Looking for Two Room Kitchen Layout/Function Suggestions?
Hi. I've been lurking on this website for a long long time (I'm sure that's the case for most people). My wife and I are planning for a full gut renovation of the kitchen in our c.1900 Victorian(ish) home. I'm sure I could spend more time writing a well thought out post, but it would be too long, and I just want to start somewhere on these forums. A few points of discussion:
-Existing kitchen layout is broken up into two distinct "rooms". For discussion purposes, I'll call the larger room the kitchen and the smaller the butler's pantry.
-Existing kitchen contains a range and refrigerator while the butler's pantry has a wide double sink and a dishwasher.
-Yes, there is currently no sink in the kitchen area.
-The functional main entrance to the house is the one off the driveway (to the left on the plan, and on the left in the first photo below). This means that the main thoroughfare/pass thru is through the mudroom/breakfast area, through the kitchen, through the dining room to get to the rest of the house. If we come inside the house and need to get upstairs, we use the back staircase. The front staircase is used to go to and from the bedrooms/office upstairs and the Living Room / TV room downstairs.
-There is an existing steam heating pipe in the "appliance cabinet" on the proposed plan. This cabinet would be pretty similar to the floor to ceiling pantry cabinet in the first photo below. Unless it can get buried in the wall somehow, this pipe can't move because it provides the steam for the radiator in the bedroom above the kitchen.
-The existing in-wall convection style radiator shown below the window in the first photo below would have to go away... We'll probably do electric toekick heaters instead...
Feel free to ask me questions on the function of the existing kitchen if there is anything major I left out above. (Existing kitchen photos from when we first moved in below)
This one shows the "Butler�s Pantry" room beyond�
Originally, we thought we would drastically change the configuration of the kitchen to make it more efficient, but the more we've thought about it, the only change that really seems necessary is adding a sink to the kitchen area. This being said, I feel like adding a sink to the kitchen creates an identity crisis for the Butler's Pantry. My only other thought on the new sink is that it breaks up what would be a nice run of clear counter space for prepping/cooking. Oh, and lastly, I tried to squeeze an island in the new layout, but it would be really small, and because of the pass-thru nature of the kitchen, I think it would seem really congested - but I'm still open to thoughts if you think one might work!
Perhaps it is not really a butler's pantry, and is simply a "clean up area"?? Our dining room has an original built in china cabinet as well as a buffet, so most if not all of our fine china and serving dishes are stored in either of those locations. We're thinking that the butler's pantry would be for everyday plate, cup, glass, and silverware storage - the boring stuff, not the fancy stuff. (China Cabinet photo below)
The adjacent bathroom remodel was a DIY project, and we're trying to create a little separation between the bathroom and the kitchen, hence the proposed pocket door and closing off the existing wide opening to the butler's pantry. (Bathroom photo below)
Other than adding the pocket door and widening the existing opening between the mudroom and kitchen, we're trying to not do any major structural work.
Take a look at the new plan below and let me know what you think. My hope is that this post can either make me feel good about the plan, or push me in the right direction if it's completely off...