Reviewing the Kitchen Designs

Today, Liz and I ended our work days early to head out, again, to Schillings in Mokena. Unfortunately, this was the only time slot we could find that worked out for us all, over the next two weeks – so we had to head out on a Friday afternoon.

We reviewed the initial design and layout done by Melissa, who’s helping us figure out what cabinets to get. With Bob and Uncle Kenny’s help, we were able to provide them a very detailed printout, with all the measurements of the space.

From there, our goal was to look at what space we had to work with, and to also determine things like the appropriate size of window we need to get, the space available for the stove, the refrigerator, etc.

Going into this meeting was a bit stressful. It’s a big step, a lot of money, and a lot of heavy decisions. This is also a pretty big thing for Liz as well, who has been thinking and planning her “ideal” kitchen since whe was much younger (all the way back to her high school years). To say that she’s given this a great deal of thought is an understatement.

It’s also a lot of big plans. To get our kitchen prepped, we’ve got some work ahead of us. Getting these layouts and measurements down is our first step, which will lead to a lot of additional steps really soon here.

Liz, reviewing the initial plans.

Neither one of us has done anything like this before. This is our first home, and we’ve been dealing with a very makeshift kitchen for a long, long time now. So to be at a point where we might actually get shelves and cabinets and appliances… it’s a little unreal.

We’ve got a ways to go, but getting the space finalized is a pretty big step for us. Bob recommended Melissa, as she helped them with their kitchen in Valparaiso. And Bob had a lot of praise for her work, as the install process he said was pretty spot-on perfect, down to the quarter inch.

Bob sets a high bar, and when he praises someone’s work Liz and both take notice. So we’re happy to have gotten to work with Melissa, and are glad to have her help in getting our kitchen set up.

Over the course of my time in tech, I’ve gotten to work alongside a lot of designers. I know what it feels like to be on the other side of the desk, working with clients and processing their feedback. This is one of the few times where I’ve actually been the client. An interestingly enough, my past experience actually helped with my nervousness – and in some respects, I kind of knew the drill (I did refrain from asking her to make things “pop” more).

All in all, we had a good meeting and were able to tweak several things in the design there, on the spot. Much like last time, we were there for a solid two hours (and the time seemed to go pretty quickly overall).

It’s weird to me, in that the idea of our kitchen feels very close and very far away to me, both at the same time. Coming here and looking at these renderings is the first of several upcoming steps. And it’s all still pretty hard to believe.

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