Monday, May 28, 2007

Our Final Kitchen Plan???

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!!!!


So, we think we have figured out the 'final' plan for the kitchen. Why the rush you say? Well our good buddy Kevin who is buying our current house needed to know if he was getting the fridge with it and well we were not sure if we were going to have room for a 'normal' fridge in our long skinny kitchen. For a while there it looked like we were going to have to spring for one of those silly expensive counter depth fridges. But we blocked out the space this weekend and we have decided that yes we can live with a regular depth fridge in the spot shown in the diagram. The problem was the space between the fridge and the table and chairs. If we are having a dinner party with four guests the person sitting on the outside is going to have to scoot their chair in to let someone by. No big whoop I say and saving $4000 dollars is going to help us a lot. I'm trying to convince Irene that with the money we saved we can totally afford one of those cool built-in super-automatico espresso machines from miele...
With this version of the kitchen we get a real corner sink (sorry it looks so weird the $30 program I use to make these diagrams has its limits), and the dishwasher near the table. We moved the stove away from the sink 3.5' for plenty of counter space. We have a tall pantry cabinet on one side of the fridge which we like cause that's were we put all the recycling and the brooms and mops and stuff like that. We also have room for a reasonable sized prep sink along the countertop by the fridge. We put the microwave in the cabinet next to the fridge and we think it looks good there. Plus tons of counterspace-way more than we have now- three people can be chopping away and be near a sink and not get in each others way!!!!


Here's the view from the doorway to the kitchen. This time I turned on the windows so they don't look like gaping holes in the walls...Imagine these counters have beveled sides to match the dashed lines in the plan view. We are still not sure about the cabinets near the window on the far wall.
Here's the view from the far corner of the room. You can see the microwave and the the big cabinet over the fridge. We are not sure if the cabinets are going to be this tall all the way to the ceiling...notice the bowl of fruit on the table. Irene made me put that there. You can also see the cabinets over the stove. Not sure about those yet either...Irene thinks they look weird cause they don't match the window height.
This view is from the sidedoor. You can see the dishwasher and the corner sink and the cabinet over the sink where we are going to put our dishes. Too much cabinet you think???
This view is from the sink looking back at the room. I like this view and you can just see the corner of the pantry cabinet on the left.

Here's a slightly better view of the stove area and the cabinets over the stove. Lots of counter space near the stove and I think plenty of space between the stove and the sink.

That's all we have for now. We won't actually be starting on the kitchen remodel for at least a year. We have to do the foundation first, then the roof, then we are going to remodel the top floor of the house THEN we can start to think about doing the kitchen.
What do y'all think of the design we came up with? We will probably shoot this by a kitchen designer when we actually are going to get the cabinets made-hopefully by a local cabinet shop that does good work and that does not cost too much...know of any???

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

How low are the windows by the seating area? A built in bench seating there would be great and offer lots of storage and flexibility for seaitng. We have fit 8 kids on our bench seat where there normally were 3 chairs.

The MadScientist said...

That's a really good idea anonymous...The problem with those windows is that from the bottom of the fancy stool trim there is like only 14" to the floor. Not enough room for a built-in bench of reasonable height-well maybe for kids (I'm hoping we are going to have six of them).
But maybe just a bench there, that would fit the same amount of kids but not totally obscure the window...

Ayse said...

I'd recommend against all closed cupboards around the kitchen (those design programs are really limited, of course, in what they offer as options). You can do some really nice open shelves and maybe a pot rack by the stove, and that will give the room texture and depth. It also makes it easier to get to things when you're cooking.

And as for benches, when you're up to about four kids you can trade a couple of chairs for a non-built-in bench, for the same result without blocking the trim.

The MadScientist said...

Hi Ayse,
Yea thats a good point up till 4 kids we are fine with chairs...

I know the open shelve thing is all the rage now-a-days but it really does not make sense to me. This is earthquake country for heavens sake whats going to keep all that stuff from coming down on your head? Plus I don't want the world to know that I still eat chocolate frosted sugar bombs for breakfast! Honestly I think the open shelve thing is going to be the next avocado green....

Ayse said...

Heh. Don't think cupboard doors are going to help in an earthquake. Unless you secure stuff soldily, it's coming down now matter how it's arranged. (Store your precious heirloom china on the bottom shelf of a lower cabinet or glue it to the shelf.)

And you pick and choose where you use open shelves: open for interesting dishes and glassware, for example, and closed for your Sugar Bombs.