That overhead view of the cabinet layout gives you a pretty good idea of how the kitchen is going to be laid out. That’s the fridge on the bottom right, and then (traveling counterclockwise) the sink and the stove on the back wall, and the breakfast bar on the left, and the door to the laundry room on the bottom, then the pantry. Yes, that’s right – since we decided to turn that extra portion of the laundry room into a powder room instead of a pantry we nixed the idea of a beverage center (sad!, and thanks again for all of your feedback on that burning issue) and opted for a built-in pantry instead.
Let’s take a closer look at those kitchen plans. Here’s how the doorway to the kitchen used to look…
. . . and here’s how it looks after demo and framing:
So when you enter the kitchen through that large opening, this is what you’ll see:
This particular elevation makes me SO excited!! Do you notice the gigantic window above the sink? That was a last-minute decision to expand the window and I’m thrilled with it – hopefully it will look as good in person as I imagine it will.
Above, you can see the window all framed in. We really needed a large window in the kitchen since we had to close up two smaller windows to make the layout work. Oh, and this is fun! There will be 3 sconces above the window, kind of like this (ish). I can’t wait!
On the right-hand wall, there will be uppers, lowers with an opening for the microwave, and a fridge box. The side of the fridge that faces the living room will be covered with millwork. Nobody likes looking at the side of a fridge, am I right? :)
Flipping to the other side of the kitchen (that adjoins with the game room) is the breakfast bar. Below you can see how the breakfast bar is finished out on the side that faces the kitchen, and the back of the peninsula will be paneled. The side of the peninsula, which spans the step-down into the game room, will run the entire depth of the countertop. Does that make sense?
The wall below is shared with the laundry room, and that’s the door pictured below. The poor built-in beverage center got the boot and was replaced with this kick-a$$ pantry. The converted water heater closet we call a pantry in our house ain’t got nothing on this thing.
The cabinets went into production two days ago, and I absolutely can’t wait to see how they turn out. We’re doing a much more contemporary design than we’ve done before (like we talked about here), with full overlay flat panel doors and drawers in maple, which we’ll stain after they’ve been installed. Kind of like these lowers, but darker. Can you imagine it??
P.S. Oh, and here’s a fun little tidbit – the first case of Ebola diagnosed outside of Africa was diagnosed about 2 miles from my house. Jealous?