The Glade a la Carte: Kitchen

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.

Living room, dining room, kitchen, powder room on the first floor

 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.

Plan A - 1st Floor - Compact Version

 The new kitchen is at the driveway side of the house on what is currently the flagstone terrace.

Plan B - 1st Floor - The Generous Version

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.

Plan A incorporates a 2-level counter between the kitchen and dining room and a central island. (I removed the skylights shown on the comprehensive plan above.)

 But we like the mud room design from Plan B which would change the counter space and pantry layout close to the refrigerator.

Plan B is a more open design between the kitchen and dining room with a larger island which houses a sink and seating.

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.

Our revised kitchen plan has a bow-window which allows for a round table, a central island and a counter between the kitchen and dining room where the wash-up sink, dishwasher, undercounter refrigerator and coffee prep area will be located.

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?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “The Glade a la Carte: Kitchen”

  1. Oh, we can hardly turn around in ours….. 😦 & most of our cupboards are rotten… our sink is standing on sticks!!!! – Why would we live like this??? because we are only renting & don’t want to spend money on a place that isn’t ours….. we are in the process of buying it, but it is out of an estate & taking MUCH longer than we expected…. hopefully soon I’ll be sharing my kitchen revamp ideas too!!!! Your posts make me green with envy Jo!!!! But I’m loving it!!! 🙂 **

    1. I’ve lived here for 14 years with a teeny, tiny kitchen that’s almost laughable. People come over the house and say, “Where do you cook?” Thanks for all the nice words and KEEP the DREAM! Jo

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