I Love My Kitchen
September 15, 2011
By Mindy McDermott, Marketing Advisor *
“I love my kitchen.” I say this every week if not more often. Even after all these years (10 to be exact). There are so many things to love about it – the unbelievably quiet dish washer, the spice rack in the drawer, the huge pantry with pull-out shelves, a window over the sink, the extra-deep counter tops for plenty of work space. A place for everything and everything in its place is what comes to mind when I think of my kitchen. And that was important for me as I drew up my wish list of things I wanted.
The process of designing the kitchen was just that… a process. And while it started with my own wish list, it evolved over time to incorporate new possibilities that I didnʼt even know existed. Who knew that architects asked so many questions? Who knew that I could have custom slots for all my serving platters, or a cabinet to fit the exact measurements of the appliances I use the most.
A functional kitchen was critical – but I got more than that. I got beauty as well. Because the somewhat-unusual placement of our front door opens right into the kitchen, it was important that the room look great. And it does, if I do say so myself. The attention to detail was evident – from the grain of the wood cabinets to the circular cut of the cork floor, to the spotlight for fresh flowers that grace the kitchen in every season of the year. Thereʼs form and function in my favorite room of the house.
Kitchens really are the heart of most homes. Spending time upfront with your architect to dream and collaborate is truly time well spent. It will no doubt help you achieve “I love my kitchen” results.
*Although my official RDM Architecture title is marketing advisor, I am closely connected to the M in RDM Architecture. RIck (the R in RDM) and I renovated an old farmhouse a decade ago – stripping it down to the studs and starting from scratch. He will attest to the fact that I was a very demanding client. But we weathered the storm. I still love my kitchen – and the architect that designed it.