Overall, I think we did a great job on our kitchen design — maximizing a relatively small space, staying within budget, and working around multiple doorways and a large window (lovely for natural light, but does limit options). However, a few things have come up as we’re settling into the space.
Where to put the dish drainer
Despite having a dishwasher (which we enjoy!), there are a number of things I hand wash, including pots and pans, the plastic lids to our glass Pyrex containers (trying to baby them), our water bottles, etc. In addition to holding these items, our dish drainer houses dishes that don’t get fully dry in the dish washer and our Neti pots and the jars we use to heat our Neti water. For us, it’s been something that is always out.
At our apartment, our sink was placed diagonally in a corner, and our dish drainer fit perfectly into what would have otherwise been dead space between the sink and the wall. But now our sink is on an island, and the dish drainer is hogging valuable space, including what will be part of the counter for our bar-style seating.
Note: That is the clearest (i.e., least cluttered) the island has been since we moved in!
Back to what to do about the dish drainer . . . .
- Live with it
- Get a slightly smaller model and live with it
- Buy a dish drainer that hangs across the sink (trade-off here is less usable sink space)
- ??? — I’d love to hear other suggestions here.
While it’s not the end of the world, this issue makes me wish we’d flip-flopped things, putting the sink against the wall and locating the stove on the island (though that may have presented other issues), but this is what we’ve got.
Related note: We now have barstools! I found a set of three basic wooden stools on Craigslist for thirty dollars — score!
Faucet spacing issue
Our counter tops were a bit of a splurge, and a bit of a gamble on the color (which we love). We were told to have our faucet of choice ready on installation day. Along with the faucet, we provided a spigot for our water filter (we bought the under-sink retrofit kit for the filter we’ve been using for several years).
On the day of the installation, neither Matthew nor I were on-site. We left the installers a note specifying that the water filter should be installed to the left of the main water faucet, and the sprayer should be installed to the right of the main water faucet.
The installers called Matthew at work to inquire about the spacing for the faucet and sprayer. Not being there to see, and not being the professional installer, Matthew asked what was standard, and they replied, “Four inches.” So they installed them with four-inch spacing . . .
. . . which, it turns out, was not really enough. It kind of works, if you put the sprayer back in just so (i.e., facing perfectly forward) and/or don’t turn the water on all the way. This picture was actually taken after they came back out and adjusted things slightly, pushing the main faucet a bit closer to the filtered water supply and the sprayer a bit more toward the outside.
The adjustment that was already made is basically as good as it gets without ordering a whole new slab of quartz for the island. On one hand, this seems wasteful. On the other hand, this was installer error, and we plan to have these counters for a long time. Having it not right is frustrating.
If this was your kitchen, what would you do? Live with it, or request they make it right?
To pegboard, or not to pegboard
I got the idea of pegboard for kitchen storage from reading about Julia Child’s kitchen. I wasn’t sure it would work in our space, but I tagged the idea for consideration.
Fast forward to our almost-finished kitchen, and we have a wall space where pegboard would be an option. For durability, I would use metal pegboard, rather than the fiberboard material.
We have already ordered a couple of utensil-hanging rails, so the current plan is to install those and wait and see on the pegboard, which would be the pricier option, once we buy both the metal pegboard and the accessories. Pegboard provides lots of versatility, so that might still happen someday.
This is not really kitchen-related, but I’m tossing it in here anyway. In general, I prefer hanging laundry in the basement — because I’m a vampire, and because the sun fades things, and pollen, etc. — but we don’t have a ton of space in our basement, especially right now. An option for outdoor clothes drying would be great.
Anyone have any favorite out-door clothesline set-ups?