Miranda’s kitchen is surprisingly well thought out and efficient. I like how it is is tucked into a corner with the sink at an angle; giving the impression that you are really entering a separate space.

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Miranda’s compact, yet efficient, kitchen. Notice the skylight.
Looking aft through the dressing room to the study.
Looking aft through the dressing room to the study.

There is a generous amount of cabinet space for such a small area. There is plenty of room above the sink for storing my dishes and bakeware. The undersink cabinet is deep enough to hold all my pots. So, I’m really not lacking for storage space (although I do need to organize it properly one day!). The drawers, however, are a bit small, so I’ve taken to leaving the longer and more bulky items in a huge cookie jar on the counter. Otherwise, I’ve informally sorted the drawers into the top being for things I use every day, the second one for things I use a few times a week, and the bottom for things I use rarely. It’s working out just fine.

The sink is great, with the left hand one being surprisingly large. Even so, I have to wash my larger pots in the bathroom!

I don’t use the microwave all that much, but it works just like a ‘regular’ microwave. Some people use theirs for storage, but I’m happy to report that I’m not that desperate for space yet. :) It’s a Dometic brand. Below the microwave are sensors that are supposed to help me monitor my tank and battery levels. They are useless. If I end up staying in Miranda long term, they are going to be upgraded and are therefore not worth any more pixel space. On the same panel is the switch for the water pump, the hood light, and the stove fan.

closeup of the sticks 'n bricks style sink faucet as well as the stove and microwave. The black switch that you can see on the left turns the water heater on and off.
Closeup of the sticks ‘n bricks style sink faucet as well as the stove and microwave. The black switch that you can see on the left turns the water heater on and off.

The stove is an Atwood and I absolutely adore it! Cooking on a gas range is much quicker than doing so on an electric one! I do find that spills are hard to clean up, but that’s my only quibble. Some might find the inside of the oven quite small, but it’s just the right size for the dishes I brought with me. To light this stove, you’re supposed to put the appropriate burner knob on ‘LITE’ and then turn the knob for the piezo sparker. I find the sparker is hit or miss; some days it doesn’t light quickly enough and propane starts to accumulate. So, I favour the BBQ lighter I keep at arm’s reach (on the hook that you can just faintly see by the mirror in the picture looking aft). I always, always run the fan when cooking, even if I’m just boiling water for tea. Lighting the oven is also easy. I just turn the knob to the appropriate temperature and stick my BBQ lighter down to where the gas comes in. It’s not difficult; you just need to crouch down. I’ve had great success baking in this oven (no burned bottoms yet!) and I find that broiling under an open flame works surprisingly well.

On that blank stretch of wall that you can see in the bathroom in the photo looking aft I put one of my favourite paintings:

Putting up this picture helped Miranda feel like home!
Putting up this picture helped Miranda feel like home!

The kitchen underwent a bit of a facelift to make it more functional. I have a dishwasher now!

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