Matt and I bought our house because we liked the neighborhood, the big yard, the layout, and the price. We had lots of ideas on how to improve our home but there weren’t any deal breakers. However, there is one thing I often dream of fixing (with a total gut and remodel).
I haven’t shown you the kitchen because, well, its a mess. I have no motivation to keep it clean or try and accessorize. Its small. There is no room to decorate!
Since I’ve started researching kitchen remodels and want to share our planning process with you, I thought it was about time to share our ‘black sheep’ of a room.
That’s our kitchen. I could write an entire post about what I don’t like about it, but I won’t bore you with that. I will tell you the top three things I’m excited for:
1. Getting a new fridge (old one leaks)
2. Getting rid of the dropped ceiling and fluorescent lights
3. Having cabinets that work logically with a functioning kitchen (ie. there should be room for the pots and pans near the stove!)
Oh! And I forgot: More space!
Next to the kitchen and dining room is a covered deck. The roof line extends an extra 8 feet beyond the current kitchen and dining room.
So the house is practically begging to be bumped out :)
only first step we’ve tackled is a little bit of research and a rough budget. Matt and I need to get a more detailed budget together before we start knocking any walls down. We’ve researched appliances (more on that later) and have a good idea of what we’re looking for in cabinets and counter tops (two major expenses). Up next on our list is to design a floor plan.
Our current plan looks like this.
I used Floor Planner (its free!) to bump out the house and draw up an idea of what the house would look like with the extra space.
A pantry! Storage! So excited! I also love the idea of a built-in buffet in the dining room and the open floor plan of the kitchen and living room. However, I can’t help but think, if we’re doing that much demo anyway… we really have a clean slate.
The possibilities are endless! Okay, maybe not endless, but we could really switch it up if we wanted. I’m going to have to do some more research. If we’re going to invest a year’s worth of savings in this project, I want to get it right.
I’m hoping when we’re done our kitchen looks something like this
What do you think? Should we just enhance our current layout? Try something completely different?
Do you have any good resources for kitchen plans?
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