Need Kitchen Design Ideas!
Hi, We are tearing everything out and completely remodeling our small 14 x 10 kitchen. We have a log home and are going to expose the log on the exterior wall. We decided to put the new refrigerator somewhere other than where the one we have now is, so that we can open up that area and have more cabinets, drawers, counter and dishwasher there. Originally, we were thinking of putting the refrigerator in the corner to the left of where the sink is, but when I measured, I realized the door wouldn't open enough on the left side by the exterior wall. We are going with a French door refrig. Even one with one door wouldn't open and would look funny opening on the right side with one door. Between the exterior wall and the window above the sink, there is 42", so I'd have about 8 inches on the left. We can't put it next to the basement door, because it would stick out too much(even a counter depth would), and it would take up too much space on that wall where we want cabinets and counter. The only other place is between the windows. Not our first choice, but the only logical place. We can't recess any walls(like where it is now) because of log walls(exterior and by sink) and a door on a log wall in the living room, preventing moving the wall the refrigerator is on now. If we put the frig. between the windows, then in order to vent the stove and have a hood, it would need to go to the left of where the sink is, with about 8 inches to the left for small counter and narrow cabinet, and a few inches between the stove and window that is above the sink. We are also thinking of doing a corner sink in the corner to the right of where the sink is now, so that I have more room to the right of the stove. I was thinking of doing pots and pans drawers and utensil drawer between the sink and stove and drawers between the sink and dishwasher on the right of the sink. The only place I can see putting an 18" wide tall pantry, would be next to the basement door, with a small counter and cabinets to the left of the pantry. I can only go so far with counter and cabinets there, since we are turning the wall there by the living room(by the table) into a 42" breakfast bar. Oh, and the old chimney between the windows will be gone, as well as the broken dishwasher and the table. Also, if I put the refrig. between the windows and have about 8" on either side of it, do I box it in with cabinet above and narrow pull out cabinets on each side, which could maybe be our pantry(eliminating the other pantry), do only one above, look for taller narrow decorative shelving for both sides, or ???? I do like to have the side of the refrigerator for my calendar. Also, if the stove is so close to the window that is above the sink, I'm worried about getting stuff on the window trim when cooking. Here are some pix. Sorry some are so dark. Any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated.