The Kitchen starts to take shape!
Cabinet bases for the kitchen are mostly in place!
I have LOTS of pictures this week, hopefully not too many ;)
This was quite the process as the island in the kitchen has a gentle curve in it. The "toe kick" is a rather ingenious bit of engineering that allows for a very smooth curved surface while having enough substance to it to do its job.
The curve extends from the entrance to the kitchen all the way to the exit to our screen porch. Overall, it makes about a 90 degree turn.
The drawers in the island are standard rectangular shaped, just arranged with gaps between the face of each cabinet, with no gap between the back end of each cabinet.
The countertop will also be a smooth curve once it is installed, giving a very nice overall affect.
We also have storage designed for cookie sheets right above the wall oven, a lazy suzan for our recycling and garbage and recycling bins (sorry about the blurry photo), and a "key drop"... who am I kidding... a junk drawer station, with lots of drawers for stuff... I mean junk :-)
All the cabinets under the counter will be drawers (easier to remove and replace things).
The floor in the kitchen itself will be Marmoleum. This is a softer material than the tile, and should be a little more forgiving when we drop things on it (because we all know that will happen:)). It should also allow the heat through from the radiant heat, although it won't work well as a thermal mass to hold onto heat.
The square footage is fairly small though, and by our architects calculations we have plenty of square footage of tiles and cement to provide all the thermal mass we need.
This week, cabinetry work will continue in the great room as other work downstairs progresses and possibly out front as well.
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Mark really doesn't like to talk about himself, the house is much more interesting.