One thing I wanted with the house was a fully functional kitchen that was easy to work in, the large layout with a wrap around counter suited me perfectly. When I had a house and would have people over it's strange how often everyone would gravitate toward the kitchen, I think its because thats where the beer was... I wanted something that put off a relaxed feel and wasnt something I had to struggle to move around in. This kitchen features all stainless steel appliances, standard sized hickory cabinets, butcher block counters, and plenty of LED lighting. Its gotta be my favorite little room in the house.
I wanted a refrigerator that had the freezer on the bottom but they ended up being crazy expensive for the sized I wanted. Came across this fridge and loved the way it looked, more than enough for a small space like this one. I had the idea to get the fridge off the floor and get it as close to the ceiling as I could. Not only did it create an area for storage, it made the fridge a little more accessible. Every single square inch counts, so whenever you can double up on functionality do it. As you have seen in previous blogs, I have two hounds hellbent on eating me out of house and home. They are more akin to ravenous feral pigs than domesticated dogs, that made me think of a creative place to store the food for my hungry dogs. I simply made a heavy duty drawer with a hickory face under the fridge to store the food, it works perfectly. Dog food bowls go in when they aren't being fed, and it holds about 30 pounds of food, keeps the small amount of storage open for me and the things I decided to keep. Wasn't sure how to seal the wood from the oily dog food and I didn't want their food soaking up some kind of chemical stain. Just got some thick vapor barrier and stapled it in place, not the prettiest but it works like a charm.
I wanted to make the house as easy to maintain and cheap to live in. Although the all LED lighting throughout the house was a little expensive it is wildly cheap to run. My electricity bill is something I don't even notice and thats exactly the way I want it. Little features like outlets that sport USB ports is very handy, just keep cords in the drawers near the plugs and you'll never find yourself running around to keep your devices charged up. Though more expensive than normal switches, the rocker switches with dimmers are just too nice to pass up. I like a lot of light with my workspace, and when the sun goes down you can cool down those crazy bright LEDs. Just remember, get dimmer capable lights, otherwise you'll be a little disappointed.