By ggfp. Kitchen. At Tuesday, March 06th 2018, 05:35:58 AM.
Define your capabilities! If you're a god cook, or genuinely want to be a good cook, the quality of your appliances will matter greatly to you. Many typical modern kitchen installations will usually come with a free or discounted appliance deal that will fit nicely into their kitchens. For some, these appliances simply won't do and this complicates things; as the kitchen is usually built to take particular unit sizes. It is therefore important to discern whether you want to buy the quality appliances first, and built a dream kitchen around them... Or buy a new kitchen and take whatever appliances will fit it. If you go for the latter, and find you want the former after the kitchen has been fitted, you'll be very sorry. Again, if you stick to the first point, you could always substitute bits of similar styled kitchens in to accommodate new fittings and then just replace all of the cabinet doors with one type.
Put a pantry in the corner between your tall cabinets. It doesn't have to be very big (4' x 4') and being in the corner will utilize all the corner \"dead\" space. The pantry would have a 2' opening at 45 degrees to the adjoining cabinets. The pantry walls could be 2x4 framed with drywall or 3/4\" MDF, but the wall shouldn't be taller than the height of the tall cabinets. This allows for crown molding (if you use it) to also be used on the pantry. Have the pantry open at the top, especially if there is a skylight above, to allow daylight into the pantry. Have shelves from the floor to top of wall. Put a \"cabinet door\" (same as the rest of your tall cabinets) on the pantry entrance, not a frame door like you'd use in the bedroom. By having a cabinet door the pantry, and the pantry walls at the same height as the cabinets, the pantry looks like a cabinet rather than a drywall opening.
Electricity brought many timesaving devices into the kitchen, as well as many inventions that pulled us away from the kitchen. Due to the innovations in the kitchen, fewer people were needed to prepare meals, so the kitchen lost a lot of its social importance and became a smaller, super-efficient working room. Built-in cabinetry, previously delegating only to Butler's pantries in larger homes, now became the best way to shrink the kitchen into an efficient workspace. With more leisure time, socializing was delegated to the living areas of the house, because the kitchen was too small.