Thursday, October 17, 2013

help! we need kitchen advice!

Ready to help us out? I'm sharing our dilemma below and then there's a little poll we created for you to provide your suggestions!

Today's post is a bit different than usual because when it comes to our kitchen, I am at a loss for what to do with this somewhat awkward space.  We are fairly certain that we won't live in this house forever so we want to make sure when we're making a change, that buyers would like it in the future as well.  

We love our actual kitchen space, because it's big enough to be able to have a few different work areas, but not so big that we have a bunch of unused space. Here is what we're working with:
This big empty space is about 8' from the edge of the barstool to the office doors, and about 12' from the green table to the back sliding door.  (None of the furniture that is in here currently needs to stay in here permanently, it's just what is in use now.

Here are a few of our dilemmas with the space as-is:

1. I feel like this space was designed for an eat in kitchen, but with the office doors on one side and the sliding door on the other, there isn't a lot of space for a table that's worth while.  Especially when this is also a main walkway from the house to the backyard.
2. Even if we could fit a table in this space, it seems silly to have another table directly adjacent to the dining room.  Our house just isn't that big to justify two tables.
3. But, more than anything, we hate to have so much wasted space in here.  Part of me wishes I could just push the office closer to the actual kitchen so it's just a sort of hallway.
So, after living here over a year and a half, and wanting to get a move on with updating the floor and counters (can I get an Amen?), we have come up with a few possibilities.

Option A. Extend the Island from it's Current Position
Our inspiration for this comes from this photo:
It would be roughly like this with 4 barstools at the counter (dotted line showing where cabinets would end and under counter would be open space).

Our main concern about this layout is that the island won't be centered in the room, and we will end up with an even more awkward space between the sliding doors and office doors.

Option B. Rotate the Island and Extend
I also found these pictures as inspiration to rotate the island and extend it with another cabinet, so the island is more hot dog style than hamburger style (kindergarten anyone?).
With this option, our walkway space is a little larger from the hallway to the left of the barstools, and  we have a smaller walkway to the backdoor, defined with a runner.  The long dotted line shows where the cabinets end and counters continue, and the short dotted line shows the additional cabinet we would install.

Option C. Leave the Space As-Is
If we kept the space as is, we would probably just add a 5x7 area rug in the space after we re-do the floors and counters. This would leave the space open to a future buyer to change if they wanted to.

Ok, so here is where you come in! Let us know which option you think is best for resale value and life in general.  You can choose from one of these options, or choose Other- and leave an alternative suggestion in the comments below.

I'm excited to see what you all think and will definitely update you when we make our final decision!

1 comment:

  1. Have a large rectangle/square and create a "L" with the seating arrangement.... creating a better conversation area while in the kitchen/entertaining.


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