I am getting ready to do a kitchen remodel. I've been thinking about this since before we bought the house 6 years ago, and am finally ready to take the plunge. Give me your best kitchen ideas!
I've perused other kitchen remodel threads, like this one
, this one
, and this one
, but would still appreciate any other thoughts.
The kitchen is a good size and overall good layout. I'm leaning towards refacing the cabinets since the overall amount of storage and layout are fine, we just want to update the look. We are replacing the stove, dishwasher and microwave (we bought the fridge--counter depth, faux stainless, side-by-side--6 years ago and don't need to replace it now). We are replacing the existing L-shaped island with a more space-efficient rectangular one.
Ideas I'm considering that I'd love feedback on from those who've done it:
--soapstone counters (spendy, but I'm drawn to a natural, matte surface with character. alternatives I should consider given those desires?)
--undermount fireclay or cast iron/enameled sink (I have an enameled sink now, and prefer it to stainless)
--garden window (love the idea of an unobstructed view over the sink, but too difficult to keep clean?)
--glass tile backsplash (will this look too dated in a few years?)
--drawers in the island, retro-fit pullouts/rollouts in the existing base cabinets
--microwave in the island, instead of over the stove (easier to reach, but too weird/trendy?)
--replacing a single set of upper cabinets with cabinets that go all the way down to the counter, to hide "landing zone" type stuff (mail, keys, bills, etc.)
--mostly drawers in the new island, for things like my home office stuff, kidbubbaclees' school stuff, etc. (is there any other kind of awesome island storage I should be thinking about?)
Plus, what kitchen thing do you have that you absolutely luuuurve? Thanks!