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helena

Just wanted to put in a big thumbs up for lino flooring - ie not vinyl, which is basically plastic, but real lineoleum, which is something like 80% natural materials. I'm a fan, like Shosana Bloom, terrib962 and Coastal Radiance Lighting. Our lino kitchen floor is 18 years old and still good, even if slightly darker where not exposed to light, eg under mats. A breeze to sweep and mop, no grout lines, takes underfloor heating beneath, softer for feet/bones (I have arthritis in my feet), non-toxic, lots of lovely colours, and you can even fit it yourself if you have a suitably flat subfloor and use it in its tile format (comes in 3 tile sizes). I'd definitely use it again if I moved.

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helena

Rick Beach, what a great, simple, cheap idea for accessing your appliances in their garage: put them on a horizontal chopping board!

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helena

Kurosawa, sounds like with two roll-out under-worktop cabinets you're surrounded by work surfaces for big cook-ups - great!

Has anyone experience of an alternative idea i'm considering: one of those pull-out telescopic table tops some kitchen suppliers do, which you fit below the work surface and which look just like a shallow drawer when not in use? (you can get built-in ironing surfaces which work in the same way). Because these are suspended in mid-air you can actually get your knees under and sit at them comfortably. From reading up on kitchen design tips by older people, being able to sit while chopping/prepping can become essential. You'd need to plan the height of your telescopic surface according to whether you'd sit on a tall stool or a normal chair.

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