I have to come clean, I suffer from kitchen envy. This post is inspired by a wonderful post yesterday where a friend described her dream house. Me… I could live happily in the dingiest shack in the world as long as I have my dream kitchen.
On last count, I’ve lived in 10 homes in the last 20 years so I think I’ve got a pretty good idea of what works & doesn’t work for me in a kitchen…while I may not know what it looks like exactly, or where it is, I know what the space involves:
- Big, deep double sink that is fronted by a window out in the world with good sun exposure so I can install glass shelves to grow herbs year round
- 5 or 6 burner gas stove top: I love cooking on gas stoves (once you turn them off, they’re off) and there are sooo many times when 4 burners just aren’t enough
- Two wall ovens: I know this is greedy but this is my dream kitchen. Especially in the winter when I love to roast / broil and also have a dessert going for guests
- Room for company: I would happily do entirely without a dining room as long as there is room in my kitchen for a big wooden table (after all, I believe that the kitchen is the centre of the house). And as this is my dream, it would be amazing if there was also room for a couch so people could just lounge while keeping me company while I cook
- Deep deep drawers for appliances (ie. food processor, rice cooker, blender, etc.)
- Open shelves for plates, glasses and serving dishes as I like the colour & texture they add to a room
- Pantry: technically this is probably not part of the kitchen but having a spacious pantry would be amazing (and essential)
- Fridge with bottom freezer: I can easily fill a freezer with goodies but it is such a drag deconstructing the top freezer puzzle to figure out what is at the back…so much easier to stack and bend down to figure out what you have to available
OK…OK…I could go on (fitted vs. non-fitted kitchens, cork vs tile floors, etc.) but I think I am going to stop here. At the end of the day, my dream kitchen is a space that I love cooking in, everything is easily accessible, and where people just want to spend time hanging out. Because there’s nothing better than cooking in the company of loved ones.
What does your dream kitchen look like?