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Old 06-28-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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What do you do in your kitchen?

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 06-28-2013, 01:43 PM   #2
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Congrats on your new lovely kitchen!!

I thought of my sister in law when you mentioned the "show kitchens". She has one of those that only needs to be dusted as she's never cooked a meal in it...I don't get it either. I cook nearly every meal in mine, and often watch tv at the breakfast bar when I'm not cooking. In my previous house, I had a nice built in desk and I sure miss that, as that's where I had my laptop.

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Old 06-28-2013, 02:34 PM   #3
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My kitchen is my workshop, artist's studio, etc. It's where I do what I enjoy doing.

The only way it would be considered a show kitchen would be when company is coming and I have to clean it up so it looks like the food we serve them is actually wholesome and edible.
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:54 PM   #4
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My kitchen is my playroom ! I could never have a kitchen and not use it and I don't understand why people would want something like that.
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:53 PM   #5
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"The only way it would be considered a show kitchen would be when company is coming and I have to clean it up so it looks like the food we serve them is actually wholesome and edible. "

That's my kitchen too.

Don't let them see what they think they won't like.

I've done lot's of kitchen remodels and there are plenty of folks who put things in there kitchen that they never use.

To each there own.
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:58 PM   #6
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I have a feeling that the people who frequent this site cook in their kitchens. The home centers around the kitchen in my family. I just love my kitchen! I even cut out patterns for sewing on my kitchen counters. It has good lighting, so lots of things get done there. I cook something in the kitchen almost every day, unless we are vacationing or camping.

But...I do have friends who don't cook in their kitchens. One friend goes out or orders in every night and never cooks. Her kitchen is lovely, and I could see great meals coming out of it, but they never do. If she wants a home cooked meal, they come to our place.

Another friend cooks some things in her kitchen, but won't fry bacon (yes I did say bacon) in her kitchen because it gets things too dirty! She has certain things that she never fixes at home and only eats out because they are too messy in her kitchen to prepare. What's the fun in that?
No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best!
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:04 PM   #7
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SO works for a family that has too much money. They have a $10,000 Aga stove they never use.
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:11 PM   #8
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Congratulations on your kitchen remodeling project.

My kitchen was rebuilt / modernized in 1968. The house itself was built in the 1930's. I have now lived here approx 20 years. The kitchen was one of the chief factors why I bought the house. I still love it. The kitchen is a very long (~18 foot) narrow galley style that opens up to an eating area at the far end. The eating area is larger, open and fully surrounded by windows on three sides that let in lots of natural light and it overlooks, visually extends itself yes seems to be part of the back yard and garden. There is a single window over the sink. The kitchen itself has more cupboards than a normal person needs. Me, being a collector, it is just about right. Almost. Pretty near. Not Quite. More or less. I slowed down going to estate sales in recent years. Everything is at your finger tips and there are counters on both sides of the galley, with plenty of open workspace.

The only things I have done are paint the very dark stained oak cupboards white, ( cost prohibitive to replace all of them). Re wall paper what little wall space there is, including the area between the counters and upper cupboards, above the cupboards and again, what little wall space there is in the eating area. New knobs on all the drawers and cupboard doors, practically took my life savings to replace them all :) New curtains Twice. The white cupboards are a bit much to keep Clean; the lightness really makes the room less dense and feel more open.

New appliances, replace the ca1968 Harvest Gold with white. I need a new dishwasher, just not today. New floor.
Replace the "smoked glass" chandelier in the eating area, new and more light fixtures for better lighting in the main area.

I changed out a double wide coat cloest which had bi-fold doors (why?) and put in double doors for a pantry and a 3rd narrow door for a broom closet. Perfect sized doors were found at an archetect antiques place. Put up antique hooks in the back hallway / entry for coats. Dusted my hands and said, well there's an easy and workable job well done. My BIL built the wall that separates the broom closet from the pantry and planed, retro fitted and installed the doors. While I found the hardware that I wanted. I got the easy end of the stick.

The things I had hired to have done-- new flooring, electrical/lighting/ and wallpaper were done in stages and were affordable.

If I were to design a kitchen, I don't believe this is what I would start out with on a drawing board. However, it's lenghth allows 2, and occassionally 3 or 4 people to work without bumping butts in an otherwise narrow envrionment. The total width of the room is approx 8 feet, with 4 feet open space for people to stand/ work/ move about.
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:52 PM   #9
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I designed and layed out kitchens for a living until recently.Now I do offices and closets. I did a housing project that had really grand show kitchens in the $100,000.00+ neighborhood and right behind it was a $15,000. kitchen that was meant to be cooked in by the help.Cramped and underfunded. Crazy Huh! My little house has a bigger kitchen than those.
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:09 PM   #10
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TMI! You don't want to know what I've done in my kitchen....

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