(artwork by Alice and Claire)
I spent all day yesterday doing what I love most... baking in my kitchen! Last night I hosted a small get-together that included my friend Kathy (the architect who designed my new kitchen), and others also in the architectural firm at Laurel Ulland Architecture.
Everyone confirmed what I already knew. It's a GREAT kitchen. My kitchen is proof that you don't need a huge space to have a good, working kitchen. If the space is designed well, it will function well. Before, I didn't have much usable counter space.
By moving my range from the north wall to the west wall, I now have this massive stretch of counter. By changing out the windows and installing the black walnut "table" with soapstone above my radiator, I now have counter space where there was none before. That soapstone counter is now considered my husbands "wine station".
After this renovation, I cannot stress enough - if you are considering putting in a new kitchen, or doing any major changes to your home, use an architect. This kitchen would not be this kitchen without Kathy's knowledge and dedication. I could not have done this without her. Using good people will help you avoid costly mistakes. All you'll have to worry about is what you will be cooking next.
Recipes for Walnut-Gruyére Crisps and Union Square's Bar Nuts to follow in the next few days.
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