Deciding on the Configuration

The Cottage is definitely getting some semblance of a mini-kitchen.

I think sink, counter, and faucet are going to look good and be functional.
I think sink, counter, and faucet are going to look good and be functional.

The sink position is more or less set due to previous plumbing availability but I’m sure there are many ways to configure the counter/counters and appliances.

Perhaps some metal shelving from Ikea will fill the gap between the sitting area and the kitchen counters.
Perhaps some metal shelving from Ikea will fill the gap between the sitting area and the kitchen counters.

I’ve decided to focus on three different ones.  They are just different enough to give an idea of possibilities.

Two offset counters, perhaps of different materials, would make a working kitchen.
Two offset counters, perhaps of different materials, would make a working kitchen. Fridge under the white counter.

The first one that came to my mind and the one I think will ultimately work best for the whole space is a sink counter and a separate counter behind and to the left in the niche created by the jog in the wall.

This configuration doesn't seem to make good use of the space.
This configuration doesn’t seem to make good use of the space.

The second idea came from our potential contractor who suggested we round off the edge and let the counter turn the corner.  Try to imagine a rounded edge.

This configuration seems to take up too much room that could be allotted to the sitting area.
This configuration seems to take up too much room that could be allotted to the sitting area.

Finally I pooled both ideas and came up with a serpentine counter that starts at the window and wraps the wall.

We're going to transform this area.
We’re going to transform this area. First task: move the scrap wood.

After we mock up our favorite we’ll make a permanent decision.

Do you consider multiple possibilities?

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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.

7 thoughts on “Deciding on the Configuration”

  1. I have faith that you will make just the right decision. I have some of those wire shelving units, not from Ikea, and I put wheels on all of them for more flexibility. They can be moved without unloading everything.

  2. I like you serpentine counter idea, even if it doesn’t have a rounded edge. Which way would the fridge face? Also, if you use the first configuration I would use the same counter material for a cohesive look. Where will the wire shelves go? It’s fun to play with space planning. We had an awkward corner in our kitchen and we eventually decided that a lazy Susan corner cab was the only solution, even though it took up more floor space. I’m so glad we did it!

    1. The fridge would face toward the front the of the Cottage — back against the wall without the sink. Wire shelves behind the cook working at the counter.Jo

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