Sunday, 23 July 2017

Dream Kitchen

I'm 55 and have never had a kitchen I could be proud of! 
Finally , at retirement I have been just given the green light to " sort it" 
We are going to have a new kitchen!!!!!!..with a floor ! With 1940s cupboards, with a ceramic sink under the window and with large bottles of milk in a free standing refrigerator  while the cookies bake in the oven

This is what It will look like 

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  1. that looks FABULOUS! when does the remodeling start?

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  2. The sink under the window is my one point that I will not budge on! Enjoy the view whilst day dreaming.

    Hope if all goes smoothly

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    1. Id like a small dishwasher.....open shelves........and flowers

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    2. I'll admit I like my dishwasher but you lose a storage cabinet to have it.

      In my dream kitchen I'd have the washing machine and a dishwasher!

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    3. You can't put a new kitchen in and not have a dishwasher. You just must have one.

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  3. omg...what fun! and what a nightmare at the same time. i cooked in my garage on a hot pad for months when mine was being redone. it will give you an excuse to eat at the local pub a lot!

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  4. Yah! That's something to really look forward to. Especially the ceramic sink at the perfect window. I'm going to have a new kitchen soon, too, and I can't wait. Cheers to cookies in the oven. :)

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  5. I absolutely understand the joy of this.
    Yes. You deserve your dream kitchen, John Gray.

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  6. I would loathe open shelves (we do a lot of steamy/oily cooking, and the mess would be everywhere), but a window over the sink is lovely. As is a nice kitchen table. Our kitchen in Cairo has a big ceramic sink and it's lovely - gas cooker, too, which we sorely miss in the U.S. Neither of our current kitchens is exactly "dream," but with any luck at all, the next one will be...

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    1. I am soo excited! I dont mind dusting the shelves daily

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    2. I do mine once a month ... but then I'm a lazy oink. They really don't get that dusty if the things on them are in constant use :-)

      A sink under the window is a top priority in my opinion, I have never had a dishwasher and do like a view while I wash the pots.

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  7. My ideal would have WHITE sink , white cupboards and wood bench tops.

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  8. ....and a lovely island bench with cupboards underneath and stools on one side so you could have a quick meal there or sit and chat to the cook and use for a great working station when cooking

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    1. We had an arguement today about an " island" we finally agreed on a round kitchen table

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  9. Everyone has a different vision of their 'dream' kitchen. Yours is very pretty indeed.

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  10. It's a beautiful and bright kitchen John! I love the windows bring in so much light to the room.

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  11. An excellent first project for retirement!

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  12. A dishwasher without doubt. I wanted open cupboards too but the builder and people/women/housewives that I knew who had them said that you will constantly be cleaning the dishes, they get dust etc and you have to keep them perfectly neat and in order .. I decided it was way too much to even think about and I got doors on the cupboards :)
    Or you could have doors with glass insets so you can see inside but still keep dust etc out.

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  13. It looks a bit like mine and the kitchen was my first retirement project. I did the demo work myself and some of the DIY,like the tile backsplash and the flooring. It will look great.

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  14. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

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  15. I love it John! It's so cheery. :)

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  16. This is very exciting!! I washed dishes in the bathroom sink for far too long while out very old kitchen was being redone. It was worth it, though. May I ask, in reference to your wish for a floor, what do you currently have underfoot in your present kitchen? I'm not sure what you mean by "with a floor!"

    My wants were drawers on the lower levels (so much easier to get pots and pans and mixing bowls in and out of), a double sink, dishwasher, and a microwave built into the upper cabinets (no longer sitting on the counter top). Keep us up to date on the proceedings! -Jenn

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  17. As a forever-renter, I've never had my 'dream kitchen'. The current one may come close, however. May you get exactly what you want. The photo looks lovely.

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  18. I'm living vicariously through you with a new kitchen and retirement! I'm so jealous!! --I saw your mention about a dishwasher, I'd never be without one, I'm too darn lazy! :-)

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  19. So wonderful. I love the photo
    Good Luck !
    I have remodeled so many houses and our homes with the x and the last two on my own.

    cheers, parsnip

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  20. lovely kitchen...hoping it turns out exactly the way you want...I'd be happy to dust open shelves...

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  21. A lovely kitchen John. Islands are so helpful and used for so many reasons. In my dream kitchen, I would want an island in the middle. My galley kitchen suffices my needs.

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  22. I thought you were moving???

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  23. Perfect! You deserve it! How about a washer/ dryer combo too? Dishwasher! Big fridge, wine cooler....

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  24. My kitchen is pending completion,it needs the open shelves. The lower have pull outs as does the pantry. but the yard got landscaped today. It is all exciting but way to expensive. I retire august 31.

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  25. My kitchen is pending completion,it needs the open shelves. The lower have pull outs as does the pantry. but the yard got landscaped today. It is all exciting but way to expensive. I retire august 31.

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  26. That's great news. But I thought you and The Prof were getting ready to up sticks and move somewhere else for his career in the very near future. Was I just hallucinating or were there such plans but now they're off?

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    1. Nothing set into stone....the kitchen needs sorting whatever!

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  27. Go for it, John! As they say, life is short! Get pull outs especially for the lower cabinets. As you get older, you are not as limber as you used to be and standing on your head to reach the pan on the lowest shelf is pretty difficult.

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  28. Will the Prof have spreadsheets ready to keep a hold on your spending??Kirstie Allsop says it's dead common to have your washing machine in the kitchen but then when was the last time she actually did her own laundry??

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  29. At my people's big old house in Shropshire there was a 1950's 'Mary Rose' kitchen. It was wonderful with it's cream coloured Aga and tiled floor. When I sold the house the new owners pulled it all out and replaced it with a rubbish Ikea job. The idiots!

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  30. A new kitchen is always nice with modern convenience, but with some added vintage thrown in.

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  31. Joy! This looks like such a happy place to be. Lovely ideas.

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  32. I rather fancy an old farmhouse sort of kitchen with a nice butler sink and free-standing units that make it easy to access the plumbing.
    Your idea looks like it will be cosy with lots of character, unlike all those shiny but bland fitted kitchens that seem so popular!

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  33. I'd like the kitchen replaced on the boat, well I'd like a working fridge and new work surfaces.

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  34. Very retro. Will you be wearing the floral pinny hanging on the door in the photo! I would be playing Doris Day music in the background too as I baked my cookies! :)

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  35. Oh I wish...it's beautiful!

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  36. What was that you said to me about piss poor academics yesterday.

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  37. You are staying then?

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    1. I was going to ask that Jill !
      Open shelves are great with one or two store cupboards. Looking forward to seeing your first baking from this dreamy kitchen John.

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    2. Everything up in the air......but the kitchen needs doing sell, go, rent, whatever

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  38. So exciting. We've had a couple of homes with glorious kitchens. We've gone backwards. Small kitchen now that could use a major facelift... and it's probably not going to get it. Can't wait to see what you do!

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  39. And when it's all done The Prof will announce - "I got something to tell you Johnny. I got a new job as Head of Faculty at The University of Barnsley. We leave next month."

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    1. Nope... it will be Teesside University. Then John can come for tea with me

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  40. a kitchen to use,not just to heat ready meals....big enough to move in for more than one!

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  41. What kind of lighting will you have? Or is it always bright and sunny in Wales?

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    1. I am not sure....more mood boards to organise

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  42. That's what it would look like before the dogs get hold of it.

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    1. Theres always someoneto burst my bubble

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  43. You have not added four dogs and a cat/

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  44. It's got a dog shit area for the intelligent dog. It presses a button with its arse and the shit shoors straight down.

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  45. So pretty! You'll either cook ad bake all the time or not at all so you can keep it looking like this :)

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  46. This will give you lots to write about, there may even be a book in it. Take lots of before and after pictures. Put in what you want, do it your way. I need to replace the kitchen in the condo, when my Prof retires in 18 months and we sell the other house.

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  47. My last house was a 1950s ranch house that had been renovated into something much more modern with very homey touches.. but the best thing about the room was the way the wall over the counters and sink/stove was all one huge window that bowed out .
    We called it the Starship Enterprise ..I hated the house but that kitchen was great, standing there at the sink and watching deer robbing the bird feeders in winter and seeing hawks hunting in the trees .. if you plan to be in a kitchen much, a view is lovely.

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  48. I love white kitchens and that is a very pretty one. Construction is never easy to live with but the result is usually worth it.

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  49. Winnie will be overjoyed to have workmen visiting. She'll think you are doing this for her.
    I'd get glass doors on the cupboards. There's more than dust flying around the kitchen, especially at your house.

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  50. Very pretty, but agree that the open shelves would be better as cupboards with glass doors, it will be difficult to stop everything getting greasy and dusty.
    All this, just to satisfy Winnie's lust after workmen in overalls? She'll be in 7th heaven.
    Look forward to seeing photos of the completed work, with the addition of all the animals lying around ....

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  51. How lovely, I hope it happens soon.x

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  52. It looks lovely and if you get it as white as the one pictured it will lighten up the cottage enormously. Don't be put off having your dreamed for open shelving, it is very easy to keep them clean in a country kitchen ... I do :-)

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    1. You kitchen gave me inspiration for the open shelving x

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  53. What a happy kitchen.
    And what will your view
    be from the over sink window?
    (Your garden?)

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  54. NHS Pension Lump Sum Money?? Friends have done similar.xx

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  55. Oooohhh! We are all going to have our two-pennies worth! I've had 3 good kitchens in the last 30 years, white, traditional cream and back to white again, and all with white bench tops. You KNOW they're clean. The first two had versions of glass insets in the doors which were super, but because the last one is in a very cramp galley kitchen I've gone for all drawers with self-closures. With your dog's (thinking "how far can I s**t up the wall?") I'd suggest the glass doors will save you a lot of work!

    But you are the one who's got to love it!

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  56. How exciting, after shopping around we went to that Swedish firm in Warrington, make an appointment with their kitchen planner, take a size plan of the kitchen marked with the gas, water points on it and the windows and doors and told them the essentials dishwasher fridge etc. and they did a plan of how it would look, very helpful and you can take the plan away, no hard sell good quality as well....then I read Cros comment ooops....one thing I'm glad I did get was a double oven, brilliant for just the two of us or when there's a houseful. Enjoy the planning and choosing and keep us posted.
    P.S if you're coming to our flower show I'll give you our entries for yours or I'll email them if that's ok

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    1. I shall be letting you know myentries! Are youany sections short? X

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    2. Good idea re ikea!

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  57. You certainly have a specific vision of what you want! :)

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  58. Nice, but way too white for me, I'd never be able to stop cleaning... and where are you putting the dishwasher?

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  59. Not sure maybe ask A, re.Ikea they were exceptionally helpful and came up with some good suggestions....

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  60. Don,t make a dream kitchen as you want to move on or rent!. Basic white sturdy kitchen, all that is needed. IKEA does the job. Dream kitchen with butler sink, marble or granite worktop leave for the forever home!.

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    1. One with cupboards that close and a floor IS my dream kitchen x

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  61. Nothing at all to do with your post........but why is my blog not on your blog list!

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    1. It is now, pardon the oversight! I lost my sidebar list a while ago

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    2. You are forgiven x

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  62. Looks fab. Friend just put white round table in,it has made her kitchen, you can do everything at a kitchen table. Mine I replaced a window without any cross bars and discovered I could watch whole weather systems move across the sky above the houses on the valley side.

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    1. Loved that last sentence

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  63. Lovely, so fresh and cheerful!
    Beware dark floors as they show every crumb and bit of fur etc.
    Jocelyn

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  64. Love it! I want shelves like that at the farm. We have these open cabinets that I hate right now. Would like this type of kitchen a lot. It has a warm "homey" vibe.

    Take lots of pictures before during and after and then when you have one you want to show off, you can let us see what it looked like before.

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  65. Spiffing! Now all you have to do is get the fitters to follow your instructions and not do their own thing....

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  66. How fantastic! As others have said, I recommend a dishwasher if you can find the space and glass fronted cupboards rather than open shelves, looks as pretty and is easier to keep clean. That said a shelf of cute cups and mugs by the kettle is my dream!

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  67. somehow john I just know that it wont look like that for long it will be far more homely in reality

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  68. Glad to hear it! I know you will enjoy!

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  69. Cannot wait to see this when all done!

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  70. It will be lovely . . .
    Look forward to seeing the pictures when completed.

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  71. Congratulations!

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  72. I love white kitchens and that is a very pretty one. Construction is never easy to live with but the result is usually worth it.

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  73. I had my kitchen redone earlier this year. We were worried about what the standards were re. the doors incase the dogs jumped up and put their paws on them. We got a door from howdens, one from magnet and one from IKEA. There was no difference in standard at all! none what so ever. The kitchen fitters were amazed as they had never fitted an ikea one before. All of the pipe gubins they run under the kick boards so you dont have to have half of any cupboard space away taken away. There isnt as many types of door handles as I would have liked. But what we ended up with is classic and light and everyone who came to look at the house on the open day when we put it up for sale said how much they liked the kitchen.

    get as many drawers as you can fit into the kitchen all of my crockery is in drawers as well as all of my pans.

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