At the moment, Suzanne wants our assist along with her daughter’s home plans. Or extra particularly, he wants YOUR assist. I have been observing this flooring plan and its drawings longer than I wish to admit, and it appears I’ve a psychological breakdown in relation to options. I knew there needed to be a superb resolution to their downside, but it surely did not come to me. So whereas I will supply some ideas, I hope considered one of you should have the right resolution for Suzanne and Kim.
My query is for my daughter’s home. We purchased land collectively. My HH and I constructed a smaller home and he and his household are within the huge previous home they love. They’d lived with him like this for a minimum of six years. They needed to change the roof and the upstairs rest room was leaking so needed to wait underneath the steps.
Our query is easy methods to open the kitchen/downstairs somewhat greater for the massive gathering we’re internet hosting. The plan is to bang the peninsula again 10” or so and make it somewhat longer. I really feel the gasoline range impacts the association of the furnishings. We’re in PNW so used to it. It may be moved to sit down flat towards that wall however is it price the associated fee as it would solely get a number of toes max.
His buddy prompt he open the double oven wall to the hallway. That looks as if plenty of misplaced storage. I assumed possibly he may transfer the fridge to the oven wall and open that wall into the eating/playroom with a second peninsula so as to add extra eating space. He additionally considered transferring the pantry to the laundry room and W/D to the mud room
I ought to add that he did not need a “huge” kitchen or a very open flooring plan. He was proud of the scale however felt it may very well be a lot better transferring ahead. He beloved the quirky rooms and all of them truly getting used. He additionally had no plans to make use of the eating room as a proper eating room. Any and all options are drastically appreciated.
Thanks Suzanne and Kim
Kim’s Present Format:
Suzanne posted an image of Kim’s present flooring plan…
And he additionally despatched us these pictures so we are able to get an concept of how these rooms/areas at present circulate collectively and relate to one another. Here is a view of the kitchen from a room with a gasoline range and a ceiling-mounted TV. On the far left, you may solely see a sliver of passage behind the double wall oven within the kitchen.
It is a wall kitchen with a double oven at one finish and a pantry on the different. Behind this wall was a hallway that led from the doorway to a room with a gasoline range and TV, and past that hallway was a laundry room, half a toilet, a wardrobe, and a staircase.
It is a wall view of the fridge within the kitchen with the eating/playroom via the door. After which past that was a really giant lounge. Suzanne mentioned that Kim had no plans to make use of the eating/playroom as a proper eating room.
After which trying again the opposite method from the kitchen is a room with a gasoline range and a TV, though you may’t actually see it from this angle…
However you may see it from this angle. That is the gasoline range that Suzanne desires to maneuver in order that it’s flush with the wall moderately than reducing this space into two areas.
It is a hallway behind a kitchen wall with a double hob and pantry. On the different finish, you may see the doorway to the home.
It is a eating/playroom, however Kim by no means deliberate to show it into a proper eating room. And thru the glass doorways is the sunroom.
Here’s a view of the identical eating/playroom dealing with the opposite method in the direction of the massive lounge, which you’ll be able to see via that door, and with the sunroom via the glass door to the best…
I’ve all the time discovered flooring plans more difficult to alter when (1) the house owner did not need a main overhaul and (2) the kitchen was in the course of the ground plan.
For those who keep in mind, that situation describes my precise state of affairs in our home proper now. I did not wish to do something intensive, like transfer the kitchen utterly into the world that’s now the breakfast room (which some have prompt, and could be nice, however it might price some huge cash). And our kitchen is centrally situated, with rooms throughout. In order that limits me in what resets I can do.
In the long run, I merely opened the kitchenette to the encompassing rooms as finest I may, pulling down the wall between the kitchen and breakfast room and including a peninsula, making a closed hole between the kitchen and lounge, and widening the hole between the kitchen and music room by just some inches. All of that mixed makes an enormous distinction whereas conserving prices as little as potential, and whereas preserving the unique footprint of the kitchen. (My kitchen remains to be the identical 10′ x 14′ I began.)
I feel this kitchen presents the identical downside, and would require an analogous resolution.
My very own opinion is that I might not open a double oven wall to the hallway.
You will lose an excessive amount of storage, after which the remainder of the kitchen will want some fairly intensive renovations to discover a place for the double oven. And since you’ve got a big household gathering, I assume that you do not wish to lose that double oven.
But additionally, eradicating these partitions makes the kitchen the very first thing individuals will see after they stroll via the entrance door. I do know I’ve days after I depart soiled dishes piling up, or I do not clear them instantly after cooking, and I personally don’t need my kitchen to be on show straight from the entrance door. However possibly it is simply me.
I even have ideas of tearing down that wall and making a giant island. No less than it’s going to protect some storage space, and can permit area for the oven. However I do not suppose that is the very best resolution both. That not solely brings us again to the kitchen on full show from the entrance door, however usually when the kitchen has a big island, there’s something you wish to see on the opposite facet of the island, like a big lounge. with fire and TV. And usually the aim of pulling down partitions to create islands is to open up the kitchen to an space the place individuals will naturally congregate.
However I do not suppose that folks naturally congregate within the hallway subsequent to the laundry room, closet, and half the lavatory. So whereas pulling down these partitions, or making an island, possibly making the world really feel extra spacious, I do not suppose it is price the associated fee when the top result’s having the laundry room, storage cabinets, half rest room, and stairs mainly turn out to be a part of the brand new “kitchen.” “. I personally want to hold these issues separate from my kitchen if I lived right here.
So if this have been my home, two issues I might do to create a extra open ambiance on this room, and people two issues are the options you have been fascinated by.
First, I will transfer the gasoline range so it is towards the wall and now not separates the massive room into two separate rooms.
Then I am going to organize the furnishings in order that one finish of the room has a desk and chairs, and the opposite finish is a seating space, as it’s now. However I will transfer the TV to that far proper wall, and put the sofa the place the TV is now. That method, the room is open, however there will probably be two zones. Then when you’ve got a big household gathering and also you need it to be extra open, the couch might be quickly moved to the wall, after which moved again to create two totally different zones for regular on a regular basis use. That will have supplied extra flexibility, whereas now, there is no such thing as a flexibility with a ceiling-mounted TV and a brick wall separating the 2 areas.
The second factor I would do is transfer the fridge to the area the place the kitchen is at present situated, after which open the present fridge wall with the peninsula in order that the kitchen and eating/play space are extra open to one another.
I feel doing these two issues will go a great distance in making these rooms really feel extra open to one another, making the whole space really feel bigger and extra conducive to giant household gatherings, whereas not requiring a significant and really costly overhaul, and whereas additionally preserving the attraction. unique home with separate rooms which have totally different features throughout regular each day life.
Alright mates! What recommendation DO YOU have for Suzanne and Kim?
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