We had been in the new house for four nights when we left for a week in Maine on Saturday. We eagerly put away as many boxes as we could, and broke them down, before the recycling center closed on Saturday so that we could come home to a relatively chaos-free home without piles of empty boxes.
I mentioned in my post introducing the home that I thought I was going to be so sad to leave our kitchen, and as it turns out, the amazing addition of cabinets, storage and counter space has more than made up for my sadness of losing my dream “look”. I have this idea of what I want the renovated kitchen to look like in this house but we aren’t planning on tackling it for a while. I think it is smart to live with a space for a while before renovating so you can see what you really like about it (or despise about it) so, I started taking some notes on this kitchen.
1. I adore all the counter space around the sink. It is amazing to be able to actually spread out dishes when washing them instead of being crammed into a little area like we were before.
2. I love having a zero maintenance counter so that we can leave dishes drying overnight on the counter without worrying that the counter will get water marks (like the marble in our first house).
3. This is a Bosch dishwasher… I love the incredibly quiet sound but prefer another the layout of the inside of the dishwasher. I love having the silverware on the door of the dishwasher or to the right of the pull out drawer, I always feel like I can fit more into each load.
4. Excuse this next photo, I was dashing around to get photos before we left for Maine! I love this organized cabinet about the microwave and oven. I’m only 5’3 and having the cutting boards and cookie sheets above this area are so much easier for me to grab than the large bowls and small appliances I stored above this area in our last home.
5. I’m finding that pull out drawers / shelves are so much more useful than just plain shelves. I’m sure they are more expensive but they’ve been great for easily finding what I want quickly.
6. I love all this space under the stove top for regularly used pots and pans and love the built in shelf under there.
7. I love that simple things were thought of like a bread drawer in this kitchen. (My mom and I were wondering if it was a cool, dry spot for potatoes. Thanks, Blog Readers, for setting us straight. 🙂 I don’t think I’d add one into my house but it reminds me to think of everything!
8. There is an abundance of drawers and cabinets but if I had to choose one or the other I’d choose more cabinets because of all the serving dishes and vases I have because of party planning. In our first house about 3/4 of my dishes had to be stored in the basement. Here they work perfectly on the built-ins in the dining room or in the cabinets in the kitchen. I’ve tried purging them but I use them all for parties or events.
9. There are so many outlets all around the kitchen and it’s been so useful and helpful to never been searching for one that my appliance can reach.
10. The one large thing I’d add to the kitchen once it’s renovated is a walk in pantry. I would happily take less cabinets and more storage in the form of easily being able to see where everything this in one glance including easy access to things like recycling bins.
11. This kitchen functions very well without an island but I’m eager to see if it is as easy for large crowds to gather in and around it without an island. The bar stools in this kitchen are on the outside of the kitchen counters, two stools on each side of the kitchen, so I feel that an island with stools in the center would keep our family and guests more integrated into the kitchen.
Follow along on my Pinterest board to get a feel for the look I’m going for with our renovated kitchen. I’m thinking it’ll be white with marble look counters, some gorgeous glass cabinets and dark wood floors… a lot like our first kitchen but with a more well thought out design behind it. I want to really do it well and make some smart decisions about everything from where I will put plates and glasses to our Tupperware.
To sum it up, this kitchen is giving me great ideas for how I want to wisely proceed with a renovation. I know that as a general rule the kitchen is the hub of the house, and no matter how small your home is the kitchen is where most people gather. That was certainly what happened in our first home and I want to design the kitchen for this home with both our family and large crowds in mind. We’d love to be regularly entertaining in this space, even before anything is refinished. Isn’t the true definition of hospitality to not worry about how perfect your surroundings are and use whatever you have to nourish others even in your (and your home’s) “imperfect” state?