Demo day is slated for the first week of March, which is ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY!! AHH! That means it’s time to get crackin’ on our design plans. For those of you new to the blog, we’re getting ready to do a massive remodel to our 1937 tudor. We’re going from a single story 2/1 to a two-story 4/3 (read more here).
The layouts and “bones” of the rooms are finalized, but oh my are there so many details between those walls we need to figure out! I’m sure this won’t be the last time I say this, but it’s both exciting and (more than) slightly overwhelming. The kitchen will definitely be one of our most used rooms and one that I’m the most excited about. It’s also the room that requires a lot of details and decisions, so I’m right now I’m devoting it all my creative energy (well, with the exception of windows and other details can be decided upon once the framing goes up). We’ll nearly double the width of the kitchen, open things up with a peninsula, make the ceiling taller (from 8ft to 9ft) and of course modernize the appliances and efficient storage. It’s going to feel huuuuuge compared to what we have, but it’s not exactly gigantic compared to some kitchens. I’ve seen so many ideas on Pinterest and blogs that I’d love to include, but then I remember we’re not dealing with the same size or layout. Bottom line: we need be smart about our choices to ensure we’re optimizing for functionality.
I thought I’d share where we’re at in the process, what’s inspiring me, and hopefully I can get your advice on things I’m not considering that I definitely should be!
Before the eye candy, let me fill you in on what we’re planning:
- Peninsula with seating between the dining room and kitchen
- Back wall will be accordion door opening up to walk-out deck
- Quartz or quartzite countertops with a marble look
- White subways tiles with texture
- Simple, shaker style cabinets going all the way to ceiling (9ft)
- Farmhouse sink
- Gold/brass fixtures
- Black La Cornue range
- French door counter depth stainless steel refrigerator
- Small wine fridge (if we can squeeze it in)
- Small island (thinking 3.5ft x 5ft) with microwave drawer, storage and maybe a small lip for a couple of stools if we wanted to ever bring them in
- Cabinet-faced dishwasher (on peninsula)
- Pullout drawers with garbage/recycling
We’re all but finalized on the appliances, but we have yet to pick out any fixtures or meet with our cabinet maker to iron out all the details listed above.
As for my inspiration…feast your eyes on these beauties:
Navy lower cabinets and white uppers, either for the whole kitchen or maybe just the island (via Amber Interior Design). Rustic wood open shelves. La Cornue stove (swoon!).
Gold/brass hardware, white subway tile with some texture (via the Vintage Rug Shop), two tone cabinets, farmhouse sink.
That stove again <3…and subway tile and gold hardware. I’m also loving that shape of hood and leaning towards having our cabinet builder frame something on top of the hood rather than exposing (via Traditional Home).
Big white farmhouse sink on peninsula. Also loving that style faucet (but in gold) and the pot filler behind the stove (via my girl JoJo at Magnolia Homes)
More farmhouse sink inspiration (via Sapphire Diaries) on the peninsula.
Peninsula seating for 3 or 4 if we can fit it! (via My Chic Design).
To help you get a visual of our space, here is the proposed layout with dimensions (check out our ‘before’ here).
One thing I’m currently obsessing over is placement and storage. I’d love to incorporate open shelves, because there has to be at least one space where you can style and style and style again, right? Also, #holidaydecor. The current debate is where they will best work. I’m not so sure I want to have all our glassware on display, so we’ll need to have at least some uppers, but I’m also thinking the placement of our glassware should be somewhere close to our plates and silverware too, which should also be easily accessible from the dishwasher. Here are the options I’m contemplating:
- Uppers on the wall with the fridge and open shelves on the wall with the stove
- Uppers on either side of the hood and open shelves on the wall with the fridge (next to the pantry/wall to wall cabinet storage)
If we go with Option 1, we could store glassware in the upper and have a pull out drawer underneath for plates/bowls and one above for silverware, on the same wall as the fridge and main pantry. I’m also thinking we’ll store our coffee maker, toaster and blender there too, just like this.
If we go with Option 2, we’ll put glassware in the uppers next to the range and the plates and silverware in a drawer underneath. I only worry about the proximity to the dishwasher and sink, but in reality, it’s not like it’s that giant of a space that I have to run to the other side of the room or anything.
Another option I’ve seen and really like is having a combination of upper cabinets and open shelves on the wall with the hood. Something like this or this. Troy is worried it may be too crowded and he has a fair point. I have no idea what the dimensions are of these kitchens, and for all I know that could be twice the size of the wall we are working with.
So there you have it. Nowhere near to having decisions made, but a little glimpse into what’s going on in my brain.
Now my question for you – what am I missing? Are there any other things I’m not thinking about but should be? What are the favorite parts of your kitchen? Give it to me, I could use all the advice I can get!