Why Walt Perkins Needs a New Kitchen

Hi, I’m Walt Perkins, the Sports Director and morning sports anchor for WBZ News Radio. My wife, Maria, and I moved to Marlborough in October, 2012. When we purchased our home, we knew that a new kitchen would be on our “to do” list. While we enjoy the overall size and space our kitchen provides, there are too many components that are in dire need of upgrading.

First and foremost, the kitchen is dark. Walnut cabinets, dark brown granite countertops, a beige tile floor, and insufficient lighting results a somewhat drab look. Jay and his team at Kitchen Associates took us through their two-floor showroom where we were able to see examples of today’s kitchens, colors, and styles.


While on the subject of the cabinets, it was apparently the style some 20 odd years ago to leave space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. This is “dead”, wasted space that succeeds as a dust collector. Jay said today’s cabinets provide a cleaner look whereby that empty space is given a “false front” to make it look like it connects to the ceiling, thus eliminating the giant dust trap.

You will also notice in the pictures that the microwave oven that is over the stovetop is much too close to the stovetop. In fact, it does not meet today’s code with regard to distance between the two appliances. My wife and I love to cook and having such a short space between the two is quite challenging when using large or tall pots. Jay’s idea was to move the microwave elsewhere and, in its place, install a beautiful exhaust hood. 

You will also notice from the pictures that the refrigerator is just a tad too tall for the cabinets above it and the hinge on the refrigerator door prevents the cabinet door from opening fully. Jay’s expertise in kitchen design once again came in handy in suggesting moving the refrigerator from its current position to where the so-called “desk” area currently resides. Another novel idea 20 years ago, the desk area has become nothing more than a catch-all for mail, hats, a printer, and an assortment of items that just seem to migrate to it. Jay assured us that we are not alone. Virtually all kitchen desk areas have become exactly that.

So, the new cabinets are in and we are looking forward to scheduling  the date work begins on our new kitchen. Stay tuned.