A thousand square feet used to feel like a lot of space. A ton of space. Then the Lord added 5 kids in just under 6 years (2 boys then 3 girls) and the walls appear to be closing in fast! However, the Lord has blessed us immensely with the opportunity to build a new home, a larger home, a dream-come-true country home! Join us as we embark on this crazy DIY adventure as we literally build our next house and home, giving all glory to God our Father!
Earlier this week we received the working drawings for our country home and it only took 15 months! Yikes! Our patience was definitely running thin but we are very pleased at the design of the house even if it did take over a year to get it where we wanted it! These are not engineer stamped plans yet but we have handed them to a contractor to get a really good estimate on the cost of building it. That way we can make any changes before the plan is stamped plus we will know if we can afford to do this with a contractor or if we will contract it ourselves. We should be getting some of those numbers next week, which is really exciting and somewhat nerve-wracking! So, to keep my mind busy with other things, I am thinking of kitchens. And mudrooms. And bathrooms. But for the sake of this post, we will stick with kitchens. Currently, this is the plan for our kitchen. It is fairly large at 18 1/2' x 11' but it really is the heart of our home. I hate having to kick the kids out of our kitchen because there is just no room for them when Jay and I are in it (and, yes, Jay is often in the kitchen. He may not be a gourmet chef but he is an amazing helper and I am spoiled by his servant-heart!). I love to have them help but it is just too crowded. I would have been happy with an even bigger kitchen but really think a kitchen this large will be a blessing.
To the left of the kitchen is the living room, to the right (obviously) is a large walk-in pantry and facing the kitchen (which you don't see) is the dining room.
My dream kitchen is traditional all the way! I am dreaming of white kitchen cabinets with a dark glaze on the exterior and dark cabinets on the island and the range hood! I am definitely having some sort of mantle-style range hood flanked by two windows (which look out over the backyard)! Counter top material has not been decided on but we are shying away from granite since it is ridiculously expensive. We will have the full refrigerator and the full freezer in the kitchen due to the size of our family. I am so excited about that! There will be bar stools at the peninsula as well as at the island but on the island, they will be on the outside of the kitchen, not the inside where they are pictured. I am seriously contemplating building the kitchen cabinets myself to save us some money (plus I think it will be fun . . . well, until it is stressful!). We won't have many upper cabinets but I am hoping all the lower cabinets will more than make up for it. Plus the upper cabinets will be ceiling height. Finally, there will be a prep sink on the island on the corner closest to the fridge/freezer. Two sinks are a must!
So, with all that said, I would love to know a few things about your kitchens! Tell me:
1. What do you love about your kitchen the most? Is it the size? A certain feature? The color? The layout? What makes you love your kitchen?
2. What is one thing you wished you had in your kitchen but don't? A certain appliance? Windows? A different faucet? Different cabinets?
3. What is a non-negotiable in your next kitchen, if you were building new like we are? An island? More storage? A walk-in pantry?
I want your opinions and ideas to help me think through this thoroughly! We intend to be in this house for a VERY long time so the better we can do it now, the happier our future will be! Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!