And just on a side note about our overall "Project Kitchen"; I know AM jokes around about the project being a 'decades long' project, and it has taken
a while, no doubt. However, this has actually worked out to our benefit in many ways.
During each phase of the project we have methodically gone through every single process that particular phase will be used for, step by step, and
tried to design-out every single problem / nuisance we could be faced with. This, before we turned the first screw on doing anything in that phase.
Things like electrical outlet locations, cabinet features (slide out drawers, racks, etc.), pot sizes, lid storage, utensil storage, sink
functionality, food prep space, appliance storage, pantries (location, orientation, shelving, etc.).
Every step along the way we've tried to eliminate all those 'little things' which aren't so little really when you think about it.
And, behind all that, we've also made sure we had the proper infrastructure to support everything we wanted to do. Things like up-sizing gas lines,
up-sizing our electrical service, running water lines, running electrical everywhere in the walls and cabinets, reinforcing walls and floors, etc.
We've done ergonomic studies of how we move and what clearances we need in various areas. Things like how much room we have in front of stoves and
Even things like spices and spice storage which I opined about Here
One day, hopefully very soon now, we'll be able to sit back and enjoy the fact that we didn't miss anything along the way.
I honestly don't think you could sit down with a kitchen designer / contractor and do a more thorough job. You get blinded by all the 'cool' stuff
and forget about all those little items.
And what about changes? Sure, there have been changes along the way. We actually shortened the island by two bench cabinets which we'll use
somewhere else, decided on a smaller commercial stove (48" instead of a 60") mainly because it lays out better (but it's still got two ovens). We've
probably changed the sink around at least 5 times before we made the final decisions on what to buy.
Challenges? You bet! There have been challenges at every turn, every single one. Just one example would be, commercial stoves have different
dimensions than residential stoves. They're often taller and usually always deeper than standard countertops. What to do? There are probably a
hundred other examples (duct work in the basement in the way of utilities and the list goes on).
Anyway, we're coming down the home stretch now. It will be nice to be done, but overall it's been a really enjoyable project (probably more so for
me, being a builder all my life, than for my wife, but she's had a lot of fun along the way too.).