Nov 5, 2011

Kitchen Reboot - 7, Gassy Icebox

My kitchen's 100 square feet of dinkiness.  And the refrigerator, oven, and microwave conspire to hog a bunch of that space.  So I went against common practice on the rebuild and shrunk down the appliances.  They're all 3/4 size.  Only two of us in the house, so smaller machines aren't an issue.  A  realtor would tsk and tell me:  "Beard, you should go full-size, will make your house more marketable when you sell it."  Bull crap, I'll design it around my needs.  I don't go with the flow of limiting options to please a future buyer.

Took weeks of searching to find a counter-depth fridge that fit the hole.  The trend is larger appliances with more doodads.  I was hunting for the opposite, no need for a water dispenser, ice maker or built-in LCD touch panel.  The water dispensed from most fridges takes forever to fill and tastes like it drained out of a dead monkey's colon.

Crossed out a couple dozen cold-boxes before eyeing (or eying, your choice) a small Fisher & Pakel. Simple, and slots the space nicely:




Clean and nothing junking up the front:




Donated the electric range and dropped in a small gas cooker.  I traced pipes in the basement and found a gas line already in place from when the house was built in the '50s.  So it was simple for a plumber to attach fittings and bring back the blue heat.  I like working with flame; higher horsepower and more control than an eCoil.  Pots of water boil in minutes and butter screams on iron skillets in half the time.



Steel hood with duel charcoal filters and a big ass blower sucks oily steam and smoke.  IKEA knife rail and rack keep cooking weapons on standby. 





Preshrunk micro and oven built into a highboy, with storage top and bottom for woks and kettles.  Always grin when people ask why I have duel ovens.  One nukes, the other cooks with convection.



I've been using the smaller appliances for a few months now.  Can't say I miss the full-size cookers, and prefer the extra counter space they afford.

The final Kitchen Reboot post next time will run through a few before/after pics, with closing thoughts on the build.

-Beard

20 comments:

  1. Hey nice rack! And are you making green beans and mashed potatoes?

    Nice job, Beard. It looks great!

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  2. Haha Christina! Agree, looks good, I'm coming over for dinner!

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  3. Looks lovely (and I have mini-appliances too - perfectly adequate for my girls and me - including a mini-dishwasher, counter-top oven and fridge/freezer that looks smaller than yours)!

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  4. Love this. Simple, clean, and functional.

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  5. Rachael11/07/2011

    I love your kitchen! It's sleek and modern without looking sterile and unimaginative. I love the subway tiles, the farmhouse sink, the bead board (one word or two?) and gorgeous appliances. And I agree that you should decorate to suit you and the munchkin and not worry so much about future buyers. After all, it's not like a family of 12 is going to be interested in purchasing your home.

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  6. @Christina and Cari - I've never been complemented on my man boobs. Thanks?

    @Kirsty - Everything's tiny over there in Europe.

    @Dylan's Mom - Thank you! Simple and clean was high on my goal list for the rebuild.

    @Rachael - Agree, build it they way you want. Sometimes not worrying about the future and what others want is the right option.

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  7. I love it! I have a couple of questions though: why did you decide to go with legs instead of toe kicks for the cabinets? It seems like stuff/dust will get under them and it will be impossible to clean.
    Have you thought about adding drawer pulls just under the range? I know there aren't any actual drawers but I think adding pulls will make it look more streamlined. (I'm really just nitpicking. I love your kitchen – the doors & pulls you picked are one of my favorite from Ikea. In fact, if I had to re-do my kitchen I'd probably do something very similar!)

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    1. It is a handy place to sweep the dirt. I'll consider adding pulls to the fake drawer fronts, good idea.

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  8. Love your kitchen! What an inspiring job - my husband and I are hoping to remodel our kitchen in the next year or so as well and also have a small space to work with. Thanks for sharing! (I came over to your site from Young House Love.)

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  9. Love your kitchen! Totally agree with the fact the water tastes like crap out of a fridge! Good work!

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  10. I have the same set-up for my pans and knives. It is the best thing we have ever done in our kitchen. Makes cooking a lot easier.

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  11. So impressed! And I completely agree that designing for a "future buyer" is a ridiculous concept! Well done!

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  12. Anonymous3/23/2012

    Directed over here from Young House Love - adore your kitchen! Lusting after your table. Interesting what you found when pulling out the soffit. I'm hoping to do the same here at my old brick/block rambler and wonder what I'm going to find. Hope your little Pigtailed one knows how to operate a drill - awesome skill for a girl to have. Great job!!

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  13. I love the rod for hanging up your pans but I wonder how you prevent the wall from being damaged. Some of them, like the iron ware, are really heavy duty. I think I would demolish the wall within a week without some kind of protection-like maybe a kick plate for a door re-purposed.

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    1. The rail is bolted to a solid wood cabinet frame, it's held up well and no damage from the big irons.

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  14. Beard, I love your blog. I was so glad that YHL featured your kitchen re-do! I love the built-in oven/microwave. Can you let me know where you found them and what brand they are? Thank you!

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    1. Excellent, glad to see new eyes coming to take in B&P. The kitchen and appliances were sourced from IKEA, I did the 3/4 size since the kitchen is small at 100 sq. feet. Whirlpool makes the ovens, IKEA slaps their names on them.

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  15. michele double you6/17/2013

    I've been nosing around the 'net, looking for reviews on Ikea appliances--like anything else, it seems those who have a bad experience tend to use the soapbox a wee bit more, and those seem to be older rants, as well. May I ask (and will you answer) how your appliances are holding up? I have more than a little affection for the white glass finish of the ovens/microwaves, but this is one area where I can't choose form over function.

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    1. I've been happy with my IKEA kitchen! The cabinets are not a high quality solid wood, but I knew that going in and chose less expensive to match the simple character of the house. Everything's holding up well, cooking with gas has been a treat, clean-up with all that tile is a simple spray and wipe, and the wood adds a nice warmth. The counters need oiled every 6 months, it take 15 minutes to sand and oil. Black slate floor hides grime, unsure if that's good or bad. No issues with the IKEA microwave, oven and gasser. They're made by Whirlpool.

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    2. michele double you6/23/2013

      I made the mistake of reading your latest post before checking for a response and now I'm weepy, but I wanted to say "Thanks!" for your follow up. Perhaps this well help persuade the Hubs that the pretty pretty glass wall oven and micro are a viable option for our kitchen. *crossesfingers*

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Thanks for the note, check back for my response!