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Mara, mama to two boys born 05/2009 and 04/2011, after four miscarriages.
|Don't make the mistake of having everything too far apart, just because the room itself is big. Keep your major bits (the sink, stove, fridge) fairly close together, to make cooking a lot easier. Basically, think a small kitchen, *surrounded* by extra storage, hanging-out space, or whatever rather than a big, sprawling kitchen.
Have at least one 3-4' span of counter, adjascent to either the stove or the sink (ideally between them, or beside one & across from the other, or as an island), with no cabinet over it, to be the main workspace.
To me, having a properly vented (i.e. to the outside) hood over the range is ideal. Not one of those cheapie, run-through-a-filter-and-back-into-the-room types, or a trendy down-draft models they put on island stoves.
You need to visit the GardenWeb kitchen forum! Plenty of TKO (totally-kitchen-obsessed) folks there. When we were planning our kitchen/dining room remodel some of them actually drew up a kitchen design for me, they are all very helpful!
http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/ (click on Kitchens)
can you all link the ikea kitchen software? i could really use it.
Just one suggestion from me: Don't place your refrigerator in a spot where the door opens so that you can't set down whatever you're retrieving on the adjacent countertop. My fridge door blocks my adjacent counter top when it's open, so I can't move things from the open fridge to the counter.
Suggestion #1) Don't get Viking appliances! :
My mom just did a big kitchen remodel a couple years ago, and did the whole kitchen around her dream oven: a 48" six-burner Viking oven. Cost as much as a small car, and does not work.
Anyway . . . she got several catalogs from the kitchen/bath store, and spent days going through them. Other than the stove that doesn't work, the only thing I don't like about her kitchen is the dishwasher is too far from the sink.
My new fantasy: concrete and recycled glass countertops. I saw some last week, and was blown away by how beautiful they are!
Have fun! I l-o-v-e old houses.
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