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An Almost Kitchen

We’re nearly there. Three of the curved bits are delayed: The tall curved door and two pieces of the curved skirting. The Zimbabwean brushed granite is installed. It has a lovely matte, textured feel.

The people for the backsplash are coming later this week. I’m very satisfied with the quality. The insides of the cabinets have the same finish as the outsides. The sides of the drawers have glass inserts to let light in.

kitchen (7)The cabinets under the sink have a special coating to protect it in the event of a leak. The appliances are great, except we still haven’t figured out how to use the dishwasher. The tapas table was a bit too tall, but Mike fixed that by sawing the feet. The lighting is excellent.

In all, I love it- I will however note it wasn’t that easy to get what we wanted. We visited all the big kitchen makers. Something I noticed early on was that most of the designers at the showrooms were men, and men who had little to no experience in actually using a kitchen.

What they’re pushing are shiny, easily scratched surfaces; And look over practicality. Instead of asking you how many people live in your home or how you use your kitchen, they go straight to offering the absolutely most expensive options of everything.

The designer we were working with actually tried to convince me that more expensive handles were more important than the five burner hob I wanted. He’s obviously never cooked for ten people (and doesn’t own a wok.) I just wanted good solid handles. Not something made by NASA.

Anyway, in the end, it’s exactly what we wanted. There’s still some fine tuning to be done, but that’s for later. I haven’t made a final decision on artwork, although I do like the William Graham painting where it is above the cooker.

 

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12 comments on “An Almost Kitchen

  1. makagutu
    June 15, 2015

    Looks good.

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  2. acflory
    June 15, 2015

    Just beautiful, Pinky, and wonderfully functional. Pea green with envy. 😀

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      June 15, 2015

      Thanks 😀
      It’s early days, but I have the impression it’ll work better than our kitchen in Spain even though there’s less counter space. Giving each area a distinct specific function is what I think is going to work best. All food storage on one wall, all cooking on one wall etc. It saves time, even in unpacking groceries or checking on what’s in the oven while watching what’s on the cooker.

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      • acflory
        June 15, 2015

        lol – our timezones must be crossing! And yes, that focusing of purpose and function is what I like about it too [plus the drop dead gorgeous design of those curved cupboards]. When you spend literally hours in a kitchen, it has to become an extension of your body.

        Off to bed now so night night. 🙂

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  3. john zande
    June 15, 2015

    ….and now with the clutter! Pots and pans and cheeses and salamis and herb bundles dangling from iron hooks 🙂

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      June 15, 2015

      NE-VER!!!
      I do love Italian and French country kitchens, but they’re a ton of work to keep clean. My kitchen needs to be as straightforward as possible.
      My herb garden on the other hand is Italian style, grown in generous clumps rather than fastidious little rows.

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      • john zande
        June 15, 2015

        Not even a slab of cheese? Not even a salami!! Madness! Madness, I say 🙂

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  4. karenjane369
    June 15, 2015

    I too am pale green with envy…..it is gorgeous. I do agree about kitchen salesmen – over here it always seems to be what a kitchen looks like, regardless of how practical it is. I know far too many people who have spent a small fortune on a fabulous looking kitchen, yet they rarely cook anything, & when you study the design, it’s not at all sensible. My kitchen is small, but works well – & considering how much baking I do it’s not too badly designed, though I wish I could have had the worktops a bit lower.

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    • Mr. Merveilleux
      June 15, 2015

      Often I think smaller kitchens work better.

      When we left, Sotogrande was going through a ‘giant’ kitchen phase, which was rather ridiculous. There were people who could barely bake a frozen pizza installing three ovens, and plate warmers, and sous-vide machines. And there was a ridiculous fashion of ridiculously huge islands, which meant you were running around like an idiot playing musical chairs every time you needed something.

      The kitchen companies would do well to ask us, the real people who actually cook every single day, what we think would improve the process for us. An eight storey spice rack in black and chrome which takes up half the counter isn’t it!

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  5. Cary Vaughn
    June 15, 2015

    I love the feel of that kitchen! Very nice. I can see why you are pleased.

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  6. appletonavenue
    June 16, 2015

    Very nice! Don’t you worry about having a painting in your kitchen. Grease in the air, the heat of the stove?

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