Back in May, we asked you if you would rather have a 4th bathroom or walk-in pantry and we loved reading all of your thoughts–there were a lot (!!) and most of you declared hands down a walk-in pantry. Considering there is a guest bathroom already on this level, and we haven’t used this 4th bathroom off of the kitchen since re-doing the floors (we never even put the toilet back in!) we felt that was the direction we should go, too. Here’s the current floorplan of our main level so you can see where we’re talking about:
We actually already tore out a coat closet that was in the laundry room area which really opened things up physically, but it also allowed our minds to view different possibilities. Making that half-bath a pantry would be nice, but the more we thought about it, and as we have been planning our kitchen, we actually thought of a plan that might make more sense. Check it:
Here’s how the changes play out:
-We really want to bump out the wall about 27″ into the current laundry area so that our kitchen cabinets (we plan to have the fridge here, too) will sit flush with the wall.
-We’ll move the laundry area to where the half bath currently is.
-Knock down the wall between the current half bath and laundry. The appliances fit in the half bath, but our measurements felt tight for opening the doors.
-Adding a wall to separate the new pantry and new laundry room/back entry. This was Chris’s idea–having the entry and laundry room together. I was unsure about the mix, but there are so many great examples of a mudroom and laundry room together–I am so on board now.
-Build-in a bench with cubbies and hooks for a casual entry/mudroom look.
-Have a big walk-in pantry easily accessible through a door right in the kitchen. It will be so nice having it right there!
Honestly, for us, angels are singing. Horns are playing. It feels right. We’ll definitely be doing this in a couple phases rather than all at once. Phase one, which will start here pretty quick will be the laundry room area. We need to get our appliances moved, walls down and hook-ups shifted before we can do the cabinet bump out, pantry, entry and ultimately–the kitchen, so we’ll start there.
Lots of big changes coming! And I have a feeling we won’t miss that 4th bathroom one bit. :)