Last July we bought an 1820 stone house on the Chateauguay River in Dewittville, Quebec. Thr previous owner was an absolute purist and so little has been done to update the house. The kitchen is very unusual and is on the first level of the house. When one enters the house, one enters on the second level. One must descend stairs to go to the kitchen. Here there is a huge cook fireplace, exposed stone walls and a working area at the far end of the kitchen. My problem. There is little cupboard space as the previous owner did not want to cover up the stone wall with cupboards. The counter surface is about 17 feet at the end of the kitchen but in it is a sink, (no dishwasher) and a stove top, as well as the microwave. The side of the the counter there is a minute wall oven and I have a table and armoire where I store food, In the center is a butcher block and another working table beside it. The fridge is in the storage place on the other side of the kitchen!!
I would like to put a gas oven in the kitchen however that presents a problem as the walls of the house are very thick. In addition, an island in place of the butcher block, but given that the kitchen is virtually in the basement, where do you put either plumbing or electricity, depending on what you put on the island, I would like to replace the counters with granite to bring out the colours of the stone, The cupboards were and old green, but I just painted them a pear colour to accent the colour in the stone, It doesn lighten up the room.
I would like to reintegrate the fridge into the kitchen. My husband feels that by not having it, it allows the room to keep its antique charm, Help. I will send pictures to accompany this letter, following.