Kitchen Demo and Plans... Part 3
Aside from my open shelves, the rest of the kitchen is still under construction. We took down the wall between the dining room and the kitchen, moved the oven, and the island moved to create a peninsula.
We are in the process of buying all new cabinets. However, I’m glad we waited a while and lived with the “rough draft” layout. There are two major problems that kept bothering me.
Not enough counter space. It’s definitely workable but as far as really being able to spread out, do all my garden preserves, and make dinner at the end of the day it wasn’t cutting it.
Not enough cabinet space. Granted we will gain some more above the fridge and beside the oven but the majority of my appliances are in closets not in the kitchen. The majority of my pantry and food items are in our basement.
After going over a million options layout wise in my head, I finally decided on one that I believe will best fit our needs. We have a dining room, and then we have an “eat in” kitchen area over by the bay window (see pink arrow above). Once the wall came down the eat in kitchen area became useless. It literally serves as a place for kids to set stuff now. *Sigh*
I had more than one person tell me just to make the cabinets go out into the bay window area. It’s not a bad idea, just for me visually I know i wouldn’t like it.
The plan I settled on was to close off the bay window and make it a straight wall all the way down. I feel like everyone I’ve told raises their eyebrows at that because I’m taking away floor space. Trust me, if I could do it another way that worked for us, I would. The cabinets will extend down the new wall where the existing bay is and make another small peninsula with an overhang to allow stools on that side.
There is one more reason why I feel the bay window should go. The reason is that last summer we had a severe carpenter ant problem all around that window. I’m not sure how much damage they did. I could see a pile of wood shavings on the floor and didn’t figure out it was carpenter ants until months later.
As luck would have it we had our pencil sharpener on that windowsill for a long time. I kept sweeping the same area almost daily and thinking how bizarre it was that there was constantly pencil shavings on the floor. One day while I was sitting at the table painting. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the wood shavings drop to the ground from under the window sill and discovered the problem. Long story but yet another reason to add to my cause to remove the bay window and wall.
I tried to do a little mock up so visually you can imagine.
There will be a long window that can slide open to the side.
The kitchen peninsulas will form a U shape. They will both go out the same length so everything is symmetrical. This will add counter space and extra cabinet space, not a ton but it’s best we could do!
Since we are taking away the bay window which lets in so much light, we are also adding a window in the dining room.
That’s it for the demolition in that area. You can see well in this picture were I’ve painted the cabinets to visualized colors. The majority of friends/family said to do the gray color. I’m in agreement with this. I just don’t think white cabinets would jive well with the rest of the house. I also like that the deeper color grounds them.
To me white cabinets are pretty in pictures but very cold in person. Well I take that back, I have seen a few warm white kitchens that I like. And perhaps if we move to another house someday I might have one :)
We ordered windows and our construction should begin in less than two weeks!