We may have destroyed our budget by having the kitchen renovated at the same time as the rest of the house, but I am so glad we did. We now have more than enough storage making it a breeze to stay organized. And preparing meals is so much more enjoyable with the new layout.
A proper triangle
The traffic pattern in a kitchen should resemble a triangle with the fridge, stove and sink as the points. In our old kitchen, the peninsula was in the way between the sink and the fridge. And the fridge was right next to the stove which is less than ideal for energy efficiency. Our new kitchen has a proper triangle with nothing in the way. It just works so much better than any kitchen I have used before.
We actually have an empty pots and pans drawer. We ran out of stuff before we ran out of space. Unbelievable!
I need to vacuum and wash the floor well before sealing the tile and grout, and the contractors still need to grout the backsplash and install under-cabinet lights, so calling the kitchen finished would be premature. But it is organized and fully functional, whereas our old kitchen never was.