This is the rest of the story on the kitchen. This is the area that was so in need a of an upgrade. There were so many problems with the space originally, we struggled with how to start over. Let's review the status of this kitchen when we moved in.
First the obvious code violation; directly above the cooktop or "hob" as they call it here there is a full size upper cabinet - no vent, no hood. So anytime you cook a pot of spaghetti (or anything moist) the bottom surface of the cabinet collects all the steam until it literally rains back down on the stove. If you ever have a chance to design a kitchen don't do this! Apparently they are quite lax about inspections over here. Yes before you ask, we did get full approval from our town council to renovate the kitchen.
Next, the wasted space and total lack of any usable work surfaces. Notice how the corner space is wasted and blocked by the cabinet with the double-oven. Even the upper corner on that side had no cabinet, just a make-shift shelf and the narrow gap in the dead corner. You can't really tell from this angle, but the cooker is off-center and probably too-close to the left side. Also notice that the sink is a single bowl with no drain-pan and the dishes are simply drying on a towel directly on the counter-top. Of course when we dismantled the cabinets, we noticed that this corner had an obvious moisture problem that we had to fix. See the details in the "Before Picture" below.
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