, and glasses (and maybe ceramic bakeware if there's room) go in the dishwasher. Anything plastic or metal, pots, pans, etc. get washed by hand at my mother's house, so that's how I've always done it too.
Mar. 22, 2012 11:44 am
ooh Lightedway, you're so lucky you got your dream kitchen! I agree about the glass/ceramic stovetop, we had one at my parents' house for a few years and it looked beautiful but a real pain to clean, and gets scratched so easily.. when the oven part broke a year ago or so, my mom went back to the old fashioned coil top stove! I don't think I'd ever get a gas oven, simply since I've always had electric, and I go with what I know!
Mar. 22, 2012 11:51 am
Hi Alex. In my dream kitchen I would like to have huge windows to light up my kitchen. I've always wanted plants in the windows, herbs, flowers etc. I would like to have windows by the sink, the kitchen table, everywhere. I would love a bench underneath a big bow window so I could sit and look out or read.
Mar. 22, 2012 11:53 am
Ah, yes dream kitchens. Every time I see a designer kitchen I find myself picking apart all the impractical aspects. The double all oven sounds great (I'd want electric for the oven) if there is a convenient counter adjacent that would have enough space to set a hot pan. I would like a gas cooktop, at least 5 burner. But I would not like it in an island because the fumes and/possible grease would be an issue for someone sitting there and to keep clean. The refrigerator should also have a counter adjacent so you have some place to put empty grocery bags, or pull out things from shelves. I'd have an undermounted, farmhouse style sink. No more cleaning the caulking around the edge of the sink. And there would be a greenhouse window over it so I could have a year round herb garden. As long as I'm dreaming, I'd better dream up a wealthy man to provide this for me LOL!!
Mar. 22, 2012 12:01 pm
Hi Alex, A walk-in pantry with tons of shelving...that's what I need. My pantry is small. I always have hard time finding stuff that I need and ended up buying more thinking that I am out of it. I cleaned up the other day and found 3 boxes of unsweetened chocolate bars and tons of mini baking cups and treat bags. Also a double oven so I don't have to fight for the oven with my daugher if we need to bake at the same time.
Mar. 22, 2012 12:08 pm
I hear you about the smudges Alex, I have a little one running around still and I can just imagine how many times a day my OCD would drive me to wipe all of the appliances down, lol! Oh, and I forgot to mention - I want a built-in cabana boy who brings me frosty drinks when I get too warm making dinner. That would be nice. Yes. :P
Mar. 22, 2012 12:36 pm
Oh, Alex! We're all perfect-kitchen dreamers! We did some remodeling last Summer & while I LOVE my new cooktop, giant (single-basin) sink and double oven, I actually LOST cabinet space. And my pantry's tiny! Oh, to have a big walk-in!! Can't find anything in the spice cabinet, pantry's overflowing with dry goods, and all my gadgets are out in the garage. Dream on, sister. Dream on & dream big!
Mar. 22, 2012 12:42 pm
Your kitchen plan looks great...I would love to have a nice long counter like the one in your photo, then my guest could sit and chit chat while I'm working in the kitchen. My kitchen cabinets are early 80's and although they look fine and have no problems, I would love to have new cabinets and counter tops. My kitchen is big and I've thought about an island in the middle, but then I'd have to walk around it all the time. One thing I'd really love is gas instead of electric for cooking, not available here unless I want a big propane tank in my yard. I hate cooking on electric. My RV has gas and I love it, so much more control....hate coming back home to my glass top stove. I don't mind cleaning it though...hated cleaning the coil stove top...never would I do that again. A huge pantry is a must have for anyone. The one you have photographed is really nice.
Mar. 22, 2012 12:44 pm
I want to take my current kitchen with me when I move. Double stainless steel sink; one side bigger and deeper then the other. Double wall ovens. Three sided walk in pantry. Large island with gas stove top with built in ventilation. No hood ever over my head again amen. Sink looks out into sunroom and plants. How did I ever get so lucky to find this layout.
Mar. 22, 2012 1:54 pm
Hi Rosebud! All those windows would be lovely :) I forgot to mention windows. I want some big ones too, so long as there are blinds to pull shut when I don't want the afternoon sun blinding me! :)
Mar. 22, 2012 1:55 pm
BSM, yes you're right counter is needed in all those spots! I actually have right now a little counter next to my fridge that, now that you mention it, would be the perfect spot to dump grocery bags when I come in! Too bad that little counter is always covered in various cr@p lol.
Mar. 22, 2012 1:57 pm
Your dream kitchen closely resembles mine! I especially want the double oven, an island, LOTS of counter space and the pantry. When we bought our house, it advertised a pantry. What it really is is a small closet in the kitchen. Really?? Where I'm from, a pantry is a ROOM! Oh well. Maybe my next
Mar. 22, 2012 1:58 pm
Doubletigers, I have so little pantry (well, cupboard - don't have a pantry at all) that at least I don't have trouble finding things and buying doubles and triples :) I do usually have tons of baking chocolate and baking cups and such - is that abnormal?? :P A lot of my muffin papers and stuff I brought with me from my parents house and occasionally my mom gives me even more that she finds. We had that not finding stuff/buying over and over problem at home. I would buy, say, cake pop sticks, use some, put the rest in the pantry. My mom didn't like having my baking supplies taking up room in her pantry, so she'd move them to the basement and hide them somwhere. Then next time I'd need sticks, I'd either forget I'd bought some before/not see any in the pantry, and go buy more. So yeah I have a ton of that kind of stuff that came here with me!
Mar. 22, 2012 1:59 pm
Caroline - well yeah, the cabana boy was implied! :)
Mar. 22, 2012 2:01 pm
And I'm firmly convinced most kitchens are designed by men (sorry Don, Gary, Mike, etc.) who don't have a clue what we women need for cooking. If they'd just ask, we'd tell them! We went to an open house that had a poorly designed kitchen. When I pointed out some of the things I didn't like to the 'realtor', it turned out he was the architect. When he asked what I would have put in instead, all he said was what a good idea! See, just ask, we'll tell you.
Mar. 22, 2012 2:02 pm
Hi Staci! Ooh sucks that you lost some cabinet space, but you got some perks at least! My gadgets at least get to stay indoors in the second bedroom :) But I made darn sure when I was apartment hunting that there at least had to be enough space to leave my KA mixer out! And there is :) She happily resides on the counter. A bit cramped with the can opener and dish rack, but still better than being stashed away!
Mar. 22, 2012 2:03 pm
Sherri, a dual fuel stove/oven is my dream appliance! I like gas for cooking and electric for baking. Some day.......
Mar. 22, 2012 2:03 pm
I have a dish towel hanging on a rack n my kitchen which reads "My fantasy is to have two men at once, one cooking and one cleaning". The other night I had my kids and grands for dinner, I had herniated two discs in my back but I managed to throw a pork roast in the oven and cobble together some potatoes and a veg. My son and grandson )age 9) rose to the occasion and served up all the food an cleaned up after dinner and I realized my fantasy had turned to reality. As to the sink, I also vote for one big deep sink, can always use a dishpan on one side to divide. When I redid my kitchen on a budget (lost it in a plumbing disaster), I saw a georgous drop dead copper farmers sink that cost $700. I did not buy it, but I think about it very often as one of the few things in my life I really wanted and did not have. So get what you want that makes your heart sing and fill your kitchen with people you love.
Mar. 22, 2012 2:05 pm
Sherri, that's why I like that long counter, people can sit on the other side of it, sort of divided but all together :) My parents' kitchen is like that, I used to sit on the other side of it most every night and talk to my mom while she cleaned up. Hmm, good point about the centre island. I like the look of it, but it may end up being something that annoys me, having to walk around it. And you know, as much as the glass stove top seems like a pain to clean, you're right that the coil stove isn't exactly a breeze to clean either. I really DON'T clean mine like I should. I was just looking at the burners a couple days thinking I need to set aside a day to pull them out and give them a good cleaning. I'm a messy cook and not very good at cleaning up!
Mar. 22, 2012 2:07 pm
DFH - well now I know where my dream kitchen is, it's at your house! When can I move in? :)
Mar. 22, 2012 2:08 pm
Sugarnspice, where I come from (mom's house!) a pantry is just like an armoire type thing! lol. I'm so jealous of the nice big ones I see on TV that practically look bigger than my bedroom. I forgot to mention in the blog, that I'd love a pantry like Michael Smith from Chef at Home has. I don't like him or his show but what a great pantry!
Mar. 22, 2012 2:10 pm
Oh and Sugar, I don't think it's necessarily the problem that kitchens are designed by *men* but by people in general who don't spend a lot of time in there. As much as I want stuff that looks nice, I care about functionality too. Many people don't, including many women! But men who cook would 'get it' :)
Mar. 22, 2012 2:13 pm
Covergirl, what a coincedence my fantasy is also to have two men at once, but with a very different ending than cooking and cleaning :P But seriously, that's awesome that your two men fantasy came true :) I think if you still think about it, it's really a sign you should get that sink!
Mar. 22, 2012 2:17 pm
Good point, Alex! I am always amazed by the number of women who say they 'can't cook'. My friend's mom says she 'heats' (uses the microwave), so there you I LOVE my ceramic top stove. A quick wipe at the end of any cooking and it always looks clean, even after a spill. A far cry from the days of trying to keep drip pans clean. Not to mention having to raise the stove top to get anything that spilled underneath. What a pain that was!
Mar. 22, 2012 2:51 pm
My mom's ceramic stove top never just wiped clean, spills burned right on and had to be scrubbed and scrubbed.
Mar. 22, 2012 3:22 pm
love you kitchen ideas. When we bought our place, I could change and move anything I wanted, but only once. When the flooring went down, RNGrampa said I could no longer move walls, or remove counters. I could however build anything over existing flooring-he he. I often wanted an island, but then walking around it would make me crazy. A jenn air countertop allows for down draft and I love it. A huge pantry is great, but a small organized one takes up less space. Dark counters and light backsplashes are easy to keep looking clean. Water spots do not show on white backsplash tiles. Stainless steel appliances are hard to keep clean, my neighbour bought them and she has 3 kids, always full of finger prints and she cannot hang their beautiful art on the fridge as magnets do not stick to the real stainless steel. There was huge controversy over mock stainless steel appliances and their prices. Counter space near the stove and ovens is important and I prefer to have my fridge close to the stove. Think of how many trips you make to the fridge when cooking, walking around an island would be a PITA. Have fun planning!
Mar. 22, 2012 4:10 pm
I never knew that magnets aren't supposed to stick to stainless steel! I guess my so-called stainless cookware isn't real stainless steel, my magnetic measuring cups stick to them like crazy
Mar. 22, 2012 6:51 pm
Alex You always have such great blogs. :)
Mar. 23, 2012 3:41 am
We have progressed from the dream, to the wishful thinking, to sketching and have just entered the planning stage. This process has been an off-and-on process over the last two years. Our space is very limited so efficiency is paramount. We have one wall that encloses the stairway to the basement that has never been used for anything except hanging wallpaper. I discovered that there was fifteen inches of kitchen space being wasted by that wall. That wall will be removed and replaced by eleven feet of pantry cupboards. At the end of that same wall is an old chimney enclosure that will be removed, also. That will add some much needed footprint to the dining area. Instead of a cooktop, we'll use a slide in range and a double wall oven. There will be a double sink and a prep sink with pot filler. The refrigerator will be a double door top with freezer drawers on the bottom. There will be a separate water/ice conditioner near the sink. Our initial plan will be presented to us next week. Construction is expected to begin in January or February.
Mar. 23, 2012 4:27 am
Aww thanks Lightedway :)
Mar. 23, 2012 4:29 am
Wow, sounds good Mike! That's one thing I forgot to mention, I like a fridge with a freezer drawer on the bottom! That's what the fridge in my mom's kitchen is like and I guess I really got used to it because I don't really like the one I have now with the freezer on top! It's ok but I'd prefer if it was on the bottom, not really sure why. Good luck with your kitchen project! :)
Mar. 23, 2012 5:09 am
One day Alex you will get your wish! The kitchens I put up with in the military in the States and overseas were very challenging to say the least!
Mar. 23, 2012 7:24 am
I've been "creating" my dream kitchen in my head for years, and like you, if I ever win a lottery, the house will be designed around my kitchen! Many of your wishes are also the same as mine; lots and lots of counterspace, huge walk-in pantry, definitely double sink but I also want a prep sink. Oh, and I must have a double oven. I cannot live without my double oven! Electric is fine for my oven, but it must be gas for my cooktop. Stainless, definitely for ovens and cooktop, and probably sink, but fridge may be something else. Oh, and lots of cabinets for me, too! And an engineered stone countertop for maintenance free durability! Oh to dream...
Mar. 23, 2012 8:16 am
there are different grades of stainless, the magnets should stick to the sides of the fridge, but not the front. I had to check it out when I first heard about this. The heavy magnets on my fridge will not stick to my sink, KA bowl, taps nor my pots. They will stick to my cook top, toaster oven, and slow cooker. I know, too much time on my hands, but I found it interesting
Mar. 23, 2012 8:17 am
Hi Alex, for years I dreamed of a kitchen that had 2 ovens and a gas stove and not a yellow stove with no counter space. I moved 4 years ago, and I even love cleaning my kitchen because I now have the 2 ovens and gas stove. Although not extremely large, I can have guests sit at the counter while I cook. I tell my DH I love my kitchen and he also loves that I cook more now.
Mar. 23, 2012 8:38 am
Great ideas Alex. I have designed and redone many kitchens, but I have NEVER personally had the kitchen of my dreams. (my favs so far are my first Olympia kitchen (NO pix) and my last Olympia kitchen (shown in my profile pix) At this point in life, I don't think it will happen either. I think this kitchen remodel will be my last.....for me. Sparky says NO MORE MOVING :) I did many things wrong in this last remodel and I so wish I could afford a do over. I was going to go with a white quartz countertop but alas fell in love with an exotic and VERY busy granite that reminded me of the red rock park mountains surrounding us. HATE THIS GRANITE!!!! It is so busy that if you set anything small on the counters, they get lost in the motion:( The other mistake I made was that I should have bumped the kitchen further into the dining area. I do not have enough kitchen room but I do have enough dining room in my tiny house. I LOVE my stainless KitchenAid Architect series appliances....especially the dual fuel range. One tip I would offer others.......DO NOT put a metal "apron sink" in your kitchen. I had clients who chose a very expensive copper one and another friend who put in a large & expensive stainless one. Not only are they hard to keep the drips off, the zippers on the front of your pants scratch the he!! out of the surface making that very expensive sink look like cr@p. Once you have built a kitchen around an apron sink you are pretty much stuck unless you have big bucks to rip it out again.
Mar. 23, 2012 9:13 am
Alex, thanks so much for this, snip "Oh and Sugar, I don't think it's necessarily the problem that kitchens are designed by *men* but by people in general who don't spend a lot of time in there. As much as I want stuff that looks nice, I care about functionality too. Many people don't, including many women! But men who cook would 'get it." I of course, as a cabinetmaker and a cook, design hundreds of kitchens and take great exception to anyone who doesn't BUILD kitchens also thinking they can design one lol. You genitals have little to do with it.
Mar. 23, 2012 11:17 am
Yes, DFH, once I find myself my rich husband I'm after, I will have my dream kitchen! :)
Mar. 23, 2012 11:20 am
wisweetp, hmm it seems like many of you like gas for the cooktop! I've never had anything but electric, so I don't know what all the fuss is about! Whose house can I come cook at to try the gas out? :)
Mar. 23, 2012 11:25 am
lol rng - sounds like a reasonable experiment to me :) now that I think about it, you're right about the KA bowl - my magnetic stuff doesn't stick to that either
Mar. 23, 2012 11:28 am
Lela, something tells me that even if I ever get my perfect dream kitchen, I still won't like cleaning it!! lol. Hmm maybe I don't want two ovens, if they'll both have to be cleaned. I've never cleaned an oven in my life, haven't had to yet in my new place. I think that cabana boy that Caroline mentioned should be in charge of kitchen cleaning, in addition to bringing frosty drinks :)
Mar. 23, 2012 11:29 am
ooh mauigirl, sorry you don't like your countertop :( that sucks! I had to look up what an apron sink is, hmmm don't know if I like that! Not a terrible look, but I definitely see what you mean about it getting scratched up easily!
Mar. 23, 2012 11:31 am
Randy, I think if ever I actually were instructing a contractor on what I want, I'd be that person who thinks they can design a kitchen without any building knowledge :P I'm sure I'd be asking for sinks and counters and cabinets in impossible places lol
Mar. 23, 2012 6:41 pm
Great blog as always, Alex! One thing, that little aerator on your faucet (that does the shower only), you can buy a different head for that. They are NOT expensive at all. It is just the little screw on tip that you replace, not the entire faucet. Just a few dollars and you can change that to one that can go from a stream to a shower mode when you use it. Hope that makes sense. I do love my walk in pantry. I have to say I hope I would never have a kitchen without one again. But, things do get pushed to the back of the shelves and you have to be vigilant about expiration dates, duplicates, etc. Thanks for sharing, kiddo!
Mar. 23, 2012 8:13 pm
Alex, I'm sorry that I've not read "comments" re your blog... there are simply TOO MANY! I had my kitchen remodelled a few yrs ago. I had carte blanch, and designed it myself (thinking that it would be "perfect.") SURPRISE, now I want to pull out the breakfast bar, and extend another 12 feet into the dining room! Best wishes to you.. all I can say is plan well, and when you've got "perfect," start over! Loved the blog... dreams sometimes do come true, but maybe just not quite what's expected...
Mar. 23, 2012 11:23 pm
Your dream kitchen is amazing. I was lucky enough to be able to "attempt" a dream kitchen when we rebuilt our home. Long story short, we lived in a teeny weeny tinder trap and when we had enough money we added what was basically an entire house then ripped the tinder trap off. But, no lie, when we bought the tinder trap many many years ago it had in the kitchen...get this...wallpaper with acorns and larger and larger sizes of oak leaves, green and pink and purple. The carpet (dear heavens, carpet in a kitchen) was a horrible green. But the worst (besides no space in the kitchen) was a PINK stove. Pink, green, purple. I have no words...
Mar. 24, 2012 6:58 am
LOVE all of these comments. I lived in a tiny house (with 3 boys) for 22 yrs before getting a bigger one. And, while I didn't get my dream kitchen in this house, it's so much bigger. And, OMGosh I still stand & stare in awe at my big pantry. Although, it's not really a walk-in. When we moved here, we put all of our money into a big down payment (made money off of the last house that was almost paid off) but I now wish we had set aside a bit for a kitchen remodel. I hate my 90's light blue laminate. Right now I want to change it out, but boy what a hard decision. No clue if I want butcher block or corian (no way can we afford granite).
Mar. 24, 2012 8:54 am
Thanks chris, I will have to look into changing my kitchen faucet as it really is annoying sometimes! If it isn't the switch between two modes kind, I'd rather just have the stream mode. And good point about having to watch expiry dates and such in a big pantry, I already have that problem with stuff hiding in the back of my small fridge!
Mar. 24, 2012 8:55 am
Stevie, too true! I'm sure if I one day have all these features in a kitchen, I will find other stuff to complain about and dream of :)
Mar. 24, 2012 8:58 am
Oh my Celeste! You know I like pink even for some kitchen accessories (my KA is pink), but for a stove, I don't think even I could do that! And I've never seen carpet in a kitchen! I would never be able to do that, I spill and make too much of a mess! When I was looking for an apartment, I wanted one that had a little dining room area so I'd have somewhere for a nice table that I could use for bigger projects, like decorating a cake or rolling out dough bigger than my kitchen counter. But I have to say even though I have that dining room table now, I haven't used it as much as I used to use the kitchen table for the same kind of thing at my parents; house, because my dining room is carpeted and I'm scared of getting it all messed up with coloured icing or having pie dough stick to it or something!
Mar. 24, 2012 9:01 am
lol SD, my mom's kitchen has light blue laminate :P in the flooring. I thought that was sooo weird, a blue floor, but we kinda got used to it. When I was little and the house was brand new, everything was brown or beige - the furniture, carpet, flooring, paint, etc. When they redid almost all the house, everything became blue - the furniture, the carpet, the flooring and paint.
Mar. 24, 2012 12:22 pm
Nice layout. I would change the cook top to a Viking Gas Stove and add a sink to the island.
Mar. 25, 2012 4:16 am
I prefer cooking on gas, just because it is so instantly on and HOT and just as quickly off. Electric burners take so long to heat and longer still to cool down. I have a slide-in, so the oven is also gas. Had electric before and don't see what the advantage is, although many people seem to prefer electric ovens over gas. Fun blog, Alex. I think as soon as almost anyone gets their dream kitchen, they probably start thinking of things they would do differently. Never being satisfied seems to be the human condition. Onward and upward!
Mar. 25, 2012 4:18 am
Love the title of your blog. By the I have that Beatles song in my head! "But I'm not the only one..."
Mar. 25, 2012 12:38 pm
Hi Hcandotwo, a sink in the island sounds like a nice addition! Maybe I don't need my double basin sink if I just have multiple sinks all over the kitchen :)
Mar. 25, 2012 12:40 pm
Hi Peggy, I guess I could get on board with a gas cooktop - you're right that the electric burners take forever to cool down! I've only ever had electric though, so I don't have any problems with it :) The song is just John Lennon, post-Beatles ;)
Mar. 25, 2012 5:50 pm
You are so right about the song. I went back too far didn't I? Thanks for the correction. What talent, eh?
Mar. 25, 2012 9:52 pm
Sigh... I really don't qualify as the cabana boy type. Question. Ladies, I keep seeing where you are looking for the rich husband... Why not make your own millions and make your own mega-perfect kitchen? As to sinks, I have a single shallow depth sink and HATE it! No room for a dishwasher either. so, it truly sucks as I HATE doing dishes! I am moving in the next while, and hope to find a much better place than I have. The kitchen will be a big factor in what I look for.
Mar. 26, 2012 4:17 am
I too was struck by the statements of wanting to find a rich man to provide the kitchen for them. Thought we were getting past that, but guess not.
Mar. 26, 2012 4:24 am
I mostly want to find the rich man because I don't particularly feel like working for a living :) lol. I am so not a feminist, I would've done just fine as a 1950s housewife! The man doesn't need to be *rich* per se, just well off enough that the family can live on his income and I can have a nice kitchen :P If I could still have the cabana boy that would just be icing on the cake!
Mar. 26, 2012 11:08 am
Hi Alex, my kitchen has 6 doorways and 2 floor-to-ceiling windows. Plenty of light but not much space for wall cabinets. So I dream of wall cabinets and only 2 doorways. I have single unit 69" stainless sink with stainless side drain boards (old from the kitchen that was here when we moved in) that is nice. And a 36" portion of my counter is j. Boos wood cutting board -- I highly recommend. I have a bar counter but my dream kitchen would be eat-in.
Mar. 26, 2012 2:21 pm
Love the blog, Alex!! lol I often joke about that rich man too!!!! In the meantime though, work/school it is :P I love going walking through The Bay and picking out my "future kitchen", my "future bedroom", my "future summer house's kitchen"... just dreaming, but hey, doesn't hurt anyone!!!
Mar. 26, 2012 5:13 pm
Wow, 6 doorways, Allie?! that's a lot! love the large cutting board though, that sounds like a great thing to have :) I like eat-in for kitchens too.
Mar. 26, 2012 5:14 pm
Nope, doesn't hurt anyone, poush! Kinda like how I love looking at food online, better to look than to eat it all ;)
Mar. 27, 2012 10:30 am
I got my dream kitchen last summer. We did a complete kitchen remodel. From the floor up and added an additional 7 feet of cabinets and counter space as well as the largest pantry they make with 5 rollouts. New patio doors with the blinds between the panes. Five burner double convection oven dual fuel stove, french door frig, new dishwasher, all appliances are stainless. Laminate oak flooring, new light fixtures. But my favorite was replacing the wrought iron railing over the stairs with a custom built oak bookcase with shelves for all of my cookbooks. It's 6 feet long, about 4 feet high and has 3 adjustable shelves. I love love love my new kitchen and love every choice we made. My husband loves it too, especially since I got the new kitchen he got to buy his dream car, a 2008 Corvette convertible. We're both very happy!
Mar. 27, 2012 3:25 pm
Wow Miata, that sounds like a great kitchen! I totally want that cookbook shelf! I wouldn't mind having the convertible, either :)
Mar. 27, 2012 11:30 pm
This is my mother in laws kitchen.... im so jealous every time im over there!!! Its like you walked in her kitchen and snapped photos!
Mar. 28, 2012 4:23 am
haha then you have a lucky mother-in-law! :)
Mar. 28, 2012 10:46 am
I read your blog earlier in the week and didn't have time to comment - I have been thinking about it on and off all week. :) I have had the opportunity to cook in a lot of kitchens. It is great to get to know what really works and what just looks good. Sinks - I HATE the 3 hole sink at my daughters new house - the garbage little sink with garbage disposal in it sounds like a good idea but is almost useless - the other two sinks can't hold the big roasting pans or sheet trays - I LOVE the one big sink with a removable wash basin - black sinks are a pain - they show water spots really badly. I love the SS 5 burner gas ranges / cook tops. Built in microwave but not above the stove. I don't like appliances on the counter either - everything should have a home - it is amazing how quickly the counters fill up with 'stuff'. Our first apartment together had the tiniest kitchen - I laugh when I think that we were able to cook anything in it at all! We managed though - good thing I didn't start off with a lot of appliances!
Mar. 28, 2012 1:47 pm
I built my dream kitchen, Alex...about 25 years ago when we built our house! While I still love my house, the kitchen really needs updating. Maybe someday.
Mar. 28, 2012 2:52 pm
Baking Nana, that's a great point about the roasting pans and sheet trays. As much as I miss the double sink at my parents' house, I do remember sometimes being annoyed that I couldn't soak a whole sheet pan in it. I think I may come around to the idea of one really large sink that could be split up if need be :) I like having somewhere for appliances to go to. I have a fair amount of stuff out on my counter, but I HAD to get a cart for the microwave. At first it was sitting on the counter and it drove me crazy, took up half my counter space!
Mar. 28, 2012 2:52 pm
You should go for it, Paula! 25 years is a long time to spend with the same kitchen :)
Jun. 24, 2012 5:13 pm
Miss your blogs, Alex. Hope you update us again soon!
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I'm mostly a baker but I like cooking too - now that I've moved out on my own, I am starting with the challenge of cooking for one with little freezer space to make stuff ahead or freeze leftovers. Wish me luck!
My favorite things to cook
For baking, definitely love cookies and brownies/bar cookies, have gotten into doing pies more recently. Have dabbled in some cake decorating, but it's not my forte. For cooking, pastas, stir frys, chicken!
My favorite family cooking traditions
The only 'tradition' I can think of is helping my grandmother with her cannoli shells at Christmas. My job is rolling the dough around the cannoli tubes. This past year I also helped with the cream filling :)
My cooking tragedies
No big tragedies, really. One semi-recent incident with chocolate oatmeal muffins coming out of the oven looking like and tasting like hockey pucks (still can't figure out why!) Also have had a few buttercream fails, buttercream is my nemesis.
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