Over the weekend I was in the new house and took some rough measurements and started playing with how the house might look with an addition on. On the main floor we need a bathroom, laundry and kitchen space. I am trying to anticipate everything so once I get something in mind, I often think oh..but what about this..or that. It’s been challenging and fun. We do have an architect scheduled to come but this is my kitchen we are talking about and I am a little territorial when it comes to a kitchen.
Here are some of the things I am trying to keep a focus on.
-plan for traffic flow
-must match the feel of the rest of the house
-nothing modern looking
I NEVER want to redo the kitchen again so I want to plan for longevity. Will it work to be friendly to a herd of grand kids, friends, etc? Will it be friendly when we age? Will it be easy to maintain? What frills do I need to be functional and not just the in thing?
Someone sent me a link to Houzz. It’s a great website where you can see pictures of houses and the individual rooms. It’s great as it gives ideas on design, etc. It’s been wonderful because I can show Hubby a picture of what I like or don’t like and he can see it. Right now, it seems the thing is big islands, “farm house” sinks, islands with a stove or sink in them, and fancy range hoods. Part of me wants an island for the traffic flow of serving food cafeteria style..the other part says that gives the kitchen a modern look that I want to stay away from. Hubby doesn’t like islands. I know my sister in law has a stove in her island and hates it with grand kids around. I know I want a window over my sink so if I do have an island-no sink or stove will be in it.
The farm house sink got “x-ed” by Hubby. Me too though. They seem lower than regular sinks and I don’t want a back ache from washing dishes besides, I hate cleaning the porcelain.
The fancy range hood. Hubby wants that. I am not a huge fan but it’s a concession I can easily make…(pick and choose battles-right??)
After looking a the Houzz website, here’s a few things I like.
I love that the microwave and TV have a place (in the corner). Our kitchen will likely be L shaped similar to this. I think I want the appliance garage from my mixer too.
I want a mostly glass door that goes from the kitchen to the outside as that will be the back yard with a simple back porch. I’m sure we’ll be grilling and have the fire ring out this direction so that would be nice to have a door-plus I love the open feel of it.
We are thinking about making the door between the kitchen and dining room larger. If we do, I love this option. Currently we have two windows with leaded glass that need to be replaced. I think we’d take those windows and create this…but that’s a lot of putzy expense. Maybe something that could be put off until later.
I like the general layout of this kitchen (as in where the stove, refrigerator and sink are-minus the island)
We already looked at kitchen cabinets. The ones we both like have glass windows along the top, similar colored wood as these though.
These are the drawer pulls and handles I want.
Hubby said he would like a window to the south too. Here is a picture with that option. I don’t mind that at all. I want LOTS of light coming in. I would have a traditional stove instead of what they have. Then on the other side of the stove and small counter would be the refrigerator.
Traditional Kitchen One thing we are having trouble deciding on is a pantry. We know we need one. Right now in my kitchen everything doesn’t fit. We have an area at the top of the basement stairs for canned goods. We also have a book shelf in the laundry room that houses the toaster, blender and other small appliances. I don’t want to spend a fortune in cabinets so we are thinking of having a walk in pantry/laundry room off the kitchen.
It’s so hard to know how to meld those ideas together.
Right now, without the help of an architect, we are thinking something like this.
Of course the measurements need to be cleaned up and resized a bit. The open area to the right is where the garage will go. I am guessing the kitchen would be 15′ x 15′. Right now, I have 12″ x 14″ and that works. I only have cupboards along one wall. This would be a nice upgrade. Bigger but not too big. Remember..I hate cleaning the house.
We have plans to put a “kitchen” in the garage too. Along the front, we’ll take the old kitchen cabinets and sink and put them in. Then the refrigerator we currently have and my current stove. It will all be in one short efficient line. That way we can host lots of people for a big family get together by moving the vehicles out and popping up tables. I would already have a “kitchen” there. Being we have most everything, the only extra cost to us to have it will be the water line coming in for the sink.
The entry to that bathroom and to the closet is from my office area. The laundry room would have narrow shelves across the wall opposite the washer and dryer so that I have a simple pantry area.
So what do you think?? Is there anything that you would recommend or change? This addition will be two story so all that space will be available for my sewing room minus an upstairs bathroom. I haven’t even begun to think how to lay that out and make it work.
Please feel free to send us some suggestions..things you think are must haves or don’t does. We only want to do this once and want to do it the right way!!