Things seem to be moving along nicely now with the in progress kitchen project. Or maybe I’m just saying that in hopes of trying to convince myself that this project doesn’t totally suck! What no sympathy?! Ha!
Last week I got most of the plaster down and out of the kitchen. Thanks to my awesome new window chute clean-up is so much faster now. Love it! I can make a mess fast and clean up quicker than it took me to make the mess. That is until I run out of garbage cans to fill anyway.
Now that I got the closet taken out we could cement board the rest of the floor. Which is a good thing as the sub-floor boards have gaps in them and the basement gets full of dust and plaster bits when I demo. Not only do I have to clean the room I’m working on I also have to clean the area under it. Pain in the rear I tell ya! However now that the whole floor is covered that should not be much of a problem anymore.
I still have one wall left to take down, the wall separating the kitchen from the bedroom, but I wanted to get the rest of the floor covered before I went any further. That and we weren’t quite sure what the whole plan was as far as this wall is concerned.
With my demo work almost finished and the space all nice and clean again Barry and I grabbed a roll of rosin paper, a chair, a tape measure and we sat there brainstorming up lots of ideas on how to build our kitchen.
Our first plan that we came up with and several others just wasn’t leaving much in the way of usable space. If there’s nothing I hate more it is having no counter space and little room to store things in, and a cramped kitchen.
After a couple of hours I think we finally came up with a great design idea. It’ll use the space perfectly and I think give us quite the nice kitchen actually. Exciting!
I don’t have easy access to my PC at the moment so I had to use a clunky online room design program to come up with an image to explain what we plan on doing, so forgive the crappy example.
As things stand right now we have the small almost square kitchen and the bedroom right next to it. You enter the kitchen in the almost middle of the kitchen wall off the now dining room. To the right of the kitchen entry is the chimney. On the back kitchen wall is the back porch door. The porch door and the kitchen entry basically cut the kitchen in half which really messes up being able to place things properly. We tried to figure out where the dishwasher, range, and fridge was going to fit in this non user-friendly space. Our plan pretty much all along was to take the bedroom/kitchen wall out to make one big room, but that would make our problems worse in laying things out as we then would lose even more wall space to place things.
The plan that we finally did came up with I think will be perfect! It’s going to be a lot of work but will make use of what we have to work with the best.
The kitchen entry is being moved to the other side of the chimney. The back porch door will be close up to allow for a full wall of counters and cabinets. The wall is still coming down to create an adjacent dining room with a peninsula eat in kitchen area. Then we’ll be putting a new door in the dining room to access the back porch from inside the house.
Now with the drawings above hopefully the photos below will give you a better idea of what’s going where.
With the chimney where it is it’s going to take some smart planning to get things to work right. You can see the area between the chimney and wall isn’t big enough for a doorway. It’s really close to being the proper size but not close enough. That wall to the left is coming out but there is also a hallway that leads to the bathroom and another bedroom. So we’ll be stealing some space from somewhere to make the new opening work. The new kitchen entrance will be situated so that when you come up to it you’ll be able to either go into the kitchen or into the dining room.
All I know is it’s a good thing that Barry knows what he’s doing when it comes to structure otherwise we’d be screwed and stuck with a tiny pain in the ass kitchen.
Removing the back porch door from the kitchen is probably the best idea of this whole project. It’s going to increase the amount of cabinets and counters we can put in by two-fold. Can a kitchen have too many cabinets? I’m thinking not.
So what do you think of our idea?