When we started designing our little house, the one thing we wanted was an open floor plan … we wanted one big room with the kitchen at one end, the living room at the other and the dining table in the middle.
And we wanted an American-style kitchen, with an island, a decent-sized refrigerator, plenty of storage and counter space and a wine fridge. Most of the kitchens we had seen in existing farmhouses (at least in our price range) were cramped, with not enough storage or counter space. And with curtains instead of doors on the lower cabinets. “No curtains!” was my first direction to Angelo, our kitchen designer.
And Ed wanted an ice-maker. Not just an ice-maker in the freezer (which is rare enough in Italy) but a stand-alone ice-maker (what can I say, Ed is into ice, and lots of it). Angelo looked at him as though he had three heads. Needless to say, Ed did not get his ice-maker.
We spent most of the day at Angelo’s showroom in Civitanova going over our extensive list of needs and wants and picking out the cabinet design and counters. I was tempted to pick something safe and classic, like white, but we ended up going for a greenish-gray color for the cabinets.
OK, not the best picture, but here’s how our kitchen turned out:
I think our full size refrigerator and freezer might be overkill for Italy…. in fact I think our whole kitchen might be overkill…but at least we can stock up with food and wine before a big snowstorm.
Despite designing our American-style kitchen we still ended up with a microwave that is tiny on the inside and an oven that will not fit a big roasting pan with a turkey. But I’m sure we’ll adapt.
Now that the kitchen is done we are starting to think about all the stuff we’ll need to bring or buy to outfit it. I’ve already started filling my cart at Amazon.it.
We have a bunch of pictures today showing progress inside the house.
It looks like the bathrooms are nearly complete. Fixtures are installed and the windows complete.
Kitchen installation has begun, with a number of cabinets in place. I’m impressed with the installers’ lab coats.
Lighting and Fans
Many of the lights have been put in place prior to final installation.
In the background of one picture showing work in the main room. you can see that the fireplace has yet to be built. All that is installed is the exhaust tube. But we did get a picture of the piece of old wood that will be used for the mantel.
Today, Kevin told us that he and Angelo had been reviewing everything and realized the cooktop can’t fit on the right side without major modifications to the wall and window. The problem is the width of the cooktop and its placement, which needs to be centered below the two exhaust fans in the cabinet above.
Here’s his explanation of our options. I think it’s easy to see what he wants us to do:
How Can This Be Addressed:
1—The simple solution is to move the cooktop and hood BACK TO THE ORIGINAL POSITION — that eliminates any issues and requires ZERO work.
2—If the cooktop/hood are kept in the current position we need to make the window smaller, circa 50cm total, taken equally from each side. This means we need to rework the exterior wall — block, stone, stucco — to essentially “patch” the spaces that are being filled. We also need to move the electrical lines that are installed.
My question back to him was whether a cooktop that was less wide would solve the problem without the window and wall changes. Unfortunately, the cooktop width would have to go from 90cm (36in) to 70cm (28in), too small even by Italian standards.
So we’ve flipped the design back to where we started, with the cooktop to the left of the sink.
Kevin, Francisc, and Angelo are all happy, and we’re fine with it, too.