Fennel and Leeks

Fennel and Leeks

Saturday, June 1, 2013

New Kitchen In the Works!

Although I appear to have either fallen off the face of the earth or been cured of my cooking habit, neither one is the case. The reason you have not heard from me in a few months is actually exciting. We broke ground on the final piece of our ten-year house remodel shortly after my last recipe entry! The most profound part of our remodel is a gourmet kitchen that will replace our original 1950s kitchen. To say cooking in my kitchen for the past ten years has been a challenge is an understatement.

I have not made prior mention to how inadequate my kitchen was, but now I will tell all. Basically, I have been cooking in an ugly kitchen with very little counter space, an inconsistent oven and no storage. I can honestly say that with the type of kitchen I have been using, my culinary successes were small miracles. We purchased our home ten years ago and we have been remodeling since the day we moved in. Before remodeling the kitchen however, we decided to live in our house for a short while to determine what type of kitchen we wanted. That "short while" turned into almost ten years due to various other remodeling projects and the birth of our daughter. Finally, after working with architects and getting plans approved by the city, we were able to move forward in March.

This last part of the remodel includes a new garage structure with an attached room at the back, new entry way, gated courtyard and a kitchen that has been gutted and expanded 100 square feet. Our home has a view of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains but up until now, a wall has blocked the view from the kitchen. The wall has recently been removed and when all is said and done, I will have a 10 foot island with an unobstructed view to enjoy while I am cooking. I decided to splurge and ordered a six-burner Wolf Range Top and new Jenn-Air ovens. I will also have two dishwashers, a beverage refrigerator and a bar/prep sink. Doesn't it sound divine? Coming from where I am coming from, this is all such a treat!

I will add a few blog updates as the kitchen progresses but for now, I have posted a few photos of the work in progress. I will wait to post the before photos until the end of the project. Stay tuned........