Welcome to another week of New House Diary. We’re still having fun in the kitchen, one of my favorite rooms of any house. I am zoning in on the floor plan and I really appreciate all your input last week. I have decided to go with the island. So here’s a look at how things will probably lay out.
I still have to confirm a few of these plan changes with my contractor because we are moving hvac work and return air vents when I move the south wall back 3 or 4 feet and take out the existing laundry room from the hallway and relocate it to the master closet with a second laundry upstairs. But at the moment, I think my ideas are all going to work.
(I love the look of this refrigerator featured in House Beautiful.)
In the next few weeks, we’ll talk specifically about my appliances, but for now note that I am planning for a 48″ range with double ovens below on the south wall, and I am removing the desk area across from the sink and that will become a 42″ french door refrigerator with a full-height pantry cabinet for food on either side.
(Drawers like this in the end of my island would be perfect for pots and pans!)
In the island, I will house my microwave drawer, wine cooler, and lots of storage. The island is about 9 feet long so there is plenty of room for all these things. And I am turning the space where the existing refrigerator lives into a display cabinet. When we get to the breakfast room I’ll also show you what I have in mind for more built-in storage there – a pseudo butler’s pantry – to hold more serving pieces and china. So I am going to be in good shape as far as storage goes thankfully since I am one of those “a place for everything” kind of gals.
(Storage similar to this in my breakfast area can hold glassware, china, serve ware and linens not to mention a TV in the center section.)
And I’m also taking the cabinetry to the ceiling removing the existing soffit which adds an additional foot of cabinetry height in the kitchen maximizing even more space for seasonal serve ware and dishes. There will not be a square inch of this remodeled kitchen that isn’t working for me.
So here are the key improvements I am making so far…
1. Taller cabinets for more storage
2. Creating more linear feet of cabinetry and added floorspace by moving the south wall back 3 feet
3. Long kitchen island to house appliances, pot and pan storage, garbage cans and more!
4. Large new built-in refrigerator and 2 full-height food pantries
5. Built-in china hutch where refrigerator used to be with drawers for linens below
(A cabinet like half of this one could be perfect where the existing refrigerator is now.)
And yes, I am making a conscious decision to interrupt the work triangle with the island. I realize this isn’t ideal for some people, but it is exactly what I created in my last home and it worked for me beautifully. Unfortunately in remodeling projects, sometimes it’s about priorities and for me, I would rather have the added counter space and appliance storage that the long kitchen island affords me, even if it adds a few extra steps to my fridge from the sink. I make this decision consciously and based on experience and I know it will work well for my family. Sometimes good design is about not creating something that works for everyone in theory but rather is customized to the way YOU live and work in your space.
So stay tuned for much more on the kitchen including cabinet elevations, color palettes, and material selections. Yes, the kitchen design continues. I’ve also made a decision on the entry color palette, floor plan, and more and will be revealing those decisions really soon too.
Now leave me a comment and let me know what you think about my new and improved kitchen layout. I can’t wait to add all this function into my daily life!
And be sure to join me back here tomorrow for another before and after reveal. I think you are going to be amazed at this one.