{Kitchen Reno} Structural Plan

7 Feb

As a reminder, here’s what the kitchen looked like before the renovation started (the new appliances arrived yesterday and Demo Day 1 is today!):

Let’s start with the list of problems we wanted to fix:

  • Not enough counter space
  • Not enough cabinet space. There are four awkward/un-useable/totally dead corners. *Four.*
  • Original cabinets from 1967 – meaning doors and drawers that are squeaky and hard to open
  • Because the dishwasher was added later, the sink is no longer centered with the upper cabinets.
  • When I painted the doors, I was going to add a second coat to the sides after I put them up. Embarrassingly, 5+ years later that still hasn’t happened. Obviously, this could have been fixed without a renovation, but it bothers me enough to put on this list.

Here’s how we’re going to solve those problems (and then some):

  • Put in all new cabinets, gaining back 3 of our 4 wasted corner spaces (it was the best we could do and still fit everything in)
  • Flip the fridge and stove to create better visual lines and less bulkiness in the space
  • Move the dishwasher to the wall on the right and re-center the sink
  • Update the appliances to stainless steel
  • Replace the countertops
  • Remove the soffit (hopefully)
  • Update the lighting
  • Add in a backsplash. Yay!
  • Remove the bulkhead and extend the wood laminate flooring into the space (again, creating less visual distraction and breakup looking into the room.)
  • Build in shallow cabinets on the left wall above (where the buffet is in the pictures)
  • And the really big one – build a peninsula opposite the wall of shallow cabinets (extending from the wall where the fridge currently is)

It’s going to be SO different to have that peninsula. The effect will be to extend the kitchen and make it seem bigger even though the appliances stay in the same area and we don’t have to knock down any walls. I can’t wait!!

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4 Responses to “{Kitchen Reno} Structural Plan”

  1. Keeping it Real In Chicago February 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    I cannot wait to see the progress…good luck with everything today!

    • pleasantandhome February 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Thanks, Laura! It will be interesting to see what we walk into when we get home from work today!

  2. Beth February 8, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    So exciting! Keep up the great photo documentation!! Our kitchen is still on my wishlist so I’ll be looking to you for info when the time comes.

    • pleasantandhome February 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      Absolutely! The whole process has actually been easier than I would have thought. I think letting the experts take the lead and make recommendations has been a HUGE help. Me letting go? What?!? ;)

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