I know this is just egregiously off topic, and I apologize in advance to those who might be annoyed on that account. There's an on-topic bit at the end...
...Just wanted to share that I was floored by the responses to yesterday's post, which I fancied that hardly anyone would read. Instead, it got 75 thoughtful and helpful comments, and more than a dozen private emails.
And wouldn't you know it, one of our readers, Mike F., is a certified kitchen designer, who owns and uses the leading kitchen design software. He kindly offered to take a crack at the problem of my kitchen layout. Here's the sketch I sent him:
You can see from this picture where the problem is:
I think the solution is to get a 24"-wide range, which would allow for a 33"-wide refrigerator. You can't tell from this picture, but the range already sticks about an inch past the corner, into the entry path into the room. A narrower range would ease that problem, too.
Anyway, to buy two new appliances at once, I'm going to have to have sell-off. So I've been working all day today to put up a bunch of my semi-valuable stuff on fleabay. Two photographic treasures I've decided to part with are a Schneider Super-Symmar HM 120mm ƒ/5.6 4x5" lens, and my three-volume set of Jim Lager's Leica: An Illustrated History (Volume I—Cameras, Volume II—Lenses, and Volume III—Accessories). This was a labor of love for Jim, who collected the photos over many years and published the deluxe set privately in 1993 by mortgaging his house. If anybody is interested in either, drop me a line.
And thanks much for all the help yesterday. We'll get back on topic tomorrow, unless I decide to write about the albino squirrel Zander and I spotted in the neighborhood the other day....
UPDATE to the Update: I can't believe I'm still talking about this, but so many people have made suggestions (for which thanks) that I feel obliged to mention a few more things—everything except the 10" counter unit is built in, so I can't just move the cabinets around. In fact just getting the tall built-in cabinet (next to the current 'fridge) out of the corner would be a task, never mind putting it back together somewhere else.
I think the kitchen is much smaller than most people are assuming. There's no room to the right of the sink for the refrigerator, and it would require a lot of demolition. And—this is my fault, because my sketch was bad—there's also no room on the wall with the double cabinet. I left the eating table out of the drawing, but it's in the middle of the room under the double windows. Putting the 'fridge where the double cabinet is now would interfere with the table and chairs.
The double cabinets in the corner. The window is only 24" from the corner, and eating table is below the window. The section of wall with the phone on it is only 17" wide. So, no room for the refrigerator here even if I tore out the cabinets.
All in all, I like Jeff Hartge's solution best—that is, ripping out the tall-built-in cabinet in the corner and putting the new 'fridge in the corner, then putting a 3-foor-wide food-prep space in between the refrigerator and the stove. It would require some remodeling, but I can envision it working very ergonomically for cooking, and I don't see any problems. Jeff is right that although the tall cabinet is "full," it doesn't actually hold all that much. Basically pots and pans.
P.S. With Mike F.'s permission, I will post whatever he comes up with. He says it will take him about a week. —Mike
Featured Comment by fjf: "Couldn't you just convert the space to a proper darkroom? If I remember correctly, bisque doesn't look that bad under an OC12 filter."
Mike replies: Don't think I haven't thought about it....