One of the biggest motivating factors for this massive renovation is getting a better – and bigger – kitchen. The kitchen plans include extending the room by two feet in length and two feet in width, taking us from 104 square feet to 150 square feet. That may not seem like a lot, but the reality is that we will go from a one person kitchen to a two person kitchen. Imagine, being able to scramble eggs while your partner makes PB&J! Nobody misses the jam in their eggs. That’s right, in case you missed it, packing PB&J yields dividends in the form of kitchen renovation budget. Mornings should be much more harmonious thanks to this change.
The current kitchen is a pretty generic nineties era renovation with an odd layout that you can see below to accommodate the dishwasher. This is where the 50% increase in square footage really matters. It allows just enough space to reconfigure appliances such as the microwave (not pictured) and dishwasher and create an additional 14 linear feet of usable counter space. Yep, 50% increase in square footage yields 100% increase in usable counter space – that’s some good math, college boy. Also, we will not be sorry to see the end of the water damaged laminate countertops and cheap cabinets (although these may find a new home in the garage).
We also want to take this opportunity to reintroduce some character to the room and bring it more in line with the history of the house. To that end, we plan on including some traditional touches, like shaker cabinets and a farm sink (I’m a big fan of this one) with some more interesting details, like a patterned floor using encaustic tiles. We haven’t decided on the actual tile, but these are a possibility. It looks like we will be going with soapstone for the counter tops. There will also be a (pretty sweet!) pantry, which means the cereal hoarder in the house will be able to hide his habit!
Perhaps the most exciting thing will be a new range. (Does that fact that this is the most exciting part make me weird?) We are planning on going dual-fuel because gas cooktop = good, gas oven = bad! Right now, we’re scouring craigslist to see if we can get a deal on a used one to make the most of our money because these babies can get pretty pricey. No luck so far, but we’ll keep you updated. If you’ve got any tips, please let us know.
Here’s the floorplan for all this new amazingness.