Post # 1
**New home question, I posted a few weeks ago a couple of pictures of a house we were considering and the kitchen. I got some great feedback, and talked some improvements that could be made over with Darling Husband. This house and kitchen was just listed, and we are you going to look at it this week. Any thoughts, questions I need to ask about appliances? Do homeowners with gas stoves have any grievances/tips/praises for going with gas over electric? Do you like the overall layout, color scheme, fixtures?
Im really excited about this house as a whole, and I have my list ready for the realtor to discuss questions. Just wondering if any other homeowners out there see any glaring red flags about this set up or have any suggestions before we meet with him.
Darling Husband likes it, but he isn’t a ” kitchen person” and gets more excited over the yards and bonus rooms haha.
Post # 3
I’m not a homeowner and won’t be one for several years likely, but I do really like the kitchen layout. I lose an island, so that’s great. And gas stove! I greatly prefer gas to electric. I can control the heating so much better, and it takes less time to heat up a pan with gas, I find.
That’s all! I’m so not knowledgable, but you mentioned gas stoves, and I must sing their praises!
Post # 4
I love the layout and look of this kitchen. If I were to change anything it’d be the floors (I prefer tiled kitchens), but it’s beautiful just the way it is.
Post # 5
This one I like MUCH better than the last, but I still don’t understand the staggered cabinet thing. 🙂 Finshes look nice and it has everything you need, so how does it look from farther back? Is it completely open or is there another half wall?
Post # 6
I really like this a ton! I’m hoping one day I can have a kitchen as gorgeous as this!!
Post # 7
I would LOVE that kitchen!!!! The only thing I see as being a little annoying is the distance from fridge to prep area to sink to stove. But I think I am willing to get a new flow down for that kitchen.
I honestly don’t understand electric stoves. My sister has one and I hate using it. Yes, water boils faster, but that’s about the only perk I see from electric. So this kitchen having a gas stove is just a big plus to me!
Post # 8
I think this kichen looks great. I think the only think I might change is either the counters or the backsplash. There’s something about it that doesn’t go together that great to me. But that’s all cosmetic and nothing to worry about initially.
Post # 9
This one is absolutely gorgeous! The only changes I would make (if it were possible) would be to have taller upper cabinets which run right up to the ceiling, and change the fridge to counter-depth. Otherwise, I LOVE the distressed detailing on the cabinets, the granite is beautiful, and I really like the desk.
Post # 11
I love cooking with gas— way better than electric– so that is a big plus.
I like (not love) the floor plan on this kitchen; seems to give you a good amount of work space, but the layout is awkward. For example, you have to cross the stove anytime you get something out of the fridge, or go around the island, so that’s going to make traffic jams if you have more than one person preparing food. While the island is good working space, it’s too far removed from the sink. Nitpicky, I know, but I am pretty obsessed with maximizing functionality in a kitchen, and this one looks like it’s designed more for looks than for functionality.
If I was buying the house, this wouldn’t be enough to put me off, but if I were starting from scratch I would have some heavy redesigns to be made. If you’re not planning to do a lot of cooking, then it would be fine. It does have a good layout for entertaining though.
I’m not a fan of the color scheme and if I were to buy this house, I would definitely be changing the cabinetry to something more wood-toned. The white is very harsh, especially with the stainless appliances. A color scheme more in the woods/naturals/earth tones would be warmer and more elegant in my book.
Also I love having hardwood floors in the kitchen but they do take a bit of upkeep; make sure you only clean them with Bona or similar products (murphy’s oil soap will leave a residue film over time) and you should plan on having them refinished every 6-12 months based on how much traffic you get in there. Wood floors need to be kept dry which is a bit of a challenge in a kitchen.
Post # 12
Love! I’m not huge on the cabinet hardware or the kitchen desk, but whatever. Love everything else, so those don’t really matter. That fridge is in an awkward spot, too, and sticks out so much. The paint color isn’t great (but whatever), and I don’t like the pendant lights, but those are easily changed. And I agree with @KateByDesign about the backsplash. I like that backsplash, but not with those countertops/cabinets.
I also really like the varied-height cabinets with space at the top. Room to put stuff up there, gives an interesting look, etc. I guess I don’t know why you’d rip out these beautiful cabinets just for a couple of extra inches of space, especially since, personally, I’d never be able to reach up that high. I don’t like the look of ceiling-height cabinets, though.
Post # 13
I LOVE gas stoves. I”ve used both gas and electric over the years and gas will always win, hands down. It wins by so much it’s almost unfair to put the 2 in the same race. There is so much more control with the temperature and you don’t have to wait for coils to heat up. Also, we lucked out with a gas stove that has a precise simmer on it that is amazing. Darling Husband and I are avid cookers and, frankly, electric can kiss our asses. 😉
Post # 14
I would not complain about having this kitchen! 🙂 It’s awesome.
The only thing I would change (if I were being REALLY picky) would be to put one of those double oven wall unit with a flat top on the island instead of the stove (and make the island have a breakfast bar so it’s a little wider). But that’s being really picky for a “dream” kitchen.
Post # 15
I love the overall look of the kitchen! BUT one item that drew my immediate attention is the microwave located within the island. If you have kids, want kids, etc – it is very likely that they will put things that do not belong in the microwave and cook them. Beware!!! This is definitely a hazard with youngsters living in the house.
Post # 16
Umm, yes please! I would take that kitchen in a heartbeat. I do see the PP’s point about the low microwave but that wouldn’t be a dealbreaker for me.
It took a little time to adjust to a gas stove after years of using an electric one, but I seriously love it now and would hate going back.