I have been posting about our upcoming kitchen renovation off and on and thought I would “share” just a couple of thoughts!
Here’s the thing, our kitchen is what you might call smallish, so I get all annoyed when we discover things such as IKEA and their “great” kitchen re-design. Apparently, done to accommodate the North American market of larger homes, i.e. larger kitchens…what? I wonder if they checked the market here in Vancouver to see the cost of a single family dwelling? News flash: the Real Estate Board recently released numbers on buying a home in Richmond, Burnaby and the East Side. The prices have climbed to 1 million dollars! On the West Side of Vancouver, where we are, it’s even more! To put this figure into perspective, the annual income is $72,200.
So, I ask you, how is it that these “average” people living here are going to be buying larger homes…how about condos and townhomes, that would be more realistic but certainly not cheap, just cheaper. A young couple will probably have to get a 1 bedroom condo “starter” home and work their way up the food chain. All of which means, smaller kitchens for most of us!
This all brings me to the IKEA upper cabinets being switched out from an inside dimension of 12” up to 15”…I’m still trying to wrap my head around this! You might think…wow, more storage but in a small kitchen that means a 3” loss of space both visually and in reality, a 3″ encroachment over your work space. By the way, the quote came in the other day for having a semi-custom kitchen installed in our condo…over $14,000. Not outrageous but in our case that means a couple of plane tickets! This brings me back to IKEA! For the record, the 12” cabinets seem to be available in Europe! No kidding…where a lot of people don’t live in huge North American type homes!
We’ve been watching the Great British Bake-off (got hooked when we were staying in London). We love the show, even if it sends us running to the kitchen scrounging around for some dessert! The have the most incredible ovens! When you open the door flat, it actually slides underneath the oven! Now, that’s a great idea, especially in a small space! WOW, is that cool or what? P.S. if you live in the U.K., aren’t you the lucky one, as they don’t seem to be available here in Canada! Check it out: http://www.neff.ie/why-neff/get-the-best-from-your-neff/slide-hide.html
No sour grapes here…we don’t have space for a wall oven! But I’m tempted to cut a hole in the wall and install one of these babies!