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Vicki Cotie

Barbara Ludman. As a shorty, I have the opposite problem. I always end up having to put my bowl in the sink to be able to mix by hand. IMO houses are all being built for tall people and not taking short people and kids in the equation. ie. hand rails. our building code just changed. the 42 in rail now has to also have a shorter railing so children can reach it. The accident and death rate for children increased 36% for kids when the 42 inch rail code went into affect.

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Vicky Whitney

I made the lower cabinets/counter top where I mix stuff 4” shorter than the other counters in my kitchen. It’s the perfect height for me to mix stuff (my mixer is on a swing out lift in the cabinet, roll dough, kneed bread, etc. I love my baking center.

   
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Vicky Whitney

I initially wanted recycled glass counters, but changed my mind after reading up on them. They require more maintenance than I want to commit to (we are retired empty nesters downsizing to a one story house less than half the size of our current house. The smaller house is the one my husband grew up in. It was built in 1937, and we gutted the interior to replace the plumbing and electrical systems. It’s almost back together now.

Ultimately we chose a Corian white countertop with flecks/swirls of blue and green in it and light green glass tiles for the backsplash. We kept the 1950s Wedgewood stove, which is white and chrome. I had the top rechromed. The enamel is in really good shape. Because the stove is white, the new appliances, which include a double wall/convection-microwave is white. We bought a two drawer dishwasher that accepts cabinet panels to blend in with the the lower cabinets. The fridge is also white. We raised the ceiling exposing the ceiling beams and put in skylights.

We are putting in a traditional linoleum floor (not vinyl). I don’t know why more people don’t put on linoleum. It wears well (the original linoleum floor has bee in there for 70 years). They don’t off gas phthalates or other plasticizers, and because they don’t contain plastic, they’re biodegradable. They’re also easy to are for. They come in a bunch of colors, and you can design in insets.

   

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