Let’s talk kitchens
I have shown you guys lots of photos of my kitchen but I haven’t really discussed the details of the kitchen.
So after living, cooking and cleaning my kitchen for 2 years, I now know what is working and what could have been better.
But like most things you don’t know until you live it. Right!
Stove and Microwave area.
We went with a Kenmore Electric drop in stove/oven.
This stove literally sits on top of your counter top and the bottom rest on the cabinet support board.
The advantage of this type of stove/oven is the No Gap between your stove and the counter-tops where dirt and grime can get in between your cabinets and your stand alone stove.
This feature makes clean up a breeze and keeps everything really clean so no need to pull the stove out and clean sides and under.
The microwave over the stove serves as a exhaust fan for the stove and also has a light to aid in cooking.
One of the must do in planning your kitchen is to spray paint on the sub floor the lay out of your cabinets.
Get the exact measurements and placement.
Our original design featured a larger kitchen island, 6ft x 5ft, but after looking at the floor layout and I realized a 5ft x 4ft would allow more walk around area and also plenty of island counter top space.
I picked large bulky corbels for the island seating counter top extension area.
We also had electrical outlets installed on each end of the island for easy access to laptops, charging phones and iPad etc.
In today’s world, this is a must and is one of my favorite things in the kitchen.
One thing is evident in this photo…….I love topiaries.
To read more about decorating with topiaries you might be interested in 3 Ideas To add Topiaries To Your Home Decor.
Large kitchen windows were a must for me. I want all the sunlight and the view of the trees and woods I can get.
I looked at lots of different countertop options but I kept going back to granite.
This is black/pearl granite. It has flakes of white/gray in the black granite.
This is the second kitchen I have had that had granite counter tops and I must say they have been my favorites.
Low maintenance, beauty and quality.
The look of granite is unmistakable.
There are thousands of different counter-top options and I urge you to compare with granite before you make your selection.
Select a timeless color and granite will last the life of the home and retain its beauty.
Everything and The Kitchen Sink
I looked at the apron style sinks but in the end, I selected the traditional/timeless countertop sink.
I went with a Kohler cast iron white sink with chrome facet fixtures.
This sink looks just as good as the day we installed it 2 1/2 years ago.
I clean with baking soda and/or soft scrub.
It has a beautiful shine and does not stain.
I couldn’t be happier.
This white and black rug creates contrast with the dark wood floors.
I bought this rug at Target and went back to get two smaller accent rugs and they no longer have them. Bummer!
When you scroll down you will find some similar rugs I found that are a similar style.
KraftMaid Cabinetry is easy to design your own way.
Plenty of available options for slide-out shelving, drawer dividers and custom cabinet glass inserts on doors and bottom cabinet design features as well as stain and color options.
I opted for extras drawers, pebbled glass fronts and designer bottom trim.
Skys the limit as long as you have a big budget, I didn’t so I had to forgo some of the options I liked.
I hope this has helped with designing and planning out your kitchen options. You might also like my Designing My Modern Farmhouse Kitchen