I’ve had the privilege to live in many different places, both in the U.S. and abroad. There have been houses, duplexes, apartments, and townhouses in a variety of shapes and sizes that my husband and I have called home…some for a short while and others for several years. Here’s a little glimpse at the various kitchens from a few of those places and what we’ve enjoyed or disliked from each one.
Texas. United States.
After living in military housing for about a year in Texas, we decided to buy our own house! It was a fixer upper, but, with both of us having a background in architecture, we loved that. This is how it looked after we did some cabinet stripping and repainting, put in new wood flooring, and got new appliances. Nothing like a fresh coat of paint to liven up the place!
The biggest issue we had with this kitchen was a half-sized dish washer. Running it constantly to keep up with our cooking was a bit annoying, although it was quite an improvement from our college apartment where we were the dishwashers.
Suffolk. United Kingdom.
We lived in a very tiny townhouse in the center of a small town in the UK. There were only two very small rooms on each floor, and the ground floor had the kitchen as the room in the front of the house. We ended up having to put a combo washer/dryer in the space under the countertop, so laundry was always in the kitchen. Plus, our “Fridgedaire” on the opposite wall from the double oven was very tall and skinny. It could only fit about a week’s worth of groceries, but I actually loved walking over to the local market each week to fill it with local produce.
In addition to the local market, we had a veg box delivered fortnightly with amazing produce grown in the region. That coupled with the number of sustainable food choices from all the local farm shops is what I really miss the most about living in the UK.
We got very lucky in finding a large Japanese house with a new kitchen. The cabinets go all the way to the floor and the top cabinets all the way to the ceiling. Plus, the faces are completely flush with no handles except for a pull right under the countertop for the base cabinets. This will come in handy with our new little guy starting to be mobile soon.
We also have American appliances in this house! Finally, there’s a full-sized dishwasher to keep up with our constant cooking, and the fridge can hold a good month’s worth of food. Okay, yes, I’m sure this place was built for Americans, but I’m not complaining. Now I don’t need to feel required to make it to the market every week with a baby in tow, even though I do enjoy an excuse to peruse the local selection.