I live in my kitchen - out of enjoyment, out of necessity - it's what I do. We have now lived in our c.1928 home for 24 years. I have made some minor changes to my kitchen (necessary) and improvements (again, necessary) to keep it a working kitchen.
I have, however, never designed a kitchen that is my kitchen, my vision of a kitchen, a kitchen that functions for me in the way I need it to function. I have very little counter space. If it were not for the stainless steel table I had made 16 years ago, I honestly don't think I'd be baking as much as I do. It would be virtually impossible (or at least a formidable challenge) to roll the amount of pastry I do.
I think you know where this is heading... I am finally taking the steps to full-fill my dream of designing and installing "My Kitchen". With the generous, creative, and so-GREATLY appreciated help of my friend Kathy Olmstead, an architect with Laurel Ulland Architects in Minneapolis, I hope to begin the process this spring.
Of course, I've been stressed-out over costs, not having a kitchen for 2 months, and wondering how to keep Passions to Pastry up and running - without a kitchen for 2 months! My daughter's apartment is close. I've made certain her kitchen is fully-equipped. It will be my escape during the day to prep our meals.
I am also hoping to feature my friends' kitchens throughout this time; and I have friends with GREAT kitchens (I will be approaching all of you in the near future about this. DO NOT ignore my phone calls or delete my emails. You cannot hide from me!). Hopefully I will be able to provide interesting content while away from my own kitchen.
My vision is a workspace with the feel of an old bakery, and to some, this is a conundrum... So, you're ripping out an old kitchen, to put in a new kitchen, that looks like an old kitchen...
Yes, that's right. And it will be wonderful.