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Kitchen reno, what toys should I be looking for?

Discussion in 'Food and Drink' started by schanop, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. Lucretia

    Lucretia Founding Member

    Hahahahaha! I must get one of those!

    And don't forget that you need some zinc oxide:

     
  2. schanop

    schanop Founding Member

    I have put down deposit for my appliances as well as for kitchen cabinets, bench top, and splash back work. Exciting!

    After so many options being considered, Winning Appliances in Taren Point just had new Asko/ATAG wok burner installed for me to look at in person and compare that with typical domestic double ring burner. The burner is not more powerful overall, but the selling point is the heat right in the middle of the round bottom wok is better. So for cooktop, I end up getting three domino pieces, 33cm wide each, and will be installing them 40cm apart centre to centre to get my cooking space sorted between two gas burners and a bridge-able induction unit.
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    For the range hood to go with all the smoke I will be generating, it is a 1200mm wide, 370mm deep undermount hood with external motor up on the roof to suck upto 2100m CMH (~ 1200 CFM)
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    The oven will be just one steam combi oven from Miele, a plumbed in 6805. Misus didn't want two ovens, but we are keen on the steam combi part. This model is spacious enough for normal cooking that we are going to do, and plumbed in will definitely be a big plus for convenience all the steaming we usually do.
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    And finally for the last new purchase, an Abey wide single bowl sink.
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    That means, old fridge, microwave, dishdrawer , and coffee machine stay.

    This is a sketch of how a new kitchen is planned compared with current kitchen that came with the house. Cooktop and rangehood will be moved from right hand wall to the left. Dishdrawer and sink will be swapping places. There will be more bench space on the right hand side from having just one column for oven and microwave, and another for fridge. Next to the cooktop will be a high table/breakfast bar seating four, and that's where the trolley is sitting in the picture.
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  3. schanop

    schanop Founding Member

    It is time to update the thread. Here are a few more shots of the old kitchen:

    Hallway/entrance door is boxed in by the fridge.
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    Crammed cooking space.
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    Not a lot of prep space either.
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    Then, here is the the final plan to fix all of those problems.
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  4. schanop

    schanop Founding Member

    First the old kitchen must go.
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    Then basic plumbing and electrical work, and patching up loose brick.
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    And then it is time for the new cabinet.
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  5. schanop

    schanop Founding Member

    Before cabinet and stone being finished off, a new floating floor is laid.
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    And stone bench top and waterfall, as well as fridge panel go on top of the floor.
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  6. schanop

    schanop Founding Member

    Finally, I have a new functional kitchen.
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  7. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

  8. WildBoar

    WildBoar Founding Member Contributor

    Wow, really nice job! And I like the his 'n' hers grinders, too.
     
  9. Taylor

    Taylor Professional Craftsman Founding Member

    Not sure why I didn't see this thread before. Kitchen looks great! Only thing on my wish list that isn't covered in your kitchen is a faucet above the stove to fill the stock pot, but I guess you can always live without it. Can't wait to see the meals coming out of it! Great job!
     
  10. Niiice kitchen! I think half of our apartment could easily fit in that kitchen :)
     
  11. schanop

    schanop Founding Member

    Thank you for your compliments. I do love my new kitchen very much. If anyone in Sydney would like to do a new kitchen, I do highly recommend the joinery, Oska kitchen in Campsie. As far as I know, they work as a contractor for a few kitchen companies around Sydney.

    LOL, not quite his 'n' hers, but more like filtered coffee grind and espresso grind. It is just a basic PIDed Rancilio Silvia and Rocky for espresso, and a cheap Sunbeam grinder for filtered coffee.

    The idea sounds good, but I don't really have a need for it. My stock pot is only 12qt, and usually I don't even fill it up to 3 quarter of it. I also use filtered water for all the cooking and washing up vegetables. The faucet at the sink is a three way faucet, hot, cold, and filtered water in one.

    That sounds like a good plan, Anton, 30 m^2 apartment with half of it being a kitchen and dining area.
     
  12. Nice kitchen
     
  13. schanop

    schanop Founding Member

    Thank Mate. Come over, and I'll cook for your family.
     
  14. Congratulations Chanop. It looks great!

    I love the massive sink in particular. Let us know how that is working out for you ....

    The Rancilio combo was my first espresso setup. Hard to beat for quality until you spend many more $$$$.

    Cheers

    J
     
  15. schanop

    schanop Founding Member

    Right Justin, every time I have thought about upgrading Silvia, and having to pay close to three times its price is a bit much. She's been with me since around 2004, so arounded 2008, I added the PID kit rather than getting a new unit. I am kinda happy with the choice since I drink mostly black coffee anyway.

    Here is another shot of my new cooktop set up. I am pretty happy with the space for this configuration. There are plenty of room for three big items to go on at the same time. Bridge induction unit is really good to the point that I am thinking why I didn't get two of those, or one 60cm unit that has four hobs, instead of two gas units and just one induction.

    Sink size is very nice for cleaning big pots, woks, and pans. I haven't used it for fish cleaning and breaking down yet, so we'll have to see if it will function the way I have imagined.

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  16. I will take you up on that soon. Let me check with the boss;)
     
  17. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  18. schanop

    schanop Founding Member

    I tried using the sink for fish prep yesterday. Basically for scaling I put my board inside the sink, and inverse a drainer tray that came with the sink to life the board up from the sink bottom, but still below surface level.
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    Then I can use a drain tray to support the board for knife work.
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  19. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

  20. schanop

    schanop Founding Member

    Come over, when you head this way down under.
     

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