Wish I Were Baking Instead of Figuring Out Logistics

I’m beginning to think we should rename this blog: ‘Wish I Weren’t Remodeling.’ Kitchens = Headaches

Not really headaches, per se, but mental gymnastics as we think of what can go wrong (everything) what we might do incorrectly (most things) and how much it’s going to cost (all we’ve got, plus). It’s something that’s causing us some oddly restless nights, and bizarre appliances dreams.

But, we soldier on.

Of course, we want to be environmentally conscious in the kitchen, so we’re doing a bit of research to make sure we do this remodel thing correctly. According to the EnergyStar people, when planning a new kitchen, one should be careful not to put the refrigerator next to any other appliances. Apparently, appliances need buffers around them so they operate correctly and efficiently.

Oh.

Let’s translate that into Wee Little House terms: SPACE is not what our kitchen has. THIS is not going to work in our kitchen.

(Maybe.)

In all of our remodeling schemes, we’ve never even thought of moving the fridge anywhere. I wonder why that is. In reality, we could put the fridge into a sort of built-in cubby hole, where the built-in microwave is now. A step saver between the sink and the fridge, one would only need to pivot to get what was needed, and then that entire corner would be open for …cabinets. And a hanging microwave. Open shelves. Cook books. A small screen TV. Hmm.

This morning’s Ponder du Jour included realizing that we have NOTHING gas related except in our garage and on the second floor for the water heater. Ah, the 70’s, when the Wee Little House was shiny and gadgety and new, and all this electrical crap was ultra-modern. Now we long for gas, and have… electric everything. Do we go ahead and punch through the kitchen floor to run gas into the room? Will it be that easy? Do we have to punch more holes in the house to get the kitchen we want?

At some point, do we acknowledge that this isn’t our Dream House or our Dream Kitchen, and make it the best it can be as it is?

Sigh.

Our stove search is centering on an electric stove. Consumer Reports this month says that the Kenmore 964 is the best for the electric smooth top models, but in researching glass-topped stoves, we’ve had some questions… A.) I’m not world’s best housekeeper; the other cook in the house is… um, worse. You have to clean glass top stoves immediately or else the stains are permanent; acidic and sugary boil-overs become part of the stove. B.) We don’t want to replace all of our pots, and though flat-bottomed is the only real requirement we’ve come across, but some folks were advised NOT to use glass pots on them, without an explanation given. In any case, the main issue is canning ware… do people can on glass-topped stoves? Yes, BUT, boil-overs can pit the glass, a heavy pot or cast iron being set down too hard can shatter it, as can anything falling on it. If the elements are painted on (which I don’t think anyone does on new stoves anymore), it can be scratched off within the first week.

I think a glasstop stove sounds like too much trouble for people who really cook, shake pans to sauteĆ©, use cast iron, and forever have a kettle on the hob. One is supposed to use ceramic pots for glass top. Well, I don’t have any of those, so sorry. “Oh, but they’re so much easier to clean!” Um, well, that’s as may be. But if you keep a brand-new stove reasonably clean… it won’t turn into the gunky horror that came with this house. It’s that simple. It’s all about maintenance… something millions of people are apt to do very poorly.

Stay tuned as we debate whether chrome is really worth an additional $200, if black or shows fingerprints worse, if bisque is an actual color, and if the color of the floor really plays at all into the color of the appliances… or if we’ll go with bamboo all over, or with tile in the kitchen, or what we’re doing at all…

After all this talk, STILL, nothing whatsoever to do with baking, darn it.

8 Replies to “Wish I Were Baking Instead of Figuring Out Logistics”

  1. So … since I’m a shoddy cleaner, and the glass-top thing would be a bad idea … where do we go from here? I mean, are we back to pulling gas-lines into the house?

  2. Nope. Methinks the pic of the wee oven — the GE 30″ stand in coil, model# JBP35WHWW, and which is rated a good baker, and is less than $500, is a good idea. Or the Hotpoint RB757WHWW. I’m just looking for black stoves, at this point, or maybe some with a bit of chrome, but I’m not sure at the worth – is chrome worth extra money?

    I just don’t think I’m house-proud enough to baby a glass top through life. Cooking isn’t about babying your appliances at all… if it’s that much trouble, you may as well have a child, eh?

  3. Yes. And, you know, what the heck: buy one and we can be done thinking about it. I don’t care if there’re coils, really, I guess, ’cause we can always get new little metal things underneath them.

    Is this what Consumer Reports wants us to do?

  4. Consumer Reports doesn’t want us to do anything. I promise. They don’t care. It’s all just a suggestion. Really. CR does NOT suggest the product Mr. Brown is shilling for, that being the trivection oven. Convection is for chefs in major restaurants who cook a whole bunch more food than you and I should eat. Finito.

    The CR best rated stoves with coils are the two I mentioned before. We can just put stoves on a mental backburner, knowing that one of THOSE will be what we’re going to get. We can leave the idea of color, etc., and base it on availabilty. Okay?

    Flooring might be nicer to do first because a.) the sale is now b.) we can work on the dining/kitchen seating next, and the counters last. Or not.

    The nice thing about the cork tiles? We can put them down without hiring anyone but a handyman. We can buy them, open them in our home, acclimate them, and then clear a room, toss some tarps on what we can, and let the pros go to work. I would like you to arrange to work from home when there are workmen around all day, but other than that…

    I wonder how cork would do on stairs?

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