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Smaller Home With Terrible Kitchen Layout

Posted by Acadiafun (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 5, 14 at 13:24

Honestly- when I pay this house off I am going to gut the kitchen.

Have any of you with smaller homes have had to work with terrible kitchen layouts? The best I can do for now is to have refinished the cabinets, added a tile floor (baseboards next week) and plans to add a new counter top.

Here is my progress so far and it is disappointing to say the least.


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Acadiafun- can you draw a layout on graph paper for us to see where things are situated, and how much room you have where you are standing to take a picture? That would help you get some responses.
By your name, I take it that you might be located in Louisiana or Canada? Am I correct?


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When I wrote this post I was bummed. Certainly the kitchen could be gutted and started from scratch. But now that I am actually living here it's not so bad at all. In fact it is nice. I have enough storage, there are nice views from both the windows and one doorway leads to the breezeway(with a nice sitting area and tropical plants) and the basement. I think I got carried away from visiting the kitchen forum.

Musicgal I appreciate you response. :) I had a contractor over and I know what to do to make the kitchen "better" but I think I will leave it as is until I gut it. But thanks for trying to help me. I love nice people.


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I think it looks fine too! If anything I'd just put up a new light fixture. I don't like those round globes (but you might). I have many in my place and I'm replacing them 1 by 1. So far I've had 4 replaced. 3 more are going in the fall. Everyone has different tastes.

when you do decide to gut it, please come back here for help. I wouldn't trust a gc. Even architects mess up a kitchen - unless they cook a lot. They can still mess it up if they don't hang out on kit forum!

going to the kit forum can really cause one to get off center, can't it?


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Your kitchen says "home" to me. And I mean that in a nice way.


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Thanks desertsteph and finallyhome for the nice comments and for the advice. In some ways I feel like I entered a time warp and I do miss a dishwasher, sink aerator and kitchen peninsula. It makes me feel almost like a "loser" to "settle" for such a vintage kitchen and house but the house is nice and the location is prime. Also the house is new to me so it takes some time to get that "home" feel.

Next on my list (besides paying the house off) is to try to understand what is happening in my house since we officially moved in a few days ago. The dogs are spooked and will growl and stare at places in the house. Items that were there one minute are gone the next and we can't find them anywhere. We hear loud crashes in some rooms with nothing disturbed. Everyone seems freaked out at the moment but I don't really scare easy. The previous owners of this house died last year and in the house next door the mother and son died within months of each other. So maybe the kitchen is the least of my worries.


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I see nothing at all wrong with your kitchen. At least in the picture you shared. You used the word vintage. Vintage is "in".


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Wait a minute! I didn't know that you did not have a DISHWASHER!!! I wouldn't wait for a full gut. That and a washer/dryer are mandatory before I move-in.


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Acadiafun,

You have spirits still in your house!!! How cool is that?? Leave them some tea and cookies and make friends with them.

I think your kitchen looks lovely. Is what is pictured all you have? I would take the cabinets to the ceiling when you do the gut job. I do not have a dishwasher and never used the two I had in different houses. To me they are more work to use them. always loading and unloading making sure you do not put dirty in clean and so on. I think you can buy aerators for your faucet that just screw on.

I would love to see more of your house. I do not think you are a looser at all.

Welcome to the forum. you and your Spirits. :)


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I was kind of embarrassed to come back to this thread because spirits in the house seems so silly. But since you guys haven't laughed me off the forum I will show some other pics as requested. The first floor is mostly done, and we are working on the second floor now.

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There is a breezeway off the kitchen which is nice to sit in.

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Living room

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Office
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The bedrooms on the first floor are all similar to this one.
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First floor old person's bathroom. I am keeping this shower as is in case I break a leg or something and need a walk in shower. But the linoleum needs to be replaced with tile.

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I love canvas prints like this one.

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LOVE your house pictures. Looks so pretty.You living room rug i so pretty. I think it is a great idea to keep the shower. We have one similar in our master only it has glass doors. :^( Wish I could do a curtain on it. I do not think it is deep enough. We needed to use this shower as an invalid shower when my hubby came home from the hospital. I had him put an extension on the shower head hose so I could bathe the dogs and it worked well for him too. LOL I used a piece of that soft rubbery like shelf liner to set on the plastic bench to keep him from sliding off. And to cushion his bony butt.

I doubt any one here would run you off for the spirits in your house. Tell us more. LOL

I think I need you to come here and discipline me to not put so much stuff around in my house.


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My mom always tells us her first home (as a young married woman) included a spirit or two. The old gentleman, who used to live in the house, had never been allowed into the front room. According to the neighbors, he had usually gotten home dirty from work and his wife wouldn't let him sit in there. Anyway, after he died, she rented out the house. While my parents lived there, my mom's cats would stare at a corner and hiss at nothing. And...she didn't know about the house's past, until she started asking around due to the cats' behavior.

As for your home, I'd paint a few rooms. Say nice things about the rooms...like universal access shower, not old people's shower. Or how much you love vintage, but want to make it your own. Saying you have to gut rooms is probably not winning you any friends, I mean spirits :)

Best of luck with your new home. It looks like it has great possibilities!


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I would love that breezeway as a way to not smoke in the house.

"I think I need you to come here and discipline me to not put so much stuff around in my house. "

Ditto.


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"Items that were there one minute are gone the next and we can't find them anywhere"

yipes. that happens here but I usually find out it's just....me!

glad you're back. Spirits wouldn't bother us! I've lived in a few homes like that - tho probably just my imagination. Then there was the one house where we'd hear the old rocker in the basement start rocking...

time out to look at your new pics posted.


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Thanks guys for the interesting replies. :)

Last week I heard my husband working on the second floor and I thought he was dragging a heavy ladder across the floor. I thought about asking him if he needed help, but he never wants me to help with "heavy lifting" so I thought better about it and brought some goodies next door to my daughter.

Passed my husband along the way as he was getting on the riding mower. That was unusual......

I admit I am kind of a neat freak. But not the kind that makes people uncomfortable. DH can make a mess or anyone- I just clean it up later. My house will never be a trophy house but I like everything really clean and I like to know where everything is at all times. Scars from growing up with a mother who was a hoarder. Honestly when I was a kid I would open the freezer and everything she piled on top of it would come crashing down on my head. lol

Can't wait until the second floor is finished and I can show you guys the rest of the house. Another day I will tell you guys about the basement.


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