An Ideal Kitchen or a Perfect Bathroom

@SaintAnne (5453)
United States
October 13, 2008 6:21pm CST
If a home makeover show offered to remodel either your kitchen or bathroom into the one of your dreams, all expenses paid, which would you let them tackle? As much as I would like to relax in a spa-like and spacious bathroom, soak myself in a jetted tub with chromotherapy or sweat it out in a personal sauna and have his and hers toilet seats and sinks, I would let them make the kitchen of my dreams. I dream of a chef's kitchen with brand new appliances. I want a huge kitchen island and a closet specifically filled with kitchen equipment and items I see on infomercials (Hello Nu-wave!). I'd want a walk-in pantry where you can see and grab the supplies easily. I want my own rack with all the spices and the herbs one could possibly get and a shelf where I can put my cooking and baking books. I want shelves with rollouts/pullouts for both my cookware and bakeware. I would enjoy slaving myself away just going through recipes and cooking/baking with (and for) loved ones. So what about you? Why? And NO, you can't split the "budget" between the two rooms mentioned. I will surely enjoy reading what you want in your ideal kitchen or bathroom.
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28 responses
• United States
14 Oct 08
If they were going to do it in this house I would have to pass the opportunity by as soon this house I am dwelling in will have to be torn down. If I were living in my own house and they were going to decorate it however they wanted I would have to turn them down too, as I am pretty particular about my surroundings. I want an Aga 6 by 4 Cooker (6 burners, 4 ovens). They have some incredible colors, but I would probably go with Wedgewood Blue... since everyone I know loves to eat I figured blue in the kitchen would keep us calm and sane while we were cooking and it is also an appetite suppressant - which might help us to cook for a large family rather than a small army. (I would have plenty of rust and red in the dining room, which stimulates conversation and also digestive juices.) I would want Silestone countertops, again in blue... I really like their Enjoy Life blue. With deep stainless steel sinks and high arched faucets, a work island with a huge rack for hanging stuff on overhead, and plenty of drawers and shelves underneath. I also require a large pantry that has ample space to hang herbs to dry, also garlic. I do not like closed cabinets, I would just have open shelving, I don't know what material they would be, nor the color, but I like to leave a little bit for last minute inspiration, hehehe.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
The place you're at right now is getting torn down soon? They HAVE to decorate your kitchen according to your desires, zig (according to my rules, anyway). They won't decorate it however they want so I hope you reconsider your decision to reject their offer. I had to look up the Aga cooker and I WANT one for myself too. But I would go with the red one. I have a red Kitchenaid mixer and I think it would be the inspiration for the whole kitchen. Thanks, by the way, for letting me know about this brand and I checked their site and I would definitely check the site again for their recipes. I love reading recipes! I also had to look at the Silestones countertops and I can't decide on the color (just as long as it's not red, I don't want my kitchen to be red all over, just a few splashes). But a blue kitchen and then a red dining room nearby? I can just hear your family laughing while cooking and dining together.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I don't know about the smoke but you do get a at least a 10 rating for your response, zig. Hello clem!
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• United States
14 Oct 08
Yes, I'm sad to say that I believe that is the destiny in store for this house. I was doing some work for one of the preachers around here and I mentioned that there are some big fat bees boring into the ceiling rafters that I can't get rid of, and two apartments are supported by those rafters. He said they will bring the place down. The foundation is also shot, the plumbing is a really bad joke, and the wiring is deadly hazardous. Put them all together and what's that spell? D-E-M-O-L-I-S-H! Isn't that cooker a marvel?!? The colors are all fantastic! I looked at that red one a few times! I've always wanted a red Kitchenaid Mixer to sit on my counter!!! With a blue kitchen though I think I would go for a yellow one, that would be just as beautiful I think! And as far as my rust and red dining room off the blue kitchen, there are two trees right down the road from me that have donned their fall colors. The leaves on the big tree are a gorgeous rust color while the leaves of the smaller tree right beside it are a deep rich red, and both of them are silhouetted against a brilliant blue sky... the effect is stunning!!! Too bad you can't go with the red countertops though... did you see the red?? Damn! Got my pulse racing! And yeah, we do a lot of laughing around here! My sister's coming up next weekend and we're going to do a bonfire and drink Sangria!! Hopefully I will not end up with anymore of it in my face! Well, Swamp Dog, I did have a friend stop by bearing treats, smokable and otherwise, so your taunts are wasted on me for now. I hope you are enjoying yourself anyway though.
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• Malaysia
14 Oct 08
Hi SaintAnne, for me i would choose option 1 - the ideal kitchen. Because my mother in law is expert in cooking and she stay with us, so she always cook nice and delicious food for us. Also, she always get new recipe and we will be the little white mouse to test out the new food. Also, currently my kitchen is full of the tools like steamer, various sizes of pot, 2 different sizes of oven, few blenders, etc. So i must opt for the kitchen first.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Hi back, adriantys! You are lucky to have a cook expert for a mother in law that stays with you guys. It's nice to not have to prepare meals and just enjoy them when they get served once in a while. You do need to take care of and store those tools you have in a good place. Take care!
• Malaysia
16 Oct 08
Hi SaintAnne, thanks and ya. Is kind of lucky to have her for cooking for the family. True, need to really taking good care the tools, because is not cheap also.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
16 Oct 08
That's a tough one Sisi! I would love to have my bathroom done. It's feels great to pamper yourself is a beautiful bathroom like that. But if you ask me I would rather go for the kitchen thing. Nothing like cooking food for our loved ones. I want all kinds on gadgets and lovely racks of colored containers. The color is for determining the kinds of spices and pulses and other stuffs. And dear, I would rather like an airy kitchen with windows. Thanks.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
16 Oct 08
Hello Mou... definitely, an airy kitchen with windows (and nice views outside!) would be very nice. I do want a sliding door nearby to the backyard so I can just easily walk to the garden if need be. I think the majority of the posters would love to have their kitchens done for the same reason - to cook for loved ones. Aren't we all nice? Thanks mimpi!
@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I would opt for the bathroom simply because I spent this summer remodeling my kitchen so I'm set in there. Plus the sound of relaxing in my own personal spa-like bathroom just sounds to tempting to turn down! LOL So send them on over I'll be ready for them! LOL
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I hope you're enjoying your "new" kitchen now, fasttalker. I think when everything around gets too stressful and demanding, we can just lock ourselves up in the bathroom and just relax in the tub. Maybe you can bring in a bottle of champagne or bubbly while you make bubbles yourself! They're on their way.
@gegegelay (934)
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
I think I'd go for the remake of our kitchen ;) We just recently did a huge makeover to our bathroom, hehe.. so I don't think it needs another makeover. See, our kitchen is separated from our main house. Usually, the kitchen is always near the dining area, right? But ours is different. We used to have this mini-canteen but we closed that business a few years ago and decided to just make it our kitchen. It's funny coz' it's really separated from our main house. It's not that far though, a 2 doors separates it from our main house. But the thing is, you can't really call it a "kitchen", hehe. I would love for our kitchen to be re-arranged and let someone make over it! I want the contemporary kitchen where there's a counter in the middle, and a lot of shelves also coz' I wouldn't want kitchenwares to be seen and just all over the place. I want a huge refrigerator and a huge oven as I love to bake :D And also, a walk-in pantry just like yours!
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Hello gegegelay. I can bake all day if that's possible! Enough inconspicuous storage space is a must in the kitchen. I do think your kitchen situation right now is interesting. Does it ever get inconvenient for you guys that it's nowhere near the dining room? But I guess you would enjoy preparing meals and have them brought over to the house without having to clean up the kitchen mess right away since people won't get to see it while dining. Thanks for sharing.
@gotetet (197)
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
for me its an ideal kitchen, if i would have all the money for the renovations, i wish i have all the necessary gadgets, cookwares, everything furnish ready for whatever i wish to do around the kitchen. its my favorite place inside my house. i'd love to cook and experiment recipes for my family.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Welcome to myLot, gotetet. I think it would be really nice to have all the necessary gadgets and wares in the kitchen. Keep on cooking and making your family happy!
• United States
14 Oct 08
I would have to go with the kitchen. I have a family of 8 and spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking for all of us. I would like a bigger kitchen. I would like all new appliances, granite countertops, and new tiled floors. I would have a walk in pantry so that I didn't have to use a flashlight to see what is in there. I would want a center island with a pot rack above it so that I don't have to worry aobut digging to find pans after the kids put dishes away. I want a built in dishwasher. Then, I would like to have pull out shelves in the cupboards and self closing drawers. I would want new windows in the kitchen.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Having windows in the kitchen can do wonders to the whole place. I want the same for mine too. I, especially, would enjoy a good view outside. But maybe that's asking for too much. You do have a big family there and I hope you get some help while cooking. I see that your kids help you by putting the dishes away and that's good. Digging for pots and pans isn't that fun at all, that's why I opted for the pull-out shelves. I'm still not sold on having a pot rack above me. I like to check our pantry every three months or so and reorganize it. Thanks, momjessie and hope you have a lot of memorable dinners with your family.
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I would want a kitchen makeover too, just like one of those on those television commercials. first I would like an expansion, then one of those islands, brand new gas stove, one of those refridgerator with the pull out area at the bottom. New cabnets. I would also like a pantry.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Isn't it fun to think up of what we want in our kitchen? I'm not sure about the refrigerator with bottom pullouts though but if you want it, so be it! Thanks, Chevee.
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@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
I would probably opt to have the kitchen. That is where the food is being prepared, where I would be spending a lot of time in. Then, I might try to get another outfit to do my bathroom, free of charge as well. Cheers!!
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Yes, we do spend a lot of time in the kitchen. And I think I'd be spending even more time in the kitchen when this ever happens. Maybe you can find another show from a rival network that will provide you with their services to work on your ideal bathroom. Thanks, underdogtoo.
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@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
14 Oct 08
That's a tough one but I think I'd have to pick the kitchen too. It would be a more expensive renovation so it makes the most sense financially and you do spend more time in the kitchen than the bathroom (in theory!). We are in the process of renovating our kitchen and I would love for someone to just swoop in and take over all the work and mess and cost! I would love to have new cabinets with pretty glass doors and those nifty self closing drawers, new appliances, new windows & doors. I would like to have all the fancy organizational stuff that costs a fortune. Granite counters, tile floors... Ya, I would definitely have to pick a new kitchen!
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Hello jesssp. Welcome to myLot! Hope you've enjoyed your first few days here so far. I know renovation is a very stressful and expensive undertaking. But there's also that looking forward to having a new kitchen to your liking. I do like the idea of the glass doors just as long as the things behind it are pretty and organized too. And whoever thought of self-closing drawers (may have been a little lazy) is a genius! Good luck with the kitchen renovation!
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@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I think I would go for the bathroom, because I don't think I would want a nice kitchen. If you have a nice kitchen, I would be more afraid to make a mess, which is what I do best. As long as a kitchen has a lot of space, I could tolerate it. I think I would find function more important than looks, in a bathroom. It would have to have all kinds of spa-like things.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Hello there, Sheepie. Being afraid to make a mess in the kitchen never even crossed my mind. I figured that's what it's for. Just as long as it gets cleaned up as soon as possible. Enjoy your ideal bathroom! It sure is tempting considering that such a place could rejuvenate you. Thanks Sheepie!
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@drannhh (15241)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Well, I'd have to pick the kitchen because it is bigger than the bathroom and so if they are going to do all expenses, they may as well pick up the big ticket items. But I installed some of the pullout drawers myself and really there isn't a whole lot that needs to be done in there. I could do new countertops and certainly a new floor and they could resurface the maple cabinets with white oak because although they are ok, a lighter color would be nice. My faucet is state of the art, but we could do with a new sink. Truly, I don't know if it would be worth the hassle. I'm pretty satisfied with my home.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
We have a "handywoman" in the house! Well, as you're satisfied with your home and can install things by yourself, drannhh, then we'll just let them help you out with the big ticket items, the countertops, the floor, the cabinets and the sink.
14 Oct 08
mines a shed if you fancy a new project your welcome over i'll make teas clean up and help with the decorations drannhh lol
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@drannhh (15241)
• United States
14 Oct 08
What a nice offer. If it is Red Bush Tea, I'll be right over...
@mands61123 (2098)
14 Oct 08
mmm interesting i think like you i would also want my kitchen done as then i could have people over for dinner and entertain more. My kitchen is a shed at the moment (well not literally but not far off) so i have tried not to think about it to much or i'd get p'd off. Something clean and minimalistic with more space as mines very small. Nice slate flooring and granite worktops but with colored walls don't want anything to dull and grey. Lots of light ans tstorage space i hate clutter. I'd want one of those cool fridges that give you ice and water. Easy to clean as i have issues with my illness and the dog can get it mucky in 5 seconds flat. Very modern lots of silver and chrome would probably suit me seen thats the only bits i like about mine at the moment. I have a green cooker though yuk! Lots of cool new gadgets though i love toys i'm a big kid at heart.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I want my kitchen to be spacious, well-lit and have lots of storage space, just like you, mands. I would enjoy the cool new gadgets too. I think (or I hope) everyone of us are big kids at heart. What we consider toys may be different from when we were kids but we still enjoy "playing" with them. Do you mind if I ask what kind of illness you have? And have you decided on whether to go through with selling those "engraved" chocolates?
14 Oct 08
I got my kit at the weekend actually i persuaded my mum and dad to give me money towards it as a birthday and xmas prezzy all in one as there wasn't anything i wanted and got them to drop the price so it was less than people normally pay for the kit. I've still gotta look at the cd and everything but i shouldn't have any trouble figuring it out. Are you after some or were you just wondering? (i need to get back on that discusssion actually and update it!) My illness is called tiezes syndrome it's like a swelling of the chest cartilage and rib area, theres pain and difficulty breathing. The symptoms are often similar to a heart attack but without the risk, it's not dangerous just painfull. Most people only get it temporarily as it's usually stress related so they can moderate it and ease it. I am one of the lucky people who have it as a long term illness and it's temperature related so i can't really moderate it all that well lol. I've trying to get rid of a cold at the moment so thats not helping but i seem to be having a bit of a bad time with it at the moment hence me being awol for the last 2 weeks and still being up at 6.08 and not had any sleep yet.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Hello again, mands. How old were you when you got this illness? I can just imagine how painful it is. I do hope you get over your cold soon and I think getting enough sleep would help you do that. Staying up until 6 in the morning may not be helpful to you at all. I asked about the chocolate business because I was curious as to what you decided to do. I like to find out what people decide to do especially if I know of their plans and answer their call for suggestions. It was sweet of your parents to help you out and I wish you all the good luck and success in this endeavor.
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@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
15 Oct 08
I believe I would go for the kitchen of my dreams. I would choose a place where I can learn to cook better meals and a place where my family can gather and eat and well be merry. I am not sure how many appliances will I want but it has to have the perfect table and seating arragements, nice stove and nice refrigerator. The rest will be great slowcookers and nice rice cookers.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Hello ShellyB. How big do you want your table to be? And how many chairs are around it? I do think that the kitchen is one of the places in the house where the family can be merry together. Thanks!
@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
15 Oct 08
I want my kitchen table to be able to fit between 6 and 8 at any given time. You know for friends and family I love more the kitchen than the living room for gatherings. So it would be neat if I could have the perfect kitchen for me
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
15 Oct 08
That sounds like a good size table, ShellyB. Thanks!
@cbreeze (1207)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I would definitel choose the kitchen. It is the hub and the heart of the home. I love to cook for my family as a show of affection. To have a dream kitchen would make cooking a better experience for me and less of a chore. As much as I would love a spa bath, I think the whole family would benefit from a dream kitchen.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Your whole family could benefit from a dream bathroom too, cbreeze. But then again, it might give rise to arguments as to who gets to use it and for how long. I think there would be days that we would still think of cooking as a chore especially after the novelty of having a dream kitchen wears off. But I hope they would occur rarely. Keep on having fun cooking for your family. Thanks for sharing, cbreeze.
@cbreeze (1207)
• United States
14 Oct 08
The thing is I have two bathrooms. If I had a bathroom redo, it would be the master bath. I wouldn't have to share. LOL For the sake of the family, I would choose the kitchen.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
You are so noble, cbreeze. Yes, I think the sound of children's laughter and your co-diners' enjoyment is better than the sigh of relief and relaxation by one's self. Thanks again, cbreeze.
@zalilame (880)
• Malaysia
16 Oct 08
I would definitely like to have an ideal kitchen since I spend most of my weekend there. I love to cook very much. I'd love to have a kitchen with every gadget that I can utilize to make the most hearty banquet. I am waiting for my house to be finish. Maybe I can start sketching my kitchen now. I found a software from ikea.com.my that helps me to plan my room. Worth to try because the software is free.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
16 Oct 08
I bet you can't wait to have your house finished, zalilame. I can just imagine how excited you are. I hope your real kitchen turns out to be the one that you really like and it encourages you even more to cook as I can tell you have a passion for it. Take care and enjoy that free software from Ikea. Thanks!
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Oct 08
oh a new bathroom with a walk in shower for an older woman like myself who has a bad arm. and a wand I could move around to showere myself in hard to reach places. a huge mirror with lights. myown sink, plenty of towel racks and storage for towels. also shelves for medications and first aid supplies. shelves for my cosmetics also so i neednt have them all out on the counter space. plenty of shelves is a must..
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Hello Hatley. A walk-in shower is a good idea. It should be spacious too so we won't keep banging our arms against the wall or door. It is highly recommended though that we should not keep medications in bathroom cabinets. The moisture, the heat and the light can change the medication or make it ineffective. http://www.wvu.edu/~exten/infores/pubs/fypubs/411.wl.pdf Take care, Hatley and I hope you're not having too much of a trouble with the bad arm.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
14 Oct 08
i think it would be the kitchen. most people look at the kitchen first when looking to buy a new home and this is the room that makes or breaks a sale i think. but for me, both rooms need a fairy godmother!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Hello cher, you're the first responder to mention realty matters. I think a great kitchen does influence a person's decision to buy a house. Thanks!
@shell94 (990)
• Canada
14 Oct 08
Give me the deluxe kitchen please! lol I have always dreamed of having lots of cupboards, a pantry, counter space, and top of the line appliances. I think alot of women have the same dream. I like to cook and bake so it would be more of a treat for me to have the dream kitchen, especially at the price of renovating a kitchen as opposed to a bathroom. My family spends alot of time in the kitchen so it would be very useful.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Because you asked, you shall receive, shell94. It's nice to dream, isn't it? But maybe we can also work towards it too (just as long as we could afford to). Thanks for sharing, shell94 and keep on cooking and baking!
@maximax8 (28842)
• United Kingdom
14 Oct 08
My bathroom is small and I had the best suite for its size fitted three years ago. I don't think a nicer larger suite would fit in it. I would therefore decide on having a new kitchen fitted. Most of all I would like a hand crafted real wood kitchen fitted with a larder and plenty of cupboards and drawers for storage. I would have an expensive sink and all new appliances like a cooker, a fridge freezer, a washing machine and a tumble dryer. I would have a new microwave and a silver kettle. I think that would be my ideal kitchen and it would greatly improve my home.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
14 Oct 08
We have a silver kettle! It is very sleek and... silver. You want your washer and dryer in your kitchen? That could work, I guess. We actually have two microwaves in the house but we're not using one of them since we broke the handle to open it. Enjoy your dream kitchen, maximax and thanks for sharing!