January 29, 2008
My kitchen cabinets are really beautiful. They are maple mocha and the pantry cabinets are maple butterscotch. I bought the house because of the generously sized kitchen; when I decided to build an addition, I chose to leave the kitchen where it was originally located, even though all of the plumbing was being redone.
Since the add-on, the kitchen is in the middle of the house instead of the back…it's the heart of the house, with a french door giving it access to the side porch. Overall, my kitchen has had a complete makeover: new appliances, installation of cabinets, a butcher block island…
…a pass-through to the dining room, a new tongue-and-groove ceiling, new flooring, and special lighting (including a chandelier or pendant).</p>
<p>When I bought the house, the kitchen consisted of two small 2'x2' wall cabinets, the cast-iron sink, a refrigerator, and a stove―and an extra large hot water heater. Of course, the hot water heater was immediately eliminated; a tankless water heater will be installed outside. And I won't be reinstalling my old cast iron sink in my new kitchen. While I love its durable, historic look, it's too shallow for my practical purposes of working in the kitchen. So I decided to move it to my cypress studio (in order to not only keep it, but actively use it in my life).
One of the kitchen walls divides the kitchen and the dining room. It is made of bargeboard―we removed the drywall from the entire wall to expose the underlying bargeboards, a unique feature to this circa-1892 house. The bargeboard wall makes a great accent wall&8213no upper cabinets allowed here. A butcher-block sized island gives extra counter and storage space in the kitchen.
I'm ready to make some gumbo!</p>
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Those are really pretty cabinets! I like the color of the island counter top too.
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hi rashida, as an artist and lover of all things old and crusty-it's truly a joy and an inspiration to see a home owner that is so actively involved and passionate about her home and committed to retaining as much of it's original soul(yes, i believe that houses can have souls)and character as possible. i'm happy to know that you are going to keep the cast iron sink and use it in your studio, which looks like an amazing work space. Will it be included as part of the renovation or will it remain as is? i also love the idea of leaving the barge board exposed in all of it's historically rich, rustic glory!
Hi Rashida, I too love a kitchen to be in the middle of the house. However, in this part of the world, strict housing department made a regulation that good ventilation is vital. Maybe it's the way the Asians cook. So usually the kitchen is made either to the side or the back of the house.
I've already have a plan in hand, and I'm trying to keep my kitchen in the middle of the house, with a small we kitchen at the side to the outside. I was wondering if your house has a built in or special roof type for ventilating the kitchen. I'd be happy if you could share, or if other visitors have any great idea. THanx!!!
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