Bump Out? WWYD
We are inching along over here. I'm getting my first taste of dealing with KD's as I try to explore and (hopefully) actually price frameless cabinet options available locally while my partner is working on moving the electrical box so the wall can come down. He needs to finalize the location of the new box, so I need to finalize the bump out decision.
In summary, the front part of the kitchen shares the interior wall with the W/D unit. Right now, the W/D protrudes out into the hallway to the bathroom. As we get older, this becomes increasingly claustrophic. There is no other place for the W/D to go and we already are dealing with smaller scale units, though it seems we might be able to find slightly less deep units that would buy us 3-7 inches.
The other thing to note is that the other side of this "hall" is currently out 7" more into the living room area than the kitchen wall will be when we take it down. I hope that makes sense. Basically, once we tear out this wall, the kitchen wall will be recessed an additional 7" into the hall than the other side if we don't do a bump out.
Please note that the renderings are not perfect and that hallway is NOT framed. It just is a floor to ceiling opening with no moulding.
Ignore the materials and color schemes. I'm just playing around in these, with the limited options available in the Lowe's virtual planner.
Basically, there are 3 options:
1 - No bump out, leaving the kitchen wall straight and dealing with a very tight situation for the W/D and path to the bath.
If we went this route, we could put a large counter-to-ceiling cabinet where the bumpout would go (on the peninsula) and I would likely put my microwave on the bottom instead of doing one in a lower cabinet.
(Ignore the beam, this is an old rendering and we were able to put the beam in the attic)
2 - Extend the wall on the kitchen side 7" out so it is aligned with the wall on the other side of the hall. This would create a small bump out that doesn't totally fix the W/D issue but does get it behind the door jam of the bathroom door (and would get us into the cubby potentially if we go with smaller units down the road). This would be a really narrow bump out, but long - something like 7" by 36".
Here's a pic to illustrate that option.
3 - Bump it out the full 14" we need to get the current W/D into the cubby. This would create a fairly significant "chimney" effect and would not align with the other side of the hall.
What would you do? Anything we aren't thinking about here?