My husband and I surveyed the property and made a list of what needed to be done right away. We decided that windows were a priority, as the old window frames had rotted right through. We really wanted to put in a new kitchen, but couldn't justify the expense over that of the windows. We agreed that we would do the kitchen eventually, but not right away.
As a family of 7, including 5 kids 8-years and under, the kitchen is the heart and soul of our home. We prepare food, eat, do homework, and do computer work there. Some days I "live" in the kitchen as I tend to the children's needs and use the kitchen as my office. All of our family meetings are in the kitchen, as well as our more serious discussions.
A Dream Kitchen
My husband and I had discussed our dream kitchen in depth when we moved into our new home. We have a sunny, south-facing kitchen with lots of windows, so had imagined a light-coloured granite countertop to reflect the light, such as a "White Ice" granite countertop, with clear crystals embedded in the rock.
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A rectangular stone backsplash in "Delicatos" (sand) colour would add neutrality and function to the kitchen. To stand out, brandy colour cabinetry would pop against the granite countertops and stone backsplash. My husband wanted a few glass front cabinets in which to display glassware and fancier pieces.
Our dream kitchen would have to include an oversized centre island as the kitchen's focal point. We planned to overhang the countertop so we could use the island as a breakfast area with bar stools. Overhead, we envisioned an elegant hanging pendant light, which we would duplicate over our main eating area.
In terms of appliances, we imagined a gleaming stainless steel refrigerator, stove and dishwasher! (Our house did NOT come with any fridge, and featured an ancient stove and broken dishwasher.) We would keep our current laminate floors, until the kids grew out of the perpetually messy stage.
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