Small Kitchen Report
In response to plllog's "A message to lurkers and quiet people" posting I will report on my Small Kitchen.
I live in the midwest and work in a larger city. My husband farms. My goal was to redo the kitchen to make it nicer and a place that he can do farm business with seed dealers and other business related to farming. It will not be a feminine space (I fondly refer to the beautiful white kitchens as wedding dress kitchens). It will be warm looking with wood cupboards.
The house is a house that actually belongs to his mother but I recently did a total gutting of the kitchen and in the midst of a remodel. I did not make work area changes because 1) it's not my house, and 2) I came to this site late in the game and didn't put a lot of thought into other options. The house originally was located in the small town 2 miles away but was moved to this site in the 30's. DH father and aunt hand dug the basement when the were young. We are the 3rd generation to live in this tiny house that I think may be a Sears "kit house"
My project grew and grew after the idea came to me to put in new cupboards. First, another run of cupboards and then a range hood, then a new frig, then undercounter lighting, etc. It has been a blast and I would do it again. I really found this site helpful in thoughts and considerations that go into kitchens.
My kitchen is 7x12, and it has 4 doors, and it has a bathroom through one of those doors! The bathroom was useful when the kids were small, and it has stood in for many functions, caring for sick animals, using the tub to fill up calf bottles, etc. Currently it is were I am washing dishes while things are underway with the remodel. The kitchen is so small that the frig is actually on the porch with the microwave. I like this layout 'cause it gives space in the kitchen for a small table. My mother-in-law had it set up this way and I followed suit when we moved in 20 years ago. She proudly fed a family of 6 (she stood) at a 2x4 foot fold down countertop that covered a recessed cupboard into the wall when in the up position. But it was never up! She did all of her canning, baking, meal preps, and meat preps in this space. She had built in tall cupboards with sliding doors (like closets) in the porch in the 70s, a great idea. With the remodel, and information from this site, I have informed DH that it will now be referred to as "The Pantry". He laughed, he is a wonderful sport with this project, which is my project.
The old cabinets we replaced where put in after WWII when wood became available again. They were cute in their own right. My younger kids (college age) didn't want to lose them because of their charm. I looked for cabinets that were in keeping with the look. While I took the old drop down table out I had the "hole in the wall" refashioned into a built in shelf. It looks grand. I am nearing completion and will be posting final "reveal" pictures in a few weeks. I call myself the GC on this project.
Thanks for all the great ideas and critiques that I read.