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  1. Kate Teske
    July 26, 2018 @ 10:13 am

    Costco has giant sacks of baking soda and massive jugs of vinegar!

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    • Buffie Wixon
      July 26, 2018 @ 10:28 am

      Kate Teske knows whats right! I buy both at Costco, huge bag/jug, and use it for everything!

      Love your blog, btw, every time I see you in my inbox, I leap to read it! Your style (of writing/rescuing/living/dressing/agonizing and all of the other things that is “Self”) is just brilliant! Thank you for bringing such beauty, levity and reflection to us! Love from Chicago…

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    • Casey
      July 30, 2018 @ 7:07 am

      I get giant sacks of Bicarbonate soda from .. Amazon. And feel like a drug dealer when I do.

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  2. Catherine W.
    July 26, 2018 @ 10:15 am

    I do have a built in dish rack. It’s called a dishwasher. I hand wash bulky things like pots and cutting boards, and then let them dry in the dishwasher. Then I put them away and can either load the dishwasher with handwashed items for drying or with soiled items for the dishwasher to do the work. (Just don’t mix the two.) The only caveat is that the dishwasher must be right next to the sink (which they usually are.) The best part is that the water drips into a drain, not onto the counter

    Maybe I missed a post, but where is the oven going to be?

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    • Diana Ings
      July 26, 2018 @ 7:46 pm

      I do the same thing! Works for me.

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  3. Tamzin Malone
    July 26, 2018 @ 10:15 am

    Once again you have improved my life. I must now immediately procure one of those roll-over-the-sink dealies. It looks so much more elegant and chic than my pedestrian dish drainer! Thank you thank you thank you!

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  4. Bernie
    July 26, 2018 @ 10:31 am

    My mother in law only used her dishwasher as a giant drying rack. I dont get it. I MUST have a double bowl sink. One side to wash, and one side to dry (with or without a dishrack in the sink). Or …since Paul is against any clutter, HE could be your dish-dryer, put-er awayer, and then there would be no need for a rack. Problem solved.
    Maybe you should re-think your obsession that your kitchen not look like a kitchen. “It exits, therefore it is”….with apologies to Descartes

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    • fixitchick
      July 26, 2018 @ 1:20 pm

      ;D

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  5. Laura F
    July 26, 2018 @ 10:31 am

    You must get the custom rack for the bottom of the sink. Not only can you drain cutting boards, knives, cups, etc. there mostly out of site, but it saves the sink from stains and scratches.

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    • elizabeth weisenfeld
      July 26, 2018 @ 1:41 pm

      but doesn’t it get yucky?

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      • Laura F
        July 27, 2018 @ 9:27 am

        No. It’s stainless steel with rubber feet and sits an inch above the bottom of the sink. The slots are an inch apart so dishes or cutting boards can drain standing up in the slots. You can rinse food off dishes, it just goes through the slots. There’s an opening around the drain so you can lift out the basket strainer to clean. I lift the rack out (it’s in two pieces) every couple of days to clean the sink bottom and wipe the rack.

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  6. sherrie
    July 26, 2018 @ 10:41 am

    Check out FrugalWoods for a great tutorial on making soda water at home for much cheaper than you ever thought possible PLUS educed waste. https://www.frugalwoods.com/2014/08/11/how-to-cheap-homemade-seltzer-with-a-modified-sodastream/

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    • Sandra
      July 26, 2018 @ 12:25 pm

      they could do it this way and get rid of the soda stream altogether!

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    • Beth W.
      July 26, 2018 @ 12:36 pm

      I was just going to share this hack. I’m sure it could be tucked into the back of a lower cabinet with a hole (and brass fitting) in the counter?

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  7. Jayne Zabala
    July 26, 2018 @ 10:50 am

    I prefer as little as possible on the counter tops except a couple of accessories — in my case a “Sous Chef Pig,” vase with white snapdragons (my cat’s favorite), the mixer and two clear glass canisters for flour and sugar. The less clutter on the counter top, the easier to keep clean. I use the dishwasher (which are normally next to the sink) for drying hand-washed items.

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  8. Gretchen Eberle
    July 26, 2018 @ 10:51 am

    I have a flat plastic grid dish tray that I place my drying items on. The grid is small enough for wine glasses to easily stand on. When the rack gets scrungie , I can wash it in the dishwasher. It slides easily away under the sink counter. Got it a try Bed Bath and Beyond. Clutter free and off the counter…….

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  9. michele adams
    July 26, 2018 @ 10:55 am

    What about using the microfiber mat and drying the washed dishes by hand? The hand dried dishes can be returned to their respective storage spaces. Depending on how many dishes and how wet the mat gets, you can then hang the mat under the sink, or you can take it to the laundry. Except for the one comment about the dishwasher and its drain, anything else involving dripping water in an enclosed space will become a disaster…rotten wood, pitted metals, mold, etc.

    Michele – residential architect in Texas

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    • Lori W.
      July 26, 2018 @ 11:58 am

      This!!! Yes!!! I hate crap on my cabinets, and a place to dry dishes is at the top of that list. I lay down a towel to one side of my sink and dry my dishes after I wash them all (or one of my kids does it while I wash) and then put them away. The towel goes in the utility room laid over one side of a basket to dry, and there is no clutter on my cabinet. An integrated drying rack screams mold and another place to have to wipe down because of water spots (*shudder*).

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    • MM
      August 8, 2018 @ 2:05 pm

      We do something similar — just put out a dishtowel, handwash any random items, dry them up and put them away. Clutter free and no dishrack!

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  10. Bethany Otto
    July 26, 2018 @ 10:59 am

    Aren’t you having a dishwasher? A) Use the dishwasher. no hand washing or drying rack needed. B) If that doesn’t work for you, use the dishwasher as a drying rack as others have mentioned.

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  11. Kelly
    July 26, 2018 @ 11:04 am

    Two dishwashers is the answer. My friend and I came to this conclusion when we were planning her new kitchen – and a modest dishwasher actually costs less than a cabinet. When I redo my kitchen in the mythical land of The Future, I will be most definitely doing this.

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    • fixitchick
      July 26, 2018 @ 1:21 pm

      I like the way you think. I would do this, except I have no room.

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    • Jill Hicks
      July 26, 2018 @ 10:25 pm

      We did add a 2nd dishwasher at the suggestion of a friend who said this was her main regret with her kitchen (only 1 dishwasher). We “mathed” it & it was about the same cost as a cabinet. I have zero regrets about 2 dishwashers. With 2, there is never a reason to leave a dish in the sink (your welcome children). I can’t recommend this option enough.

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  12. Monica
    July 26, 2018 @ 11:08 am

    I have a soda stream and keep it in a lower cabinet. I just open the door and stoop down for the 20 seconds it takes to make the seltzer. Less counter clutter!

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  13. Shelley Henley
    July 26, 2018 @ 11:13 am

    Hey what about a two drawer dishwasher? Bottom for actual dishwashing, and top as drying rack?
    And those brass luggage racks would be fabulous stacked as open shelving on your wall to hold all your garden and market produce.

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  14. Sherri
    July 26, 2018 @ 11:22 am

    I changed from microfiber drying mat to silicone drying mat. I was worried about possible mildew issues with a fabric mat so I changed to a silicone mat and love it. It rolls up and goes in a drawer when not it use. Mine is a bright color, but a quick search shows it in some color choices which you might prefer.

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  15. Flip Breskin
    July 26, 2018 @ 11:43 am

    This is MAGNIFICENT!!! I’ve been trying to figure out the same issue for the second sink we are about to install. Here’s the old one: https://www.houzz.com/photo/57799-flp-breskin-eclectic-kitchen and the replacement faucet: https://www.houzz.com/photo/614484-kitchen-sink-2012-008jpg. That’s a stretch of closet shelving hung above that old high-back double-drainboard sink. There is nowhere for grey slime to accumulate. Wash, set on drain rack above, and do a final wipe on the counter below. And use pretty enough dishes that I’m happy to see the every day stuff sitting on display. That would be bright colored glass to sparkle in front of the window… But the new sink doesn’t have a window, so I am looking at all your ideas with delight! Thank you!!!!

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  16. Chania Allen
    July 26, 2018 @ 11:44 am

    Stick a rack in the second deep sink and be done with it. Or if you pick one that you mount don’t leave the salt and pepper under it like the second to last picture.

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    • TERI
      July 26, 2018 @ 3:59 pm

      I have a dish rack made for a camper van that stands in my 2nd sink to drain stuff on , and can be put in the under sink cupboard when not in use. If there’s a mountain of stuff to wash up I just spread a tea towel on the counter to stand saucepans on while I start on the drying. I don’t like having stuff hanging around to air dry as it’s ugly and maybe flies or dust will land on it. I’ve never had a dish washer, I feel Zen about the washing up (usually)

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  17. judy
    July 26, 2018 @ 11:46 am

    This post is an important revelation about life and decor in this era. We were so busy in the sixties through to the eighties deciding on Harvest Gold or that brown color? for appliances and the psychedelic wallpaper and mini skirts and boots for Moms in their twenties? indecent? Hot? Weird?………(you’re a Mommy for crying out Hugh Hefner and smut) we didn’t notice that our homes were kinda cluttered. Everything today seems grey white sleek and gasp! uncluttered. Unless of course, one subscribes to the Queen of GFThingys.-hers’ is a decor that sings- of an elegant age of sculptural beauty, the artistry of craftsman and a modern simplicity of design and function. And she’s hilariously witty and fun. Boy am I glad I found this Lady and her genius spouse. I am glued to the news and folks it is worrisome so a peek into a lovely home where kindness and beauty reign is a lovely and welcome distraction and her bright witty articulate commenters give me bright hope for our future. Whew! Stepping down from my old lady soapbox.

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    • Ann
      July 27, 2018 @ 1:29 am

      “that brown color” was Coppertone. I still have a stove and dishwasher in that, though it’s time to replace both.

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  18. Christy
    July 26, 2018 @ 11:58 am

    I became obsessed with this for a while too, and found every single solution pinterest and google had to offer. The best, given no uppers in my kitchen either, was a drawer next to the sink, lined in stainless steel, and tilted back into a drain tied into the sink drain, so you can close the drawer and the water will run off your dishes and down the drain.

    But ultimately – we went with two dishwashers. One on the left for regular use, one on the right for holding drying hand-washed dishes. As ridiculous as it sounds, this was the cheaper solution. We first considered a dish drawer, but a regular dishwasher takes up basically the same amount of space and is more reliable. Not that reliability matters. I’m sure there may be a time I do run two dishwashers, but honestly, the thing could be a broken $2 piece of junk – as long as it holds dishes and drains. Panel ready dishwashers start at around $600, but I went with the cheapest the outlet appliance store had on clearance for like $350, since I didn’t care about real cleaning power. I’m sure you and your craigslist skills can do even better.

    And if you are a big time seltzer drinker and know this is a permanent addition to your kitchen, look at the special faucets to have sparkling on tap! Grohe Blue is obviously the big name out there (and $$$$), but there are ways to set up a system yourself with a special faucet and carbonators hooked up. Idk if the money you spend to get the same results would be worth not just going with the Blue in the first place, though.

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  19. Diana C.
    July 26, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

    I have a $600 dish rack to dry my hand-washed dishes… most call it an “automatic dishwasher”. Husband loves telling others about this extravagant expenditure, but at least he doesn’t have to towel dry dishes.

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  20. Ruth
    July 26, 2018 @ 12:02 pm

    What is wrong with a dish rack in one side of a double sink? It takes no counter space, and can be put away in the bottom cupboard under the sink. Who wants water dripping all over the place with some of those suspended racks.

    Newer isn’t always better! Simple is best!

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  21. candace Ford
    July 26, 2018 @ 12:24 pm

    What’s the latest on Webster, do you know if he got adopted by someone who will actually keep him this time?

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  22. Emily
    July 26, 2018 @ 12:46 pm

    I don’t own a dish rack and I have the microfiber thing but I am about to give it to Goodwill. I am also against counter clutter. I put a shelf in my pantry to hold things like toasters, spice racks, blenders. I even put an outlet in there so only a handful of those appliances ever made it into the actual kithen! If you can’t find a good option to hide a dish rack, then I say skip it and dry them by hand or just let them dry on a towel next to the sink. I use the towel for my hand wash items (sometimes two) and then I just toss the towels into the laundry. I think it’s a good system.

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  23. Rhonda
    July 26, 2018 @ 12:53 pm

    I use my dishwasher for plates, cups, glasses, and cutlery, and hand wash the pots, pans, knives, and any baking dishes. Dry them, put them away, and put the dish rack under the kitchen sink. No clutter. Cheap and easy.

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    • Maggielou
      July 27, 2018 @ 7:08 am

      Good on you, Rhonda. A woman after my own heart

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  24. fixitchick
    July 26, 2018 @ 1:37 pm

    Complicated and pretty beats utilitarian. Soooo, what about standing the mirror out from the wall and hiding a drying cabinet behind it? Clearly Paul has the skills to make it happen. Those extra deep base cabinets give you plenty of room. You [Paul] could build in racks like pictures 4 & 5. Except yours will be behind that mirror. In my minds eye, it would be over the sink, set to the back with a hidden drainage pan and plumbing line that tied into the sink drain below https://goo.gl/images/9YqeiM

    I cant really explain it, I would never have a career as a technical writer

    In one of my kitchens, I built this dish rack in. it flips up to the wall behind when not in use.

    https://scontent.ftpa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10426143_586222398158656_2445123499029006993_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=c50c6167d9ca38993dc973f38b22ee89&oe=5BCFC692

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    • Bernie
      July 26, 2018 @ 8:30 pm

      Can you imagine the crud that would accumulate in all that cabinetry? The health department could set up a lab in that kitchen.

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  25. Jacquie
    July 26, 2018 @ 1:41 pm

    You have to have fizzy water, you’re saving the environment by not buying plastic bottles. Drying racks, the drawer looks nice but damp, dark under counter space doesn’t sound appealing but aesthetically probably the best option. Love the blog I’ve been procrastinating about a new kitchen for nearly 20 years so I’m looking forward to yours.

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  26. Michelle Parsneau
    July 26, 2018 @ 1:42 pm

    Here is the fix for those absurdly expensive SodaStream CO2 cartridges. A standard paintball CO2 canister, with this adaptor. Make sure, however, that your SodaStream is a model that opens from the back, not one that you insert the cartridge from the bottom.
    https://smile.amazon.com/Sellution-Paintball-Canister-Adapter-Conversion/dp/B00IAJZUIU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532626864&sr=8-1&keywords=sellution+sodastream+adapter

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  27. Lora
    July 26, 2018 @ 2:03 pm

    Part One: Dishwasher
    Part Two: Dishes are washed and laid out on the counter to dry before bed.
    Part Three: They are put away as one has it’s first cup of coffee in the morning.
    Part Four: No visible dishes on the counter. (Also no GFT)

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  28. Red Ellie
    July 26, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

    Are…you having a dishwasher? Can’t remember if that’s been addressed or not. My opinion is for the most low-key option available. And I’ll tell you why…
    Because other things in your new kitchen must shine. There are grand piano islands, induction cooktops, astounding refrigerators, incredible huge antique mirrors, at least 12 stunning adoptable kittens, and the big sign reading, “No Stupid Vent Hoods Welcome Here…”. Therefore, it is absolutely advisable to keep the mundane need to dry dishes as bland and unfrilled as possible.
    Also, because I wash 97% of my pots, pans, dishes, and flatware inthe DW there are almost no hand washables anyway. And the occasional cut glass salad bowl or delicate stemware can be hand-washed, rinsed in hot water, placed on a hand towel for 6 minutes, then put away. The hand towel can be hung to dry on a hook…somewhere.
    I don’t dust often enough. I rarely iron. But I truly hate leaving dishes out very long to dry and I immediately fold/ put away clothes straight from the still-warm dryer too.

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  29. Emerald
    July 26, 2018 @ 2:56 pm

    What about a retractable dish rack that comes down from the ceiling? You could have a fancy lever that makes it ascend and descend.

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  30. Tucker
    July 26, 2018 @ 3:03 pm

    Hi VEB!

    You (Paul) can hack a soda stream to be pretty affordable! https://www.frugalwoods.com/2015/08/07/the-great-homemade-seltzer-discovery-of-2015/

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  31. Kissa
    July 26, 2018 @ 3:19 pm

    It looks like someone has already covered this, but you can alter a soda stream so that you can use a 5 or 10 lb CO2 tank (which are refillable) instead of the the little jawns. My neighbor, in his first salvo to eventually get his wife to allow him to install a tapline for beer in their kitchen, did this for his wife. They have a 15 lb CO2 tank (that is a LOT of CO2) hidden in their mudroom that’s permanently connected to the soda stream.

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  32. Marianne in Mo.
    July 26, 2018 @ 4:05 pm

    Do not fret over a dish drying rack — just use a thick towel, lay the washed dishes on it, and dry them and put away. Not worth all the brain power you are using. If you really need a rack, how about finding some dishwasher racks, install them in a cabinet and grow some mildew and other grossness. I for one would never dry dishes in a confined space except my dishwasher, which dries the whole thing every time. And I hand wash knives, pots and pans, and bulky items. Dry them soon after, and put them away.

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    • Maggielou
      July 26, 2018 @ 10:30 pm

      EXACTLY, Marianne. Too simple.

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      • S Roche
        July 27, 2018 @ 6:43 am

        Yes, just wash, dry, put away…..All this nonsense is taking away from GFT-searching and kitten-cuddle time! :}

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  33. Jennifer
    July 26, 2018 @ 4:36 pm

    When I live in Italy, the two cupboard doors above my sink opened up and there were two shelves of dish racks that drained right into the sink. Close the doors once your done and no one sees a thing.

    God I miss that magical cupboard.

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  34. Jean Stein
    July 26, 2018 @ 5:24 pm

    I finally decided to put a dishrack in one of my double sinks, and OOPS the dishrack is about 5/8″ too big on all sides. I squished it in there but now it looks funny. I also had one of those European over-the-sink drying racks and there were always always always drips. So now I’m thinking, what would Paul do? He probably has a remarkable solution, so let’s ask him!

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  35. Diana Ings
    July 26, 2018 @ 7:59 pm

    Wooden dish racks of any kind and water do not mix. Closing dishes in a cabinet wet to dry on a rack is not a good idea, too much of an opportunity for growth of all sorts of things, and if the bottom is open, then you get water draining onto a countertop, which is unsightly. Storing wet clean dishes to dry in a dishwasher works well because there is ventilation. A standard two bowl sink instead of the unevenly divided sink you have chosen, would be an obvious solutions and a compromise , which I suspect you do not do!

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  36. Maggielou
    July 26, 2018 @ 9:11 pm

    JUST DRY THEM BY HAND! Use what we in Australia call a “tea-towel”. I don’t understand the dilemma AT ALL. Wash the dishes, dry the dishes, put the dishes away. VERY SIMPLE.

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  37. Katie
    July 26, 2018 @ 9:16 pm

    I have a a sink grid that works very well as a dish drainer for a few, big items. Now if you are washing everything (plates, silverware, etc.) by hand it wouldn’t do at all.

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  38. Linda Hill
    July 27, 2018 @ 1:20 am

    Why is fhis kitchen taking forever to be built? Maybe you should just eat takeout.

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  39. Ann
    July 27, 2018 @ 1:33 am

    Suggest this brilliant work for Paul’s leisure hours:
    MAKE YOUR HOUSE DO THE HOUSEWORK, by Don Anslett
    https://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-House-Do-Housework/dp/1558703845

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  40. Paola44
    July 27, 2018 @ 5:39 am

    Seen from Europe, this discussion is definitely over my poor level of understanding. Either there is a dishwasher, or you wash and dry the dishes by hand and put them away. You aren’t a family of ten persons so I can’t see the problem.
    I love kitchens which do not look like kitchens, but the are still kitchens, so the functionalities of a kitchen must be given. (Btw, in my opinion, a wall-mounted faucet isn’t discreet at all and drives the attention much more than a faucet on the sink.)

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