Monday, May 10, 2010

More links of where I was

A Portland Real Estate agent comments on kitchen color trends.  Also, in a related post, she doesn't like granite.

Kitchen list (yes, updated from last year's Facebook note)

current kitchen is a 17'x8.5' galley

New room will be 20x25, and will be kitchen, dining, and sm. family area.
Kitchen will be against 17 foot-long wall.
Looking into cost of moving sink & dishwasher to island so i can look at family area/ backyard windows instead of 17-foot-wall.

beautiful city loft kitchen I admired was 22'x10.5'

Things I definitely want

  • Lots of natural light
  • rectilinear.  Put your french curve away.
  • Full-size oven.
  • gas cooktop.
  • pull-out trashcan/recycling holders to the left of sink.
  • Dishwasher to right of sink.
  • pantry space for my shelf staples.
  • Place to keep 25 or 50 pounds of flour on hand.
  • larger fridge.  Or, at least easier to get into.
  • command/control center in the room, for family scheduling, bills.  
  • Large, deep sink.  Stainless steel works.
  • Storage for my big pieces: soup tureen, party drinks bucket, pressure cooker
  • Somewhere to place my ubiquitous bowl of fruit.
  • Appliance garage so my kitchen aid stand mixer is handy.
  • Vertical storage for cookie sheets/cutting boards.
  • handy place for broom, dustpan.

Things I might like:

  • open shelving to store tomatoes, onions, and winter squash.
  • Double-size fridge/freezer.
  • Somewhere to stick the laptop when I use a recipe straight off the internet.
  • Double oven.  So vegetarian food cooks separately from meat food.  Or dessert bakes concurrent with dinner.

I'd like it, but the appeal is not universal:

  • I need a place to hang my huge white board. Can't think if I can't draw.
  • crazy thought: smart board.

I never wanted a kitchen/family room combo, but I'll do anything to get my kitchen into the back of the house.  Counter-height islands look lovely in model homes, but there's a mess on the counters every night when we eat dinner.  I'm wondering about half walls, not counter height, to conceal the makings of dinner.  Possibly higher than bar height.

Cabinet ideas:
--Not into exotic woods, or even apparently expensive woods cherry.  Though wood is nice.  But I'm open to non-wood.
--Modern probably means flat front. However, floating panels were invented to keep cabinet doors from warping so flat-front wood looks a bit contrived to me now.
--those stripes of wood framed in metal Jennifer put in at City Lofts
--Those cabinets like Jennifer put in the bathrooms in that other City Loft (I took picture)
--Not espresso. I've seen so many espresso cabinets, I've decided it's 2008.
--my friend's Arclinea kitchen is beautiful.

or Granite.
and/or some stainless steel.
love marble, but don't see it in an Eichler.

will be the same throughout the house.  Probably tile.  Current kitchen is tile, fwiw.

Do Not Want, at this point.
--Pot filler. I don't like pasta, though I'm making it once a week.
--Don't like glass doors, since things inside the cabinets are a bit of a jumble.
--Especially don't like open shelving, because without cabinet doors we get dust.
--Second prep sink. Just don't get it. I don't think I want the kitchen big enough to justify it.
--Second dishwasher. I was against this before, but I am getting a little seduced by the idea.

Extravagant ideas:

  • gaggenau hood. Because removing smoke and odors is a priority. I love a great exhaust fan.
  • 48-inch double oven range, with six burners and grill.
  • Farmhouse sink. In stainless steel?  Probably prefer undermount.
  • Sink without ring around the drain.

Kitchen I saw on T.V.
  • I related to it because the room was narrow.
  • And the floor-to-ceiling cabinet pantry stuck with me, since I probably can't get a drywall pantry.
  • It made me think maybe a big table in the kitchen (I'm always trying to move the dining OUT of the kitchen) might be fun.
  • I liked the wall of pantry cabinets opposed to a wall that had lower but not upper cabinets. Though I'm usually against open dust-collecting shelves.
  • Nice use of silestone counters.