Building Our New House
-- Appliances --
Here's a list of the appliances going into the house.
gas cooktop, model CT36G
- Five burners: one extra hot; one very low for simmer; three
- Propane gas.
- Stainless steel.
( Note: If you go to this
look at the photo -- note that the backsplash behind the cooktop is a piece of
glass -- that's what we are installing. )
exhaust hood, CTWH36
- Stainless steel.
- In-line blower -- that is, the exhaust fan is not inside the hood
-- it's in the attic. Duct work runs from the hood into the attic,
through the fan, then out a vent in the roof.
GE Profile 30-inch double electric oven, model
If you look at our floor plan and at photos of the kitchen area, you'll see
that we are installing this oven (actually, two ovens) in a corner away from the
Well, think about it. When you use the oven, you stick something in it
and walk away. Unlike a cooktop where you are constantly stirring, taking
off the heat, putting on the heat, adding ingredients -- an oven basically is
set-and-forget. Our thinking was this:
- Because you normally don't open an oven after you have put
something in it to cook, why have the oven in the midst of the kitchen,
where there's lots of activity?
- For the same reason, why have the oven take up space in the busy
area of the kitchen?
- And -- when you open an oven door, it blocks walking space, so,
put the oven in an out-of-the-way corner.
Next to our ovens -- which are in a corner -- is a six-foot long countertop
where we will make dough for bread cakes, cookies, etc., and where we can
assemble other things to be baked. This area creates a baking area
separate from the main part of the kitchen.
Whirlpool Side-by-side, Counter-depth, 23 cu ft refrigerator, model
Note that this is a COUNTER-DEPTH refrigerator. The counter-depth was
new to us and at first we rejected it, but, as we looked into things, we decided
we wanted this one.
Try this: Take a measuring device of some kind -- tape measure,
yardstick, whatever. Go into your kitchen and measure the depth of your
cabinets -- they are 24 inches deep from front of cabinet to the wall behind the
cabinet. Now, measure the depth of your refrigerator. Chances are
the fridge is between 28 and 30 inches deep -- 4 to 6 inches of fridge sticks
out beyond your counter.
Now, for most people, this is not a problem. However, our kitchen is in
the great room, which is also the living room, dining room, family room, den,
and what-have you. We did not want 6 inches of refrigerator sticking out
into the room. The counter-depth fridge is the same depth as the cabinets
plus the thickness of the doors -- the only part of the fridge that sticks out
past the cabinets is the door.
There is a drawback to the counter-depth fridge -- it's not as deep as a
regular fridge and, in some models, you cannot put a big 9 X 13 baking dish or a
pizza box. Now, the fact of the matter is, we don't put pizza boxes in our
fridge and only rarely do we put in something as big as a 9 X 13 pan. So,
after much investigation, we selected this one -- it will hold everything we
need and then some.
Here's a tip for refrigerator shopping: When you shop for a fridge,
first, read the Consumer's Reports comments and ratings. Then, when you go
to the appliance store, take with you some of the big stuff you put in the
fridge -- gallon milk jug (empty and washed out, of course), 2-liter soda bottle
(ditto), pizza box, 9 X 13 pan, big roasting pan -- and see how these things fit
into the fridge and freezer.
Bosch dishwasher, model
We were sold on this dishwasher when we were shopping for a dishwasher and we
wanted one that was quiet. We asked the salesman if this dishwasher is
quiet -- he said, "It's running right now." We were standing in front of
the dishwasher and could not hear it running. We bought it on the spot.
Now, a separate ice maker may seem like a frivolous luxury -- we don't think
so. This thing is small. It will sit in the utility room and crank
out ice. Do not confuse this small, residential ice maker with the big,
noisy, dripping ice machines you have seen in motels. This thing is quiet
and does not leak -- it's like the ice maker in your fridge -- when it's full,
it stops making ice.