I find myself apologizing frequently for my lack of blogging.
It's interesting...a friend of mine recently asked me if I had been doing much blogging lately...and of course I said no. She asked why.
I thought for a moment and said: I think the blog was initially a creative outlet for me...and now putting together my house is my creative outlet!
It's true I spend my evenings, (after Emma is in bed, and all the usual chores are done) looking at home stuff.
What's on my list?
Well we have been working on ikea-designing the kitchen. Picking out siding, vanities, roofing, lighting.
All kinds of fun stuff! For real...a lot of people get overwhelmed with the shopping side of things.
I prefer to be decisive. Plus I really know what I like. Even when I am forced to reconsider an item, based upon price. I treat it like a giant puzzle...looking for all the things to make it fit together.
Ikea has a (really) slow web-based app that allows you to design you kitchen. Andrew has been fiddling with it mostly. It allows you to design your kitchen based upon your measurements and allows you different cabinet choices/options depending on what you think might be best. e.g. cabinets vs drawers; pantry cupboards, microwave niches etc.
I had done some research and found this link particularly helpful when it comes to planning a kitchen: Of course, some people while building, get a kitchen designer. We are on a budget..and in that case it comes in handy!
We want to have the sink in the island, and the dishwasher hidden in the island...along with a microwave niche. We are hoping to have tall cabinets on either end of the kitchen with some open shelving around the range hood.
Certainly not everyone's cup of tea...but we are pleased as punch to design a clean, modern looking kitchen. We chose Ikea's high gloss white cabinets: Ringhult.
I had done some research and found this link particularly helpful when it comes to planning a kitchen: Of course, some people while building, get a kitchen designer. We are on a budget..and in that case it comes in handy! It helped us make decisions about the width of the space between the island and the stove etc.
This link on lighting in a kitchen is also a great one!
Finally...we chose a dual-fuel gas cooktop/convection oven...
Well you soon learn that you need to choose an appropriate vent hood that will take care of any airflow that is required when you are using propane in your house (cuz of course, Yarmouth does not have natural gas in the area). This link makes sure that you are using a strong enough range hood based upon the BTUs of your cooktop.
I seriously don't know how people independently planned kitchens before the internet. Now, if you have a question, you can just type the question into google...and poof there ya go!
The only thing we haven't for sure decided on is countertops. I am hoping to get at least the island in the kitchen as a solid surface countertop. Not sure what direction we are going with the other counter top, that surrounds the cooktop...stay tuned!