September 28, 2023

Improve Our Home

Kitchen Modifications (As Half Of Our Addition)

5 min read

Proper after I completed writing yesterday’s put up about my probability assembly with the mission supervisor who oversaw our garage-to-studio conversion within the Dwelling Depot parking zone, I obtained a telephone name from one of many three contractors that I had referred to as earlier within the week about our addition. I’ll be assembly with him this morning. So naturally, whereas I used to be working within the studio yesterday (and making some actually encouraging progress that I’ll share on Monday), my thoughts was spinning with the completely different concepts I’ve had for the addition, the knowledge that I wish to make sure to inform him, and so forth.

One factor that I virtually forgot about is the kitchen. I’ve weighed a number of completely different choices for the kitchen through the years that I’ve been considering and planning for this addition, the whole lot from leaving it simply as it’s to making a cased opening on the wall between the kitchen and the place the longer term household/media room might be.

The wall in query is that this wall of cupboards. The brand new household/media room might be simply on the opposite aspect of this wall. (Sorry, that is an older image.)

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I feel the final time I shared about my ideas about this wall and the way it might be affected by the addition, I had envisioned one thing like this actually dangerous mock up I did final December. 😀

However since sharing that, so many individuals have cautioned me about having the kitchen so huge open to so many completely different rooms of the home. It cuts down on helpful storage areas, however it might additionally get rid of any privateness within the household/media room as a result of there can be a straight line of sight from the road, by means of the entrance lounge, by means of the kitchen, and into the household room. In the course of the day, that’s not an issue. However at night time, if I’m in there watching TV, I’d actually desire some privateness. (I by no means shut the blinds on our home windows, and I don’t plan on beginning that sooner or later.)

So I’ve been attempting to concentrate. First, I’ve been attempting to concentrate to how we actually use our dwelling, and the way the brand new household/media room would possibly change issues. And second, I’ve tried to concentrate and be looking out for an concept that will meet all of these (new) wants.

We host a gaggle from our church each Wednesday night time, and that group has been as much as about 17 individuals. As soon as we’ve got this new room, I’ve little question we’ll meet in there as an alternative of the entrance lounge for the reason that new room might be greater and (hopefully) extra snug. And we eat a meal collectively each time we collect, so the kitchen could be very a lot part of that gathering. Due to that, I actually would really like for the kitchen and the brand new household room to be open to one another indirectly.

So I’ve been looking out for an concept that can (1) permit the kitchen and household room to be open to one another, (2) permit me to maintain as a lot storage as potential within the kitchen, and (3) permit for privateness at night time.

Nicely, a couple of months in the past, I got here throughout what I consider to be the right resolution. I occurred upon this lovely design from Wilcon, Inc.

In fact, that may be a passthrough from a kitchen to a eating room, and mine can be from the kitchen to a household/media room. However what struck me (and what I had by no means even thought-about earlier than) was placing storage on each side! A great deal of household rooms have built-in storage, so I couldn’t solely make the most of your entire width of decrease cupboard area on the kitchen aspect, in addition to have two floor-to-ceiling top cupboards on every finish of that wall within the kitchen aspect, however I may additionally add storage on the bottom (i.e., the household room aspect).

So what about that privateness I needed? Nicely, I’m pondering that I may add some pocket doorways (half-doors, actually) behind the cupboards on the kitchen aspect and re-create an identical look that I’ve within the music room, which is correct subsequent door to the kitchen.

Besides as an alternative of getting full-length doorways and a walkthrough like within the music room, the kitchen would have half-length pocket doorways (pocket window?) and a passthrough with a full width of decrease cupboards beneath.

In order of proper now, that’s the plan. And it’s been the plan for a couple of months now. I didn’t wish to share it earlier as a result of (1) the addition wasn’t actually on our radar on the time, and (2) I needed a while to ruminate on this plan with out the confusion of loads of exterior enter. However the extra I give it some thought, the extra I like it!

Right here’s a extremely horrible mock up of what this sort of passthrough would seem like on the again wall of our kitchen…

In fact, no kitchen cupboards of mine would ever be white. And I don’t have the slightest clue about how one can mock up these pocket doorways that will give privateness at night time. So that you’ll have to make use of your creativeness there. 😀

UPDATE: A reader who’s way more gifted than I’m at doing mock ups despatched me this. It’s just about precisely what I had in thoughts! (Thanks, Chris!!) The left exhibits what it would seem like with glass-front cupboards, and the fitting with solid-front cupboards. I like it each methods, in order that might be a tough resolution.

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