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Things to Consider When Building a House – – The Kitchen (Continued)

Things to Consider For a New Kitchen (Continued)

We’re getting very close to finalizing the floor plan and the elevation drawing will be finished soon. I trying to be patient because I know the planning is so very important.  As I mentioned in my last post; I’ve been trying to make sure that we are prepared as much as possible when the building does begin. I’ve researched the Internet, read blogs and asked those who’ve already built a home. I want to make sure that we consider everything that we need to before we start building; so that there are few delays. I don’t want to have anyone waiting on us because we re unsure about what we want or need.

In my post “Things to Consider When Building a House – – The Kitchen”, I posted some of my favorite photos from Houzz.com and a list of items that I want to consider for our new kitchen. You can find that post here. These additional suggestions came from friends and family. (A big thanks to everyone who shared their suggestions with me.)

  • Lazy susans in corner cabinets (upper and lower)
  • Microwave over the cook-top or built-in to cabinets — so it doesn’t take up counter space.
  • Flip out cabinet front at the sink to store dish scrubbing materials,
  • Sliders in lower cabinets especially pots pans and cookware
  • Extra large window over the sink if you have a great outdoor view
  • Utility garage for small appliances
  • Double oven
  • Cabinets with partitions about 3-4 inches apart for cake pans, cookie sheets, cooking racks
  • Cabinets that go to the ceiling because you gain an extra foot all around
  • Bookcase built under the overhang of the bar or island  for cookbooks.
  • Extra wide drawers with dividers that you decide how to partition off (configure)
  • One drawer deeper than the rest (mine was at the bottom) for lunch bags, foil, etc.
  • Plugs in the pantry

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I’ve added a few more of my favorite ideas from Houzz.  You can click on the picture to enlarge it and to go to my Houzz idea books.

Examples of shelves on the end of the island



Built-in microwave

Great pantry organization

A pullout cabinet for trash and recycling

Cabinets with pullouts designed for exactly what you need

Corner drawers to utilize wasted space

A special place for the dog bowls

(I like this idea, but I think I might move it to the laundry room.)

 

Do you have anything you’d add or do you see something on the list that you found wasn’t really important when you built (or remodeled)?


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Things to Consider When Building a House – – The Kitchen

Things to Consider For a New Kitchen

Since we’re still waiting on the elevation drawings; I’ve been trying to make sure that we are prepared as much as possible when the building does begin. I’ve researched the Internet, read blogs and asked those who’ve already built a home. I want to make sure that we consider everything that we need to before we start building; so that there are few delays. I don’t want to have anyone waiting on us because we re unsure about what we want or need.

 

Here are a few of my favorite ideas from Houzz.  You can click on the picture to enlarge it and to go to my Houzz idea books.

Kitchen – Items to Consider

Built in microwave

Custom shelves and a place to plug-in appliances in pantry

Custom storage organization in kitchen drawers

Put cabinets/drawers on both sides of the island

While they are not easy to get to, they are good for storing seldom used items.

Easy-access place to store frequently used appliances

I found a great forum over at Gardenweb.com Many people have contributed to a great list of things to consider when building. I organized those items and a few others I’ve found into a spreadsheet.  Here’s the list I’ve put together of things we need to consider for our new kitchen.

      • Built in paper towel holder
      • Copper tubing for your ice maker from the freezer and until it’s out of the kitchen wall
      • Drawer microwave
      • Knife drawer
      • Pantry door on swivel
      • Pantry entrance near both kitchen and garage
      • Pantry light on motion sensor
      • Place to hang hand towels & aprons
      • Plugs under the cabinets or a pull up strip – to keep the backsplash clear
      • Plugs above cabinets for Christmas lighting
      • Pull-out garbage/recycling/laundry (for dirty dish towels/napkins/bibs!)
      • Paper towel holder in drawer slot
      • Recess the fridge
      • Set up for both gas and electric appliances 
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      • Two soap pumps at sink (one for hand soap, one for dish soap) 
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      • Under cabinet lighting in your kitchen, because those areas do get dark–makes a huge difference when prepping your food.
      • Warming drawer

 

I’m hoping for feedback on this list. Do you have anything you’d add or do you see something on the list that you found wasn’t really important when you built (or remodeled)?


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And the Waiting Begins… Let’s Build a House

IMG_5572_Fotorf                                                                                                                        Our Future Home

Waiting Mode

The idea of building our next home still feels like a dream. Especially since we’re in that waiting mode — the one that’s so hard for some of us (me) because it requires patience. We’re waiting to close on our lot; we’re waiting to finalize the floor plan; we’re waiting for the next meeting with the builder…we’re waiting…

I really never expected to be given this opportunity. When my husband and I met, he was working as a carpenter for a homebuilder. Because of some of his experiences as a carpenter, he’s always been quick to say that he didn’t think that building a home would be worth the headaches involved. It’s true; there are so many things to think about. (Where are the Property Brothers when I need them?) Things I’ve never given much thought are now running through my head. Do I like windows with or without panes? Why are there so many ugly colors of brick? (No offense intended.) How big does the kitchen island really need to be? Which is better painted or stained cabinets? And on and on and on…

Many people including our realtor suggested the best way to begin this process is for both of us to make “must haves” and “no way” lists. My hubby wasn’t too keen on the idea because he likes to mull things over in his mind. Lists just aren’t part of his thinking mode. Eventually, after many discussions we started our lists. My list includes items that might be considered design related – lots of windows, a big pantry and a soaker tub in the master bath. Even though my husband said that he really didn’t have any must haves, it soon became apparent that he really has quiet a few. His list is more building related and includes the type of insulation, the size of the studs and where the utilities etc. will be placed.

My Must Haves

  • lots of windows
  • walk in pantry
  • fireplace
  • big porch
  • large closet in the master, but not in the bath
  • bench in master shower
  • soaker tub in master
  • deck/patio
  • interesting oven vent or decorative cabinet above stove
  • built-in microwave, but not above stove
  • lots of storage
  • semi open floor plan
  • entry or foyer

His Must Haves

  • Crown molding in family room, kitchen and dining
  • Porches
  • lots of electrical outlets
  • full sprinklers
  • high ceilings
  • place to park motorhome
  • area for dog run
  • driveway and garages on the side
  • workshop area
  • highly rated windows
  • 2 X 6 studs
  • High-Density Cellulose Insulation
  • corner fireplace

Our No Way List

  • two-story
  • outside doors in bedrooms (his)
  • extremely large master baths (we want to utilize space as much as possible)
  • white brick
  • high maintenance
  • skylights (his)
  • no formal dining (?)