After every renovation there’s always a certain part of the house that’s a little hard to leave behind.
That wasn’t going to fly, so we opened up that wall and let the kitchen hang out with the cool kids in the rest of the house. Here’s that same view now:
So much better!
Figuring out this kitchen made my head spin at times. It’s long and narrow, and acts as the only link between the family room and the rest of the house. And nothing says “enjoy your breakfast” quite like a powder room right next to the breakfast nook. :)
The goals for this kitchen were to brighten it up, modernize the whole space, and make it flow with the rest of the house. With some serious juggling, I think we accomplished all of that. In the end, we got rid of the powder room at the end of the kitchen, opened up the wall to the garage conversion (now the game room/family room) as I mentioned above, widened the opening between the kitchen and the formal living room, added a full bath near the front of the house in what used to be kitchen space, and added a laundry room and powder room right off the kitchen. Whew!
Switching things around and opening up walls may sound like things that cost more money than they’re worth, but I think those changes were worth every penny. There’s not much use in prettying things up and changing finishes if the basic function of the space just doesn’t work.
Removing the wall between the kitchen and the game room made all the difference in the world, both to the kitchen and the game room. I remember that Jason and I were driving somewhere in the car when all of a sudden a light bulb went off in my head – we absolutely had to remove that wall. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me before! Seriously, we had looked at that space a dozen times before realizing the wall needed to come out.
Anyhoo, the kitchen used to feel cramped and dark, but now it gets tons of light from the huge windows in the game room. And the game room used to feel exactly like what it was – a garage conversion. Now the two spaces feel open, and like they were always meant to be this way.
So, once we decided to make all of those changes to the floor plan of the house, we had to figure out how to lay out the kitchen. You might remember that I agonized (to put it mildly) over the floor plan of this kitchen, and you guys helped me figure everything out (more than once!).
We decided to use the pantry/double oven/fridge space seen below for a full bathroom (accessed through a fourth bedroom/office at the front of the house), and open up the remainder of the wall so that the kitchen and formal living room feel more open to each other.
We had to find new locations for all of those functions, which was a bit of a brainteaser, but the end result is worth it.
On the opposite wall, you can see where the majority of the cabinet space, the sink and the stove top used to be:
Here’s that view once the cabinets went in – remember, we scooted the kitchen towards the back of the house (and the game room) and turned what used to be the front of the kitchen into an extra bathroom.
And here’s how that view looks today!
This was our first time doing stained kitchen cabinets (although I guess we did do stained lowers here!), and I hope I get a chance to do similar finishes in our next projects. I’m kind of in love.
Did this kitchen turn out how you thought it would?
Check out the rest of this renovation here.