update layout - change fridges/MW area

rjl443September 14, 2012

My DH was set on getting the Fridaire all-fridge/freezer twins. I don't think our kitchen is big enough to not be dominated by them, our kitchen width is 13' 9" and they would really only fit on the center wall, which happens to be a major thoroughfare for our house. We are a family of 2 + toddler.

We are considering at 36 French door fridge, standard of counter depth.

We were trying to get 2 dishwashers near each other in here, but cannot really figure that out without making massive updates/expansion. I put the 2nd near the island/prep sink.

What do you all think?

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The corner base is actually two doors with a 90 degree hinge but I don't know how to get visio to show that.

The 12 depth cabinets on the back of the island may be glass door front.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 4:12PM
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I've never had 2 dishwashers, so can't offer any experience. I just wanted to say it all seems to be coming together very nicely. I really like compacting the cabinets and creating a view and light to invite you guys forward the many times a day you use that center hall. Beauty and charm carefully developed for maximal impact--IMO, extremely worthwhile.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 4:24PM
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Thank you!

That is a reason we were thinking of using those glass front cabinets at the ground level that you see when you walk in. We have some nice FiestaWare that we could put in those and get them out of deep storage in our Dining Room (AKA kitchen annex).

We thought about moving up/shortening those big windows to increase cabinetry/space but it is a nice space to have all of that light from the windows. We might get a storage bench/window seat for that area, we are hesitant to put in a permanent window seat since we might need that spot for high-chairs if we have another baby in the near future and a possible adoption goes through.

We just did an IVF cycle and waiting for the results so you never know our family could be growing!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 4:30PM
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I'm just curious why you're set on 2 dishwashers with a 3-4 person household? If you entertain enough to need them, I'm thinking you might regret decreasing your fridge/freezer storage...

I shared with you in the last thread that we had dishwashers in 2 different locations previously (1 in the kitchen work area, and one in the dining area buffet) and it didn't work for us. During those times when you have enough dishes to use both, you'll do a lot of walking back and forth, probably dripping across the floor, trying to get both loaded efficiently/getting the best use of the space. Also, it's easiest to unload a dw if it's close to the dish storage. You are maybe thinking you might only put cooking tools in the prep area dw, but that's what didn't happen or work out for us.

I'm guessing it might be part of your dish storage, but you could consider moving the prep sink to the left one cabinet, and placing the island dw in the 24" cabinet at the left end of the island. It would open toward the window, but still be reachable from the cleanup sink when necessary. I'd move the prep sink down that one place, so the area directly across from the stove is free for prep. Just my 2 cents' worth.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 11:27PM
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