Article: Building your Dream Kitchen - A series of articles: Lighting

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Image Building your Dream Kitchen - A series of articles
By Dea O'Hopp on March 28, 2010

It's not often in life that you get to build the kitchen of your dreams. We've been waiting for years to do this. Let's talk about everything from faucets to flooring, cabinets to countertops. Share your thoughts on what you consider to be your perfect kitchen. C'mon - dream a little !

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Imagevic
Apr 9, 2010 9:04 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I think all your ideas for your kitchen are awesome Dea.

Although my own kitchen is very traditional, I would have no issues having all my "stuff" out and in reach.

If you're going to have windows where wall cabinets would normally be, I would suggest outside lighting. Not to keep on when you're in the kitchen at night but if you have a view, on snowy nights, etc., it would be fun to turn them on and see the snow Smiling

As for lighting in the kitchen, I feel it's so important to have lots of bright light in your working areas. I have flood lights over the counters and halogen lights over the island. When all the lights are on in the kitchen you almost need sunglasses Rolling on the floor laughing

But since I don't always have them on all at once, I can turn on one or several from 3 different switches. (All stuff you need to decide for rough wiring) I'm a freak about convenience of light switches.

I also have a walk-in pantry with shelves from floor to ceiling.

I have a chest freezer in the garage, upright freezer in the laundry room, plus the freezer in the refrigerator.

Deep sink or a utility type tub is good for deep pots and big pans. I have a utility tub in my laundry room which is next to kitchen.

Since you are height challenged Sticking tongue out , you might want to have whoever builds your cabinets to your height. Standard for kitchens used to be 36". I don't know if it still is but mine are 38" as are our bathroom vanities but then I have my own in-house cabinet maker Thumbs up I think bathroom vanities used to be 30" for standard.

I have stone tile for flooring and LOVE it. I personally wouldn't want wood in the kitchen but that is me. I do have hardwood floors in the living area and we do have dog(s) in the house all the time and the floor does fine but then again, Hank made the floors (oak) and they are finished with polyurethene whereas the engineered or manufactured woods or whatever you call them have a different finish and have to be cleaned differently. I can use Murphy's oil soap with water on my wood floors but you can't use that on the engineered wood.

I'm with you that kitchens are more fun functional than pretty. That said, pretty can happen with functional Smiling

vic
ImageTwinLakesChef
Apr 10, 2010 8:14 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
My source for lighting :
http://www.lightbulbsetc.com/
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
Imagegardenersdetective
Jun 5, 2010 4:21 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
I've been looking for a big selection of downlight chandeliers (traditional) in Black. This is my favorite so far...for over the kitchen table. Do you have any resources?

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ImageDea
Jun 5, 2010 6:00 PM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
Thanks Susan, we're really trying to get back into our home building but have a few hurdles right now. What a lovely chandelier !!

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