New Kitchen Drawings and Plans

Remember these drawings?

We’ve made some kitchen changes since I made those lame sketches in 2009.  Here’s the new and improved 2010 model.  Side note, I hate the phrase new and improved.  How can something be both new and improved?  If it’s new, there’s no room for improvement.  If it’s been improved upon, it’s not new, is it?  Ok, rant over.  New kitchen drawings, courtesy of Lowe’s.

Notice any changes?  Well, that’s because there aren’t many.  But, 2011 brought about many changes, some major, some minor.  All for the better.  Except we’re back to my drawings.  Though, I did pull out a ruler.

Now do you see the difference?  Let’s discuss.

Big change number 1:  We’re moving the trash can.  The apron front sink is six inches narrower than our current sink, so we’ll have room for the trash to the left of the sink, not across the kitchen.

Big change number 2:  Switching up the cabinet size.  In the past year, we’ve been discussing all drawers in the lower cabinets.  Really, this isn’t that different from our current set up because we have cabinet doors with pull out drawers behind.  The small drawer stack to the right of the stove is so small that we have utensils in three of the four drawers.  Because of this, we’ve decided to make each drawer stack as wide as possible.  Instead of two drawers, we’ll have only one on each side of the stove.  One will hold our knives from the knife block.  Three cheers for less counter clutter.  Hopefully Ben can make something as cool as this.

Big change number 3:  Extending the upper cabinets to go counter to ceiling.  We plan to use the two smaller cabinets as ‘appliance garages.’  We don’t have room for a microwave to sit near the stove, so we’ll use the cabinet to the right of the sink to house a microwave.  Hopefully.  We’ll have to hunt down the world’s smallest microwave.  It may be this one.

Big change number 4:  No more spice drawers below the bar top.  Originally, we planned to build small spice drawers to double as a back splash.  This would also allow us to use a cheaper stove with a back.  Game plan change.  We’re going with a slide-in (backless) range and the larger drawers below should accommodate spices nicely.  Oddly enough, I’m most concerned about where I’ll put spices.

Small change, known as number 5:  The small drawer stack will now be part of a larger, wider drawer stack, as mentioned in number two.

Small change, number 6:  When I made these sketches, I loved the idea of legs to replace the standard toe kick.  Reality (and building issues) have set in.  Problem number one, the flooring will transition at the dining room and this will be obvious.  We could make a nice transition of the floors, but the second problem is cleaning under the cabinets.  This seems fine and good, but I think I’d get sick of it really quickly.  And, Ben brought up another good point.  We’d probably stub our toes on the legs constantly.

There’s the plan, Stan.  We’ve already made some progress.  Mostly purchasing items (plywood, studs, a sink, range, range hood, and paint) to get our ducks in a row.  Notice I said mostly.  Dun, dun, dunnnn.  Cliff hanger.

Now it’s your turn.  Do you have any of these features in your own home?  If so, love it or hate it?  Where do you store your spices?  How many planning phases have you had for one project?

17 thoughts on “New Kitchen Drawings and Plans

  1. Oooh, I love these changes! The knife block drawer looks amaaaazing. I can’t wait to see you implement this!

    And it is great to see a fellow Montanan. Confession, I’ve been to your blog before and wanted to comment on our mutual state 🙂

  2. I love the design updates! It looks beautiful already! I like the toekick instead of legs, dirt was the first thing to pop into my mind too!
    Large drawers are great but make sure they are strong enough. My mom’s utensil drawer collapses all the time because the track isn’t meant for all the weight. They also make microwave drawers where the microwave pulls out from the cabinets.
    I use Ikea wall racks to store my spices but we also saw pull-out cabinet racks where they line up neatly standing in the cabinet when you need them. If you have extra corner cabinets, you could also do a lazy-susan and have them spin!

  3. I’d suggest checking the clearance requirements for the microwave. I am working on my kitchen right now and got a small microwave to go into a cabinet, thinking it would just need an inch or so on each side. Then I checked their website (this is GE) and they said:

    3 inches on each side.
    3 inches on the top.
    1 inch in the rear.
    Note: In cabinet installation for countertop microwaves is not recommended without the use of a built in kit. Built in kits will be listed for specific models in their specifications. If a built in kit is not available, the above air clearances are necessary.

    Whoops! Well, we’ll see how it goes 🙂

    1. Thanks for the info, Hil. We’ll see what we get and go from there. Worst case scenario, we have to pull the microwave out a little when we use it. Fingers crossed everything works, for both of us! 🙂

      Good luck!

  4. I love the design! Especially all the drawers and the cabinets that go all the way down to the countertops. The only thing that would bug the crap out of me is the fact that the sink is not centered in front of the window.

    I’m a bit OCD, you see. I like symmetry. LOL

  5. love the drawers in my new kitchen and the spice drawer and the knife drawer. love my microwave drawer too.
    your layout looks great.
    good luck with your project!

    1. Thanks, PVE! I’m glad to hear you like your new drawers. Oh, that sounded funny. Haha.

      Karen and Kathy, I’m right there with you. The off centered sink bugs me. Right now, our sink is off centered, too. This will be more obvious, bu there’s no way around it without having two really small, unusable spaces on either side. Unfortunately, our kitchen is pretty small, so we need to use every single inch.

  6. I would suggest improving the lower corner cabinet so no wasted space… it looks like it is 2 smaller cabinets (not sure) why not put a large square cabinet in with the pull out door so you can shove as much stuff in there as you can. I have one and I swear, 2 small children could fit in it nicely. Not that I’ve thought about it. 😀

    1. Hi Nora, We had seen something similar in a drawer glide catalog. We love the idea, but we don’t really have a corner to do that. Boo.

      Marcy, That’s a great idea! Not about putting the kids in the cabinet. Haha. 🙂 The peninsula will have three drawers and the other side (shown to the left of the sink) will house a pull out trash. To us, moving the trash to the left of the sink makes more sense, so we’ll have a drawer stack that opens in the dining room to use all of the space. That way, we can keep some small appliances, vases, napkins, salt and pepper and other items over there. Maximizing the small space is number one to do, especially because we’re getting rid of the other upper cabinets.

      ToTheMoonandBack, Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! Ben is building the cabinetry, and he over builds everything. Seriously, usually his test involve one or both of us sitting on something, just to make sure it will hold us. We’re getting at least 100 pound drawer glides. I like the idea of the open shelf above the fridge, but I think it’s better for us to tuck everything behind cabinets. 🙂 Great ideas, everyone! Please keep them coming!!

  7. Hi Amanda! I’ve been a follower for a while now. We recently moved to our home (a foreclosure) and have had to do every room because there was nothing here.

    Our kitchen is done, but we are still working on the last details (drawer organizers, etc.). We also have an apron front sink, I had it mounted above the counter top b/c I didn’t want to deal with the gunk that accumulates between the counter and the sink with the undermount install. I also have large drawers under our cooktop and next to it. It holds my spices nicely, all the bottles can stand up and I just labeled the tops of them. I also took my backsplash tile up and above my window, really finished the space nicely.

    The only think I would recommend is to make sure the drawer guides you are provided can hold the weight of the items you will be storing in those large drawers. I already had issues with this and some no longer ‘self-close’. So we are having to replace them w/heavy duty guides.

    For the cabinet over the fridge, we left it open and added a puck light inside for a display space since it difficult to access that area for storage. I can put holiday items, cookbooks, etc….

  8. What about centering the sink and then building a narrow pull out on each side… something you can store cookie sheets or trays in? Or spice racks, maybe.

    I just think the off centered sink is very distracting visually.

  9. I have scoured the internet looking for the option of a hood, but like yours looks, my cooktop is by an opening to our den. The hood is stressing me out! Could you email me a photo of the finished wall where your hood is by the opening. Also, about how far between your counter and the bottom of the hood. Can’t wait to see it! Your sketches remind me of myself…..details, details, details! Thanks, Leslie in New Orleans

    1. Hi Leslie S!

      Here’s a link to the finished kitchen, including pictures of the vent hood: And here’s a link to the vent hood install post: The bottom of the hood was 15 inches from the ceiling, so about 40 inches from the from the counter to the bottom of the range hood. With normal vent hoods, this height could be a problem, but we bought a super sized one to handle the higher mounting.

      Hope that helps!

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