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In relation to one large sink bowl in preference to two, I would recommend two. Whilst one large bowl is logical for large pans etc, how many times do you wash those type of pieces in a year? These large pieces could be washed in the laundry tub which normally is a large bowl.
I have had a few clients over the years who have regretted choosing a large single bowl, as they had to fill it with so much water in order to do a regular wash and the water would quickly become cold as well.
Thanks for the suggestions!
Wright worked the Bendix into the Sweeton workspace opposite the very deep commercial stainless steel two compartment sink (we kept the sink). The Bendix's replacement, an early '70's vintage front load Kenmore was in the house when we acquired it in 2008...it worked sort of. With the move of the laundry to the workshop in 2013, the Bendix slot is now filled with a Fisher Paykel dish drawer, and a baking dish drawer beneath.
I think it's still the museum quality gold standard for a "proper and complete" restoration as long as the fixtures function well. Stafford assured me that the appliances at Willey work perfectly and are used on a regular basis by the owners:SDR wrote:A few years ago it was still thought that, for a "proper and complete" restoration, the icing on the cake (as it were) was period appliances -- sometimes with new guts ? I think that movement has faded . . .
http://www.oldhouseonline.com/restoring ... t-kitchen/
The vintage appliances, like a vintage car parked in a carport in period photos, illustrate how truly innovative and modern Wright's kitchens were (and still are today).
I agree with SDR about the function of the house playing a role in what appliances will be used. It is wonderful to see original appliances on tours, but on equipment that is used everyday for a family, it might not be so practical. I believe energy efficiency, which is better for the environment, trumps the appearance of an original in functioning homes such as ours.
Preserving old appliances wasn't an issue in our case. What we purchased had no appliances, they were all stolen. Even the p. lam cabinets were pulled away from the walls in search of copper to steal, as well as damaged from water. The only item left from the original kitchen was the wall mounted shelves along the stone wall, which will be restored and returned to the stone wall. With the exception of one ~24"X24" piece of butcher block, all the original counter tops had also long disappeared.
On a bright note, I did purchase a near match pinkish peach sink for the point room bathroom. The original tub and toilet remained but the sink and faucets were stolen. Although not exact, it is very close and since all three sit in different rooms, not in sight of each other, we decided to buy it. I looked at a lot of pinkish and orangish period sinks and none come nearly as close as this does. If I ever find a perfect match, I'll snatch it up for for the time being this will work!
In an issue of Atomic Ranch, there was a story of a period kitchen with all of it's original working appliances. When the dishwasher quit, they figured out a way to use the front of the old dishwasher as the panel of an integrated dishwasher. So now the new one looks just like the original.
By the way, if space is an issue, my friend has an 18" Miele and it is amazing how much it will hold. If using a full 24" model, try to get one that has a "top rack only" feature for those empty nest loads. I think the mid level Bosch ones have that. I love my Bosch, it uses an in line heater for the water, no heating element in the bottom to melt Tupperware.
An obvious alternative, and one often employed, is to use a coordinated set of appliances, which differ honestly from the surrounding cabinetry while maintaining an alternate consistency of their own.
Indeed, it could be said that one way of keeping a mid-century kitchen to the spirit if not the letter of its original constitution, would be to ignore the latter-day streamlining now possible, in favor of the frank presence of its appliances which was the norm at the time -- even if those appliances are of modern manufacture ?