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30 June 2015 @ 02:19 pm
Kitchen Illusion  

So the thing about Irish houses is they mostly have laundry facilities in the kitchen. This is because even up until about five years ago, “all mod cons” — all modern conveniences, including, say, a washing machine (but not a tumble dryer; those are more than Modern Conveniences) — were stil fancy enough to be mentioned in house ads, and most of those Mod Cons ended up in the kitchen because it’s where the running water was.

We spent the first 3 days in this house with our 6′ butcher block against one wall, a table and several chairs in the middle of the room, our small freezer in front of the radiator, and the dryer stuck randomly more or less in front of the sink while we tried to figure out what the hell to do with everything, because this house, like most, is not designed for such things. (Let’s not talk about the electric socket options, either.)

The table and chairs went into the Long Room (which isn’t quite ready for photos yet), at which point Ted said the kitchen was TOO BIG and I said OH FOR GOD’S SAKE and the next morning measured the long butcher block, which I thought was too big to fit across the room without compromising the dishwasher and washing machine, but it turned out to work just fine:





We’ll ignore this corner, which is full of the things I couldn’t put away without acquiring more shelf space, but moved aside in order to create the illusion that the kitchen was finished. :)


After doing all that I also cooked dinner last night, which I think is fricking amazing.

Today all I’ve done so far is massive amounts of laundry and made some food, which is possibly about as ambitious as I’m going to get. It’s very tired around here, after a week solid of packing, moving, cleaning, and unpacking.

Having said that, I’m going to go deal with the bathrooms now. And possibly make some cookies.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on June 30th, 2015 01:38 pm (UTC)
I really like separating the kitchen with the butcher block the way you did. I've stepped into a number of kitchens built the way yours is, and always felt like they were colossally wasting space by having this huge open space but little storage space.

Also I'm not sure the washing facilities being in the kitchen is a purely Irish thing. I seem to recall seeing rather a lot of that in Europe in general. Many of the apartments I've rented while on trips have had the laundry in the kitchen. It's something I just shrug and go "Oh yeah, I forgot about that" about, like that smell European sinks get because they don't use American style p-traps.
kitmizkit on June 30th, 2015 04:05 pm (UTC)
We now have ambitions of getting another butcher block cut to size and fitting it over the appliances/against the other one, so that we actually have a massive *workspace* there. *looks greedy* :)
Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on June 30th, 2015 04:06 pm (UTC)
You say greedy, but that was exactly my thought and it's not that hard for someone with a bit of skill at word-working to create.
kitmizkit on June 30th, 2015 04:25 pm (UTC)
Fortunately I have great skill at word-working!

Not so much with wood-working, though... :)
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kitmizkit on June 30th, 2015 04:30 pm (UTC)
I will post pictures for you when we've accomplished it. Assuming we do. :)
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 30th, 2015 02:00 pm (UTC)
We are deeply suspicious of tumbledriers on this side of the Atlantic.
kitmizkit on June 30th, 2015 04:31 pm (UTC)
I can understand that in, say, sunny Spain, but in the Western Archipelago Of Rain or the Frozen Northlands, I find it totally incomprehensible. :)
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 30th, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC)
Smaller houses with smaller kitchens, so lack of space. Plus they eat electricity.
I know several people who have one in the garage, as it's the only place with room.
I dry on racks, or outside, but I don't like tumble-driers.
kitmizkit on June 30th, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
no, no, I understand why they're not generally used, I just don't understand the general *suspicion* that seems to accompany them! :) Although the electricity thing certainly sounds like part of that. :)
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 30th, 2015 06:16 pm (UTC)
My personal suspicion is that they make everything even more crumpled.
And possibly eat cats. :-)
Karenklwilliams on June 30th, 2015 10:20 pm (UTC)
I'm with you re: clothes driers. Still, where we live there was a clothes line in the back yard for hanging clothes to dry, that was taken out as part of the staging for selling our house. It's certainly sunny and warm in California for a large part of the year, yet the ease of clothes driers seems to have won the point.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on June 30th, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC)
one fond childhood memory is of my Mother setting the dryer on fire because she didnt know how to empty the lint trap. To this day, I check it before I put clothes in the dryer and when I take them out, because you never know....
The Green Knight: Hutgreen_knight on June 30th, 2015 02:02 pm (UTC)
In Britain - and quite possibly Ireland, but I don't know the regulations there - you're not allowed to have electrical outlets in the bathroom. In Germany, it's common to have the washing machine in the bathroom, that being the room where a) dirty clothes happen, b) there's a hookup for water in/outlets, and c) it's the room best suited to deal with random influx of water (quite often bathrooms will have a floor drain so you're not flooding whatever is downstairs).

Your new house looks amazing!
sophielandonsophielandon on June 30th, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC)
My Venetian top-floor apartment of sainted memory also had the washer in the bathroom, although I have no idea whether it was up to whatever passed for code. While there, I was a dinner guest at a place where the hosts, who owned the ground, first and third floors of a 3-storey building, kept their washer *and dryer* (she was from the US) on the ground floor, which, it being Venice, was slightly prone to flooding anyway.

Catie, I was already vastly impressed with your bringing such order out of chaos, but realizing you also were rebuilding the kitchen just raises it to a whole other level!
kitmizkit on June 30th, 2015 04:36 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks. Honestly, I'm completely shattered after dealing with the kitchen yesterday. I almost cried when my husband came home and was stunned and amazed and delighted with it.

And if I had my druthers I'd actually *be* rebuilding the kitchen, because the whole space is badly used (including the 9x9" bathroom which contains a sink, a bidet, a radiator, a toilet, another radiator, and a rain-head shower in such configuration as to leave you TOTALLY UNABLE to do anything useful with the remaining pockets of space), but I'm feeling pretty proud of what I've done with the space and material I have on hand. :) <3
kitmizkit on June 30th, 2015 04:32 pm (UTC)
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kitmizkit on June 30th, 2015 04:39 pm (UTC)
thank you! <3
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on June 30th, 2015 06:04 pm (UTC)
I love that kitchen! You did great things. And I have one bathroom outlet. Attached to the only light switch. Across the room from the sink and the mirror.

And when I bought my house 13+ years ago, the only washer was this weird old wringer thingy in the kitchen and there were clotheslines, no dryer. Both the kitchen and the mudroom had to be remodeled completely within a couple of months of moving in.

Also, the whole house was painted Pepto pink. Did I mention I got it cheap?
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on June 30th, 2015 06:24 pm (UTC)
And possibly make some cookies.

oh ghods yes!