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Acme Kitchenette Corp, Road Runner and soul

Acme Kitchenettes Corp., Hudson New York...a rather unassuming sign for such a dynamite company.
Acme Kitchenettes Corp., Hudson New York…a rather unassuming sign for such a dynamite company.

Need any Acme Portable holes or Acme earthquake kits? No? How about some Acme Jet-Propelled Roller Skates? That is what instantly came to mind when we saw this sign.

Remember the infamous Acme Corporation featured in Looney Tunes’ Road Runner cartoon? Wile E. Coyote often purchases ludicrous gizmos from a mail-order company, the fictitious and ironically named Acme Corporation, which he hopes will help him catch the Road Runner. The devices invariably backfire in improbable and spectacular ways and the coyote usually ends up burnt to a crisp, squashed flat, or at the bottom of a ravine.

Acme…it is all in a name…. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition for acme is as follows: the highest point or stage; also:  one that represents perfection of the thing expressed

Acme Kitchenettes Corp based in Hudson, NY has been in business manufacturing unique and dependable kitchenettes for over eighty years. Acme takes great pride in delivering the best kitchenette in the market, at very competitive prices. Customer satisfaction and fast and reliable service are what they hang their hat on. In our experience, we could not agree more.

 

Acme Kitchenette Corp. can manufacture specific to your needs and offers a variety of models to pick from. It is pretty amazing. “Efficiency” models run from 30-48 inches wide and feature a sink, 2 burner cooktops and refrigerator. “Full Feature” models come in widths ranging from 48 inches to six feet and include additional features-4 burner cooktops, gas or electric ovens, microwaves. Upper cabinets, dishwashers, range hoods come in the most deluxe models. “Barrier Free” models are also available, conforming to the strictest local and state codes for wheelchair and physically disabled accessibility.

Acme kitchen assembly line.
Acme kitchen assembly line.
Kitchenettes in Acme warehouse getting final protective film on stainless countertop and final inspection before boxing up to ship.
Kitchenettes in Acme warehouse getting final protective film on stainless countertop and final inspection before boxing up to ship.
Finished product on the assembly line and proud Acme technician! This is the model RES11Y-72- stainless steel sink, 2 burner ceran cooktop and 5.1 cubic foot removable refrigerator. This unit is customized with solid wood doors and countertop.
Finished product on the assembly line and proud Acme technician! This is the model RES11Y-72- stainless steel sink, 2 burner ceran cooktop and 5.1 cubic foot removable refrigerator. This unit is customized with solid wood doors and countertop.

To customize the perfect kitchen all depends on just how wide a space you have to work and what appliances you prefer. The choices for counter-tops and cabinet faces come next. Acme offers extensive options for counter-tops- the range swings from high-pressure laminates, solid surfaces like Wilsonart  and Formica along with stainless steel. Cabinet choices include thermo foil, solid wood and bamboo.

Will and I went for the 60 inch model, 2 burner gas cooktop, electric range and refrigerator. Stainless steel counter-top and Formica’s Basalt Slate Matte finish for the cabinet base.

The Kitchen was perfect. The challenge we faced after we relocated the kitchen was giving it “soul”

A quick trip to Ikea for additional storage- we purchased a wall cabinet and a Stenstorp kitchen cart to add to the left of the kitchenette along with a shelf. We added a vintage lab cart from our old apartment on the other side for storage and chopping space. Doug Kent’s Goldie,  a birthday gift from Will , sits on the shelf. And Voila- instant soul.

Acme kitchen, accessorized with a few personal touches=voila a kitchen with soul India food for dinner that night.
Acme kitchen, accessorized with a few personal touches=voila a kitchen with soul
India food for dinner that night.

 

 

So how does a 340 square foot cottage have a kitchen with soul?

The epitome of an efficiency kitchen
The epitome of an efficiency kitchen

In November 2001, when Julia Child left her Massachusetts home of forty-two years to return to her native California, she gave her kitchen to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Behring Center.  She told the Smithsonian curators, “For us, the kitchen is the soul of the house.”

Those words have resonated with me ever since. So how does a 340 square foot cottage have a kitchen with soul?

The allocated space for our poor kitchen had been flying around like a wild Ping-Pong ball on our floor plans. (Remember my earlier note to self…never ask the opinions of others…follow your first instincts???)

This is the wall the kitchen was originally designed for. Nice, long and out of the way.  The bathroom vanity base to the right was custom made for us by Finch Welding- more on that later
This is the wall the kitchen was originally designed for. Nice, long and out of the way. The bathroom vanity base to the right was custom made for us by Finch Welding- more on that later
The chimney divides the one room space. The kitchen could be tucked in the back, just off the deck. We thought it would be perfect for summer BBQs.
The chimney divides the one room space. The kitchen could be tucked in the back, just off the deck. We thought it would be perfect for summer BBQs.

 

It bounced between the original plan, on a nine-foot wall in the front section of the house to the revised plan, butting up against the exposed brick of the chimney in a much smaller space just off the rear deck. Perfect for summer barbeques we thought. We had five feet to work with…a mere sixty inches to shoehorn in a sink, counter top, refrigerator and cook/oven.

My first instinct was to head for Ikea. With the emerging trend of tiny houses I thought for sure IKEA would have perfect options in both appliances and storage ideas for us. Wrong.

We looked a kitchen designed for boats but that wasn’t right either- not enough built in benches or cleverly hidden cabinets to store things in. I kept researching small-scale appliances only to discover they were exorbitantly expensive. What to do, what to do.

Will, my hero, discovered Acme Kitchens in Hudson, NY.

Acme has been in business for 80 plus years and specializes in custom-built kitchenettes. This place is pretty cool and I will post more about Acme in another blog. Acme produced a kitchen to our specifications, sixty inches long, fully loaded with all appliances, even a gas cooktop. They shipped it to us in a box. Seriously.

Will arriving with our kitchen...complete with refrigerator and freezer, sink, faucet, oven and gas cooktop!
Will arriving with our kitchen…complete with refrigerator and freezer, sink, faucet, oven and gas cooktop!
The kitchen arrives on the deck
The kitchen arrives on the deck

We unwrapped the kitchen and installed it in the back of the white cottage.

This is the kitchen- we pulled out the refrigerator to make it easier to move into position. Pretty efficient.
This is the kitchen- we pulled out the refrigerator to make it easier to move into position. Pretty efficient.
The kitchen is being installed next to chimney
The kitchen is being installed next to chimney

It fit pretty snugly into the space and was perfect access for all the outdoor dining we anticipated doing on our deck. The electricity and gas lines were hooked up. Will and I made a mad dash to Ikea for some cool minimalist storage ideas.

 

Efficient kitchen but little room for storage so we turned to Ikea for some good ideas. This turned out to be a winner.
Efficient kitchen but little room for storage so we turned to Ikea for some good ideas. This turned out to be a winner.
Who doesn't love Ikea's directions?
Who doesn’t love Ikea’s directions?

Kitchen installed- tick that box.

Ha- not so fast.

No sooner was the kitchen in place then we decided it was in the wrong place. We kept looking at clean open space in the front of the cottage. It was calling us. Will unhooked the electricity, shut down the gas lines and moved it to the front.

It looked pretty forlorn, all by itself, there in the living space. Downright soul less in fact.

Will decided to move the kitchen to the original spot. Much better
Will decided to move the kitchen to the original spot. Much better

A much improved location…but giving it soul quickly became our next mission.