Kitchen – appliances…

A dishwasher has been on the list of desires for quite some time – like 15 years. We brag about our dishwasher whenever the opportunity arises – I can’t imagine life without it now.

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As you can see, we went with the dish drawers. So far, I really like the drawers.  I like that you don’t have to use every dish in the house to fill them up.  I like that you can run the drawers separately.  I like that they are attractive.

The refrigerator was chosen because it was the only one that met all my requirements.

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Counter depth – I like a sleek, shallow refrigerator – stuff is easy to see and access.  Tall and skinny – I wanted a decent capacity but didn’t want to use up a bunch of floor space – this little frig is 30 inches wide and 80 inches high – it holds plenty of food and drink.  Ice maker.  Industrial looking. Perfect.

The stove – we reused our old stove – it looks brand new and it works perfectly fine (gas cooktop, electric/convection oven). By the way, if anyone thinks that stainless is a fad finish – check it out.  This stove is 15 years old – simple, a slightly industrial design, with a stainless steel finish – it will always be in style!

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Vent hood – this particular item was a debate item for us.  I did not think we needed it (our stove has a down draft vent system – why not continue to use it – I didn’t have a vent hood in my budget).  Tad wanted it (still not sure why) – we got it.  It is pretty.  It was pricey (we also had to install ductwork out the ceiling and roof.)  It works great.  I like the halogen lighting that shines down on the stovetop so I can see what is cooking.  I am still not sure we “needed” it – though I will admit it works a lot better than the old downdraft system.

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On a side note, I did learn a bit about ventilation in general when researching vent hoods. The stores try to talk you into the biggest and most powerful vent hood they have. These huge vent hoods are not necessary unless you are using a huge commercial type stove. In fact, these oversized vent hoods can be dangerous by sucking too much air out of the house if you don’t have enough “make up” air available. I won’t go into the details here but just a word of advice to do your research prior to purchasing a large and/or powerful vent hood.

Countertop appliances – I like things put away but still accessible.  I like my countertops free of unattractive stuff like appliances.

For years our microwave sat on top of the refrigerator in the old kitchen.  It is surprisingly convenient and much safer having the microwave at waist height.  I  was a little nervous having a built in specifically sized for this particular microwave.  What happens if this one breaks and I have to get a new one?  What happens if someday I want a microwave drawer instead?  In the end, I halted the over analyzing and just went for it.  I like that it is housed in a built in – it feels more finished.  I don’t really care if I have to search the world over for a new microwave that will fit the space – if and when it happens that I need to.

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We don’t drink coffee so we don’t have a coffee maker. The red teapot stays on the stove ready for use. Oh and a little bit of trivia – this exact teapot can be seen on Seinfeld reruns – can it really be that they have been making this teapot for 20 years?

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Toaster – it is located in a pull out drawer – easy to pull out, use, and put away.

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What else do you need?