Amboseli I have never seen the glass back splash application in stores here. It is something I am going to research though!
htmb, the island looks very nice in the photo and having the additional counter surface is a bonus.
I am thinking of moving our dining room table further down the room, in front of the sliding doors giving the designer more room to work with, we will see what happens when good a head with the renovation.
It will be nice to see your kitchen remodel from beginning to end, Mich. I'm sure you'll think up some great ideas.
I had a very small kitchen in the first house I had as an adult. It was built in the 1950's and wasn't very functional. Hardly any work space, broken tiles and counters that were hard to keep clean, and narrow cabinets.
After living with it for about five years, and putting a lot of thought into change, we finally came up with a very workable plan. It was still small, but had an efficient configuration and was a much more pleasant space in which to work.
Thank you Amboseli! I will add this email address to my planning book, I am also interested in your Smeg bombino fridge but I am very doubtful I could find that here.
htmb, I am very hopeful a designer could figure something to give me more counter space and also I need to vent my stove properly, right now it is just an overhead fan, I would like it to vent outside. There are issues like the plumbing and flooring to consider as well. The flooring covers the whole main level of the house into the living room and a spare bedroom. We really should go and see if we could find a few boxes of what we now have so it will not be an issue.
If it were not for our love of inviting family and friends to stay (and in many cases, in large numbers) the current kitchen would be fine, but with retirement coming soon, I think these gatherings will increase so it will be worth investing in.
My current kitchen fan does not vent to the outside, but the oven in the last house was on an exterior wall and the fan vented just to the outside behind the range. It had a metal flap over the end to keep the exhaust pipe covered except when in use. I remember taping down the flap during two hurricanes because the banging during the storm was so annoying, but most of the time it was not a problem.
I think the mere fact that you create so many fantastic dishes in your galley Kerouac, deserves a very proud splash onto our screens to humble us to what can be achieved in the Parisian Kitchen. I am lucky enough to have cooked wonderful meals in a kitchen the size of a cupboard in a Paris apartment. Now if I can do that after my very large kitchen....anyone can.
Mine is somewhat larger than lizzyfaire's or some Parisians (or the Montréal type patterned after Parisians, with a à salle à manger beside them) but still, small, a little kitchen - dining area in a little working-class Montréal flat about 100 years old (early 20th century; not even old enough to be picturesque). Fine for me, but not much for show.
Mich - You know the old saying "A change is as good as a holiday".... alterations in the home bring new life to it. I started altering rooms in my home soon after we built it. I would still like to do a few more ( bit of arm twisting need here.) It is only when one lives with a design for a couple of years, one finds the failings of the build. Altering makes one very happy!
Last night I read an article on how to think of the space in your home differently. For example, We have a two and a half floors to our home in the typical layout of basement with laundry room, bathroom, and a large open entertainment space, main floor with kitchen, living space and a bedroom and then the half floor are two bedrooms and another bathroom. This article suggested putting the kitchen in the basement if you have a walkout type basement, which we do, we have a large patio door to a patio and large windows, it is a very bright space. I now have more options!
Mich, that basement kitchen sounds like a good idea to me since the space has lots of natural light and opens to your patio. Is the kitchen door near your parking area? Makes it convenient when you come home with a lot of groceries.
Mich64 - Thinking out of the box can bring stunning results. I would definitely want some type of kitchen near a large entertainment space...which I luckily have, but built a second kitchen (much smaller of course) in the upstairs part of our guest rooms so that the lounge and BBQ area could be independent from my kitchen. It works wonderfully for guests as they can have breakfast in their pajamas, and then below them is the bathroom/shower/bedroom and dressing room with an outside patio.
Tod2 I do like the idea of the basement kitchen for a few reasons, one, it would be a much cooler space to work in during the summer months and two, I could move my BBQ down to that patio and we would then use that outdoor space more often and it is covered. I also like the idea of a small kitchen type area on the main floor for guests in the morning, I could design a credenza space with a small bar fridge, toaster oven and kettle by the patio door that leads out to the deck.
Breeze the carrying groceries a bit further was the only comment my husband had on the idea but he says it is a small negative issue. Our home is on a hillside, it is over 50 steps down to the house from our driveway, about 20 steps less in summer when we can park the vehicle down at the garage.
My apologies if I have gone off topic of the thread!
Gosh, Lizzy! I've always been super impressed by the beautiful and ambitious meals you seem to turn out effortlessly, but seeing how little workspace you have makes that all the more impressive. It looks like a loved and efficient place.
Thank you, all. I live so very modestly; I am very impressed with the photos people have posted so far. Luckily for me, my husband is an architect and he is designing our new house, and seeing how much he loves to eat, you can bet I will get anything my heart desires in my future kitchen. Counter space. Storage space. An old fashioned pantry. Natural light. And comfy chairs. Bliss.
That looks like the kitchen I had when studying in Italy, though of course I didn't have a proper cooker/stove, just a hob with two burners, fuelled by some kind of bomb. My kitchen is somewhat bigger than that, though in a co-op I can't really redesign it.