Kitchen design and construction
Kitchens are possibly the room in the house which has become most divorced from function. Kitchens are the celebrity room of the house.
I don't want a celebrity kitchen. I want what is, in effect, a workshop that will make it easy to prepare nourishing food.
I have set myself a few basic criteria:
1. No particle board
2. No plastic
3. A view over the kitchen garden from the main preparation area and the sink
4. Easy to keep clean
5. Ready access to all the tools I use
6. It should be reasonably priced to fit out
7. Its construction should be within the scope of a home handyman without special knowledge or trade-level skills (me).
As I eat only fresh food, I don't need much storage space beyond a small refrigerator/freezer.
I am dismayed by the celebrity kitchens I see on display. And the people who make them are dismayed by me when I mention 1 and 2 above. They tell me it would cost three times their quoted price to build without particle board/MDF and they wouldn't do it anyway. Basically, I'm dismissed as a nut and told to get with the program: kitchen refits every 7-10 years.
Does anyone here have a kitchen they love which meets some or all of my criteria? Would they be willing to share their ideas and maybe send me a digital photo of their kitchen? Any other ideas?