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Old 01-24-2007, 07:46 PM   #31
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I've lived in cramped quarters and had tiny kitchens. I found one those rolling Islands quite useful. THey are counter height so I could extend my counter as needed and then put it out of the way. Storeage area gave me an extra cabinet! Always useful.
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:19 PM   #32
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Interesting thread. I didn't know it existed. Whoa! Our kitchen is so "sorry." One step above a campfire. There is NO storage. When we moved into this house, we realized there was no storage space in the kitchen and we lived out of boxes and crates for months and months and... You get the idea.

There were NO drawers in the kitchen and only about 3 double-door cabinets...for everything from food to dishes to cookware, everything.

The first thing Buck and I did was to buy a three-drawer chifferobe designed for children. Thank God, at least we had some drawers. Then we purchased a small base cabinet and countertop from Lowes to supplement our other "cabinet" space.

Still not enough room for all our toys. No problem. I installed a series of eye hooks in the ceiling and ran 1/4-inch metal rods through them, train track-fashion, to create ceiling-style pot racks. We made "S" hooks out of heavy-duty metal rod material. Now the ceiling looks like we live in a stalactite-filled cave. But everything's at our fingertips and we love it. When we remodel the kitchen you can bet we'll have stuff hanging from the ceiling. Just nicer.

The ambience is wonderful and, besides, the ceiling is really wasted space.
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:14 AM   #33
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Katie E - Thanks for your thoughts. I am sorry to hear you share the same feeling about your kitchen. However, sharing the link you found is interesting. After I posted the thread, I found island at Lowes. But I must say yours looks much better. It does help with having no room. All my appliances are not built ins like they have today. I have gas stove that is 36" and reason being I like area in middle for having someplace to put food when preparing.

We have been looking for home w/bigger kitchen. Why do they make all kitchens so small. They having divider of kitchen bar w/dining room but the kitchen is still small. No pantries anymore I wind up putting lot of canned goods on the floor or else in order to make room I give to food pantry. I do not want to throw anything out and do not keep something for more than 6 months.

Thanks again for your comments and hope you won't lose your ambition to fix your meals in small kitchen.
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:59 AM   #34
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I also live in a home (about 20 years old) that has a very small kitchen, due to the fact that the original owner/builder built the place as a 2nd home/vacation home (isn't it nice to have that kind of money - lol!!).

Anyway, we bought the house as our one & only residence because of it's lovely rural 21 acres - perfectly suited for horses - & the fact that the house was unusual for the area. It's fairly modern with lots of skylights, geometrically-shaped windows, & wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling glass in the living/dining area & master bedroom suite.

The kitchen is part of a kitchen/living/dining room area with cathedral ceilings. Kitchen itself is divided from the rest by a curving wraparound dining counter. Unfortunately, there is very little pantry/storage space, & I really can't go "vertical", because the kitchen walls are done in hand-made little Italian tiles, that I would neither want to hide nor ruin by trying to mount stuff on them - even if that were possible.

So I just struggle along. But since it's just the 2 of us, it really isn't too bad.
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:10 PM   #35
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Hey BreezyCooking, you mentioned cathedral ceilings, does that include the kitchen? If the kitchen was visually divided with a lower ceiling, you can hand all sorts of things from the ceiling!!

If not, I liked the suggestion of having a moving cart that you can store in other parts of the house or out of the way. That way you wheel it in while you need it and move it when you don't!
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:14 PM   #36
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InTheKitchen - I wound up storing all my canned goods outside the kitchen. There is a linen closet in the hallway outside the kitchen, I store everything there, except my spices, vinegars, oils, and other small condiments.

I have a small canvas shopping basket that collapses. I load up my basket once a day from my new "pantry". If I forget anything, it is only a few steps away. I have had to organize my cooking a little bit since I've moved in, but with such a tiny kitchen, I only have room for my "toys", no food!
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Old 01-25-2007, 09:41 PM   #37
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Ah Avalondeb - if only that were the case - lol!! The ceiling in the kitchen portion isn't cathedral, but unfortunately it goes the other way - too low. There's virtually nothing I could hang from that ceiling that wouldn't whack us in the head, & my husband & I are short folks (5'4" & 5'5").

I think I'm just doomed to be one of those folks who crams everything into the available cabinet space & then jumps back fast when she opens the cabinet door - lol!!!!

As for the rolling cart - I don't have anywhere to roll it - lol!!!!!!!
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:04 AM   #38
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Everyone said there wasn't any 'dead space' in here. Truly grateful for the suggestion of this moving island. The fridge takes up the most space.

Having linen closet is great. Only the fact you have to use a shopping basket to move from one place to another. Just give yourself credit for improvising!

As I said, looking at different houses all have small kitchens. makes me wonder if they all are available because the kitchen is small. My sister has everything it seems. But would you believe she doesn't cook! They always go out to eat. Even has walk in pantry. Whenever I mention this to others about her house they all ask me if I am jealous? I do wonder why things work out this way in life! I only hope one day I will have a 'BIG' kitchen.
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Old 01-26-2007, 01:38 PM   #39
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When I posted about our "difficult" kitchen (post #32) I guess I didn't make it clear that, when our kitchen was built in this house, it was sometime in the late '30s. Before then, the kitchen was outside, the summer kitchen as it was called, because our house was built in 1880 and many kitchens were in a separate building away from the house to make the house safer from kitchen fires.

At any rate, the kitchen became an after thought and no one ever updated it except for the appliances. Those, too, were a joke when we bought the house. We have since taken the appliances into the 21st century.

We will renovate the kitchen...some time in the future but, now, we've gotten quite creative and can hold our own against any streamlined modern kitchen anywhere. Although, sometimes we have to go on a bit of a scavenger hunt when we need some of our less often used tools. Like dragging our big Nesco-like electric roaster out from under one of the beds upstairs. That's okay. It works for now.

I've also become the queen of unusual containers for storing dried beans, grains, etc. All our different vinegars are stored in old wine bottles in a wine rack. Actually looks kind of pretty and we can see at a glance when we need to refill them.
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Old 01-28-2007, 07:28 AM   #40
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I think I've lived with every kitchen imaginable. My least favorite is "galley" kitchens, where if you open the oven or fridge door another person cannot get by you. My last two kitchens were my favorites. Right now I live in an 1865-vintage home (the kitchen was probably added on in the very early 1900s). It is strictly a country kitchen; I know the cabinetry was probably put in during the 60s, but it is actually older than that, so whoever installed it bought it used. I'm not fond of over-designed kitchens that have cabinetry that looks like it belongs in a formal living or dining room. Yes, I, too, have noted that many of the biggest, fanciest kitchens with the most expensive equipment seem to belong to people who seldom, if ever, cook. In my kitchen you can tell it has been cooked in ... for a century!
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