Shannon V. OKeets
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
This is the last picture in the series, taken from the living room, looking through the pass through, and showing the north side of the kitchen. One of my main goals in this remodeling was to increase the amount of countertop area. We have more than doubled what it was before. Additional storage space was another major goal. To that end, we more the tripled what’s available. The wall cabinets are 40.5 inches high, and while the top shelves are difficult to reach (unless you’re well over 6 feet tall), it does give us a place to store rarely used wedding gifts and bulk storage of emergency power-outage supplies.
Notice that the table at the far end is cantilevered - I hate banging my knees on table legs. Under the table you can see part of one of the backless stools for sitting at the table. We now have full access to the window handles - previously they were difficult to reach. The microwave protrudes from one of the wall cabinets. We didn’t want to give up countertop space for the microwave. Where it’s currently located, it ‘s easy to read the controls and placing food items in and taking them out is also hassle free. We wanted the microwave on the wall opposite the range so both cooking appliances could be used simultaneously, potentially by different people.
Basically this kitchen design gives us four “work areas”: clothes washer- dryer, sink, range, and kitchen table. Even if there is a person at each of those locations, a fifth person can still enter the kitchen to get something from the refrigerator without getting in anyone’s way.
This has been a long haul from design to completion, taking us 3 years (sigh). Some of that delay was due to my health, some of it is attributable to me working on World in Flames, but most of it had to do with our architect quitting the business in the middle of the project and her replacement finally deciding not to complete the project after we had been discussing the details with him for 3 months. Our final construction company did excellent work, although we chaffed at the bit for 2 months we were without a kitchen.
Perfection is an elusive goal.