I have been deep into thinking about how our new place will look and function and have probably been spending way too much time reading decorating blogs, Houzz, and Pinterest. There are a few things that we did here that I won’t be doing in our new place, and I thought you might like to know what they are. Now, I should point out that I don’t know yet what the different choice will be on all of them, but they will be different. So, here we go.
I know for sure that we will not have a Kitchenaid fridge at our new place. I have not liked our refrigerator since the first day we moved in. In fact, I wrote a blog post about it that you can read here. I think our refrigerator was designed by someone who doesn’t cook or spend much time in the kitchen. The design is horrible, and the quality is also bad. In just six years time, we have had to replace the ice maker and the main control panel. Those are the two main functioning components in the fridge, and they both broke and cost us plenty to replace them. So, in addition to being poorly designed, it is poorly made. At this point, I don’t have a clue which brand we will be using in our new place. A few months ago, you all gave me some brands to try, but Mr. Right wants to read up on Consumer Reports opinion, too.
I have loved having heated marble floors in three of our bathrooms, but for our new place, I am going to go with heated porcelain floors in the baths. During our travels we have seen many, many marble floors in museums, historic homes, temples, churches, etc., and they have looked great. Thousands of people have walked on them, and they have patina and etching and just ooze with history and personality. That is all fine in a museum, but I just freaked out when a stain or etching showed up on our bathroom floors. For some reason, I want them to look/be pristine, and marble etches. I definitely have some OCD, and when it comes to our marble floors, it kicks up into high gear. I know they are clean, but I want them to look clean, too.
White Kitchen Sink
I am not truly committed to this decision yet, but I think I might forgo a white kitchen sink in our new place. When we remodeled the kitchen in our last place, we had a stainless steel sink installed, and it was just fine. It was easy to clean and was resilient to scratches. The white farmhouse sink that we have in this house is pristine and looks brand new because I have treated it with tender loving care. I’m not sure I want to be that careful any more. I gently put pots and pans in it, and before I ever wash something that won’t fit in the dishwasher, I pull out pads and place them in the bottom of the sink so it won’t get scratches and dings. Frankly, I am tired of being that careful. You will be the first to know which way I go on this, but as of this moment, I am leaning toward stainless.
Washer/Dryer Without Risers
We had risers under the washer and dryer in our last house, and it was so much easier to do laundry. When we remodeled this house, we opted to have cabinets installed above the washer and dryer. On moving day, we discovered that the cabinets meant we would have to remove the risers under those two appliances. I really haven’t liked bending over again and again to put clothes in the washer, then put them in the dryer, then remove them from the dryer. Having risers made all of that so much easier, so our new washer and dryer will have risers.
Our new place does not have or need a storm door. In our current house, there is no overhang or roof over our front porch which means we have a storm door that provides protection. If we didn’t have a storm door, the actual front door would get wet every time it rains. Then the paint would probably peel, and the door would wear out faster. Having a storm door means that it is tough to hang a wreath there because it interferes with the mail person when mail is delivered, and it gets in the way of people trying to make a smooth entrance into our home. We do hang a wreath during the Christmas holidays, but I love to see homes that have seasonal wreaths all year long. So, for practical reasons, our new home will not have a storm door.
I really thought long and hard about the changes we will make, and it took me a long time to come up with these five. I think that’s a testament to how much we love our home and how well-planned and thought out it is. But with the new place we have new opportunities, and it’s a chance to try something different.