While we wait to hear back from a contractor about a quote for our roof repair, our physical progress on the house has stalled out a bit. What’s there to do when the work is on hold? Look at the design, that’s what!
And so the arduous process of choosing materials has begun. We’re focusing only on the first kitchen at this point, but there is still so much to choose that it’s a bit overwhelming. From countertops (Corian? concrete? and who knows what color?), to cabinets (wood species? finish? metal?), to the backsplash (tile? exposed brick?), to the ceiling (beadboard? drywall?), to the floor (wood? tile? something else entirely?), there’s a lot to consider. And that doesn’t even get into the details–Aaron and I are very detail-oriented–like inlays in the counters, and accents on cabinets, and fixtures, and all kinds of other things.
And then we have the fear that it will end up looking too perfect, like something out of a magazine, where everything matches and is orderly, which is completely not our style. We’re a little more chaotic and free-spirited, and we don’t want our kitchen (or any part of our lives, really) to fit someone else’s mold.
What has really helped, in terms of visualization, has been making mock-ups and drawings. Aaron is big on mock-ups (it must be the engineer in him), and he convinced me to mock-up our kitchen layout. I must admit, it really did help us to visualize how the kitchen would turn out (and also to realize that we needed to change things up so we could have a bit more storage space). So now we’re on a
second third iteration of kitchen design, and, though we haven’t built a mock-up yet, we have some handy drawings of what it could conceivably look like.
The drawings, for example, made it apparent that having a stainless steel dishwasher right next to a stainless steel refrigerator on the left side of the wall, with no other stainless on that wall, might be a little off-balance. They’ve also helped with some design details involving the false wall we’re going to have to build for plumbing, and how to integrate the exposed brick with said wall. The next step will be to move on to the mock-up of this new kitchen. Presumably, an experienced kitchen designer doesn’t need a mock-up to know if a kitchen will work, but for two amateurs like ourselves, these mock-ups are essential.