About The Kitchen
A few years ago I decided I needed wanted a new stove. A big new stove. Six burners. Gas. Gas in a house without a gas line. Problem was the old kitchen didn’t have room for the big new stove. What to do?
We invited our contractor friend over to discuss our options. He’d come over after work, sit at the kitchen bar and watch us stumble all over each other trying to start dinner in a poorly designed kitchen. He finally left one evening muttering something about ‘radical ideas.’ A few days later he showed up with a set of plans that called for knocking out old walls, building new walls, converting living rooms to dining rooms and vice versa. Over the next few weeks we worked together to design the kitchen we wanted.
Then the real fun began! Tearing out interior walls. Moving an exterior wall. Rewiring. Sawing through concrete. Adding a gas line. Moving plumbing. Building new walls.Tearing out ceramic tile and installing new flooring throughout the house because one area leads to another and then another. Dust. Dust. More dust. Everywhere. Drywall. Painting. Waiting on the countertops. Living without a functioning kitchen for six weeks by cooking with only the grill, Coleman stove and microwave. Doing dishes in the laundry sink. Eating way too much takeout. And did I mention dust?
In the end it was totally worth it! It has my Viking range, two sinks, two dishwashers, an ice machine and lots and lots of room to work. There’s a real bar. Actually, there’s a bar on either side where friends and family often come in, pour a drink and chat while I cook. It’s truly the center of the house and I wouldn’t have it any other way.