First Post - Help with My Design
I've been lurking for a month or more, reading everything I can--this site is a wonderful source of information! My husband and I are essentially empty nesters, our youngest is a senior in college, so we decided to embrace our new stage in life. We sold our house and bought a townhouse a couple blocks from the beach, with restaurants and shops in easy walking distance, where we can feel like we're on vacation all the time.
We've been here three weeks, and I'm trying to nail down a design for the kitchen. I think we're going to do an Ikea Adel kitchen, reusing the current ss appliances, a 30" top freezer fridge and a slide in range. We don't want to put a lot of money into remodeling because we may end up turning this into a rental if we find that it's too small or we can't stand being without a garage. Anyway, the issues I've struggled with:
1. The d/w is currently adjacent to the sink and next to the stove. I'm willing to go to an 18" d/w to get it next to the sink. I'd like to use the existing 24" d/w but the sink cabinet would have to be off center to the right of the window. I read the discussion about centering the faucet instead of the sink, but the livingroom looks directly at the sink cabinet so I think the cabinet needs to be centered.
2. I'd like the range hood area to be a nice focal point, since it's what will be seen first when entering the front door or coming down the stairs. I'm thinking glass cabinets on each side, and maybe tile all the way up the wall, maybe blue/teal/aqua tile.
3. Roll out trash, in the island?
I think I've written enough for now, here's the design I'm playing around with, and the current floorplan, I'm interested in your thoughts:
The current floor plan, narrow U shaped 10 x 10.5 kitchen. The front door is to the left of the refrigerator, there's a 40" wall between them. There is also a 40" wall at the end of the counter across from the fridge, this wall can be removed.