Sunday, June 2, 2013

donaleen's folly

Can't wait to see it painted with drawer fronts!



We removed the dishwasher in our kitchen project.  Yes, that is correct.  Removed it.  I did try to come up with a design that would allow for a dishwasher space but I couldn't make it look good.    So I gave it up.

We never used the dishwasher more than once or twice a year and then it was mostly so it didn't lose its seal, or so we believed.  We lived with it for eighteen years so I think we gave having one a fair chance.   I am amazed by the number of people who tell me they don't use their dishwasher but they have it "for resale" and I should have a dishwasher for that same reason.

A folly is a building that serves no useful purpose and is mostly decorative.  The person who builds it doesn't call it a folly.  It is others who see it as a folly.  And that is the case with my giant honking drawer.  I have wasted the dishwasher space in their minds.  I have done a foolish thing.  So we named my lovely honkin' drawer "donaleen's folly".

I don't think it is a folly (I think it is a great space) but people think I am making a mistake by not putting in a dishwasher "for resale".  I think it is foolish to take away some of the best storage space next to the sink and use it for a dishwasher "for resale".  Now THAT is folly.

The cabinets look better and I have valuable storage space next to my sink.  To all of you who have a dishwasher "for resale", I say nana-naNana,

As William Morris said, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."




1 comment:

Sharon @ Laurelhurst Craftsman said...

I know this is long past, but just for the record I don't think it's silly to build your kitchen without a dishwasher you don't use. Personally, I use mine a couple times a week which is why I put one back in, but I admire your decision to make your kitchen suit you. Jeff and I are about to pull the only bathtub in our house and put in a shower. I am sure there are home buyers who will not understand that, but I don't like baths. Someday, maybe somebody will curse us for it. Oh well, they can put a tub back if they want it. There will be enough space for it if they take out the shower. LOL