Thanks for hanging with me on my kitchen series. And now a shameless plug. If you haven’t already registered for the now famous Dump and Run Kitchen Strategies Organizing Class on February 11, please do so right now. It’s coming up quick. This is the yummiest organizing class you’ll ever attend. And SOOOO practical. I’ll show you how to keep your family fed with cheap, healthy, tasty meals that I spend about 10 minutes a day preparing in my crock-pot. You get to come, make your own crock-pot meal, and take it home to eat that night. We oversold last year, but I won’t do that again this year, because there are only so many chairs in my house. Hear what one person had to say last year and sign up now. This weekend I made sausage and peppers in about 5 minutes, and it fed us for two days.
If you come to the class, you’ll also get to peek in my pantry, get organizing ideas for your own drawers, and see my kitchen…Ah yes, we’re back to the kitchen blog series.
What would you do if this were your kitchen remodel?
I’ve been grappling with my kitchen for some time now. It’s a nice kitchen, but not great. My hundred year old home was not built with today’s family or designs in mind. Here is the current footprint before the remodel.
- We butchered the laminate counter when we replaced the stove a few years ago.
- The eat in area is just big enough for our table, but not big enough for more than two people.
- The walk-in pantry is just steps outside the kitchen, in the dining room.
- There is a ton of wasted space above the laundry, which is in the kitchen behind the fridge, in this picture.
- The galley style is not my favorite layout.
- The laminate cabinets are a bit dated, but not completely ugly, and could be improved, perhaps, by Cabinet Transformations.
- Our “mudroom” is 6 coat hooks and a shoe-bench at the end of our counter.
- Crumbling walls behind the cabinets and a direct vent to the outside behind the microwave create a constant draft.
- But the biggest problem is the wall that separates the back staircase from the kitchen. I can envision this wall GONE< GONE< GONE, and visually expanding the kitchen by about 8 feet.
The durable vinyl flooring was installed immediately before we bought the house four years ago, and wears great.
The major kitchen remodel would be a total gut. Here’s one version of the new floor plan. See the big mass in the middle? That is a big honking 12′ island with no wall in the middle, that allows me to keep my laundry in the kitchen and even add cabinetry.
- The major change would be removal of the wall behind the washer/dryer, opening up the kitchen for a humongous island.
- We’ll either need to live with a bar height island or purchase a smaller washer/dryer to accommodate a standard height island.
- We will need to relocate the current powder room to the current pantry, which will allow us to have a more traditional commode AND sink. (Woohoo! A sink in the bathroom? Apparently an option one hundred years ago.)
- We will have to get all new flooring, which means we may as well remove the 3 cast iron radiators and install radiant heat flooring, which means we have more room for cabinets.
- We will gain visual access to the two windows, now currently in the powder room and rear hallway.
- We will gain insulation!!!!!
- We would definitely gain the WOW factor.
Move? (Do not give my hubby one more reason to hang out on Realtor.com!)