We get fairly a couple of questions on our not too long ago reworked kitchen every week. I personally at all times discover it actually informative to listen to what folks take into consideration their newly reworked areas after the mud has settled they usually’re really residing in them, in order that’s what we’re doing right here!
Let’s dive into the eight questions I’m requested most often about our kitchen. If you wish to know extra, our kitchen transform reveal posts (half one and half two) are at all times accessible to browse as properly.
Why didn’t you paint the wooden paneling?
I’ve had so many individuals ask this query! They are saying painted paneling would make the design of the house really feel extra English nation (which is unquestionably an aesthetic I lean towards) they usually’re not unsuitable! The wooden would look good painted, nevertheless it additionally appears good in its pure state.
I hemmed and hawed over whether or not to color the wooden for some time. In the end, after deliberately weighing the professionals and cons, we determined to maintain the unique wooden shade. The paneling isn’t essentially meant to be matchy-matchy with the remainder of the house and I feel that’s a part of what makes the design actually fascinating. The paneling can also be product of actually high-quality wooden that’s nonetheless in nice situation, and the considered having to take each panel off, sand it, paint it, and put it again up didn’t appear well worth the effort (and value) in the long run.
The dishwasher is so distant out of your storage cupboards! Why did you make this format alternative?
I needed the U-shaped space of the house to be solely for cooking and prep work; having a fast, simple path to take the ensuing soiled dishes to the dishwasher was key. We determined that simple dishwasher entry whereas cooking was extra vital to us than having instant entry to storage whereas placing clear dishes away, in order that’s the selection we chosen. There was additionally loads of house within the eating space of the kitchen to incorporate cupboards for dishes, so it made sense when it comes to the format. We’ve gotten used to taking the quick journeys from the dishwasher to the cupboards and it doesn’t actually hassle us.
Inform us extra concerning the cupboard paint colours! Are you continue to pleased along with your alternatives?
We nonetheless love the paint colours we selected, that are Sulking Room Pink from Farrow & Ball within the cooking space and Hague Blue from Farrow & Ball within the eating space. Given the pure gentle within the kitchen, the looks of every shade tends to alter all through the day; within the morning, the colours current as extra of a grey tone, which then seems hotter because the day goes on.
Do you are worried about scratches and stains whereas cooking on marble counter tops?
It appears to be a really American notion to assume issues ought to by no means look weathered over time. We selected these counter tops as a result of the type made such a superbly dramatic influence that labored so properly with the colour of the wooden and introduced unimaginable visible curiosity to the house. As a result of there’s a lot veining and texture, any small scratches or stains that happen aren’t actually very noticeable.
That being stated, whereas we’re not delicate with the counter tops, we’re cognizant of their tendency to scratch, so we’ll put a dish towel down earlier than doing one thing that might doubtlessly scratch them, like opening a bottle of wine or setting down a dish with a tough texture on the underside.
You don’t have higher cupboards in a lot of the kitchen. Why did you make this resolution?
I needed the U-shaped house to really feel bigger and airier than it did earlier than and I needed to maintain our view of the yard intact. As a result of there was house for added cabinetry within the eating space, it made sense so as to add higher cupboards there and omit them from the U-shaped cooking space. This alternative additionally allowed us to maneuver the range away from its earlier spot subsequent to the window, which I’m glad we did.
The place did you discover that pendant and why did you choose it? I find it irresistible!
I’m requested about this gentle on a regular basis (and, for the file, I perceive why)! It’s the Menu Dancing Pendant from 2Modern.
After I was deciding on which gentle so as to add to the eating space, I needed to search out one thing that was trendy and likewise very massive to assist body the house. I actually love the best way it appears, though now I do generally want it had been a bit of extra rustic.
Is there something you’d do in a different way now that you just’ve lived along with your kitchen for a number of months?
There aren’t any main parts of our kitchen I’d change! That is, nonetheless, following the strategy of minimal structural modifications; if we had been doing a “intestine” transform, the selections we made would have been completely different. Due to that, such a undertaking was a lot completely different than our first kitchen transform in our earlier dwelling.
These are a few the minor issues I’ll doubtless replace sooner or later:
- We didn’t put lighting underneath our higher cupboards within the eating space and it bothers me to no finish. We’ll be including this lighting factor in 2022.
- I want I’d have gone a bit of extra conventional with the design of a number of the lighting fixtures. I could finally transfer the present fixtures into different areas of the home, however I do nonetheless love them.
- We’ll doubtless add completely different stools to the eating space which have extra conventional or rustic character.
- I don’t assume I’ve fairly gotten the sizing of the rugs “proper” as they relate to the dimensions of the house, so we may replace these down the road.
What a part of the kitchen do you’re keen on most and why?
I really like the move most of all. All the things has its personal spot; it’s really practical (particular shout-out to our cupboard organizers!) and works very well with our household’s life-style. I can see every thing I’ve in my pantry, my cooking course of is seamless, and internet hosting right here is only a pleasure.
By way of particular parts, the counter tops make me pleased day-after-day. I additionally love the vary. It heats up actually shortly, it’s really easy to regulate the temperature and preserve a steady simmer, and it’s additionally very easy to wash.
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