Detailed Plans

Dearest Rachel –

Look, you’re going to have to put up with puns on the word ‘Detail’ for most of these entries going forward. It’s the name of the kitchen & bath design showroom, after all, and while this has nothing to do with being a dad, there’s still a lot of dad jokes to be made about it. So you’ll just have to bear with me.

Okay, with that out of the way…

So yesterday, Mike and Lisa came by to the ‘office’ (or rather, to the folks’ house – it’s not as if they actually went downstairs to where I have my office setup), to go over the plans they had made up for the kitchen. You might remember that we’ve been discussing redoing the place pretty much ever since we bought the house… and especially ever since the built-in oven we have conked out about what? five, seven years ago? Basically, we recognized that we couldn’t replace that oven unless we tore the whole place out, and remodeled it entirely. Of course, the one thing that was keeping us from doing so was… the many things strewn about that kitchen.

The point is, we were never gonna get anywhere unless we decided to clean up. And that wasn’t going to happen. So, we learned to make do.

Such as using a toaster oven in place of a real oven, and sticking it inside of the empty shell that’s left of the real oven. Hey, at least it fits in there.

It wasn’t perfect, and we knew it, but that was life. We could live with it. And maybe someday…

Well, as it turns out, we’re getting closer to someday. It’s just a pity that ‘we’ simply means Daniel and I, rather than the three of us.

Now you see why I led off with a dad joke.

But I should really get on with showing you the plans they had for the place. they started out with blueprints:

Here’s the kitchen, as shown from above.
The window side (facing west) and the oven side (facing north)
And this is the corner where they plan to put the refrigerator (which is where the kitchen table is right now) and replace the microwave cabinet with a number of mounted cabinets.

This wasn’t their only plan; they had also come up with a blueprint that uses the same ‘U’ shape that our kitchen uses now, but even before they brought the plans out, they were both talking about how little space that ‘U’ shape allows for. and I’ll be honest, having counterspace in opposite corners would be useful, especially considering how we usually have two people working at the same time in the kitchen – and I certainly hope that continues going forward (Meg, I hope you’re out there and reading this). They tried not to tip their hand about the two plans, but I pretty much guessed it right away. And that’s fine. I have to admit, I think it’ll work.

I’m a little disappointed that there was no place for an island (or would it be a peninsula?), but I understand what they say about it being a very small kitchen. Have to make do with what we’ve got. It does lead to problems when it comes to eating in the kitchen, however. Not sure what we can do about that.

But hey, I should probably show you what they have in mind as far as what it might look like, especially in comparison to what we have. So take a look at this:

And despite all the cleaning Jan and I have done, the renderings are still considerably more spartan than what we’re living with right now.
Oh, and they tell me they will be eliminating the pocket doors when I asked. It’s not like we ever could use them, anyway (and the idea of keeping ‘the magic of the kitchen’ secret from any guests seems pretty ridiculous to me in any event. Not sure what we’ll do as far as table space, though.

Neat, huh? We’ve come a long way from those old-fashioned computer programs that Dad used to represent for back in the late 80s and early 90s. Now, you can all but see everything.

Wonder what your room in His mansion looks like. I’m sure it’s a lot bigger and nicer than this, but what do I know?

At any rate, we went over colors: for the cabinets, the counters, the backsplash and the floor. While I’ve never thought of myself as having a particular taste, it seems that I know what I like and don’t like, so I managed to narrow it down at least as far as the cabinet doors go. One of the interesting things Mike pointed it out to me was the necessity of each component having a certain texture to them – or at least a pattern that reflects the texture. Turns out, if you have a door or a counter or a floor that is one solid color, the slightest blemish or spill will stick out like a sore thumb, and need to be cleaned constantly. Best to have something that covers up a multitude of these sins, and then have to clean only once or twice a month. I would never have thought of that, but that’s a useful observation to bear in mind.

Apart from the cabinet doors in colors, the rest of the kitchen components will probably need a visit to the show room to decide on, because they could only bring so many samples of patterns and textures in a single trip. The show room would have – while not infinite – at least a much larger variety of possibilities. All I have to do it now is schedule a time to drop by and look them over.

I may have to see how that works with Jan; she seems to want to be involved as well. Which is fine with me. It certainly helped immensely to have Dad’s input, what with him being an expert himself on the subject of cabinetry and what not.

Oh, and I almost forgot. They also put together floorplans for the laundry room as well.

Oddly enough, they’ve recommended switching the positions of the washer and dryer. Not sure why, although the fact that Lisa suggested a drying rack over the place where we keep the hampers might explain things.

No computer designs, though. So I can’t compare images, sorry.

Anyway, I don’t know what you’d think of them. Considering all that had to be done in order to get to this point, I’m sure you’d not be entirely pleased. But I can’t imagine you’d be that disappointed with the renderings.

For what it’s worth, Mike tells me the supply backlog is such that we wouldn’t even be in be able to get started until at least April, if not May, of next year. Finally, something in my life that’s not moving at light speed.

But, I do need to make some decisions soon in order to get it into their queue. Wish Megumi was here already, to offer her input. Guess that – assuming she exists – she’ll just have to live with it, just like we always used to do.

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