The Now


In the past year, I’ve been non-commital about The Littlest Kitchen, knowing that it would be completely change in a matter of time. Improvisation includes not spending any money on temporary items. My former desk is the all-purpose peninsula. My old bookshelf holds dry goods, cookbooks, and assorted vintage appliances. The microwave and toaster oven are freebies from friends who have moved. Serviceable, but think of the potential! Think of how much better it will look when it’s done! For this, I need the help of a professional. I’ve enlisted the expertise of a childhood friend, who is also an architect. He’s designed The Littlest Apartment, including the kitchen, but now I want to make some alterations, as I have more questions than answers:

-do I keep the old cabinet? yes, but it needs to be stripped and the doors realigned.
-do I knock down the other wall? no, it will hold books in the hallway and dry goods in the kitchen. It’s also where the electricity and intercom are.
-undercounter or full-size fridge? two undercounter fridges in the peninsula, one freezer and one fridge.
-dishwasher? no, it takes up too much space and it’s not like I’m going to have massive dinner parties.
-move the peninsula down a bit? the original plan (in white tape) has the peninsula lined up with the column that separates the kitchen from the studio. I want more space in the kitchen, even if it means only a foot.
-will there be enough space for dishes, pots & pans, appliances, bakeware, flatware & utensils, food & dry goods & spices, cleaning supplies, and garbage & recycling? yes, yes, yes….
-one unit stove or separate stove and cooktop? separate for a clean line
-back wall of kitchen? another counter to make an L-shape, not as wide as the existing fridge, just wide enough for the microwave (in a cabinet) and toaster oven on top.

We’ll see what actually transpires in the next few weeks when I get the new reconsidered plan. In the meantime The Littlest Kitchen will be closed until the New Year. Happy Holidays!


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