Kitchen Renovation Ideas?
I came on here a year ago just before we moved into our house. We were looking into redoing the kitchen but decided to hold off until we lived in it for a bit. We are now ready to move forward with a Kitchen Renovation plus new carpet and flooring throughout the whole house. I am very excited to update the kitchen but would like some input on a few things. This is a new cabinet, new appliance, new counter kitchen upgrade. There will not be anything major done like moving walls, windows (new sliding door though) etc. There are are a few outlets and things that will need to be changed but really it is more of a facelift. We will not be getting a counter depth fridge. I know that design wise it would look better but I need the fridge space. Hubby doesn't want to have a second fridge. So, the fridge is going to stick out. It has for the last year and I don't really mind. The fridge I will be getting is French door and is about .50-.75" bigger in depth (with handles). We considered recessing the wall but stairs are on the other side. The soffets can not be removed, they have plumbing from upstairs, and venting. I am attaching pictures, I don't have graph paper but I did draw out dimensions of my layout. Minus the island you will see in the picture.
This is an eat in kitchen. We do have a dining room but never use it. My husband wants to have the table attached to the island but I want it a stand alone. We will be replacing the island in the middle. Making it a bit smaller width wise and it will not have the bar level. It will be built in. It currently has a pony wall and electricity. I am wanting to remove the wall and just integrate the outlets in the cabinets. It is very important the area functions as our family eating area. I use the island as my prep area over the other counters. I thought we could make the island longer and have seats around it but my kids are 6 and 5. I don't think it would be comfortable. This is where the idea to step down the island to a table height is being considered. I just don't know what would be better, stationary island seating (table height) or just a regular table.
We will be getting a new sliding glass door and the opening will be opposite of what it is now. I know last year a few people thought the table would get in the way of the path, but we have lived with a table there for a year. It hasn't bothered us at all but none the less will we will switch the opening
I am generally the only cook in the house but we entertain a lot and the kitchen/family room is our gathering place. My kitchen does become busy during those times.
I will be getting the NXR 36" Range, a range hood, apron front sink, new dishwasher and new fridge. I have a pantry to the left of the fridge, so I don't need pantry cabinets.
I am wanting more deep depth drawers on the bottom.
I need ideas for the whole kitchen with regards to it looking nice but functional. I would love input on some ideas for the fridge side of the kitchen. The cabinets over the fridge or just useless, I can not reach them. Thought of maybe building out the soffet over the fridge and then stepping back over the other cabinets but I don't know. The microwave will be moving to the fridge side.I would really just love some input, ideas in general to make my kitchen work.One last thing, this will be a white kitchen..
Thanks so much!
Pictures: (sorry for the messy kitchen, I polished my fridge after seeing them..haha!)