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  1. Ann
    July 10, 2018 @ 2:30 pm

    On counter depth: figure out haw far you can reach when bending over the counter and stop at that point. I’ve got a corner sink with a lot of counter space behind it where the corners of the counter meet, and I have to find a step stool to stand on in order to wipe that area behind the sink down. That’s a pain. I’ve also seen in model homes gigantic islands so huge that I can’t reach the center from any point along the perimeter so cleaning that island would be a daily difficulty that would wear you down.


    • Carrie
      July 10, 2018 @ 5:51 pm

      ^^THIS. Listen to Ann!!!

      I designed my own secretary with a drop-down desktop. I desgned it to be GINORMOUS because I always want the MOST of EVERYTHING. As a result, I cannot reach all the way to the back of the desktop, to the wall where all my supplies hang on cute little pegboads, because I made the desktop TOO DEEP! My punishment is having to get on a little folding step stool every time I need the scissors/a pen/ANYTHING. (Please note, I am almost 6 feet tall. So this is even more embarrassing.)

      If you have no idea what I’m talking about, a photo of my folly may be seen here:


      • Lori W.
        July 11, 2018 @ 1:38 pm

        “Has anyone, in the history of ever, been using their perimeter countertops, and thought– GEEZ I WISH THIS WERE NARROWER WITH LESS ROOM!”

        Yes…short people!! Me and my 4’11 mama. Extra counter space is what islands are for. Not all of us have 12 foot of leg line, ahem!


        Thank you!!!! A thousand times…THANK YOU!


        • yasmara
          July 13, 2018 @ 5:09 pm

          Yeah, totally short people problems (I’m one of them). I wrenched my back leaning over to pick something off of our peninsula in our last house. But I think you are tall? So go for it!


      • Lisa Tracy
        July 19, 2018 @ 11:22 pm

        Your office is amazing. I want to live in it!


      • scarlett fiona reed
        December 1, 2022 @ 11:23 am

        Thanks for pointing this out! Especially in workspaces. Now, please, I would love the story behind the muppet photo.


  2. Jennifer McKeon
    July 10, 2018 @ 2:34 pm

    VEB, would you consider a shelf that is on the same plane as the Lady Mirror Shelf? Would that be visually pleasing?

    I adore the idea of deeper countertops!!! Think of all the GFT’s that could grace your countertops???? Oh my head is spinning!

    Love the pictures of the babies! Rescues are the best thing EVER!!!

    Best of luck in your decisions!


    • Lauren Matheson
      July 10, 2018 @ 3:58 pm

      I agree (at least until I’ve seen it and judged it properly) that aligning any open shelves to integrate the mirror features seems sensible.


  3. Kimberly
    July 10, 2018 @ 2:35 pm

    Did I miss a post about what would be UNDER the counters? Love the idea of deep counters, but if you’re not putting drawers or at least pullouts underneath, you’ll never access what’s in the back of the cabinet.


    • ryan
      July 10, 2018 @ 3:40 pm

      You can still put standard depth cabinets and drawers under extra deep counters. I’ve going to add 4″ depth to my counters on the sink wall to allow an undercounter fridge in front of the vent pipe but the drawers on the ends will still be the standard 24″ deep (which is deeper than the 20″ that they are now!). The sink cabinet will be 28″ deep because I don’t want to move drain pipes.

      I wish that I could do deeper counters on the other side of my kitchen because I like to keep jars of staples and oil on the back of the counter, but then I loose 6-8″ of prep space.


      • Memory
        July 12, 2018 @ 7:59 pm

        We did this and it’s GREAT! I’m only 5’5” and I can reach to the back of 30” depth. Extra room for preps is wonderful and additional space to reach plumbing is pretty smart IMHO


  4. Nanci Courtney
    July 10, 2018 @ 2:36 pm

    I think it is brilliant that Paul has truly joined the design team! It is going to be GORGEOUS, FUN, and WORKABLE.


  5. Emily
    July 10, 2018 @ 2:38 pm

    You’re not a fool, more counterspace is a glorious thing. We went against the grain and hung our upper cabines about five inches higher than traditional cabinets… why? Um… because we are tall. Just kidding, we did it because I wanted the moulding to be a certain height off the ceiling and I wanted to give my gorgeous new counters more breathing room. The reason I got my version of Paul to agree to go against universal standard heights is because I convinced him that he’s 6’4″ and would appreciate a higher cabinet! I didn’t even think of deeper countertops but I really, really, wish I had!


  6. scaloot
    July 10, 2018 @ 2:44 pm

    You will either love or absolutely hate the extra depth. Me I love it. I also have one stretch only 17 inches – next to chimney, didn’t want it sticking out or a very narrow bit on front of chimney. The only place of normal depth is at sink/dishwasher area. Put in a 54 x54 island so I have lots of counter top space.

    My 4 remaining felines send purrs to Webster to distract him until the little ones return.


  7. Angela
    July 10, 2018 @ 2:45 pm

    I hope you are keeping Webster!

    I cannot wait until you kitchen is all finished! Paul is a saint!


  8. Claudia
    July 10, 2018 @ 2:54 pm

    I added 8″ of extra depth to my kitchen counters. I just pulled the (normal sized) cabinet boxes out 8″ and then covered the gap with coutnertop. I love it. I don’t miss the “wasted” space behind the cabinet boxes.


  9. fern benson
    July 10, 2018 @ 2:55 pm

    we have an extra deep counter as well, with a two shelf unit from the counter up. We keep salt and pepper, oils and vinegar, plus decorative cups and bowls (plus my little chicken whisks). I find it ever so useful. Then above I have artwork. A kitchen art gallery really works and cheers me up! There used to be a mirror that ran the whole length of the counter, but then I just have to look at myself………… way, now bueno


  10. Christa
    July 10, 2018 @ 3:22 pm

    I love the idea to make the counters deeper. You don’t want a “traditional” kitchen anyway. If it was me (which it is not, lol!), I would do away with the lower cabinets. I would install sturdy “shelves” instead.
    1. You can use the entire depth of the under counter space
    2. No dividing walls like cabinets have (meaning loads of storage space)
    3. Depending on Paul’s carpentry skills, this could be a very economical option
    4. Find fancy bins (maybe attach fancy brass pulls), curtain it off (though I don’t see you as a curtain girl, unless it was just the right fabric, curtain could be straight across and tight for a sleeker look), brass bar rail, have door fronts made (you don’t need many), ornate posts, etc.
    5. I’m picturing a Victorian manor house kitchen in England
    6. An opportunity to make it super FANCY!


  11. Teri in the UK
    July 10, 2018 @ 3:31 pm

    pleased to see the compost bucket – I have a smaller one which has a click shut lid. We empty it once every day or two. What doesn’t get to be compost gets sorted through by badgers, pheasants etc who are very happy. xx


  12. Lisa D.
    July 10, 2018 @ 3:32 pm

    Victoria, can you share some pictures of Webster, please, so that I can experience a little bit of kitty heaven?


  13. Kimberly S
    July 10, 2018 @ 3:49 pm

    Yup. Most recent kitchen had a mere *4”* of extra depth and that was an absolute revelation in luxury! Why, why, why have I never done this before?!? Was I blind? Now the coffee pot can sit on the counter and I can still actually have room to butter my bagel. Who’d a thunk?


  14. Payton
    July 10, 2018 @ 3:50 pm

    I would happily watch a television program of you fostering kittens, to be honest.


    • NevadaNy
      July 10, 2018 @ 4:35 pm

      Would that not be a great TV show?
      Victoria Remodels! With Kittens!


  15. Cheryl
    July 10, 2018 @ 4:21 pm

    Reading a Gentleman in Moscow now & enjoying it. Didn’t know of the other book so I’ll check it out later. Thanks!


  16. NevadaNy
    July 10, 2018 @ 4:31 pm

    I Love the way you can see the -woman who looks like YOU carved mirror -in the kitchen goes with the shape of the-carved wood china cabinet- in the other room. I hope they both stay right there like that, where you can see them both at the same time.
    I think wide kitchen counter tops are a great idea.
    I still do not understand why you want one of those modern unfancy plain stoves.


  17. Janet
    July 10, 2018 @ 4:33 pm

    If it works for you, and if not using extra deep cabinets, you can use the space behind the cabinets for things like recessed knife rack, built in compost bucket, planter box for herbs(run a drain line into your sink drain), pop up electric outlets, etc. my counters are 30″ deep and I bought deeper cabinets too. I have a commercial stove and refrigerator and freezer so the deeper countertops accommodate their extra deep dimensions.


  18. JeanFB
    July 10, 2018 @ 4:44 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am now starting to “see” it come together and it’s going to be glorious. I love, love, love the idea of using your salvaged marble over by the lady mirror. There’s just something about that deep color of wood (mahogany? or walnut?), with all the fancy details, and vintage marble. As in, marble that looks even better with age (etchings, water marks, etc). The way marble was meant to be (not crazy glossy with everyone fussing over it…. just letting it live, like it does for hundreds of years in France!). Lovely.


  19. Elaine
    July 10, 2018 @ 4:45 pm

    I made my counters 32” deep so that the 32” deep refrigerator I wanted wouldn’t stick out. It works well and I love the extra depth to display a few bowls etc. What I don’t love is trying to reach the backsplash (quartz same as countertop) to clean splashes etc. My arms don’t reach so inevitably it becomes hubby’s job.


  20. judy
    July 10, 2018 @ 5:48 pm

    Wow! It is really coming into focus and will be so lovely,what a treat to glide down your gorgeous staircase and walk into that unique in all the world homage to Pauls skills and your artistry. You must acquire a wardrobe of penoirs and a non-smoking jacket for Paul. Looks like you may celebrate Christmas in a completed kitchen. Won’t that be grand-Disco Balls!!!!!


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