Final Plans for the Kitchen Cabinets

After all the debating and polling and back and forth, we finally have plans for the kitchen cabinets at the 10th flip!!  Did you think this day would ever come?


Final Kitchen Cabinet Plans

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…

10th Flip - Before

. . . and here’s how it looks after demo and framing:

demo, framing & plumbing

So when you enter the kitchen through that large opening, this is what you’ll see:

Final Kitchen Cabinet Plans

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.

kitchen window

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?  :)

Final Kitchen Cabinet Plans

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?

Final Kitchen Cabinet Plans

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.

Final Kitchen Cabinet Plans

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?

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  1. Linda Z says:

    Yay! Glad everything is in the works for you guys! I think a built in pantry is a fantastic idea… I’m sure the homeowners will think so, too! I’m looking forward to seeing it all put together! :)

  2. Julia says:

    It’s starting to look really interesting! I am glad you are going with the rustic modern design which I personally prefer. It’s warmer and more inviting I find than just modern. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. Are you also going to post about the 9th flip?

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Yes, I’ll definitely post about it! We also have 2 rentals now that I need to write about – I’m so behind, ack!

  3. Aimee says:

    Can’t wait to see these plants morph into real cabinets and counters! So many decisions you have to make in the drawing; don’t know how you do that. I want to see the peninsula ; looks wonderful on paper! More posts soon, please.

  4. Sarah says:

    Super exciting! I can’t wait to see the progress!

  5. Amelia says:

    Awesome plans…can’t wait to see the finished product! Love your blog, will definitely be following your projects…thanks for sharing!

  6. Yay! Looks like you have a great project at work! Kitchens deserve some attention because this is one of the busiest place in the house. I’m excited to know how the final output would be like. Will look forward to your future posts. :)

  7. Wes Jordan says:

    Awesome plans! I appreciate all the details you put into your blog. Great idea going with the full pantry instead!

  8. Great call expanding the window. Kitchens are always better off with more natural sunlight. It brightens it up and makes it more welcoming!