Last week, we spilled the news that a major kitchen renovation is on our list this year (read about the other 9 projects we revealed here)--and we are wasting no time getting started on that goal. Even though neither of us have ever embarked on such a task, we already are realizing how long of a process this is going to be. Afterall, we have been trying to decided on a layout for nearly 9 months.
In August, we were sure we had it right when we showed you what we were thinking of doing:
The plan boiled down to the addition of a wall oven and a shortened peninsula. Soon after that post, we went back to the drawing board because it still didn't feel right. It still felt really claustrophobic. Our dining room feels tight with the peninsula in its current location:
And the big separator wall in between the kitchen and dining room traps Chris in a corner while he cooks and our guests are usually hanging out in the living room or the cramped dining room.
That's when we decided the wall had to come down and we began working out a new layout for the kitchen. We are happy and relieved to say, we found one that we are thrilled about and set on.
Removing that wall entirely and replacing it with a peninsula with a slide in gas range incorporated. This not only provides some extra seating for guests, but it also allows Chris to get his cooking on and still be apart of the fun. And when I am making lunch for Greta during the day, I can still keep an eye on her.
The extra counter and workspace allows us to nix the other peninsula entirely and opens up the dining room to the kitchen. We are thinking about replacing our rectangular table with a round one to balance out all the rigid lines, but we'll see where we end up. Of course the corner pantry will come down with the rest of the wall, which means that we needed to add a lot of storage for not only dry pantry items, but also the small appliances we keep in the pantry.
So the entire wall where the fridge will be, will also be floor to ceiling (I couldn't get the cabinets to extend all the way to the ceiling in my mock ups) cabinets, which we think will look awesome and give us tons more storage than we currently have.
So when you walk in our front door, instead of seeing a wall:
Everything will be open--which means I'll have to make sure I always keep the dishes done. Hehe.
Of course, the 3D drawing is far from perfect--I excitedly threw it together pretty quickly last night using floorplanner.com--but the measurements are right on, meaning we are ready for the next step--everything else.
We haven't decided on countertops, cabinet colors, finishes, hardware, lighting--nada. But now that we finally have a layout we are both stoked about--we are ready to move forward. Get excited!