A Sinking Feeling: Kitchen

We’re starting to think in concrete terms about the fixtures we’d like in the newly built and updated kitchen and bathrooms. We already decided to use Grohe faucets which we’ll probably purchase at Lowes.

Grohe faucets on display at Lowes

Two sinks in the new kitchen turn our thoughts to what exactly those sinks should be. I am committed to stainless steel as the material from which the sinks should be made.  I’ve been very happy over the past 15 years with our current stainless sink which is at least twice that old.

Prep area on the left; clean-up on the right

 One will be a prep sink on the food prep side of the kitchen. The prep sink would be a smallish sink for washing vegetables, hands, utensils, etc., while cooking.

A compact, deep sink on the prep side of the kitchen.

The other one is a wash-up sink on the other side of the kitchen overlooking the dining room. The wash-up sink is Charlie’s domain. We rearranged the entire kitchen design so Charlie could stand at the sink and wash the dishes while still chatting with party guests in the living room and dining room. 

Stainless steel apron sink for washing even large items.

Charlie has agreed to a large stainless steel apron-style farmhouse sink on his side of the room. He likes to let the water fly and eschews using the dishwasher when he can.

Charlie will have a dishwasher and undercounter refrigerator at his station.

 The clean-up counter will also house a dishwasher, an under-counter fridge and an espresso machine.


Source: herlongarchitects.com via Jo on Pinterest

While we haven’t yet tackled countertop materials I’m pretty sure I’d like Charlie’s coffee bar/clean-up area to have a stainless steel counter also.  We’re in the  market for a local sheet metal finisher like Cassity at Remodelaholic used to get a real bargain on her countertop. I found the kitchen above on Pinterest which pairs a stainless steel countertop with grey cabinets — the direction in which I’m leaning.

Next item: pricing the sinks.

Do you think ahead?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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