When we bought our 18th century home fourteen years ago never in my wildest imagination did I think it would take so long to remodel my kitchen. Being both a Yankee and a New Englander we don’t believe in waste and using things until they literally fall apart. I hated my kitchen and nearly dropped to my knees in thanks when my stove finally became a fire hazard. So when the husband said lets remodel the kitchen images of grandeur floated through my head……..
I dreamed of high ceilings and clean open spaces…….image via Bill Litchfield
I dreamed of tons of cabinet space and seating area....image via Steve Giannetti, Brooke's husband, from Velvet & Linen (I'm in love with this kitchen just move it into my house please!)
I dreamed of large windows with lots of natural light.......image via Belgian Pearls
Lots and lots of light!...........image via Bill Litchfield
I dreamed of using natural materials.......image via Chateau Domingue
I dreamed of using stone........image via Cote de Texas
Image via Chateau Domingue
I dreamed of clean lines...........image via A Life's Design
I dreamed of stainless steel appliances........image via Darryl Carter, love, LOVE this kitchen!
But then reality crept into my world and my dream bubble popped and I was faced with the kitchen from my nightmares! The reality is I have a kitchen that’s only 16’ x 14’, a whole 224 square feet with 8’ 2” ceilings, the lowest ceiling height that could be found in my house. It’s one of those quirks of an 18th century house.
The kitchen did have semi custom built cabinets and corian counters but it had a lot of issues. White counter tops are not my thing, neither is an electric stove with only two burners. No back splash around the sink or the stove. The microwave above the stove would get really hot when I cooked, it being digital you can imagine how well it worked after a few shots of heat. That refrigerator couldn’t hold the makings for a Thanksgiving meal. The faucet had this annoying drip for years on end let alone it didn't reach into the middle of the sink just that one little corner and no sprayer!
I had a few restrictions when it came to designing my new kitchen…….I wasn’t allowed to bump walls out in hopes of gaining space, the kitchen is not as wide as my house and I could have gained ten feet in width had I moved those walls. Since we have harsh cold winters we had to have a wood stove for warmth. I wasn’t allowed to change the windows out since they were original to the house and not drafty believe it or not. And our Golden Dylan needed his area. Other then that I had a free hand and boy was I excited!