My dad designed and built his dream kitchen, which is pretty much my dream kitchen (and now he’s selling the house - boo!)
Some highlights: two dishwashers. That means there’s always somewhere to put your dirty dishes, even if one dishwasher is running. And clean up after a Thanksgiving meal with 50 guests (yes, we’ve done that!) isn’t nearly so bad as it would be otherwise.
Three sinks. One is a double sink near the dishwashers, good for rinsing off plates or doing dishes by hand. There’s a smaller sink near the stove (which is an actual professional model, not a “professional model” stove with 5 gazillion BTU’s, six burners, a simmer burner and a built in griddle) for tossing dirty spoons or draining the pasta. And the piece de resistance: a deep, deep sink with a high arched faucet, big enough to submerge a 25 pound turkey or easily wash the largest stockpot. All the sinks are those kind that sit underneath the countertop, which means there’s no edge to get gunk stuck in, and cleaning the countertops is a breeze.
Two refrigerators. One is for food which is meant for meals, and the other is leftovers, lunchmeat, yogurt and other “free-for-all” foods. This means no one but the cook goes into the Cook’s Fridge, so the bacon he meant for tonight’s dinner doesn’t disappear into someone’s breakfast. Brilliant, especially when you have a house full of guests.
There’s a deep freeze in the garage, since it won’t fit in the kitchen, and a huge walk-in pantry for dry goods.
He put the stove (and it’s associated sink and countertop) facing the Great Room. There’s a bar height counter with stools in front of the stove, so he can be cooking at the stove while carrying on a conversation with guests in front of him. It reminds me of a television set for a cooking show, actually.
Two ovens, and another convection/microwave hybrid. Makes roasting/baking multiple dishes much easier and faster.
What did he put in that, given a do-over, he’d leave out? An instant hot water tap. Turns out it’s not really hot enough to make a decent cup of tea anyhow. It’s hotter than the regular tap, but just not hot enough to be worth it, and yet it’s still hot enough to burn a small child. And granite countertops. With a do-over, he’d go for that concrete stuff. Granite is pretty, but he has a little heart failure anytime someone leaves a butter knife on the counter (apparently oil stains granite, or something?)
Uh, if anyone wants this awesome kitchen and the gorgeous house that surrounds it in Hopewell Township in New Jersey, PM me and I’ll put you in touch with his Realtor. And I’ll cry a little inside that it’s leaving the family, but be happy if it goes to a Doper. Especially if you let me come visit.