Cabinetry is so important – especially in a kitchen, and especially in a kitchen with an open layout. Not only do the cabinets need to offer lots of storage and functionality for cooking and casual dining, but they need to be beautiful and help create a workable flow throughout the entire kitchen, family room and dining area (some would call it a great room, so let’s go with that). That’s a tall order!!
The cabinetry at the flip is going to be beautiful but it’s been very tricky to figure out. We’ve been through about 4 rounds of drawings, and realized at the last minute that we didn’t have enough space between the kitchen and the family room to have bar stools on the back of the island, so then we were scrambling to find another place to put them.
After lots of consideration, here’s a rough rendition of the layout we created for the great room:
(There are upper cabinets on the back elevation of cabinetry but I couldn’t figure out how to put them in the rendering. Sorry, you’ll have to use your imagination!)
We decided to do a peninsula at the end of the back wall of cabinetry, and I think it’s going to be awesome – much better than our original plan, actually. By extending the cabinetry towards the French doors and then extending the peninsula out into the space, the room will feel more balanced whereas before everything was skewed towards the fireplace wall.
We’ve been agonizing over where to place pendants – over the island or over the peninsula? I think we’ve finally decided to hang them over the island but who knows, that could change again. :)
This is what the back elevation of cabinetry will look like:
This peninsula will extend from the right side of the pantry and will be parallel to the French doors:
When you’re facing the fireplace from the kitchen, this is what the island will look like:
And here is the view of the island from the family room:
Whew!! We went through lots of trial and error, but I think we finally got it right. I’ll be on pins and needles for the next few weeks, waiting to see how the finished cabinets look!