Mike Filigenzi wrote:Just do it. My wife has been dithering over what to do with ours for about eight years now.
Carl Eppig wrote:I think it would be better if you gave us the new dimensions of the new kitchen. This will give us the info to incluce an island or not. This could alter recommendations significantly. Good luck with you project, but you should be prepared to suffer. Just ask Jenise!
Jenise wrote: Meanwhile, if we have a dinner party and the kitchen is chock full of guests, I have enough room that I can generally work around them with only the occasional body having to be relocated.
Mike Filigenzi wrote:Anyone ever hear of something along the lines of a "retractable peninsula"? We have an oddly-sized kitchen that's a bit too open in the middle for efficiency but too small for an island or full time peninsula. Our designer mentioned the idea of a surface that would slide out from one of the counters, perhaps with a foldable leg for stability. I guess it would be like a slide-out cutting board on steroids. This would allow for some extra work surface without klotzing up the traffic patterns of the kitchen. (The traffic patterns are important as the kitchen is in the center of the house and has doors going into four other areas.) I've not seen such a thing and wonder if it would work well or not.
Drew Hall wrote:#3 rule, if you don't like something, SAY SO before it becomes permanent. I didn't like how the Subs put in a shower tile decorative strip and made them remove it and correct it....
Jenise wrote:We toyed with something like that too, and even something on wheels that could be moved to whereever it was going to be the most helpful, in or out of the way. Ines Nyby has small butcher block island on wheels that functions that way, as she has a relatively small kitchen in a 100 year old house that itself is a small L shape and there was no other way to add counter space. She prepares food on it, plates food on it, and sometimes sets and hors d'ouvre there when company's over. We eventually determined that our new space was definitely going to be wide enough to afford a permanent peninsula (one can easily move direct from prep space to stove and prep space to fridge or pantry without having to go around it). I've not seen it done in a kitchen, but my father's wife had a telescoping dining room table that worked on that same principal, and did it very well.
Christina Georgina wrote:Depending on the quality of your water a in house filter for specified lines can be very nice. We filter the cold water to the master bathroom sink, refrigerator ice maker and to the pot filler with a large filter in the basement . We use the pot filler line for all cooking water uses leaving the cold water in the sink unfiltered for cleaning.
Carl Eppig wrote:I don't think you have to worry about power outlets. If you are doing the renovation with a permit, which is required here, you will have to comply with current codes. This should mandate all the outlets you will need.
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