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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:34 AM
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Kitchen’s can be a money pit in a house and I never could understand completely why. Americans hate to cook it seems but for some reason the kitchen is the most important room in the house and people will spend inordinate amount of money in them. (end of rant) So when we started thinking about building a [...]




 

 

Kitchen’s can be a money pit in a house and I never could understand completely why. Americans hate to cook it seems but for some reason the kitchen is the most important room in the house and people will spend inordinate amount of money in them.

(end of rant)

So when we started thinking about building a house we went to the usual places to get ideas: Menards, Home Depot etc… all great choices for a modern home! We also went on new construction open houses and the homes that cost a million dollars still had kitchens that were trying to match the “warmth of Tuscany” that is the hottest rage right now.

When IKEA came to Minnesota, we had our ticket. It fit everything we wanted. Modern European design on the cheap. Plus you can build it yourself and there’s tons of options.

They also have planning software which lets you put cabinets and furniture elements in any room and then gives you a price list, which is very handy for figuring out price ranges yourself. Using the planning tool is an art in itself but once you figured it out, it isn’t so bad. Plus it’s free.

The design itself we looked at their catalogs to get some ideas and at first we were going for an L shape but then watching some kitchen shows I had the idea to make two islands that would be food prep areas and the fridge and ovens would be at each end. We haven’t built and had to live in it yet so who knows how well it will work but it should be perfect.

My wife loves to cook and I like to make a mess in the kitchen so a higher end kitchen is on the top of our list for what we want in a kitchen (Plus to get my metal roofing which my wife thinks is ugly I need to make some trade-offs)

For appliances it’s too confusing, I almost envy Soviet days where you would have one oven brand and one refrigerator etc. There’s so many choices and add ons, and then factor in places to buy and you can give yourself a heart attack. But so far we’ve settled on a Leibherr refrigerator, Miele oven, Electrolux gas cooktop, and Bosch dishwasher.

We’ll need the UN presiding over the installation of these my guess is.

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