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Old 02-15-2006, 11:17 AM   #11
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I know the feeling. I live in an apartment and it gets crowded in our small kitchen with just 1 person in it. Can you say 'CRAMPED!'. When my brother and I get a house one of the requisites is to have a big kitchen with a working island in the middle - one that has a faucet/sink combo so I can do all my prep work there. Also will have a dining area in it so I can utilize the Dining Room area as a library for my gazillion or so books.
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Old 02-15-2006, 11:54 AM   #12
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I would think with all that is on the web, there would be a site where you could put in the dimensions of your kitchen and a plan (or several) would come up showing maximum use of that space. Surely there is such a thing and I just don't know about it. I realize some kitchens are tiny, but a kitchen shouldn't have to be humongous to be well planned. In fact, if the kitchen was really big, that would be another problem, unless there were several cooks, which in most kitchens isn't the case.
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Old 03-03-2006, 03:04 PM   #13
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Look on the bright side at least with a small kitchen you can't make too big of a mess because you have to clean up after every step to have room to start the next one.
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Old 03-30-2006, 04:58 PM   #14
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Table vs island is really personal preference. Right now I have a large, old (1854) country kitchen, so we have a small table-and-chairs set. I happen to have a dining room that everyone seems to love best of all. So hubby an I often do some of the prep work seated at our little table and chairs. Since the last remodel of the kitchen was done 40s style (it was actually done in the 70s, but the guys who owned it rescued cabinets from an older kitchen, so it looks like your typical 40s, 50s kitchen). An island would look awkward, and to be honest with you, I don't mind sitting at the table for some of the longer, more tedious kitchen chores.

I've cooked in more kitchens that I can possibly count. Lived on the road in a travel trailer for three years, and turned out some pretty spectacular meals in well under 2' of counter space. Small isn't better, but it does have its advantages. Small is great for handicapped cooks, for example. At any rate, there is something to be said for everything being within 2 or 3 steps!

What I hate is galley kitchens. For awhile all of my sisters had galley kitchens with doors that went into the garage (meaning it was the door most often used). Cooking in them is a royal pain in the patootie. You'd open the oven or fridge door, and in would come a car full of family. I'd get to be a dictator and make people walk around to the back or front doors when I was cooking. And everyone wants Claire to cook. I love to do it, but don't want babies and transients under foot when I'm taking something dangerouslly hot out of the oven. When we bought this house that was my #1 requirement. No Galley Kitchens.
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Old 03-31-2006, 02:07 PM   #15
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If you wait long enough you get what you want. Believe me this has been long wait. But well worth it since we got the island. One side flips up for table use main use for working on. It truly has made big difference. Thank you all for tolerating my complaining. Have had it for almost month now and still find I am having great time adjusting to it. If only one has the tolerance and finances to get what you dream about. Believe me I am so very thankful to all of you for your suggestions as I doubt if i would have pursued it as much as I did. Now if only I can get another fridge in there! Just teasing. I am happy at least for now.
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Old 03-31-2006, 02:32 PM   #16
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Hey ITK............when we were looking for this house I too had in mind a big kitchen but nothing we saw was right for us. With this house the kitchen still wasn't big enough but there was an adjacent room and we opened the wall up to it to make an L shaped room where the family/dining room will be. We'll eliminate the kitchen table and use the dining room table instead. I plan to have an island on wheels. That way I can push it up to the wall when not in use and pull it out when I need it. Just something for you to think about when your househunting. Good Luck!

P.S. Glad you found an island you like. I'm still searching. In fact, I think I'm going to design and build my own to suite my taste and needs.
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Old 03-31-2006, 02:43 PM   #17
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Thanks Sizz, knew you would understand and know how I feel. Only if you have been there can one really feel the way they do. I don't understand about the newer homes. I have been looking but like you said no kitchen big enough. I know the older homes seem to still be right size. I know for fact people would rather have someone do the cooking but when it doesn't tast e as good, what do you do then? So thankful you got your new home and are figuring ways of making it work for you. Sounds like you got if figured out what your plans are. Your hubby knows in order to have good meals he better keep you happy. Cause you are worth it.

Having this different piece of furniture will keep me satisfied for while. I know you were always experiencing some kind of difficulty in selling or buying your home. I wish you and your family the best and as I said when you wait long enough it happens. Don't know what the reason but I leave it to the One who knows.

Good to hear from you and keep on keepin on. We'll get there, Sizz. Oh, one more thing. We have to set the clocks again. Spring forward. don't know the reason for that eith er.
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Old 03-31-2006, 05:53 PM   #18
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I'm in an apartment that has a fairly decent size eat-in kitchen.

Just one of the bedrooms is small though.


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Old 03-31-2006, 07:41 PM   #19
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I'm in an apartment that has a fairly decent size eat-in kitchen.

Just one of the bedrooms is small though.


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Count your blessings! I know everyone would want what you have. I know I would gladly have smaller bedroom. Just think of being able to move freely and have place for your recipes and spices. In my kitchen always const anly moving things to have them available. I am happy for you. I do know someone is living right.

Did anyone ever see Oprah's kitchen? Just by chance today I saw it. I don't know if she herself cooks or not but you should see the island she had.
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Old 04-01-2006, 04:59 PM   #20
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Never saw Oprah's kitchen, but I DID see Martha Stewart's & Paula Deen's stuido kitchens which are set up exactly like their kitchens at home!

Yeah, I imagine I'm blessed to have an eat-in kitchen. But I've got so many small appiances that most of them are kept in the back room. I'm spoiled, I guess.


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