Our original kitchen was extremely closed off on almost all four sides. We opened up one wall leading to the entryway hallway. This gives us a more open kitchen but limits our usable wall space to only two walls – galley kitchen style.
Front of the kitchen before we opened up the refrigerator nook and built-ins.
Kitchen from the rear of the house.
Now we need to rethink where the appliances will live. Ross ran a few different scenarios using RoomSketcher and IKEA‘s kitchen planning tools. He found the IKEA kitchen planner a bit easier to use – maybe because it is built for kitchens versus the more general floor planner RoomSketcher. He said the only downfall is you can’t customize your cabinet size. You must use the standard IKEA cabinet sizes with filler pieces. We are planning to re-use what we can of the current cabinet frames and maybe even the doors. I think we can DIY some shaker style cabinets…oh and DIY some butcher block counters – but that is another post for another time.
Our first scenario had all appliances against the window wall – which would be ideal but may not be possible. However, with the fridge and oven on the right, there is no counter space except the space to the left of the sink, which is just silly.
Our next floor plan had the stove against the chimney, which was ruled out simply because it covered up the chimney and we want the chimney to be exposed.
The third scenario had the fridge covering up the chimney. See disqualification reasons above. ^^^
The next floor plan had the dishwasher up next to the refrigerator which would actually require moving the sink over. Because the sink is now centered with the window, we decided not to move it.
Next we tried moving the fridge onto the wall opposite the chimney, but I fear this narrows the kitchen too much. Ideally, I’d love a nice butler-pantry style furniture piece or built-in pantry cabinets on this wall. They would definitely be narrower than a refrigerator, thus leaving the kitchen more open and saving the square footage.
We finally agreed to keep all appliances on the window wall. The fridge will be on the far left with a little counter space between the fridge and the sink. To the right of the sink will be the dishwasher. To the right of the dishwasher will be the stove and microwave above it. This was the best placement we could come up with while still keeping the open spaciousness of the kitchen and showcasing the chimney. If you have a better idea – let us know!
The winning floor plan
A nice visual of our future kitchen.