Introducing...our kitchen + dining room plans!
To begin, let's take a look at a few pictures in its current state...
This kitchen will set the tone of the rest of the home in terms of style, color, and aesthetic. We are aiming for a modern aesthetic with a classic touch, so we are pairing an unexpected yet timeless deep green color for the base cabinets with crisp white upper cabinets, all in clean shaker style cabinetry with sleek + simple brass hardware. I think I'm most excited about the Cambria Brittanicca quartz countertops, including a waterfall edge extending down to the floor on the side of the island visible from the garage entry door. This will make a statement, but still has a classy yet edgy look to add some curve and interest to all the straight lines of the cabinetry.
I am also super excited about the subway tile that will be on all of the walls in the kitchen and dining room. It will go up and around the window, sunroom french doors, and all the way up to the ceiling in the areas cabinets don't. The plan all along was to use a 3 x 12 white ceramic subway tile, but as I was making final color and material selections, I changed my mind on a last-minute whim and opted instead for a light gray color that will add a little warmth and depth to the space, tie in more seamlessly to the adjacent walls that aren't tiled, and coordinate color-wise with the beautiful pattern in the countertops.
As I share more designs of the different spaces we are renovating, you will notice the same wood element scattered in different doses throughout the home. In the kitchen, you will see the same wood on the butcher block section of the island as the floating shelves to the left of the window. In the dining room, it'll be present in the frame around the coffee bar upper cabinets. This will coordinate with the reclaimed maple look of the flooring we will be installing throughout most of the main floor. This wood will be on the lighter side, but have a definite warmth to it, so it will help to keep things cozy with the cooler color palette we have chosen for walls and furnishings.
If you’ve been around here much at all, you know kitchens are my jam. I absolutely love creating a perfect workstation for my clients based on how they use their kitchen, and it was SO fun to be able to work on our own! Here's a breakdown...
We largely will keep appliance placement in its current location with the exception of moving the fridge to the dining room end of the perimeter cabinets (as now it is placed on a long wall that will be removed!). We liked the current flow and didn't feel the need to change much, and a perk will be that this will save some costs in not having to move things around. I love to cook, so I'm excited about the workstation setup I'll have around the gas range, including designated homes for oils and spices, a handy utensil canister drawer right next to the cooktop, and plenty of space for pots and pan storage.
The island will be the workhorse in this kitchen - it'll include a garbage pullout, drawer microwave, large peg drawers for plates and bowls, knife block pullout, and rollouts for baking ingredients and tools all within reach of the countertop work area. A large built-in butcher block for chopping and serving will surely get lots of use in our home as well! The backside of the island next to the barstools will have another area for storage for cookbooks and/or serving dishes.
We'll be adding cabinetry on the dining room wall to serve as a beverage bar, complete with three top-hinge upper cabinets to house coffee supplies, wine + glasses, travel mugs, blender, and waterbottles. Because the master bathroom shower is directly behind this wall, it should be no trouble at all to add plumbing to accommodate a small bar sink for extra function. Underneath the countertop, we'll have customized storage for tea bags and K-cups, and a beverage fridge for keeping bottles and cans cold, accessible, and not robbing space from our main fridge.
Here are the kitchen and dining room design boards showing the combination of materials and finishes we have selected for this space! Be sure you sign up for my email list as I'll be sharing product sources throughout the project.
Check back soon, living room design next...