Poor Katie, we started gutting our kitchen 6 years ago and it has taken until now to really get it finished. Even now we have to sand the floor. Part of the reason was due to coal...we wanted 100% radiant heat in our home and this part of our house (24 x 40) needed radiant put in the slab-on-grade. That mean moving her kitchen to 3 "temporary" kitchens before she finally got this one. But it really has worked well. With 4 daughter and 2 adults, our kitchen just must work, so we added some things you typically don't see in a kitchen.
In Island Deep Freeze
Double or triple island (depending on configuration)
All this we accomplished while trying to maintain a 1930's look, Katie's favorite era. We did not go completely all out as period refrigerators, stoves and the like is expensive, but for a timber framed home, I think we did okay. You can be the judge.
In the first photo, it is of our slate foyer, looking at the breakfast center and pantry. You may note the hand pump for a faucet that I replumbed to deliver hot and cold water out of the spout, and the mini-fridge to the left and bottom to hold just our creamers for our coffee. Then you have the toaster and microwave to reheat coffee, warm bacon, or toast bread. Beside the mini-fridge is a roll out trash, so...standing in one spot you can fill the decanter, throw away the old grounds, put in new grounds and have coffee without making an extra step. As for the slate, that came from the rock walls in our pasture!
This small island houses our deep freeze. Katie did not want to alk anywhere to get at frozen items. Take off the countertop and she has access to a deep freeze. In the mean time it serves as an island, and has an overhanging top where a stool serves as a seat. Note too the "bridge" that is in the flipped down position. This allows Katie to walk between the islands if need be instead of walking the out around them if it is flipped up.
This is the bridge in the flipped up position. This allows the double island, and the single island (that houses the freezer) to work together. Katie' family is from out of state, and when they come up, a lot of them come up, so we do a lot of buffet-style meals. This allows our kitchen to have vast buffet lines that allows people to eat quickly. It works.
You will also note our second and main sink, black concrete countertops, dishwasher and big refrigerator in the background. I should point out that with the exception of the plywood to make the cabinets, the wide pine flooring, timber framed beams, window trim, butcher block tops on the islands, and even the gravel for the concrete countertops, all came from off the farm.
This is the view from our dining room looking into the "living room" though we just call this 24 x 40 kitchen/dining/living room our great room. No open concept in this house, it is just plain open. As for the farm table, yep black cherry grown on the farm, sawn from our sawmill, and now in our house. This house will never be done, but as much as we can, we do from materials on the farm.