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December 27, 2010 10:46 AM Subscribe
Please help me design my new kitchen. I would like to know what kitchen features you can't live without!
posted by raisingsand to home & garden (75 answers total) 74 users marked this as a favorite
We are planning a total kitchen renovation in our 100-year-old bungalow in Memphis, a space that measures 12x18. It will be a complete wall-to-wall gut job. I would like the kitchen to balance the history of the house with modern conveniences. Durability and easy cleanup are important, I want it to look great in five years. I don't want a modern design aesthetic, craftsman details would better fit the overall feel of the house, but I especially do NOT want it to be fussy and overdone. When we put granite countertops in our last house I swore I would never live without them again, this is the kind of personal information from mefites that I'm looking for. I've looked at previous questions and I know how to Google. I have a huge folder of ideas, but I want to distill them all down to the basics and build up just a little from there.
How we use our kitchen: We are empty nesters and don't cook every night. However, we do have large parties about three times a year, about 50 people. We also have large family gatherings about three times a year, about 20 to 30 people. I love to cook, and have all the usual accoutrements that make up a well-stocked kitchen and need storage space for those. I cook complicated meals a couple of times a month.
Can you give me ideas about what you have in your kitchen that you just wouldn't ever want to live without?