Holy 70s, Batman! Help with condo kitchen layout please!
Layout gurus, I need some help! My mom bought a one-bedroom condo a few months ago that came with an amazingly hideous, retro 70s mess of a kitchen. The cabinets are falling apart, the backsplash is beyond filthy, and the layout is atrocious. She's ready to gut it, and I am helping her with the layout and planning. So here's the deal:
- Kitchen is for a single woman in a one bedroom condo, so will be a one chef kitchen.
- Reno is being done on a budget, and will use IKEA cabinets. Other materials to be determined.
- Soffits have to stay, as they contain air ducts. The condo is concrete construction, so there's no way to relocate them, either.
- Water has to stay where it is, but the other appliances are electric, so can move as layout permits.
- Appliances have been purchased: a 30" slide-in electric range, a 24" dishwasher, and a 24" wide, counter-depth LG fridge (apartment-sized, and adorable!). Hood will have to be recirculating, as there is no way to vent to the outside.
Here are the hideous before shots:
The kitchen and eat-in area is 17' x 9' wide. This pic is taken standing in the eat-in area looking towards the kitchen.
Olive green formica! Fake and filthy brick! Rotting cabinets!
Standing in the doorway from the entry to the kitchen, looking towards the eat-in area. Note the dishwasher at right angle to the sink, making it impossible to stand at the sink while the dishwasher is open:
the wall opposite the stove/sink. A nook for the fridge, plus shallow shelves:
What she's looking for as far as design:
- A clean, modern design. She loves the look of kitchens with no upper cabinets, though understands that a few may be necessary here. Simple, clean lines, neat.
What we're thinking about the layout:
- Nix the dishwasher peninsula, and demo the little wall adjacent to it that, allowing for a straight run of cabinets all the way down through the eat-in area. This would allow a long stretch of counter. She'd like the cabinets in the eat-in area to be for storage, and wants to keep the cooking/food prep/clean up functions in the kitchen area of the room.
- The wall directly to the left of the fridge can come down, allowing for cabinets adjacent to the new fridge (which is narrower than the existing one). The shelves would be replaced with normal lower cabinets and upper cabs. Without the dishwasher peninsula, this wouldn't feel as tight as it does now. There is another partial wall to the left of the shelves that is the same depth as the one to the left of the fridge. We are undecided on whether it should stay or go.
- The eat-in area should include room for at least a 2-seater table. If one that seats 4 can fit, that would be better, but is not necessary.
Here is the floorplan for the condo, so you can get an idea of the space as a whole (sorry so small - hope you have your readers handy!):
Dimensions and details:
- Height from floor to soffit is 82".
- The kitchen + eat-in area as a whole is 17'x9'.
- The water hookups and drain are 52" from the wall to the left of the stove (i.e. from the bottom of the kitchen), and occupy a 10" span. Therefore, the sink base cab will have to hit that wall so that those are included in the sink base.
I have a couple different floorplan ideas, but can't post them until I get access to my other computer that has the Ikea kitchen planner on it (this is from a mac, and I can't for the life of me get the planner working on here!) We're open to any and all ideas, keeping in mind the above limitations.
Thank you so much! I'm really looking forward to a good discussion here.