Kitchen Conundrum Solved!

I’ll admit it took a few months and endless sketches before I figured out how to make our sprawling kitchen into something practical. Here’s where we started. A big open-plan kitchen with an island, a too-small dining alcove with view windows and skylights, a wall of pantries and a tiny coat closet. Throw into the mix structural posts to work around.

Kitchen before

Kitchen before

The former too-small dining alcove

The former too-small dining alcove

The pantry/ coat closet/ front door space

The pantry/ coat closet/ front door space

To help me design the new kitchen, I listed what was wrong:

-Not enough room for our stuff
-The pantry was too far away
-The front door opens directly into the kitchen
-The coat closet was tiny
-There was no eating bar
-There wasn’t room for my husband’s hobby: baking.

So here’s the plan:

Kitchen blueprint after

By removing the island and moving its two lower cupboards into the former dining alcove, that created a space for a huge walk-in pantry. Who doesn’t love a walk-in pantry? Continuing the pantry wall all the way to the wall divided the two rooms and formed a proper foyer so guests have a more gracious entry into the house.

In the former dining alcove, I am planning a double wall ovens which links the old kitchen to the new bakery area around the corner. I designed a “Window Counter” eating bar with a footrest which sits over the baseboard heater for wintertime coziness in front of a floor to ceiling ocean-view window. The perfect place for a cup of tea or a quick breakfast.

In the new foyer, I turned the old pantry into an 8′ closet and turned the old 3′ closet into a broom closet.

In the posts that follow I will take you through the process.




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