N. Mission HillsMediterranean Kitchen, San Diego
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Create a kitchen respite. Just because you have a nook in the kitchen doesn’t mean it has to be a dining nook by default. If you have a built-in banquette or dining bench and find that you aren’t having many meals there, make it a spot where you can put your feet up and relax with your morning coffee, afternoon tea or Sunday paper. This one even has a TV so that the cook can take a break from kitchen work to watch a cooking show. Adding a small side table or cocktail table will give you a place for your beverage, phone or whatever else you need close at hand.
Everything you’d hoped and dreamed about when you first envisioned your project is coming true, and you’re feeling ready to say “I do” all over again. It’s time for the remodeling phase I like to refer to as the Renewal of Vows.You probably won’t hear your contractor refer to this phase as such (but how fun would that be?). Just as the Midproject Crisis is more commonly referred to as the mechanical rough-in stage, this phase has other, more industry-standard names. You will probably hear words like “finish out,” “trim out,” “mechanical trims” or “finishes.” And, as you can probably guess, this phase is about finishing and beautifying the work that was started in the first couple of months. There’s a lot that may (or may not) be involved in the finish stage of your job, depending on your scope of work, but here’s a list of the most common steps that happen during this phase.
1. First thing in the morning as soon as your bleary eyes clear — the proximity to the java in this lovely kitchen nook cannot be beat. You’re still in your robe and fuzzy socks, and you’re getting the day started with The New York Times and an espresso. After work, you return, maybe with a copy of Dog Fancy and a Milk-Bone biscuit for Snoopy.
In a small kitchen, a nook with a cushioned seat is an unexpected, romantic touch. And it’s useful, too. Pull up a café table, and it becomes the perfect spot for sipping wine and chatting with the cook, or even enjoying a cozy meal.