Well frack! After 3 years of dutiful service, our portable dishwasher has finally bit the dust. The old roll-up was never a permanent solution, but we had honestly hoped for another year before having to deal with it.

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Why did we want to wait, you might ask, given how ugly and clunky the roll-up is? Well, shifting from a portable to a built-in isn’t nearly as straightforward as it might seem.

Required Steps:

  1. Shifting our kitchen junk drawer and ALL OF OUR POTS/PANS to another location
  2. Shifting our paper/summer plates, dog food, and dry storage (onions/potatoes) to another location
  3. Building three sliding drawers and a roll-out pan hanger in the tall cabinet
  4. Cutting up the existing pot cabinet
  5. Running electrical
  6. Running supply lines
  7. Reconfiguring our entire under-sink drainage lines
  8. Reframing/expanding the cabinet face frame (+patching +painting)
  9. Buying an 18″ dishwasher
  10. Hooking up said dishwasher

Even those 10 steps seem to downplay the scale of this pop-up project. Ah well, such is the joys of home ownership.

Here is the current pot/junk drawer cabinet that will house the new dishwasher:

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The annoying thing is that this cabinet is only 22″ wide (if we remove all of the face faming, which means we are exploring 18″ dishwashers rather than the standard 24″. Plus, it is quite literally the only option for housing a built-in in the micro-kitchen. So… where to put all of our pots and pans? In our tall, narrow dry goods cupboard of course:

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I’ve already taken out the shelving. Our plan is to relocate Ohia’s food into the back pantry, and add a variety of sliding drawers to house all of our pots and pans.

While it’s annoying to be forced into a project, I do love trying to optimize every tiny nook in this house. Here’s hoping we’ll be up and running before December.

Happy Sunday, weirdos!

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