Soooo I am in this in between limbo land, having seen the architect who patiently listened to all our mad ideas, measured the house and then disappeared with a promise to draw up plans that we’d all be happy about. So now we wait. We wait for the much anticipated first draft plans to arrive. And while we wait? We come with all kinds of crazy, wonderful ideas for the house that most likely a)won’t actually fit in our space or b) isn’t possible where we live or c)we can’t actually afford to do… or d) all of the above! What fun!
Currently most of my big ideas focus on the kitchen.
Our new kitchen will go pretty much in the same spot as our old one, though it will possibly end up being slightly bigger (not because we need it to be bigger but because of how everything will fit in with the other additions). Instead of me standing at the sink looking out the window to outside I will stand there and look out over the dining area part of our family/living room. Yes! I will actually be able to see my children playing in the living room while I cook – pretty much anything else apart from that is inconsequential…. but you know.. it’s fun to try and plan the best kitchen ever!
Top of my kitchen ‘I want it!’ list is one of these…a Rayburn wood fired stove with hydronic heating capabilities. Trust me to want the $15000 stove… yes that is thousand… fifteen… thousand… dollars. In my defence this will also be the heating for the entire house (it heats the water for hydronic heating) so it is more like a stove and a central heating system which doesn’t make it seem quite so freakishly expensive…. but still.
We’ll keep our current electric cooker as well (we have no mains gas here so it is electric cooking or wood or getting a gas bullet that needs to be filled all the time). It’s in perfectly good working order and it will mean I won’t have to light the fire in the heat of summer when I want to cook. So yes, effectively I want to have to ovens in my new kitchen, but I’m not greedy really I’m not! In theory the wood stove will pay for itself in electricity savings, and eventually we’ll have enough trees planted so we can even harvest our own fire wood and be pretty much self sustainable as far as cooking and heating goes, which will be really nice.
I am convinced that a red (or blue) Rayburn 355m (or similar) will somehow come to reside in my kitchen. I am not sure exactly how that will happen, but I am confident that it will, somehow. Apart from this one big, desperate desire I am not too fussed about the rest my kitchen.
I don’t want it to be huge. We don’t have a very big fridge nor do I want one. I am not worried about having heaps of storage space as we have next to none now and cope just fine. Plus we will have a walk in pantry, a real old fashioned ‘dark room’, so that will take care of a lot of the food and kitchen storage. So it’ll be just a few cupboards, some bench space and a sink I guess.
I really have no clue what kitchen things are must haves and what are definitely best left out. I am not a fancy cook, I don’t need fancy appliances (heck I don’t even have electric beaters!) so I don’t need a fancy kitchen. But I do cook quite a bit and spend a lot of time in there at this point in my life and I can’t see that getting any less any time soon. So it needs to be functional and practical and easy to use.
So come on people… hit me with your best kitchen ideas. Does anyone have a wood fired stove, am I totally out of my mind to be coveting one?? What is the best thing about your current kitchen? What would you avoid at all costs? What are the things that you don’t think about till afterwards and then wish you’d done differently? If you could build your dream kitchen…heck lets get wild and say if money was no object, what would you have in your dream kitchen?