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The New Kitchen Pics (post #55063)

I think this counts as equipment, right?


The first two are birds-eye views from the loft/stairs area.   You can get an idea of the layout.   The third is a view into the (messy) dining room from the same vantage point.  The fourth is the view of the range, which is handy for checking on stocks and soups from upstairs (or spying on the cook, so I'm told).


Half of the kitchen lies in a 16'w x 8' deep bumpout with a shed roof (the range is in this section).  The other half is under the main roof--you can see where this starts in the upper left corner of the picture.  This gives is a nice cozy feeling, yet leaves it connected to the rest of the house. 


This separation is helped by the snack center (which you can't really see in any of these pics).  It's basically a stand-alone mini-room including ceiling backing up to the fireplace, and it serves to divide the kitchen from the living room, and give the dogs something to run around when I chase them out of the kitchen.


To understand scale, the top of the island is 4.5' wide by 6' long, the island sink is 17" x 20", the range is 48" long, hood is 54" long.


On the left is the top of the second fridge (my fridge), the top of the baking center.  You can also see the range, the island, the main sink (on the right).  The dark rectangle in the lower right-hand corner is the top of the snack center.


Cabinets are not-quite-finished cherry.  Island is painted poplar, top of butcher block.  Rest of tops are laminate with a cherry edge.


Leigh


 


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #1 of 119)

Next we have pics of the cleanup sink area, including the "tall dishwasher" that's generated some interest.


The sink cab is a standard 36", the dishwasher cab and drawers next to it are at 42".


You can see the dishdrawers next to the dishwasher--very handy for unloading.  My unloaders give it a big thumbs up.  It's also convenient to the dining room, which makes setting the table and cleaning up afterwards convenient.


You can also just make out the knee indent under the sink (thank's Jean!), which lets up belly up to it.


 


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
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Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #2 of 119)

As a follow-on to the dishwasher pics, here's a couple of my mondo faucet--it's a Kohler Pro, standing 27" up from the counter.  The second one includes my DH for scale.  In man-height he's 5'8".  In real height he's closer to 5'6".


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #3 of 119)

Pics I forgot to attach in the previous post (DOH!)


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
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Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #5 of 119)

Now we have photos of the baking center.  On the left is the wall oven (single).  Below that is a drawer for baking pans, below that a parchment paper shelf and below that the warming drawer.  (Warming drawer was supposed to be directly below the oven, with two drawers below that, but they made the hole too small for it, so we reconfigured).


To the right is my lowered counter (32") and an assortment of appliances.  I haven't found the permanent homes for all of these, yet.


Counter is 30" deep, giving me room for the appliances and space to work.  In the drawers are my foodsaver bags and rolls, measuring cups, baking pans and accessories for my KA mixer.


The corner cab carousel holds most of my flour and rice.  Cab to the right of that is standard 36" high, 24" deep and hold pan lids (gotta find a better place) and herbs/spices.


The mirror cabinet holds more herbs/spices.  I couldn't find what I wanted for that spot, so put the cab there temporarily, but think it will stay.  The mirror reflects the lake view from the window over the main sink, and really does look like another window.


On the side of the wall oven cabinet I've hung a magnetic knife rack from Ikea for ones I don't use often, and a bar (Ikea Grundtal) where I'm putting measuring cups, spoons and paper towels.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
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Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #7 of 119)

These two are of are what we call the snack center. It's purpose is to keep wanderers-by out of the main cooking area--it's at the open end of the U, with all the main activity happening within the U.


It houses the second fridge (kids and DH's), a small stretch of counter holding the microwave, the coffee maker, grinder and toaster oven.  Counter is standard height, but there's 24" between it and the bottom of the upper cabinet, which gives plenty of room for the appliances.  Means that I'm the only one that can reach the top shelves, though.


Bottom of that cab has an unfinished trash pullout and a series of drawers which hold junk, snacks, coffee mugs and baby bottles.  Eventually it will hold kids' glasses, too, so that Grant can reach them.


The second pic was taken from the prep-sink area.  The first from the baking center.  In that one you can see the corner of the island, and if you look closely one of our dogs, Gus, in what we like to call "screensaver mode."


You can also see that I haven't finished finishing the cabinets.  Also, the top of the wall in this area will be trimmed out, eventually.


The top of this area is accessible by climbing up the side of the chimney.  There will eventually be a railing up there.  Hopefully before it’s too late.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
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JohnT8's picture

(post #55063, reply #103 of 119)

Sorry if I'm repeating questions others asked two months ago, I'm replying as I read and haven't read the responses yet.


As a follow-on to the dishwasher pics, here's a couple of my mondo faucet--it's a Kohler Pro, standing 27" up from the counter. 


I love that sprayer.  Did the sink turn out to be deep enough, or do you wind up spraying all over the place when you use it? 


jt8


"If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base."  -- Dave Barry

jt8

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
-- Carl Sandburg

Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #109 of 119)

No problem with the questions.  Since I've been cooking in the kitchen for a few months now, I have more data to share.


There is a little sprayback when the sprayer is on full force, but we've adapted to it.  I LOVE the faucet--when I bought it, it was the only pro-style I could find made for home use, but in year since, a few other models have come out.


It's so nice for cleanup--a blast with the sprayer takes care of a lot--but you can still set it for a regular stream for filling pots, baby bottles, etc.


I would recommend a single sink with it.  I think you were looking at a commercial-style freestanding at one point, right?  That would be great with it.  I tried to find a drop-in style sink larger than what I got, but didn't have too much luck.  I'm happy with the compromise, though.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
JohnT8's picture

(post #55063, reply #114 of 119)

It's so nice for cleanup--a blast with the sprayer takes care of a lot--but you can still set it for a regular stream for filling pots, baby bottles, etc.


Yeah, I could remember from my 'youth' working in restaurants that had those.  They were darn handy!  Sounds like yours is an improvement on the restaurant ones, because IIRC they had to have a separate faucet for the regular stream.


Which also means you could set a big pot next to the sink and fill 'er up.  Very handy.  I think we should give you an extra two points for that idea. ;)


I would recommend a single sink with it.  I think you were looking at a commercial-style freestanding at one point, right?  That would be great with it.  I tried to find a drop-in style sink larger than what I got, but didn't have too much luck. 


Yes, I was wanting to find a commercial sink.  I just copied a pic from ebay, imagine the attached pic were a single-bowl with the wings on either side... cabinet facing across the front of it (so it blends in)... tuck the dishwasher under the right wing... and probably raise the whole unit up a couple inches.  Oh, and add your sprayer to it. 



Unfortunately, it doesn't look like its going to happen on the current project house.  The budget keeps taking hits from non-kitchen items.  At the moment, it is kinda looking like the 'new' kitchen is going to consist of a couple cardboard boxes, a hotplate, and a 5 gallon bucket.   Maybe I can sell it as 'rustic'  :)



jt8


"If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base."  -- Dave Barry



Edited 4/19/2006 10:49 am by JohnT8

jt8

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
-- Carl Sandburg

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Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #115 of 119)

I completely understand about the budget taking hits!  Fortunately, I'd bought most of my kitchen stuff early in the project.  That was part of my evil plan to make sure whatever got cut, the kitchen would take the least of the hits.


So, we have a pine staircase instead of oak, no slate floor in the entryway and an unheated bathroom floor (among other things), but I have my dream kitchen.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
soccermom's picture

(post #55063, reply #4 of 119)

Oooh, serious envy here. I'd take any part of that kitchen. You and I share the same colours, but that's the end of any comparison. I just love it.


 


 


 

 

 

Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #6 of 119)

The color on the walls is a deep yellow tending towards orange.  After the walls were painted and before the cabs were in, everyone thought I'd lost my mind--it was pretty bold.  I love the warmth of the color though, and now that appliances and cabs are in, it's perfect.


Even the naysayers now grudgingly agree that it's "okay."


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #8 of 119)

Now we have shots of the island.


First (Island from SW) is from the tall-dishwasher cleanup sink side of the kitchen.  On that side is a place for a stool (wish I'd had more) with shelves in there, drawers (plastic wrap, etc., plastic containers and bottom drawer has potatoes), on the far right is a place for cutting boards. 


The island is big enough for me to keep stuff in the middle--a lazy suzan with salt, pepper, etc., a crock of garlic, knife block and compost bucket for now.  4 people can work at it comfortably, and another can work at the prep sink. Pot racks hang over it.


The "east island cutting board slot" picture shows the view from the baking center, and shows my gadget drawers my cutting board (and full-size baking pan) slot with long skinny "skewer drawer" above it, and a bit of the island dishwasher.


The trash pullout I showed in another thread. It's on the end of the island nearest the range.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
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(post #55063, reply #9 of 119)

Now here are some of the range area.


It's a 48" DCS all gas, with a grill (under the SS cover).  The hood is a Best by Broan with a 1200 CFM externally mounted blower (K42EX, I think).  It's 54" wide and mounted 36" above the cooktop.  I do get a little bit of smoke escaping while grilling with it mounted at this height, and particularly since I don't have wall cabs on either side to act like a chimney, but I can stand under it comfortably and see into all my tall pots.  I'm happy.


In order to accomodate the posts in the corners (which you can't really see in these pics), there's an 8" deep half wall/chase thingy that's 42" high going from post to post, and topped with a pine plank.  You can see it behind the range, with my utensil crocks on it. This gives me lots more flat surfaces on which to put things (always nice for a clutterer) but meant we had to get creative when mounting the hood so that the front of it was at the edge of the range and not 8" too far back. 


Eventually (there's that word again) we'll tile a backsplash behind the range. 


To the right of the range is a wooden cart I had, perfect for more utensil crocks, oils, etc.  Also good for putting hot pans on when necessary. Underneath it will be my LeCreuset.


Leigh


 


 


(I just realized I didn't take any of the pantry.  Whoops!)


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
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Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #10 of 119)

Here are some miscellaneous shots.


One is of the pot racks over the island.  The rear one is your standard 36" oval with pots, the front one is a piece of iron "wall art" that I've hung from chains.  On it are some strainers, misc. tools and my onion basket. 


Another is of my mini-desk area--about 30 inches wide.


Yet another is a view into the messy dining room (and a surprised Grant in his exersaucer).


The last one is a view of the kitchen standing in front of the snack center's fridge.  (I can't remember if I posted this one previously). You can see the large hole in the wall under the windows next to the range.  That's supposed to be a bookcase, but the cabinet guy hasn't made it yet.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
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Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #11 of 119)

Knobs, knobs, knobs.


Much debate among the Wackys about what to use.  Had to be comfortable for hands of all ages, not catch on clothing and a little funky (for me).


Here's what we ended up with.  Very comfortable to use. 


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
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Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #12 of 119)

And finally, a gratuitous baby shot.


Grant thinks the dogs are the funniest things since the three Stooges.  Fortunately, they like him, too.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
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Marcia's picture

(post #55063, reply #13 of 119)

It's all stunning, Leigh, and looks wonderfully functional...I know how much planning went into this kitchen, and I wish you and your family many years of pleasure from it.


Of course, Grant is gorgeous, too, and is getting to be so big!


Thanks for posting all these pictures. I enjoyed looking at them so very much.


Marcia

BoofyQ's picture

(post #55063, reply #14 of 119)

As soon as I finish posting, I'll have to wipe up all my slobbering... over the kitchen and cutie Grant!

What a GORGEOUS kitchen... I would never leave it except to go buy more ingredients! :-)

Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #16 of 119)

It was the first room in the house to be set up, of course, LOL!  We've been there three weeks and the rest of the house is still full of boxes and furniture placed all higgledy-piggledy.


I find I have a hard time leaving my kitchen to go finish unpacking in the rest of the house. 


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #15 of 119)

I love the looks of those sleek kitchens, but it's not my cooking style--I need things out where I can get to them.  This one was design with function over form as the priority.  So far, I absolutely love working in it.


There's tweaking to be done, for sure, but overall I'm very satisfied with how it turned out.


That goes for the whole house--one of the things I really love is that every public room feels self-contained, but yet is open to the rest of the house.  You get the benefits of an open plan without the drawbacks of feeling so exposed in every room.


Very, very happy with it.


Wouldn't suit everyone, of course, but suits us quite well.


Leigh


 


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
PeterDurand's picture

(post #55063, reply #39 of 119)

Can I come and live in your kitchen?!?! Huh, huh?

Major congratulations.

Cheers,

Peter

 

Adele's picture

(post #55063, reply #17 of 119)

All I can say is WOW!  

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Jean's picture

(post #55063, reply #18 of 119)

I love it!  Thanks for posting the pictures. A few more gratuitous ones of Grant would be enjoyed too. :)  Happy cooking! Glad it all came together so well for you.

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(post #55063, reply #19 of 119)

Yes, poor Grant--the past month or more of his life has not been documented very well.  Found the camera this weekend, though, so I'll try to take some more Grant-oriented shots.  He's still one of the happiest babies ever to roll around.  I'm so lucky.


He'll be 8 months old on Wednesday.  Hard to believe, but then I can remember waddling around on the foundation when I was pregnant with him, and now we've moved in to the new house.  Time really does fly.


Leigh


 


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
SallyBR1's picture

(post #55063, reply #20 of 119)

All the pictures are beautiful! I don t even know what to say... you guys did a wonderful job in the house!

Grant on top of the dog - PRICELESS!!!! I can almost read the dog's mind... and Grant IS the happiest baby in the world, no doubt!

With all due respect, your third dishwasher is very charming... :-)

 


 


"Born ok the first time...."

Lee's picture

(post #55063, reply #74 of 119)

The kitchen looks great, and the view is so lovely!  Enjoy your new home!

Geoffchef's picture

(post #55063, reply #49 of 119)

Fantastic kitchen and gorgeous house! I love timber frames. Could we see more pix of the house and the timbers?
From my new perspective as an energy advisor I have to ask about the range hood though. Do you have something for makeup air? An HRV or supply fan?

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

plantlust's picture

(post #55063, reply #50 of 119)

(swiveling head quickly) The view, the acreage, the kitchen. The view, the acreage, the kitchen. OW, I think I have a kink in my neck!

I like those knobs too, very archytechy <g>, would appreciate knowing the source for them.

Pay no attention to Meany and his clutter comment. Those are NECESSARY items that must be RIGHT THERE to use. Hmpf.

Poor planning on your part does NOT constitute an emergency on mine.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

unbaked's picture

(post #55063, reply #52 of 119)

Yuppers..there's a reason why he's called Meany :D

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

Aberwacky's picture

(post #55063, reply #62 of 119)

Yes, I wonder where he stores his garlic. . .


The knobs came from Lowe's (see my reponse to Peter).  I don't have the model number here with me, but will bring a package in tomorrow and provide the details.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy