My new kitchen appliances have arrived and a few days ago, I met with my kitchen remodeler to finalize plans for the kitchen renovation at the house in Hooterville.
The existing kitchen will be completely gutted. Besides being really ugly and ORANGE, it’s very poorly constructed.
Obviously this was a DIY project by a very inexperienced DIY-er.
I also wanted some of the appliances relocated because the kitchen just doesn’t function well with the current configuration.
The kitchen renovation planning process has been very difficult for me. Although I feel comfortable with the cabinet guy I selected to do the renovation, he and the others I consulted about the job basically relied on me to tell them what I wanted rather than them using their experience to come up with a plan. It was a task I have not felt completely comfortable or qualified to take on. In my current house, we’ve done a couple cosmetic makeovers through the years which included re-facing the existing cabinets and installing new countertops but planning a complete cabinet rip-out with some redesigning elements thrown in has been a bit daunting. When it’s all said and done, I hope I got it right. Even now, as I look at the diagrams of the proposed changes while I write this post, I’m second-guessing some of my decisions.
So here’s the plan:
That hideous home-made light over the island and the ceiling beams are DEFINITELY coming down. The beams make the 8 ft. ceiling look and feel much lower. The refrigerator will be relocated to another wall. The main traffic flow through the kitchen is right along the sink wall and when the refrigerator or freezer door is open, there is not enough room to get around it.
The new upper cabinets going on the wall in the photo above will be shifted to the right and will include a built-in wall oven, as shown below.
The stove and microwave will no longer be on this wall. The refrigerator will be relocated to the left of the current stove, as depicted in the diagram below. In this new location, the refrigerator will be right by another doorway… the doorway to the formal dining room. However, I don’t anticipate the formal dining room being used much except maybe at the holidays, so traffic flow through that doorway will be minimal.
The diagrams show an island but after much deliberation, I have decided to eliminate it. Later on, I might try adding a small free-standing island but after working around the island in the existing kitchen, I’ve come to the conclusion that an island is just not very workable or practical in a kitchen of this size and layout.
A smooth cook top will be inserted into the counter top on the family room side of the kitchen and a short wall (not shown in the drawing) will be built on the back side of this bank of cabinets to divide it from the family room. It will extend approximately four inches above the countertop to create a backsplash which will prevent cooking spills and splatters from migrating over into the family room. There will be pull-out drawers underneath the cook top for pots and pans. The corner bottom cabinet will have a lazy Susan/carousel to maximize every inch of storage space in that deep corner.