1925 bungalow - kitchen remodel?
I have a typical arts&crafts bungalow with a typical tiny, tiny 1925 kitchen. The kitchen is small, rectangle in shape, one window over the sink which is flanked by two original built in cabinets. The doors are long gone and replaced by modern, laminate cabinet doors with glass fronts. It looks 'okay' not great, but it's not original.
The built-in china cabinet is in the dining room but shares the kitchen wall. This creates a protruding abutment in the kitchen and makes it difficult to position the stove and refrigerator.
I also have a built-in ironing board cabinet (now has shelves and no ironing board) that now is used for storage (spices, etc) which also adds to appliance arrangement challenges.
So, there are several design challenges due to this layout.
Has anyone remodelled their kitchen and faced similar design challenges?
Also, it's been suggested to me to remove the "original" cabinets. There is only 18 inches of space between the abutement and the left cabinet. By removing the built in cabinets, I could flank the side walls with cabinets which cannot be done now as the original cabinets are in the way.
Basically, every option includes gutting the kitchen and removing the ironing board house, the original cabinets, etc.
I know...remove the original cabinets? What about the charm? The history? I have to say I'm torn between that aspect and the thought of one day not having a "weird", poorly designed kitchen.
I'm at the "information gathering" stage of my remodel idea. Once I have a basic plan, then I plan on looking into the builders, architects, etc.
I thought I'd start here first to see if anyone had resolved a problem like this as well.
Thanks for any insight.