Thoroughly Modern Me  

mc_justmc 59M  
1162 posts
8/3/2018 8:33 am
Thoroughly Modern Me


Since closing my business down last April, I've been wondering what to do with 22 yrs of accumulated crap. The motorcycle parts I'm not worried about. I'll use them for myself or for friends. The shop equipment I'm slowly moving into my garage, but the office fixtures are what really take up a lot of storage unit space. In all I have 8 file cabinets. Without them I could drop my storage unit from a 10x20 to a 10x10. And that would lower my storage bill of $150 to $70 per month.

My solution? Remove the standing shelves from my bedroom and replace it with file cabinets. I call it "Modern American Office Decor". I'm going to put 2, 5 drawer cabinets on one side of my bed, and 2, 4 drawer on the other. That will leave 2 horizontal file cabinets which will stack nicely under my window. The file cabinets will hold twice as much crap as my shelving and cut down on the dust build up in my room. The last 2 cabinets will probably get chucked.

Another remodeling dream I have is my kitchen. I have the standard wood cabinets, the standard faux wood counter tops, and the white ceramic sinks. Boring. My dream, and I've already been pricing it, is to rip everything out and replace it with stainless steel restaurant fixtures. I'd want to ceramic tile the floors and 3/4 of the walls, stainless counters with double deep sinks. Open stainless shelving, that way everything is visible, open, and accessible.

Imagine looking under the sink and there's all my plumbing, no crawling under/into the cabinet to fix a leak. The ability to pull all my shelving, counters, oven, and fridge out yearly for a good floor and wall mopping. From what I've found online, I can do the entire job for under $2500, and that's new equipment. I'd probably hit a restaurant supply store and buy used.

What would be your dream home?

mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/3/2018 8:34 am

This, for example, is only $433 brand new.

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mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/3/2018 9:11 am

    Quoting  :

That would be ideal, but if I can hose the walls down I'd be happy.


redrockrascal 60M
19975 posts
8/3/2018 9:12 am

On about 3 or more acres (forested preferred), at least a 3 bay garage (one with a lift) plus shop space for a lathe/mill and other equipment. Storage would be on the 2nd floor. Hot tub out back away from the parking area. Solar/wind electric etc. Small house, big shower (steam and water),

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mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/3/2018 9:15 am

    Quoting redrockrascal:
    On about 3 or more acres (forested preferred), at least a 3 bay garage (one with a lift) plus shop space for a lathe/mill and other equipment. Storage would be on the 2nd floor. Hot tub out back away from the parking area. Solar/wind electric etc. Small house, big shower (steam and water),
I like that solar/wind electric, had a hot tub yrs ago, many fantasies fulfilled then. I like everything single level. I always seem to need something on the other floor.


Paulxx001 62M
9070 posts
8/3/2018 9:25 am

Hmmm Your kitchen idea . . Did you overhear me talking to a friend? Yeah . . . . My kitchen . . . would love to get my arms around that project!!!

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dayzeeme 50F
6769 posts
8/3/2018 9:41 am

OMG, that sounds like the nightmare kitchen to me .. all the dust that would be settled on the dishes all the time .. ughhhh!! That is why they invented cabinet doors lol. I do like the sink you have pictured, as I do tend to make a mess with water every time I am at the sink.


cinnamon0133 54F  
17686 posts
8/3/2018 10:28 am

The kitchen idea is great!! But isnt your landlord selling your house?

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s2ndegree 60M  
8974 posts
8/3/2018 10:34 am

Two inch sealed concrete countertops a foldable water spigot over my five burner
gas stove with convection oven and an 36" stainless steel Vent a hood with two
300 cfm centrifugal blowers.A 36'' Wide opening into the living room for viewing T V and conversation.

I just need the countertops,the spigot and the opening.
I've priced restaurant sinks similar to the one you've provided
and found them to be reasonably priced even used.They just
happen to be the popular thing right now you so have look for
good deals and the shape their in.I spent $1,200 for my
Vent a hood and it was a bear to mount but it'll last forever.

Using more than all the road!


smartasswoman 61F  
30960 posts
8/3/2018 12:37 pm

I’m with Dayzeeme about the dust. Cabinets with doors also allow me to be slightly disorganized with pantry items. Visually I couldn’t take having to look at that clutter.

At this point I think my dream home would be a big penthouse condo with a river/downtown skyline view - but seeing as they run $1-2 million in my area, that’s not happening without a lottery win.


pagancountrygirl 61F
4114 posts
8/3/2018 3:00 pm

Hmmm...looking under your sink and seeing all your plumbing.
You know I'm picturing something totally different than what you find in the kitchen. Yeah, that means I have a dirty mind. Hey, it's a sex site....I can be like that! What the hell....I'm like that anyway. lol

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Wonder167 52F  
2982 posts
8/3/2018 4:11 pm

I have a house on 5 acres with a lot of accumulated stuff. I am wishing I could trade it all for one of those, "mini houses." I'm so tired of cleaning. Work, clean, work, clean......yuck!

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amy_G_dala 36F  

8/3/2018 4:24 pm

Never really thought about it. I guess a large kitchen with counter space made of real marble or granite, stainless steel energy-saving appliances. An island with fold out sturdy wood cutting boards on either side that had slots to slide veggie waste into a composting bin on the inside. Temperature-controlled rooms so no one would fight over the thermostat. A sunken den area/gaming room/ reading room/ home theater space with wireless speakers that could be piped into the bathroom or kitchen with a remote. Bathroom- clawfoot tub and walk-in shower with a bench and overhead waterfall type shower head and detachable showerhead. Water-saving toilet of course. The master bedroom- a window in the ceiling and a bay window type nook to chill and look out of.All the floors would be quality wood, since I hate carpeting (I have allergies). Outside, a pergola with a hot tub. I don't know all the technical terms for anything, but this is what I'd want.


mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/3/2018 7:17 pm

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    Hmmm Your kitchen idea . . Did you overhear me talking to a friend? Yeah . . . . My kitchen . . . would love to get my arms around that project!!!
great minds think alike!


mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/3/2018 7:19 pm

    Quoting dayzeeme:
    OMG, that sounds like the nightmare kitchen to me .. all the dust that would be settled on the dishes all the time .. ughhhh!! That is why they invented cabinet doors lol. I do like the sink you have pictured, as I do tend to make a mess with water every time I am at the sink.
hmmmm, I didn't think of the dust on the dishes, but it would be the top dish in each stack, I'd make sure my douche bag son gets that one!


mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/3/2018 7:20 pm

    Quoting cinnamon0133:
    The kitchen idea is great!! But isnt your landlord selling your house?
He told me I could rent it as long as I like and if I wanted, I could buy it. I want.


mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/3/2018 7:28 pm

    Quoting s2ndegree:
    Two inch sealed concrete countertops a foldable water spigot over my five burner
    gas stove with convection oven and an 36" stainless steel Vent a hood with two
    300 cfm centrifugal blowers.A 36'' Wide opening into the living room for viewing T V and conversation.

    I just need the countertops,the spigot and the opening.
    I've priced restaurant sinks similar to the one you've provided
    and found them to be reasonably priced even used.They just
    happen to be the popular thing right now you so have look for
    good deals and the shape their in.I spent $1,200 for my
    Vent a hood and it was a bear to mount but it'll last forever.
I priced a stainless replacement sink from Lowe's and it was around $300 so I figured I'd rather have the sink/counter for $400. It's funny how all of us guys are picturing industrial strength kitchens. Concrete counter tops would be forever!


mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/3/2018 7:33 pm

    Quoting  :

It would be.


mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/3/2018 7:51 pm

    Quoting smartasswoman:
    I’m with Dayzeeme about the dust. Cabinets with doors also allow me to be slightly disorganized with pantry items. Visually I couldn’t take having to look at that clutter.

    At this point I think my dream home would be a big penthouse condo with a river/downtown skyline view - but seeing as they run $1-2 million in my area, that’s not happening without a lottery win.
I hadn't considered the dust, maybe I can find something with doors. That downtown condo sounds very cool.


mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/3/2018 7:54 pm

    Quoting pagancountrygirl:
    Hmmm...looking under your sink and seeing all your plumbing.
    You know I'm picturing something totally different than what you find in the kitchen. Yeah, that means I have a dirty mind. Hey, it's a sex site....I can be like that! What the hell....I'm like that anyway. lol
There's enough room to store that electric snake I used on my sewer pipe. I bet you'd like to peek under my sink and see that!


mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/3/2018 8:07 pm

    Quoting Wonder167:
    I have a house on 5 acres with a lot of accumulated stuff. I am wishing I could trade it all for one of those, "mini houses." I'm so tired of cleaning. Work, clean, work, clean......yuck!
I've always wanted a place big enough for all my stuff, but I guess I hadn't considered the upkeep work.


mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/3/2018 8:16 pm

    Quoting amy_G_dala:
    Never really thought about it. I guess a large kitchen with counter space made of real marble or granite, stainless steel energy-saving appliances. An island with fold out sturdy wood cutting boards on either side that had slots to slide veggie waste into a composting bin on the inside. Temperature-controlled rooms so no one would fight over the thermostat. A sunken den area/gaming room/ reading room/ home theater space with wireless speakers that could be piped into the bathroom or kitchen with a remote. Bathroom- clawfoot tub and walk-in shower with a bench and overhead waterfall type shower head and detachable showerhead. Water-saving toilet of course. The master bedroom- a window in the ceiling and a bay window type nook to chill and look out of.All the floors would be quality wood, since I hate carpeting (I have allergies). Outside, a pergola with a hot tub. I don't know all the technical terms for anything, but this is what I'd want.
I wonder what you might come up with if you had really thought about it. That's pretty cool, I wish I had room for an island in my kitchen. Women always want a detachable showerhead like nobody knows what that's for.


GratefulGirl69 50F

8/4/2018 6:08 am

I can see some benefits to those ideas- getting up in the morning and being able to just reach over and get some drawers out of your drawers...

I think the colonials had it right by keeping the kitchen as an outbuilding- keep that mess away from everything else! Of course, they had help to carry the stuff back and forth, so that wouldn't necessarily improve convenience in the way you're aiming for.

My dream home would be what they call an Earthship, off the grid and self-sustaining, and WAY away from other people. In lieu of that, my dream home would be an RV. Would love to not really live anywhere.

So, what are you REALLY going to do with those filing cabinets??


mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/4/2018 6:27 am

    Quoting GratefulGirl69:
    I can see some benefits to those ideas- getting up in the morning and being able to just reach over and get some drawers out of your drawers...

    I think the colonials had it right by keeping the kitchen as an outbuilding- keep that mess away from everything else! Of course, they had help to carry the stuff back and forth, so that wouldn't necessarily improve convenience in the way you're aiming for.

    My dream home would be what they call an Earthship, off the grid and self-sustaining, and WAY away from other people. In lieu of that, my dream home would be an RV. Would love to not really live anywhere.

    So, what are you REALLY going to do with those filing cabinets??
You and RRR sound like your looking for the same kind of home, solar/wind powered and far away. I really am going to put those file cabinets in my room as soon as my g girls get their room cleaned up enough to move their dressers back into their room.


mature_951 57F  
3275 posts
8/4/2018 7:28 am

Mc - I was just telling my mom this week I'd love to have a chef's kitchen, complete with stainless steel shelving and no cabinets. I like imagining everything open. Maybe one of these days.
You should freecycle on CL, if they'll come pick them up.

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mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/4/2018 7:36 am

    Quoting mature_951:
    Mc - I was just telling my mom this week I'd love to have a chef's kitchen, complete with stainless steel shelving and no cabinets. I like imagining everything open. Maybe one of these days.
    You should freecycle on CL, if they'll come pick them up.
I like that kind of kitchen. All I need to do is set stuff out by the curb and local scrappers will come by and pick anything up. Problem is, you can't really leave anything you want to keep near the curb.


sweet_VM 60F  
80093 posts
8/5/2018 7:10 am

Hey I need one of those sinks at my work place. I love my dream home after I sold my big house and all the acres. Hugs V

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mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/5/2018 4:00 pm

    Quoting sweet_VM:
    Hey I need one of those sinks at my work place. I love my dream home after I sold my big house and all the acres. Hugs V
Not a bad price, ay?


SeaGirlFL 55F
8420 posts
8/9/2018 8:27 am

Dream house is at the beach, floor to ceiling windows, sliding doors everywhere, and a huge wrap-around deck.

Kitchen has double wall ovens, a walk in pantry, and a gas stove. Some open shelves, but mostly cabinets. Maybe some with glass in the doors. Big, deep double sink, a porcelain one. I hate stainless sinks.

Massive sewing room with lots of windows so I can see the water while I sew. A huge table for cutting out projects that i don't have to put away, and room for a long-arm quilting machine (because, the only way I am going to afford the dream house is to win the lottery, and that means I can afford the long-arm, lol)

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mc_justmc 59M  
4745 posts
8/9/2018 8:16 pm

    Quoting SeaGirlFL:
    Dream house is at the beach, floor to ceiling windows, sliding doors everywhere, and a huge wrap-around deck.

    Kitchen has double wall ovens, a walk in pantry, and a gas stove. Some open shelves, but mostly cabinets. Maybe some with glass in the doors. Big, deep double sink, a porcelain one. I hate stainless sinks.

    Massive sewing room with lots of windows so I can see the water while I sew. A huge table for cutting out projects that i don't have to put away, and room for a long-arm quilting machine (because, the only way I am going to afford the dream house is to win the lottery, and that means I can afford the long-arm, lol)
I've always wanted the wrap around deck with a roof overhang, some rocking chairs. Now that's the way I'd want to go, nice and peacefully.


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