From the combox of the reveal post:
1) What is the plan for the flooring eventually? -Kris
Sigh. Physics is so mean.
My first and best plan was to match the floor to the adjacent living room, which sports the original hardwood, but the floor in the kitchen (and dining room) is so slanted and bowed that we basically decreased the ceiling height by an inch and a half in some places in order to get it level. If we add on the thickness of hardwood flooring as well, it's going to feel really claustraphobic in here, not to mention the step down from the kitchen to other rooms being even more cumbersome.
|Ah, the unswept floor of Monday-ness. This is how the floor is now, with the kitchen being level and the adjoining dining room being curved still. Miles to go before we sleep....miles to go before we sleep....|
The subfloor is not really designed to hold tile nor does my husband like it for this climate (too cold), so I guess that basically leaves us with laminate as our option.
If you have seen or used a thin but durable waterproof laminate flooring (does such a thing even exist?) please tell me about it. We are still very much in the decision-making phase here.
2)I am debating about a single sink or a double sink, can you explain why you chose the double sink and if you think it works well for a house with lots of dishes. Also, where do you store your plates? Near the dishwasher? -Rebekah
We did debate this decision for quite a while but eventually we decided to stick with the double basin so that two different things could be happening in the sink at the same time. For example, something soaking in one half, somebody watering a plant in the other half. Also, sometimes I'm ready to strain my cooked noodles and there are dishes in the sink (honesty is the best policy, folks). I can pile them all into one side and set the strainer in the other if I have a double basin, whereas I imagine it would be trickier with a single basin. Obviously the single basin has its upsides too (you can put really large dishes into it, it can be a miniature bathtub for small children, it looks amazing on Pinterest...) but as you can see in the photos, double won out.
As for plates, they are in a cabinet over the baking station countertop, not because that is the best place but more because that is the only place they would fit. These old houses and their tricky spaces!
3)Why did you decide to do a separate stove top and oven? I assume you had to reroute gas lines? -Kate
SPEAKING OF TRICKY SPACES.
Okay, so the wall with the stove (gas line) on it is too short to accommodate a standard range as well as useful sizes of base cabinets and countertop space. In the before photos, you'll see that they just had the stove overlapping the door frame to the mudroom/ laundry room, which was definitely dangerous and terribly claustraphobic. In order to scootch the cooking surface over to the right, we had to do a cooktop because they take up less space than a range, but we couldn't put the oven right beneath it because the oven door would smash into the handles and pulls on the base cabinets and drawers when you tried to open it.
|I couldn' just pick that domino up off the floor before I took this photo, could I? Anyway- electric oven on the left, gas cooktop straight ahead. No trim around that doorway still. Shoes all over the mudroom.|
So we kept the stove where it was but installed a (gas) cooktop instead to save space, and moved the separate oven over to the perpendicular wall that used to house the fridge. The oven is electric, so no gas lines had to be moved.
4) Faucet height: Does it cause water to splash out of the sink? I love the pull down sprayer and rather industrial height, but it makes me nervous and, a year later, I am still suffering with my old sink and leaky faucet because I can't decide! -Karen
I lurv mah faucet!!!! Huge kissy face emojis!!!
There is no splash out of which to speak. We do have a 9" basin on our sink, so maybe that helps to contain the water better, but I think it has more to do with the way the water comes out. It's such a smooth? Stream? I don't know how to explain it. And the ways ours is designed, it always comes on in the standard manner even if someone turns it off when it is on the spray setting. It is greatness.
5)What's up with the built ins not matching mo' bettah? - Martha & Torey
This was not a specific question, but there were a few suggestions about it, and I didn't want y'all to think I had basically lost my mind or something. Overall, the decision to go with white came down to time and money.
If we tried to make them match the cabinets exactly, that would have put us way out of budget, and if we tried to make them match not-exactly, I'm worried that would look cheesy. It would also take a lot longer to complete the project of "shaker-ing" the doors before staining or painting, and ain't nobody got time fo dat.
|Doggy photobomb. Standing desk in use. Fridge magnet-fied and calendar-ated. Paint squares on living room wall (all of that unpainted wooden trim will eventually be white). You can see the bathroom door over in the far right corner.|
|Attached dining area, on its way to matching the kitchen. I think I can, I think I can...|
~*~*~*How was that? Helpful? Fun? Not horribly dull so as to cause tears to fall from your eyes? Any more questions- just pop 'em in the combox.
p.s. If you are one of the people who asked one of the questions and I missed a link to your blog, let me know somehow so I can link your name above by your question. I'm feeling like an internet newbie not being able to find y'all's links.