Let me start at the beginning. You know how I feel about open floor plans—they are not for everybody. I like a kitchen separate from the living room, it’s a preference thing, nobody’s wrong. After all, what you like is right.

Brooks stopped by during the building process and said, “Ame, you should put a window here so you can see into the dining room while you’re cooking.” Brad will say he thought of this first. I would say I was thinking of it all along. But, Brooks was the first one to say anything aloud so I always say, “My friend, Brooks, thought of this” because he did.

Here you can see that we framed out for a window. And then we found a better window—smaller and a more appropriate fit for the range and hood—so we patched the space with particle board knowing the wall would be tiled.

Before we could get the wall patched and covered our friendly officials came by and slapped a big rejection notice on us. Sadly, Brad was not there to defend himself and explain that this surface would be tiled. We agree that we would not have been rejected if they knew what we were thinking. And, I was not there to explain anything either so they just went all I-can’t-go-for-that on us. Thank you, Hall and Oates, for the best lyrics ever. And, thank you Metro, for the rejection.

My reaction went something like this: Really? We were rejected? Really? Brad, do “they” really think we are going to leave particle board tacked up above an open flame? Really? Seriously. The whole your-window-frame-could-catch-on-fire possibility had the officials in a wad.  Brad’s solution: glass in the window. Good solution, it’s easier to clean. Now we’re happy, officials and all.

From the dining room

If you should decide to use a window above your range do yourself a favor and put a piece of glass in front of the window. Save yourself the rejection.