Kitchens. Y’all, this is not gonna fit in one post. We have surprisingly had very few differences of opinions about this room. But, there are soooooooo many decisions to make. So, let’s start with a reminder of our floor plan & where the kitchen is.
What did we want out of our kitchen you ask? Well, every time we talk about it Mason yells ‘POT FILLER’ at me really loudly. So, I take that to mean he feels some frustration filling pots in the sink and moving them to the stove. I couldn’t tell ya. Cooking isn’t really my jam. I mix casseroles and put things on cookie sheets sometimes. By things, I mean pizza rolls. But I don’t really use the stove. So, if the man wants a pot filler, I’m gonna get him one.
Then there’s my special MUST. HAVE. THING. The span across the kitchen living room is too wide to be completely open. So, the division area will have an overhead beam & two pillar type things on each side. Each are about three feet wide. We could cover them in drywall. Boring. Use wood. Not horrible, but kinda predictable. Make bookshelves. Again, kind of obvious. So, then I thought of an amazing idea (while watching Charmed which is 100% not the point.) Stained glass!!!!! So, we’re going to do a wood beam overhead & then do cool stained glass panels on the sides. I’m like so obsessed with this. Something about a dark stained wood & pretty blue and green glass mixed just makes me weak in the knees. I can’t deal.
So, other than those super non crucial to food-cooking things, here’s the list:
-stainless steel countertops
-gas range (Ugh. This is a compromise on my part. I grew up with parent’s who worked for the electrical company. We cook on electric. Anyways, pizza rolls taste the same in both.)
Here is a sketch of the kitchen layout, so you know where these goodies are going.
The kitchen is roughly 15’x19′. We wanted plenty of storage and room to move, but nothing so big that
we Mason walked our himself to death trying to make an omelet. In our area, a custom kitchen of this size would cost $25-30k before the appliances, lighting, or plumbing fixtures. That means our kitchen budget would be like $40k+. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen.
There are two big ways we’re planning to save money in our kitchen. Cabinets & countertops. We have decided to go with the Ikea Sektion cabinets. We’ve heard nothing but positive things about Ikea cabinets. I like being able to choose unique storage solutions, without the price tag of a custom cabinet design. I also love the look of the doors. Oh, and the model I built online comes in at $8,800. Of course, there will be a little tweaking but I feel confident we can stay under $10,ooo for the cabinets. Much better than $25,000.
Our stainless steel countertops will be cut at our local fab shop & we’ll install over a DIY wood base. The countertops are mostly a germ control choice, but I do love the sleekness of them. Since I have an immune deficiency, one of the main places I can get horribly sick is in the kitchen. Germs bad. Very bad. We’re not sure about the exact cost, but based on what we’ve seen, we think these are going to be about $3,000. We’ll get more in-depth about how we chose this, and the exact materials we’re using later on.
Oh, and have I told you guys how blessed I am to have a dad, brother, father in law, and husband who are all very handy & fully capable of installing these in a weekend? Cost of labor? Two cases of beer & steaks from the grocery store. (That they’ll grill themselves when they’re done.) Y’all, I’m a lucky girl.
Some of the other elements in this kitchen are going to include:
A full size fridge with no freezer. I know what you’re thinking. Where are you gonna put the pizza rolls? We mostly buy frozen products at big box stores, we also store large quantities of meat, and have frozen items from the garden. So, everything is kind of…big. And bulky. So, our huge pantry (it’s 8’x11′!!) is going to have a large upright freezer for all of that. Don’t worry. We’ll also have an ice maker in the kitchen, that makes that good Sonic ice. I know what’s up, y’all. I’ve got a strategy.
We’re opting for a standard range versus a cooktop with separate double oven. We’ll probably spend the most dough for this appliance. I know I’ve said it a lot, but Mason is the cook. I really hope that never changes. Because, he’s a really great one. And, I do not have any huge desire When we finish the basement in a few years, we’ll put in a small kitchen & have an extra oven for holidays & the like.
That sounds vague. Maybe it is. What we mean is taking the time to think about how we’ll use the space and installing accessories to help with that. Thinks like spice cabinets, pot/pan hooks, & pull out recycling in the island. You know, we want everything at our fingertips all the time and all that.
I feel like we have more eating spaces than sleeping spaces in this house. Dining room, breakfast nook, two outdoor dining spots, and a breakfast bar. Anyway, we’re gonna have a bar with stools & I hope our little people eat snack after school and do their homework there. Or, something like that. I also envision piling it full of food & making it a serving line-cafeteria style-at parties. So, you know, I’m just living in a movie over here-full of picturesque little scenes. Please don’t bother me. Awesome, thanks.
And, just in case you wanted to see the layout including the breakfast nook, here you go….
Check back for part 2 for even more deets about how we plan to make this kitchen feel glamorous, relaxed, and functional. Not necessarily in that order.