Now We’re Cookin’

Remodeling a kitchen can be tough.  I know, shocker.  Kitchens are the heart of the home, used many times each day.  Sometimes taken for granted.  You know how it feels when the electricity goes out: you go to do something completely ordinary, like turn on a light, and only after do you remember the power is out?  Yeah, that’s kind of how it is living without a kitchen.  With each new, functional piece, it feels like Christmas morning.  Well, Merry Christmas and happy new year to us because we’ve got a cooktop.

Cooktop-in-Kitchen

A functioning, 48 inch, 6 burner and griddle cook surface was exciting before the remodel, but downright thrilling now.  It fits perfectly in the island, completing the cook show stage.  Ha!  We decided to reuse the maple butcher block counter, too.  It was really nice to have a built-in, oversized cutting board.

Kitchen-Cooktop-in-Island

We chose a GE Monogram after reading reviews on many other brands.

Cooktop-in-Island-Side

All burners are the exact same.  There’s an extra high setting that heats up in a hurry.

Gas-Cooktop-High-Setting

And an ultra low simmer that GE demos by melting chocolate chips on a paper plate.  I kind of want to give that a try.  I mean, that’s usually how I melt chocolate.

Gas-Cooktop-Simmer-Setting

If you’re into wok cooking, each grate flips to hold a wok.  Note to self, must learn how to make delicious Asian food.

Kitchen-Cooktop-Grate-FLipped

I knew I missed having a gas top, but it really is so different from electric.  Temperature changes are instantaneous.  It’s sleek, streamlined, and pretty.  Once the cabinets are faced out and drawer fronts are on, the sides won’t stick out as far.

Cooktop-Side-Detail

There have been several questions about the sink, too.  We had it custom-made by Venus Fabrication in Texas.

Kitchen-Sink-from-Above-Clean

Like the cooktop, it’s stunning.  I’ll admit, it wasn’t cheap, but it is the most used part of a kitchen and totally worth it.

Kitchen-Sink-with-Dishwasher

To balance out the wide cooktop, we widened the sink from 30 to 36 inches.  Best decision ever.  Soaking pans and cookie sheets is easy.

Kitchen-Sink-Installed-with-Faucet

Similar to our custom sink for our last house, this sink is the full counter depth.  Neither Ben or I are fans of the skinny strip of counter along the backs of sinks.  Instead, the counters will rest on top of the sides, leaving the back open.

Kitchen-Sink-from-Above

As with the cooktop, (seriously, how many times have I said that already?!) the cabinet faces will make the reveal smaller.

Kitchen-Sink-Bottom-Detail

Now we’re only missing the double oven.  Before we can install the ovens, we need to attach the face trim to the cabinet boxes, prime, and paint.  From there, everything left to do is mostly for looks.

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8 thoughts on “Now We’re Cookin’

  1. I can’t wait to see the next post (or maybe the one after) about the face trim to the cabinets, because for the life of me, I can’t figure out how that will work. It looks like the pull out drawers (which I LOVE… so much more practical than ones you have to reach into) are about 1/2 inch outside the cabinet box, so how will the drawer fronts go on? Anywho – surprise me, I can’t wait! 🙂

  2. I’m jealous of both the sink and the cooktop! I wish I had the spade (and money and time…) to have those in my kitchen.

  3. OMG that cooktop is amazing! So jealous! We don’t have gas in our house and it was almost a deal breaker when we were house-hunting – but it was the only thing I disliked so I told myself to get over it! Well, I still question that decision everyyyyyyday when I cook on our electric range.
    Are you doing any sort of backsplash behind the sink? It looks tight behind the faucet but probably because its just a head-on shot.

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