Most wanted kitchen features?

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Most wanted kitchen features?
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Thu, 09-06-2012 - 10:45pm

If you could design new or remodel your existing kitchen, or if you have remodeled, what features would you want, or did you insist on?

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As most of you may know I did redo my kitchen some years ago, and was able to get a few things that I still love every time I use them.

First of all, all my lower cabinet shelves are full extension drawers. I cannot tell you how much I love pulling out a drawer to get what I want, instead of half crawling into a never well enough lit cupboard.

Also, I love my slide out trash bins. The slide out drawer/platform holds two and I use one for trash and the other to collect aluminum cans for recycling. To be able to work at my counter with my trash bin open right next to me, handy for tossing things as I go or scraping messy stuff right off the counter into the trash, and then close the drawer and have all the mess hidden is heavenly, lol.

A corner cupboard with a turntable is a real space saver, and under cabinet lights are wonderful. One can never have enough light at their work area. Also, a row of outlets along the back of my countertops means I always have enough outlets and always have one where I need it.

But, there are a few things I'd change or add, if I could.

I'd like a turntable in my upper corner cabinet. I have one in the lower corner, but the upper one doesn't have one and things are always getting lost in the back. And I wish the turntable I have on the lower shelves had the doors turn with the turntable. Mine has a bifold door and it sometimes is a little cumbersome to use.

I'd (gladly) trade in my side by side freezer/refrigerator for a fridge on top, freezer on the bottom set up.

I'd like something that would store my big mixer out of sight when not in use, and open up and lift it up to working height when needed.

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How about you? What are things you love about your kitchen, and what would you love to have?


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Fri, 09-07-2012 - 6:21am
EVERYTHING........from the studs out !!!!..Mostlt I would LOVE (& have wanted for YEARS)......REALLY want that lil wall between the kitchen & Dining Room knocked out !!!..would make life so much easier !!!....BUT..will NEVER happen ! DH said it is a bearing wall..........I say sooooo.....plenty of people do that...just put in a big rugged beam. ! LOTS of people said they would help him...but nooooooo...the stubborn ole coot, that he is....has not done...ONE THING....since we moved in here (newly built) in 1974 !! I have re-painted...stripped wallpaper..but that is it....house is showing its age..& I am soooooo annoyed with the house
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Fri, 09-07-2012 - 8:41am
I agree with Bunny!
Everything but that's not going to happen.
So I would settle for a new counter top & stove top
I keep hoping too :smileyhappy:




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Fri, 09-07-2012 - 8:42am

I can sympathize with you on stubborn husbands! We moved into our house newly built in 1976 and it took 30 years to get dh to agree to fixing the kitchen. But at least when he agreed, he threw himself totally into it and let me tell the kitchen designer what I wanted and even did more than I expected. So there's hope for your husband, too, lol.

Maybe you need to start cursing all the stuff about your kitchen you hate, like I did, and he'll give in to shut you up! LOL!


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Fri, 09-07-2012 - 2:24pm
twoki wrote:

I love my kitchen, but there are a few things I would do to improve it....

1.  I would move the back wall out 8 to 10 feet.
Oh, yes! I'd love to put an extension on my kitchen! Maybe a porch-like area I could put my table in and then have room for an island!

2.  Add two ovens and a cook top.
Two ovens would be nice . . .

3.  Replace the countertops though they really are in good shape for being over 18 years.

4.  Build a small desk for my use.

5.  Get a new fridge with freezer on bottom (on our list to buy when we move or when the current fridge craps out...which ever comes first).
I would love one of those, too. Wonder what I could do to my present fridge that dh couldn't fix???

6.  Appliance garage with a lot of outlets.
I have an appliance garage, but I ended up just using it for small, seldom used appliances. It's too hard to haul my big mixer in and out of it.

7.  New sink(s)

8.  Garden window
A garden window would be nice! But if I were to have one, I'd have to give up on my dream porch, since the window wall is the only open wall I've got.

9.  Double drawer dishwasher for small and large loads.

That said, I have lots of cabinet space, but have found that I would really like to have more space between the island and fridge...sort of hard to work on the island when there is someone digging in the fridge behind you. 
Crowding is still a problem in my kitchen, too. If I had a smaller table, it'd be easier to move around in there, but I love my vintage maple table - the only big thing I have from my mom - so I'll continue to work around it and tell guests to stay seated and keep me company while I clean up, or go in another room while I straighten up. I can let C help clean up, though. Somehow we don't get in each other's way. We must stay in our own zones or something, lol.  But Tom and I working in the kitchen together are like two bulls in a small china shop, LOL! so he puts some stuff in the refrigerator, then gets out of my way. Oops! I'm digressing!

Look at all the ideas you've given me, Deb! Tom will not appreciate it, ROFLOL!


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Fri, 09-07-2012 - 3:24pm
Or Bunny could just stop cooking ,,,,, that would certainly get her dh's attention..... RIGHT BUNNY???? ;O)
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Fri, 09-07-2012 - 3:33pm
Basically I like my little kitchen (not eat in ),,,, it's square and I like that... it's a very convenient and effiecent space to move around in . Next time I will go ahead and use only pull out extension drawers (I have a few and they are wonderful). I'm through with undercounter cupboards, can't even get down that low anymore. 2 yrs ago I had decided to put in a new countertop but that was very expensive as I wanted granite, and then I thought I had better just wait a few more yrs and if we are still here (LOL) then I'll just have the whole kitchen redone. I'd keep the same layout, buy new appliances (mine are still in great condition.
In Ankara, my kitchen is fabulous! Minimalistic, very efficient , not square but long with a door leading to the balcony , also has a big window in it. I put in all extension drawers (under counter) and next to the fridge I had a refrigerator sized pull out cabinet with wire drawers from top to bottom. I LOVE THAT! My appliances there are state of the art and I wish I could bring them to Munich! the dishwasher is so quiet you never hear it at all until it beeps that it's done. I've put my washer and dryer at the end of it, hidden under the counter. I had a very pretty corian counter top made on both sides and while it is really nice (and was expensive) I would not opt to have anohter one as it scratches easily. One can have it sanded down in an afternooon , but who wants to pay top price to have to have that done later on.

Anyway, for me extension drawers, spice cabinet with drawers, a nice big window and a quiet dishwasher are a must for me.
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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 12:31am

Ideally, I would change the cabinets as they are oak now and I'm sick of seeing oak everywhere you go!! Bumping out the window above the kitchen sink would be nice. Change the backsplash tiles. Change the laminate wood floor to real wood floor. Replace the bay window with a better quality one. The deck is off of the kitchen and I would love to have it enclosed. New faucets. I think that's all. I do like my kitchen now though.

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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 10:05am
A deck off the kitchen would be nice. I'd even go for one that wasn't enclosed. But enclosed would be very nice.

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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 2:49pm
wordyone wrote:
A deck off the kitchen would be nice. I'd even go for one that wasn't enclosed. But enclosed would be very nice.

Yes, it is nice. The deck door..single door of framed glass...is right next to our dining table. We finish dinner, quickly clean up and go out on the deck with our coffee or tea or whatever to relax and visit. We're doing it as much as we can before it gets too cold out to do so.

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Mon, 09-10-2012 - 3:23am
DONNA; my gf had lovely oak cabinets but they were a very dark color and the kitchen was tiny. So she had them painted,,, (professional painter that can take them off and cart them away and spray paint them ) .... now they are much lighter and the quality of the wood of course is still there just the color is different. They can also just pain the inner panel on the door so the oak color still surrounds the doors and matches the sides of the cupboards..... just a thought, an da lot less expensive.

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