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Old 04-01-2006, 05:07 PM   #21
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I have a big kitchen. And a big island. And lots of cabinet space. And room for a table.

But somehow I doubt I'm cooking any better than my grandma did in her kitchen that was the size of my current master bedroom closet.

To quote an old t-shirt I once had that seems apropos: It's not the size of the ship, but the motion of the ocean.

I believe we are only limited by our imagination. More stuff and space isn't truly necessary.
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Old 04-01-2006, 05:39 PM   #22
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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.

Thanks Itk! Yes and unfort., about the time change is we deal with more things (work, activities, etc....) in IL, as we live on the boarder of the Indiana and Illinois stateline. So now we'll always be an hours ahead of them and now always an hour behind my brothers up in MI.....all so very confusing and a pain but nothing I can do about it except move again and I have no intention of doing that so I'll manage.
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Old 04-18-2006, 05:14 PM   #23
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i use to have an big island in my old house but we rarely used it, instead we built a smaller kitchen in the basement that sort of ran like an assembly line. a 2 1/2 foot cutting prep area --> small sink --> 3 foot space area to put the prep and already used stuff --> stove, the width of the kitchen was probably 2 people wide. I found the smaller kitchen to be less messy (cause i had little space to make a mess and no messy floors) and quicker clean up and faster getting meals out than when i was in the kitchen with the island, but then agagin its all culture, cause in Taiwan most kitchens are designed small so i'm used to working efficently in a small kitchen.

but if it makes you feel nervous cooking in a small area i would get the island that could also accomadate a place to eat. I think home depot > lowes
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Old 04-18-2006, 05:24 PM   #24
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Jr! where have you been, darlin? off studying? nice to have you back
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Old 04-19-2006, 11:35 PM   #25
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Jr! where have you been, darlin? off studying? nice to have you back
yup studying lol AP exams are in 2 weeks but o well i think im well prepared
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Old 04-21-2006, 01:04 PM   #26
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i use to have an big island in my old house but we rarely used it, instead we built a smaller kitchen in the basement that sort of ran like an assembly line. a 2 1/2 foot cutting prep area --> small sink --> 3 foot space area to put the prep and already used stuff --> stove, the width of the kitchen was probably 2 people wide. I found the smaller kitchen to be less messy (cause i had little space to make a mess and no messy floors) and quicker clean up and faster getting meals out than when i was in the kitchen with the island, but then agagin its all culture, cause in Taiwan most kitchens are designed small so i'm used to working efficently in a small kitchen.

but if it makes you feel nervous cooking in a small area i would get the island that could also accomadate a place to eat. I think home depot > lowes
You justed answered a curiousity I had about my aunt. She is from Taiwan and when she was here I told her I didn't care for the small kitchen. Now you just told me they only have small kitchens in Taiwan. She never mentioned that. I thought I was just the only one with the problem. Thanks Live and learn, if you can wait long enough.

The island in the kichen does make difference. I am happy I have it. You sound like you have your kitchen and more to help you with your cooking. I am happy for you. Do you have a pantry too?
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Old 04-22-2006, 03:49 PM   #27
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Originally, Daylight Savings Time was for farming, to take advantage of the longer days of summer. Some states don't observe it. Hawaii is one -- being closer to the equator, days are pretty much the same length year 'round. Arizona doesn't, and that has a lot to do with Zonies liking to cultivate an independent spirit reputation. When we travelled through when we were full-timing, Indiana had a hit-or-miss attitude towards it. Local communities decided whether to honor DST or not. It was weird. We'd pull into a campground and have to ask what time it was, and it changed in various places all over the state, even in supposedly the same time zone! In recent years we've stretched DST on both sides (started it earlier, ended it later), I think the reason given was light later in the day actually makes for less crime. I think people just like the light later in the evenings.

For others tuning into this thread to try to make decisions, one thing to consider when deciding whether to island or not to island, is your traffic pattern in the kitchen. I'd never put one in my kitchen, because I often need to be able to run from stove to sink (which is on the opposite side of my large country kitchen). When I had my table in the middle of the room, it was a major inconvenience. I moved the table to the side so I could make that "run" without interference. If your sink is on the same wall as your stove, or an adjoining wall, an island doesn't interfere. But having something between the stove and sink is a pain when you are handling something like pasta that you need to drain.
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Old 04-22-2006, 06:03 PM   #28
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awwww, i have a minature kitchen & a bigger one would be great. i have little room for stuff like fresh pasta, etc. kinda rough cooking in such a small kitchen. i'm considering a bigger apt. cause i'm used to working in school's very large kitchens & it's too small in mine. i love my city- very upscale & minutes from actual city, so i'm looking to stay nearby.
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Old 01-24-2007, 03:03 PM   #29
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Looks like this is an old thread, but wanted to put in my two cents.

We just moved into a new house and the kitchen is SMALL. Plus, it is a galley kitchen with no room to expand - two walls are outside walls, behind the 3rd wall is the bathroom, and behind the 4th wall is the staircase going upstairs.

Anyway, my husband and I manage fairly well. We both love to cook and you can find us at baking and cooking at the same time at a moments notice.

A good option is to go for a moveable type of island or a cart. Have you also thought of going vertical? Use every inch of wall space and even ceiling space (pot racks). IKEA has some really great moveable kitchen furniture and ideas on how to use wall space. Check them out online.

I bought a Varde butcher block cabinet from them years ago. It has been moved all over two apartments and now the house. Once I stop using it in the kitchen, it is going into the laundry room and then maybe even into the garage as a potting bench. If you get something like that, if the island idea doesn't work out, you can always switch back and then use the piece somewhere else.

Here is the one I currently have, INVALUABLE. Plus, the drawers hold TONS of stuff! Good luck!

IKEA | home | Kitchen | Free-standing kitchens | VÄRDE free-standing kitchen | VÄRDE Base cabinet
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Old 01-24-2007, 07:40 PM   #30
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I once rented a one-bedroom apartment where the kitchen was so small that i couldn't get the table in it. it has to be used in the living room.

That was in the early to mid '70s.
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