Our house tends to be the hang out place in summertime (which I love!). The kitchen has a constant flow of all aged kids running through it... lots of hungry kids. I photographed it yesterday morning before the throngs arrived, and the counters were covered with peach pits, empty glasses and plates filled with uneaten crusts. It was so nice to capture it in a tidy and serene moment... and from an angle my camera hasn't caught before. I received several e-mails after my last post from readers who were in the process of remodeling or building their own home. There were lots of similar questions about our kitchen layout, flooring and cabinets, so I thought I'd answer them all right here for the sake of ease.
The original part of our Federal farmhouse dates back to the the 1850's. The kitchen, dining room and living room are all part of the edition done in 1910. The floorboards are the original wide pine planks. They could use some refinishing in the heavy traffic areas, but I don't see that happening for a while. The open floor plan of the downstairs is very unusual for a house of this age and we believe it was remodeled in the 70's using reclaimed barn wood. The counter tops appear to be wide floor boards. They rest on top of cabinets that create a series of islands, including our five burner stove top. The posts are all load bearing, but the beams above the dining table are purely decorative. The hammered tin light fixtures were here when we moved in! I've spent a great deal of time in this part of the house over the last 10 years, and it's one of my favorite places in the world!
I really appreciate:
- the visibility and accessibility to all parts of the house
- all of the abundance of wood, even if it's difficult to clean and maintain
- counter space
- just the right amount of floorspace so that all of my cooking needs are at my fingertips