Designing A Beautifully Functional Kitchen Space
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I LOVE to cook. Preparing food for my family is one of my favorite things to do....most of the time! Sure, there are times when I am uninspired and then it's all of a sudden "pizza night", but for the most part, food prep is fun for me. The kitchen is the heart of a home. When it comes to the design of our kitchen, a lot of thought has gone into the way that it will be laid out. The decisions for cabinets, appliances, a kitchen sink, faucet, pot filler, and countertops that we will be incorporating into the design have all been discussed between my husband and I over and over and over again.
But now, we have made all of those decisions! We patiently wait as it all comes together. Here was the state of our kitchen just a few weeks back:
The Kitchen, A Few Months Ago
Kitchen after plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and drywall!
Four weeks ago, we made our kitchen cabinet selections and finalized the kitchen design. I wanted a space that I could freely move around in and one that captured a lot of natural light. Our kitchen sink will be located on our center island.
Back Wall Of Kitchen Cabinets
Cabinets - Installed - Just like the drawing!
I am so excited to see our Island with our kitchen sink and faucet installed. For our sink, we chose the gorgeous Elkay Quartz Luxe Single Bowl Farmhouse Sink in the color Ricotta. I LOVE the single bowl, the apron front, the color, and material. For my entire life, I have had a double bowl kitchen sink. I am ready to try something new. When our sink arrived, my toddler immediately climbed into it. The sink is big, just as I hoped it would be!
I really liked the idea of a single bowl because, in the past, I have always used the second bowl to allow dishes to dry in. And to this day, my sinks have constantly had dishes drying in them, for periods of time well beyond the "dry" time. This type of sink will not allow me to temporarily store drying dishes, and I cannot wait for that! Pots and pans will immediately need to be towel dried and stored out of sight. Forced tidiness - exactly what I crave!
For our faucet, we chose the Elkay Harmony Single Hole Kitchen Faucet with Pull-down Spray and Lever Handle in Brushed Nickel. This faucet is low flow (water saving) and is made from durable solid brass. I love the sleek, clean, and simple design of this faucet.
Elkay Harmony Single Hole Kitchen Faucet with Pull-down Spray and Lever Handle In Brushed Nickel Finish
For our pot filler, we selected the Elkay Explore Wall Mount Pot Filler Kitchen Faucet with Lever Handles in Lustrous Steel. It matches our polished nickel sink faucet very well.
Elkay Explore Wall Mount Pot Filler Kitchen Faucet with Lever Handles In Lustrous Steel Finish
Now that we have everything ordered, naturally, there is one thing that I HAD to change my mind on at the last minute. All of a sudden, I realized that I did not have any idea what type of refrigerator that my husband had specified for our cabinet design. When I asked him about it, it turned out that the fridge was all wrong.
He had the cabinets designed around a full-sized, giant refrigerator. When I went to see this unit in person, I knew right away that it was not the fridge for me. It was tall and deep. I envisioned lost tupperware containers for weeks and months at a time. I have always struggled with large refrigerators - I have a hard time seeing to the back and then food becomes lost. And then wasted.
The Original Refrigerator
The NEW Counter-Depth Refrigerator
Even though my husband was frustrated with the last minute change (although, not surprised!), we ended up selecting a counter-depth refrigerator. This new fridge has excellent visibility to the back of the appliance since it is not as deep. Thankfully, it was not too late for the change with the cabinet folks. This refrigerator is smaller than the first one that was selected, but I am embracing that fact. After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I have realized that more storage is not better. At least not for me!
In just a few more weeks, we should have some mega kitchen progress going on. I cannot wait to be able to utilize the new kitchen. Our son is pretty obsessed with helping in the kitchen these days, and I know he will be shuffling his learning tower around in order to help with different tasks. It has been a lot of fun designing this space, and now, I just want to get in there and cook, bake, or at minimum just have a cup of coffee!