Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I grabbed a card from a "chat pack" and decided to answer the question of what would be a luxurious kitchen in my view.
This is an interesting question. Probably because I think I do not deserve either one. That question is for another day, I suppose.
First: A luxurious Kitchen. Boy, do I want one of those. It would have double ovens, a large gas stove with an oven below. Double sink, deep, very deep. Probably stone of some kind. Storage would be in floor to ceiling cabinets or, better, yet, a walk-in pantry. I saw a photo of a walk in pantry. The door looked like all the other cabinet doors. It just opened into a large (about 100 square feet) panty.
I would have a deep cabinet around the refrigerator such that the refrigerator front surface would be flush with the cabinetry. Said cabinets would hold all the “open” foodstuffs and condiments, fresh veggies, and, if there is still room, some of the large flat pans that we use nearly every day (and have no handy storage spot). I think I would give up a dining room for this sort of layout. Although we do use our dining room for entertainment, as well as family parties, I think that the property could have a large enough live-in kitchen that the “kitchen table” could seat, say, 12 people. And all would be well.
My luxurious kitchen would also have a small (and I do mean small) eating table for just one or two people, for midnight snacks, and quick meals.
I would also have ample natural light. I saw an idea years ago where there were windows between the top of the counter-top and the bottom of the cabinets. I REALLY liked that! I could see it even in the northern climates. Very good light. WOW. It was probably in Sunset Magazine.
I hate soffits. I know they serve a purpose, sometimes, but I hate them nonethesless. They cost money to construct and they take up otherwise valuable space. So, my luxurious kitchen would NOT have any soffits.
I would have a huge hanging pan hangar. I like to see my beautiful pans. I want light around that, too, so perhaps a combination chandelier and pan hangar. Hmmmm.
Freezer. We currently have a wonderful upright freezer. I love it. I would, however, like to have it INSIDE my luxurious kitchen, instead of out in the garage. I mean, it really would be helpful to have it inside. It may even reduce the annual costs of running the freezer. Who knows?
All the lower cabinets would have sliding drawers in them, to assist in the ready access to the contenct of the cabinets.
I would also like to have a butler’s pantry. The kind where extra dishes, linens, serving dishes, and appliances are kept. That pantry would have a small sink in it for some reason. I cannot think of one right now, but I know it would be good to have a sink in there.
Two sinks. We have two of them right now. That is good, but they are shallow single sinks. I want DEEP sinks. I also would like one of the sinks to serve as the “wash your hands” before coming into the kitchen sink. I saw one of those in a kosher kitchen. Wonderful idea.
Books: The books could be in the butler’s pantry. I really do not need to see them all the time. Actually, I am growing to prefer not seeing anything except the clean and dry flat surfaces. Well, with a vase of flowers or a bowl of fruit on the counters. I have always wanted to “see” those things that I own, but that is changing. With the exception of my desk, I don’t want much “clutter” at all, and thus my luxurious kitchen would hold everything behind doors.
This kitchen would have a minimum of 24 running feet of countertop (matches that in Bucyrus home). It would, of course, have all the lower cabinets associated with that much counter top.
There would be a see-though fireplace in this kitchen if it adjoins a room that is not largely open to the kitchen.
All windows would be l they are not under the cabinet), and would reach the top of the nine-foot walls. This kitchen would have an eight foot long island. It would have either granite or concrete counters.