Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wishful Thinking in the Kitchen

We moved into our current house not quite three years ago (that’s almost a record for us; click on the “Parade of Homes” label on the right-side column for more on that).  It was a new-build, and we got to make several of the choices, but some of the choices had already been made by the sales agent.  We got quite a few upgrades at no cost because she had chosen them before we signed the contract.  That was mostly a good thing, but having now lived in the house, I would make some changes if I could.

In the following diagram, the one on top is the base model.  Notice how the kitchen does not go all the way across the back of the house.  On the bottom is the optional enlarged kitchen, which goes all the way across, and is what we have, thanks to the sales agent.

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I like having the extra space, for sure.  We have more counter space, more cabinets, and the big laundry room.  Since I had them put the laundry on the second floor with the bedrooms (love!), this laundry room has become the mudroom (double love!).  We also got a bigger dining “room”, which was important since we don’t have a formal dining room.

However, it’s still not really big enough.  The dining room dimensions on the enlarged floor plan are 9’4”x9’4”, which is pretty tiny to begin with, but you also have to have enough room to access the pantry and walk past the desk to get to the family room.  In addition, the outside wall of the dining area has sliding doors which will be our access to the deck, whenever that becomes a reality.  It will be a really tight squeeze to the have the table and enough room for the pantry and walk-thru on one side, and to be able to use the sliding doors on the other side.

Here’s what I wish we would/could have done had we realized all this upfront.  First, I wish we had added the optional boxed bay window to the dining area, as shown in this photo of the model home.  That alone would have solved the future deck access problem.

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Second, I wish that we had said let’s keep the enlarged kitchen, but shorten the long countertop a little and add the peninsula that the original kitchen has.  I would have lost a couple of upper cabinets, but I have more than I know what to do with anyway.  I would have gained at least a couple feet of floor space in the dining area.  Plus, I think it may have made the kitchen workflow a little more efficient.

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If I had the peninsula, maybe I could even get a couple of modern bar stools, like this awesome Navy Barstool by Emeco.  Never hurts to dream, right?

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Beverly @ The Buzz said...

Yep, I know of where you speak. My kitchen is roughly 27 (sounds nice, huh?) x 10 (yes, you read that right). Long and skinny. A light in the middle where the work area is and a light on one end over the table--but not at the other end! Cabinets stuck here and there with no purpose. It's crazy. I'd like to get ahold of the guy (because it was obviously a man) who built this place!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Girl, I could write a book out of all my "wishes." ;) Love that stool--very industrial chic farmhouse. ;) Seriously though, I am trying not to think about my wishes too much b/c it is just discouraging. I have my Vday decor up today with a little Scentsy Giveaway...hope you'll stop by! :)

FrouFrouBritches said...

Oh, yeah. I see what ya mean! That bump out box would make a HUGE difference. BUT, I'm totally jealous of your cabinet space and your MUDROOM! Oh, how I want a mudroom! If I had a nickel for all my "I wants", I could totally do some of my "I wants"!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Could you still do those things, Holly? One of the things I LOVE about having a house that I like the bones of, but not necessarily how it's been changed by previous owners, is that I can make it exactly how I want it for our family.

I've been thinking of creating a laundry space on our first floor too so it's nice to hear that you love yours. Does the floor need a lot of supporting to take the weight of the machines?