questions for Abouttogetdusty
Hello there! I think I missed the reveal to your kitchen, but came across a link to your photobucket pics on the sink thread. I have some questions, as you seem to have chosen some things I am considering. If these have already been answered in a reveal thread, please let me know and I can dig around more for that.
Firstly, you have a great kitchen. Congrats!
1 - Do you have any regrets about going with a smaller sink with the 3" rev-a-shelf pullouts on each side of the sink? Are you pleased with what you can fit there? Do you think it optimizes the space?
I've been contemplating having pull outs both on each side of the sink (small like this, for vitamins, aspirin, pill bottles on one end and my partner's tea boxes on the other) and on the stove (a bit larger, for spices and vinegar and oils). I am aware that it is not considered ideal to have the spices over there by the stove, where they can get hot, but I'm contemplating it anyway, especially as I am considering a wall without uppers where the range will go. My kitchen will also be a U, most likely.
Is it difficult to manuveur around the kitchen with the pullouts and actually use them? It seems like it would be super convenient to pull out such a "drawer" in the natural work zones for those items - but in both cases, the pull outs are situated over an appliance. Does it block traffic in the kitchen or do you have to push people out of the way to pull it out? Am I imagining a problem that doesn't exist?
2 - I've also been considering what to do with garbage and the dreaded corner. I see you went with garbage and recycling in the corner. Do you like it there? Where did you get that unit? Is it easy to operate and solidly built? I've been viewing a 15-18" pull out for the garbage as non-negotiable but this space is so tight I am running into layout quandries. Also, the same questions about pulling a garbage/recycling pullout into the traffic zone come up for me as do with the small spice pullouts... Do you find it a pain to reach in to throw things away or to empty/change the bags?
I appreciate any thoughts you have, given you have real life experience with these options.
Again, your kitchen is really lovely. I hope you are enjoying working in it.