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YNLover's picture

Im planning to do major remodeling on my kitchen and thought it would be nice to get some opinions regarding what you like in a kitchen. And what you all think is important in your kitchen. I am a baker and love asian cooking, cooking for large crowds, and I enjoy having everyone sit at the bar while I cook. So if any of you have any good advise, I would love to hear it before I start this adventure. Im trying to decide where to buy my appliances, who to get to design the plans, who to get to build, etc. So what ever you can think of to tell me, would be greatly appreciated. I guess I need to hear about any of your experiences or heartaches while building your kitchen. Help!


YN Lover

KarenP's picture

(post #54068, reply #1 of 8)

"love asian cooking"

An Asian woman did a tour off her kitchen for HGTV. She has a pantry cabinet with pullouts that had deep inserts like ####cardboard case of bottles would have to put her tall bottles for easy reach and safety from falling. I thought that was a pretty neat idea.

MadMom's picture

(post #54068, reply #2 of 8)

You'll probably be inundated...the ideas you can use will only be limited by your budget and the space available.  Several random thoughts...a gas cooktop (a must, IMO), drawers rather than shelves in lower cabinets (or, optionally, pull-out shelves), an island (gives me something to hang my pot rack over), lots of space for cookbooks (I'm trying to figure out how to build a library next to my future dream kitchen), designated storage (the tall bottle storage is a great idea), deep sinks - preferably double ones, a really great dishwasher which fits your family size and the pots, pans, and dishes you use (we've had several discussions on those).  On the "nice to have" side (although it's become a necessity for me) are refrigerator drawers near the cooktop, plenty of storage for spices, a baking area (if you like to bake)...oh, this list is endless.  If you like Asian cooking, you might even consider a wok burner (know that's not the correct name, but it's a special burner which has the high heat you want for stir frying, etc.)

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

SallyBR's picture

(post #54068, reply #3 of 8)

... and if you do go with the wok.... add a very good hood on top of it  (actually this is a good idea even if you don t  go for the wok)

Countertops - plenty of space... granite is best..... we have a large countertop space in the center of the kitchen where people can gather around and stay with us while we cook... it is awesome, by far the best feature of our kitchen

I am sure you will be inundated with advice - if I had more time to write I would.... gotta logout, though

Sorry, MadMom, that was not directed to you, but my fingers were faster than my brains

Edited 9/3/2003 9:55:44 AM ET by SallyBR


favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #54068, reply #4 of 8)

Your builder would probably be able to get the best price for your appliances.  He'll mark them up, but it will still be a savings to you. 

Buy several new kitchen magazines to familiarize yourself with new appliances and materials.  You must be well informed when you start the process.  Go on the internet and read the specs for each of your major appliances.  That's how I ended up knowing I wanted the Dacor range.  I had all the information in front of me to compare with the others.

You'll find that you're somewhat limited when you remodel a kitchen as opposed to starting from scratch.  There are a few things that I might have done differently if we had gutted our kitchen, i.e., my range would have been closer to the sink, but I can live with it. 

I posted photos of my new kitchen redo just a few days ago.  We're really very happy with its arrangement.  I love the tile floors.  I have the same tile throughout the kitchen, laundry room, and the garden room.  It's easy to clean.  I like the new 10" deep sink, and the new appliances are all so much more efficient than the ones they replaced.

Good luck, and welcome.


YNLover's picture

(post #54068, reply #5 of 8)

Thanks for all the info. This was what I needed to hear, is opinions from people who have remodeled their kitchens. I think thats the best way to get advise.

I think I saw your post earlier with your kitchen. And if Im not mistaken, you are the one with the Hearthkit. And you had some wonderful pictures of bread! You all talked about a book with the recipes in it. Which book were you referring too? I have a Hearthkit too and it takes a while to warm up but usually no more then 45 min. I love the way it browns a roasting chicken! Wonderfully crisp and golden. My DH said it was the best he has had. Pizza and breads always turn out too.

I will keep checking to see what other info all of you at FC say. Its a great source of information.



favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #54068, reply #6 of 8)

Which book were you referring too?

The Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhardt and Baking with Julia are two of the favorites here on this forum.  My husband also enjoys using one of the Williams-Sonoma books on bread.

Regarding your kitchen remodel, another important consideration would be under-the-counter lighting.  We've used the florescent type for 15 years.  We expected to upgrade to halogen this time, but decided against it when we realized the amount of heat they put out.  The architect suggested that we stick with the florscent bulbs.  I turn them on the first thing in the morning, and they don't go off until we go to bed at night.  If we leave during the day, they stay on.  They're very economical to use.

KarenP's picture

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Take a look at Xenon lighting. Its great stuff.

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #54068, reply #8 of 8)

Take a look at Xenon lighting. Its great stuff.

We did consider Zenon, but found it, too, generated too much heat.