I met with our architect who showed me two different sets of plans for the renovation to The Glade. I liked both of them. The best part is I don’t have to choose one or the other, I can mix and match, one from column A two from column B, an a la carte menu.
Currently the first floor at The Glade looks like this.
Plan “A” is a more compact version and Plan “B”, while not overwhelming in scale, is a bit larger. The layouts, too, are slightly different.
The new kitchen is at the driveway side of the house on what is currently the flagstone terrace.
In today’s post we’re discussingthe preliminary things (not the actual decor) that should be incorporated into the kitchen design. In addition to Charlie and me, we’ve included our friend Chef Neault, who has been in and evaluated far more kitchens than we. He made us focus on where we want trash cans, coffee pots, recycling bins, dish cabinets, pots and pans, microwave, toaster oven. Oh, we are such novices! Charlie and I are going to look at some model homes to see some modern layouts. Understand that we have been living in 50+ year-old house with a 50+ year-old kitchen for so long it’s difficult for us to think outside the box (or should I say shoebox?).
But I digress. While both kitchen designs are similar in square footage, we specifically wanted a counter to divide the space between the dining room and the kitchen so dirty dishes and food preparation are partially hidden from the rest of the house.
But we like the mud room design from Plan B which would change the counter space and pantry layout close to the refrigerator.
One of the items on my wish list was an eat-in kitchen which the above plan addresses but not actually how I envisioned it. I would really love to have a round table in the kitchen where we could eat breakfast or have a cup of coffee and a snack. So my revised plan adds that seating area into Plan A while changing the counters near the refrigerator to incorporate the Plan B mudroom.
On the counter which runs between the two rooms we’d like a coffee station because (as you know) we’re all about our coffee. We haven’t run this revision by our architect yet but we’re hopeful it can work.
I’m picturing the bump-out bow-window will look something like this at the back of the house. The inside could be set up similar to the photos below.
Just a little bump-out.
What’s in your kitchen? Can you eat in it? Or barely turn around?