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Old 06-29-2013, 12:20 AM   #21
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I stand there in my boxer shorts with the refrigerator door open and drink milk from the container.....

Okay, now that is TMI!!!
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:17 AM   #22
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I stand there in my boxer shorts with the refrigerator door open and drink milk from the container.....
Bet your neighbors love the entertainment...and I ain't talkin' you playing in a band.

Mad Cook, funny you should ask. Just told Himself yesterday that I would like to build our next home too (so far, three for three) and it would have an at least 20x40 kitchen with a work center, dining area, and sitting/entertainment area. Off that room we could have small satellite rooms for sleeping, bath, and household duties (laundry, etc). The kitchen IS the center of our home, even if it isn't in the middle.

I too do more than cooking in the kitchen. When we first moved to this house the work half (L-shaped counter/cabinet/appliance area) needed more space for "stuff". Himself had built floor-to-ceiling shelves as a divider in our second apartment; I put those against the wall across from my work area and loaded them up with books and antique kitchen items (that I still use) and planted two rocking chairs in front of them. THAT was where all my guests would head when they came over to our home. Had to use those rockers in our sunroom when we added it on to our house. *sigh* I watch a counter top TV while I cook or wash pots and pans and such. I do mending, reading, coupon and recipe cutting, and interneting all at either the kitchen table or my little red work table. I've loved my kitchen no matter what house we've been in.
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:04 AM   #23
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Congrats on your new kitchen, sounds good!

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Recently had my kitchen remodelled. Chose my own layout, cooker and cupboards and fitter took me to the wholesalers to choose my work tops. In the course of the discussion about which were best versus what I wanted, the question was asked "Do you cook in your kitchen?" - well what else would I do there? I informed by the sales persons that a considerable number of their customers spent a fortune on show kitchens which they never cooked in (30,000 was a figure mentioned!!). Am I odd in finding this very strange? My new kitchen cost less than 5000 (approx $7600) including plumbing and electrical work, which is quite low by UK standards but is well designed to my specifications and the build quality is excellent.

The kitchen (to quote a Brit television cook) is the heart of the home and I spend alot of time in there. In my last house the kitchen was the biggest room in the house and I did everything in there - cooked meals, baked, made preserves, did dressmaking, did various craft works and often sat in there to read or knit and listen to the radio.
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:05 AM   #24
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:00 AM   #25
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I swan round in my silk dressing gown cooking of course !

My kitchen is my haven. Always found cooking relaxing .

When we have fambo gatherings everyone ends up in the kitchen.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:24 AM   #26
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Our kitchen is used for cooking, eating, gathering, gossiping, drinking and if I'm lucky cleaning up the aftermath. I have seen show place kitchens that are rarely used except for the compactor being used for disposable plates and food packages.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:36 AM   #27
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We have a SRO kitchen with a couple of stools on the far side of an Ell counter. Everyone seems to gravitate to the stools. We hang there for chat, drinks, breakfast, whatever. My grandson watches everything I do with laser focus from a stool or sitting on the counter.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:51 AM   #28
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In most houses I've owned/rented, the kitchen was where everyone gathered when I had company, so entertaining would be the non-cooking answer. When we were looking for a new home, I told the RE agent that kitchen was important to me. We were looking for an old house with personality and history behind it. He showed us houses that had been rehabbed with kitchens that looked like someone got confused and put the living room/formal dining room cabinetry in the kitchen. In other words, show kitchens that weren't actually meant for cooking. That and industrial kitchens that looked like the kitchen of a cafeteria or restaurant. He almost apologetically showed us this house, with sagging open shelves, a 1973 stove, a fridge under the staircase. I was in love. It looked like an early 1900s farm kitchen. Uneven wooden floors. Crappy counters (you could see where someone had laid their cigarettes on the counters and burned them). The deal maker was a dining room that looks like it is out of a FLW home, lower ceilings, a stone sideboard. Over the dozen years we've owned it, we've had the plaid kitchen wallpaper replaced with paint and a great new kind of tile backsplash, the 70s stove replaced, the sagging wooden shelves replaced with glass ones, the drawer "boxes" replaced, and we painted the beadboard siding and cabinets. I think I managed to retain the country kitchen (and yes, my company still tends to sit at the kitchen table). I didn't want anything that looked industrial, and it is well over 100 years old. But ... my husband's "have to have" dining room is really where guests just want to stay (we bought mission style furniture to go with the walls). But still, we use that kitchen every day for other things besides cooking.
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:50 AM   #29
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Some of the show kitchens I'd be afraid to cook in! They are way to fancy for me. While we don't necessarily "hang out" in the kitchen, lots of stuff happens at the kitchen table. Our kitchen and family room are basically one room but the family room is 2 steps lower than the kitchen. They layout of mine is great but if I were to change one thing I'd add a bar to the one end of the counter. Sometimes DH talks about getting an island on wheels for the middle but I tend to nix that idea. I like the open floor. When we entertain, we set up the food on the kitchen table and folks can wander between family room and kitchen and still be a part of it all. I don't need a tv in the kitchen since the one in the family room is easily seen anywhere in the kitchen too. I'm ready to do some remodeling in there but finances are preventing it at the moment. We're too busy paying for a wedding.
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:57 AM   #30
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My kitchen isn't overly elaborate, just functional and good-sized. In addition to using it for cooking, it's where all the wine gets made and bottled.

I'm looking forward to the day when daughter has moved out and I can also roam freely about the house in boxer shorts.
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