Sm kitchen layout
Hi, I am a long time lurker (7 yrs). That is when we bought our little 1928 dutch colonial revival home. The kitchen looked pretty but it was obvious it had a cosmetic redo and did not function. And the main flr powder room opened directly into the kitchen area. These are some of the reasons we could afford our home!
This is the layout of our current kitchen/powder room. Yes, this is in inches! Each sq is 6 in. The house is approx.. 1500 sqr ft total. Things to note:
1. the total space is 16' x 9' 4'. we cannot expand the space or remove the wall between the drm/kitchen
2. a long time ago a small powder room, 4'4" x 4', was carved out of the kitchen space in the left/back corner of the kitchen (the location of an original pantry). yes, the door opens into the main part of the kitchen, right next to the one bank of drawers and the sink. there is no other location for a first floor bathroom. we cannot afford to move the bathroom within the kitchen space.
3. the real kitchen space is 11'2" x roughly 6' (not counting the current frig location and the no man's land alcove filled with broken toys and unhung kid art)
4. the range run leaves only 21" to pass to the basement stairs which lead to the side/back entry to our home and the laundry/ pantry and playroom in the basement. No, I cannot fit through this space carrying a load of laundry!
5. we replaced the nonfunctioning range and frig. I have a ding and dent 30" cd liebherr which we love and helped with space saving. it "bought" us a few years of living in the space as it is currently configured
6. the electric was not redone so everything in the kitchen, other than the frig, is on the same circuit as the 3 bedrooms, the 1 & 1/2 bathrooms, the drm and lvrm! If any other device is on when you try to use the microwave, the house goes dark.
7. the driveway is on the left side of the house, the opposite side of where the side door is
8. there is a 2 1j/2 in curb into the kitchen, built up base for the ceramic tile
9. there is a large window which faces west over the sink and prep area. I love our window. I hope to get a bigger window which sits lower so I can see my kids in our small back yard. (the window should be replaced anyway bc it is the original window that is the least able to be repaired)
- in total there are three doorways in the kitchen area: 24" pr door, 30" basement stairs, the 30" drm entry which leads to the lvrm and rest of the house.
- there is a small window in the small alcove area of the kitchen. it is where the side door should be to lead to the driveway
- there is only 1 central light fixture. Years ago I stole 2 lamps from my mom and put them on my crowded counters for light
1. update electric add lighting
2. make a 36' passage to the basement stairwell
3.create "separation" of the powder room from the kitchen
4. improve function/flow of kitchen. right now frig is off on an island on the other wide of a major traffic lane to the powder room
5. create kid assessable food storage
6. replace granite and particleboard but nicely painted cabs with similar quality/value items
7. relocate microwave from above the range
8. add a real vent
9. get a properly sized sink base. I have a 20" sink in a 33" sink base!
- keep the option of making the little side window a side door one day so we have easier access to the driveway. keep in mind pantry/entry storage for kid paraphernalia: lunch boxes, back packs.
I want a light filled, happy kitchen that functions. I have 1 DH, 3 kids (DD1 is 7, DD2, is 6, DS is 4) and 2 dogs. I cook dinner every night and bake occasionally. We eat at our dining room table. My husband makes big breakfasts on the weekends. We cook with kid helpers and dogs underfoot. We host big family holidays but I am the only cooker. We are a water, veggie, cooking from scratch family not a prepared foods family. I have bulk storage space in my laundry room. I do not own a ton of cooking/baking stuff, just my share:) Kids get their own snacks and usually make their own lunches for school. I would like to facilitate that! I don't mind prepping in front of the dw. The kids load and unload around my cooking schedule. They will do anything for food!
I hired an architect. You cannot do anything in my town without an architect. He has charged me a not so small fortune. He suggested I tear down the wall in the drm and move the powder room to the other corner of the kitchen. When I pointed out that this was not a financially reasonable undertaking and that it created different functional problems, he just shrugged and said what are you going to do in such a small house. Yes, I am in the cheap seats of a very overpriced suburb of NYC. I drew up a plan which the architect then adopted. It is below.
What do you think? I was thinking of shallow pantries lining the drm/kitchen wall, inside of the kitchen. That is for food storage and kid paraphernalia. I was thinking of making the small drawer until perpendicular to the frig shallow to gain better access to the upper cabs next to the frig. I could put the mw next to the frig or the range....
Here is my drawing.
Oh, and we can't move. That is what my mom suggested. Hahaha.
Thanks much for your time, consideration, opinions and expertise.