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Black belt caterpillar wrestler BS: kitchen remodel: organization (34) RE: BS: kitchen remodel: organization 10 Jan 20

We have a kitchen diner that we planned ourselves after giving up on the professionals.

We have a rather different version of the classic triangle because we have the island in the middle of the room, between the sink and the cooker. This makes it easy to place things on the island then walk round and pick them up to put them away in cupboards on the other side of the room! It all depends on whether you have problems with mobility or twisting and turning or stretching as to how this works for different people.

The other feature of the island is a lower section at one end. Anne wanted this as a place to make and roll out pastry as she finds the standard height too high. It has also been useful for the grandkids. The difference in height is sufficient to allow a power socket in the vertical between the two levels. The other end of the island has a small freezer under it, facing our fridge freezer against the wall.

We thought we had better put in a dishwasher as everyone seemed to have one, we use it all the time now.

The dishwasher is to one side of the sink unit and a matching cupboard at the other with the bin inside. Another cupboard beyond this has the recycling bins. Above this there is the top part of an old dresser fixed to the wall and here we keep all the coffee/tea/sugar jars and mugs, with the kettle on the work surface.

Glasses are kept in a glass fronted cupboard on the cooker side of the room, close to the dining area where they are ready to hand.

On either side of the cooker are drawer units, cutlery in top drawers, pans in the bottom.

The cooker is a 90cm wide one and I built a set of cupboards above it using a pair of standard cupboards set about 4 feet apart with a cupboard door on its side above to cover the workings of the extractor system. There is room on the worksurface for jars with cooking utensils in yo ether side of the cooker and spices etc. go in the cupboards.

We don't have any wire racks or rotating carousels as we have had problems with them in the past. Also they can cut down on how much you ca get in the cupboard! The exercise involved in getting down on your knees occasionally could be good for you!

The plinth and under cupboard lights are controlled from switches positioned near the door and there are isolator switches for the island electrics and the dishwasher there as well. You should be able to switch everything off by putting your hand just through the door from outside in an emergency. The fire extinguisher and fire blanket are in the workshop through the connecting door. I mention all of this last part as they do say that most of domestic fires start in the kitchen!

Do you have underfloor heating? Not a good idea to put it under the cupboards. We plane ours out before putting the heating in.

I don't know if any of these ideas apply for you but perhaps they are of use to someone.


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