Good for Now
Many people have been asking me lately if the kitchen is finished and the answer is yes. And no. Officially, according to the building department of our town, we are finished. We had our final building inspection last Friday and we passed easily. In a lot of ways it is true that the kitchen is finished. All of our appliances are working, the plumbing is all functional, and the cabinets are all full. (that last one took at least of week of unpacking and organizing to accomplish)
There are still some things that remain undone, though, most of which are cosmetic. For example, we still need to replace the window trim. It has to be remade because the old stuff won’t fit anymore over the extra layer of drywall that was added when the plasterer came to do his work.
There are also some trim panels that still need to be put up to hide unsightly bits of hardware and gaps behind cabinets. We are also contemplating putting up a decorative panel on the side of the peninsula next to the doors. It just looks a bit blank there. We’re not sure how that would work with the options that Ikea has, however. They do sell decorative panels, but they are flat and pretty boring, which is sort of what we have already. Another option is to buy a matching door and mount it instead so that it would at least match our cabinet fronts. My guess is that we will wait awhile to decide because none of us are really eager to make another trip to Ikea anytime soon.
Two other big things that you will notice that still need to be done are the toe kicks and the flooring. Those sort of go together and since we probably will not be doing the flooring for at least a year due to budgetary constraints, the toe kicks will have to wait as well.
The kitchen has seen a good bit of action already as a site for science experiments. I’ll be honest and tell you that I did not jump into the kitchen right away and start cooking and baking a lot. It took me a couple of weeks to get myself and the kitchen organized. It turns out that not doing something for a couple of months can really break some habits, such as cooking!
One of my favorite features about the kitchen layout is how we can open the dishwasher and unload most of our dishes and silverware right into the cabinet that faces it. The boys especially love this since it is their job to unload.
Now that I have used them for a little while, I have really been enjoying the new appliances, especially the stove. It’s wonderful how the burners light up right away and pots of water actually come to a boil. Our old stove did neither one of those things.
I have yet to take the oven through all its paces, but so far, it has baked cookies, cakes, a few loaves of pan bread and a cobbler quite nicely. It has yet to be subject to my high temperature baking or any broiling, but I have no reason to doubt that it will do well.
Another thing that I love about the kitchen is the number of electrical outlets! It’s wonderful to be able to plug things in at multiple locations and not have to juggle them all out of one or two sockets.
So, this is about as finished as the kitchen is going to get for the time being and I am OK with that. We did enough home improvement work in the two months that it took to get to this point to last us for quite awhile. For now, we are just going to enjoy the fruits of our labors and get to the other things once we have the proper motivation. In the meantime, as you can imagine, we have a lot of other things to catch up on that we have been quite neglecting, not the least of which is the lawn. It’s almost the end of May and we have yet to mow the lawn once. I say we, but it’s really the husband. Poor guy has lost of lot of sleep and time over the kitchen and now he has to go straight to yard work. Home ownership is a lot of work!