THE kitchen is the heart of every home. Well it is with ours at least. I spend more time in this room than any other – whether it’s working, cooking or watching the kids as they play in the back garden. As you can imagine – given that I’m part of the biggest food website in the country – a lot of my time is spent thinking about or cooking food. And let’s be honest: I spend a hell of a lot of time eating it as well, and I can’t blame BiaMaith for that!
Having the opportunity to build our own home is a dream come true and getting the kitchen right was important to me from the beginning. We recently sat down with a local kitchen maker, Clohane Wood Products to figure out what we wanted, and the following pictures are what they came up with after our first consultation. I have to admit they pretty much captured everything we wanted, but there’ll be a round two to finalise and tweak. But I thought you’d like to see the first draft. Let me know what you think!
I always dreamed of having an AGA but that fizzled out once I started researching it a bit more. Realistically, the house will be too well insulated and warm to have a big range cooker on all the time, so I decided to give up on the idea. Instead, I want to have a range style cooker with a gas hob and two ovens. I love cooking on gas and there are loads of great looking options out there – I’ll just have to figure out which one to go for.
Having a big island with plenty of storage was my number one request. I didn’t want a sink or anything in it – I just wanted plenty of room for preparing and serving food. The designer came up trumps and we will have an island that’s around 8 ft long. All of our plates etc will be stored in there and I’ll finally be able to stop complaining about the lack of work surface!
Although we’ll have a kitchen table, there’ll also be space to sit at the island. This will be handy for when we’re entertaining or when the kids have friends over. It’s just a really nice option to have. I come from a big family and so does my husband – so there’s always a scramble for chairs whenever we all get together!
As you can see from the above pic, we won’t have many wall hanging cupboards. I’m not a fan of them at all and my husband isn’t either as he’s always banging his head off things thanks to being about 6’5′. So we opted for open shelving on top for things like tea and coffee canisters, cook books and the radio. The island will have storage for everything else, as will the cupboards around the fridge.
The door to the left above leads into a walk in pantry, and the right is into the utility and mudroom. I’m so excited to finally have a larder. There’ll be loads of room in there for all my stock cupboard ingredients and the dream is to one day grow our own veg – so hopefully there’ll be bags of spuds, home made chutneys and the likes in there too. One can dream!
I’m really looking forward to having our sitting room as an extension of the kitchen as the kids love being around me and vice versa. This will make the home much more inclusive and connected. I can’t wait! I really loved how Clohane created this life-like image of our space – it’s really the first time we’ve been able to picture it as our home. We’ll be making some changes to these plans, but for the most part, this will be our kitchen. I hope you like it as much as we do!