A few weeks ago, I shared Part 1 of our kitchen tour (and before that a few of the fun details from the kitchen), and today I get to show you the other half of the room! The first half of our kitchen tour took us past the range and the leathered or antiqued granite countertops, and to the center island. As I mentioned, the entire back side of the island is outfitted with bookshelves. We originally had shallow cabinets slated to go in there, but couldn’t think of what we’d store in cabinets that are only 12″ deep. And we hadn’t figured out a good place to display/store our massive cookbook collection. The idea to have bookshelves on the back of the island was a true jolt of inspiration. Our cookbooks look great and are close at hand when we need them.
In our old house, the kitchen and family room had an open floorplan, which meant everything flowed together and was nice and airy, but it also meant that there wasn’t as much workspace or storage as there could have been. In the dream house, we decided to separate the two rooms with a strip of granite counters and under cabinets, but to have a large opening in the wall to give the two rooms a sense of openness.
Because of the lens on my camera, it was impossible for me to take a closer photo than this of the refrigerator and freezer, but they look amazing in person! We originally wanted some really fancy built-in fridge and freezer columns, but they are very, very expensive. VERY! One time when we were at the appliance center trying to figure out another option, we learned about some stand-alone fridge and freezers that look like the more expensive built-ins and come with a trim kit that makes them look pretty similar. So that’s what we ordered, and they have always looked great. We even manage to keep the doors relatively smudge- and hand print-free. We had a few hiccups with their operation when they were first installed, but after a couple of visits from the technician, they seem to be running smoothly now and we’re overall really pleased with them.
When you cook and bake as much as we do, it’s really nice to have double ovens. I can’t even count the number of times our double wall ovens have come in handy over the past few months. They were invaluable during the holidays, and even on weeknights they’ve proven incredibly useful when we have to bake muffins and roast veggies at the same time. It might not look like there’s a lot of space between the front of the ovens and the island, but there’s actually nearly four feet between them, plenty of room to open doors, check cakes for doneness, and walk around without feeling cramped.
And that brings us all the way around the kitchen! It really has turned out to be the kitchen of our dreams. We love working in it and think all of the finishes and fixtures came together beatifully!