We’ve been seriously discussing our impending kitchen remodel. Neither Ben or I have ever planned a kitchen remodel, so we have tons of ideas. Because we don’t talk much about the ugly kitchen, let me refresh your memory on the state of things. First, we started out with an L shaped sink/dish washing/refrigerator/food prep area.
Here’s our first round of ideas from about a year ago, obviously a rough sketch.
Basically, we thought we’d keep the same cabinet layout with a few slight changes. We’ve always planned to pull out the soffit to add more cabinet space to our small kitchen. The biggest change we had planned was extending the corner cabinet from the ceiling down to the counter. Then, we removed the bank of cabinets over the peninsula.
We really loved how much more light and open the kitchen felt, so now we’re nixing that set of upper cabinets. The stove side of the kitchen backs up to the living room, but feels very closed off. And if the vent hood is on, forget about being part of a conversation.
To open up the kitchen even more, we plan to knock down part of the wall behind the stove. It is load bearing, so we have to keep a support pillar on either side and a beam across the top. Essentially, we’ll have the kitchen entrance doorway, a large, wide ‘doorway’ over the kitchen cabinets, and then the dining room doorway. When we tear down the wall, we’re also getting rid of the awkward soffit on this side, kind of like this:
Of course, since this drawing, we’ve discussed more changes that we’re happier with. As far as the design elements go, we’ve never really wavered on those choices. We’re still gung-ho on the apron sink, subway tile marble back splash, and hardwood floors. It’s the layout and functionality that we keep changing and evolving, which we’ll share when we have another drawing to explain the madness. For now, you can read my chicken scratch ideas detailing each element.
I’m glad we didn’t renovate the kitchen a few years ago, because I’m sure we would be just as annoyed as we are with our current kitchen. Have you put a project on hold? Are you happy you waited until you perfected the plan?