- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
we just bought a house and I’m having a very hard time remodeling our kitchen. It has two door opening, a window and another open wall that looks down in the family room. I don’t have enough counterspace and my hubby wants to eat in the kitchen also. Next to it we have a dinning room space. Any thoughts and ideeas are greatly appreciated.
That half wall is bizarre. Maybe close it up, and put a kitchen island there, possible some open shelves above it? I wouldn’t put in a kitchen table there, you do seem to be lacking in space and the dining room appears close by. A kitchen island could be used for prep 90% of the time, but you can pull up a stool and eat there as well. Nice deck out back!
The family room is on the lower level than the kitchen.
I would defiantely close up that opening and use it for something besides wasted space. We are doing a kitchen remodel with a similar sized kitchen, so I know your pain. We are planing on adding countertops to an open wall, and put in a small, two person table to add the eat in element. Good luck!
so I just popped your current kitchen into a basic room designer (you can find it on pottery barn website and a bunch of others). The biggest thing I would change is to get rid of that massive hole in the wall looking into the family room – it doesn’t add enough value to your space, when you’re short on room. If you had a massive kitchen, maybe. This is what I came up with and I think would make the most sense for
what you want – re-arrange the stove, fridge and sink (which would take a bit of plumbing, electrical, etc – I have no idea how hard that stuff is to do, but definitely worth it). Pantry and fridge against back wall, and a higher eating nook under the window – that could also double as an additional workspace when you need it. just pop the stools under the counter.
Close that and add cabinets….exactly like Rex made in the floor plan, or don’t move the fixtures.
I would open the wall between the kitchen and dining area and make a big eat in kitchen. A che closeaper option is to close this wall and make a U shaped kitchen with dining area in front of patio doors.
Another nuissance is the pantry itself since I can’t add cabinets and counter on the wall next to it. The pantry door needs a clearance of about 30″ to open.
should I just get rid of it entirely and add a lazy susan next to fridge and then continue with countertops and more cabinets?
This is what a designer came up with
what do you think?
I also have this shape options for the two lonely cabinets 🙂
You do not appear to have enough storage space or prep space (counter surface).
If you want to avoid the considerable expense that comes with moving wiring and plumbing, I would close in the opening, move the pantry to that wall, with counter and cabinets on either side.
I would place an upper and lower corner cabinet with counter where the pantry is now, so that corner space is not wasted.
I wouldn’t bother to duplicate an eating area in the kitchen.