Dream Kitchen (part three): The Layout

It's been a long time since I updated about the kitchen. Right now, we're in the middle of renovating the home, pretty much top to bottom and side to side. There's not a single space in the house that doesn't need something. But it's moving along; it has to since we have to move in soon.

Since last time, I spent all afternoon in my local Ferguson showroom deciding on appliances as well as lighting for the entire house. The appliances were the easy part; after surveying a lot of friends, I decided to go with all Bosch appliances. They had the French door refrigerator without a dispenser on the front, the slide-in range (that's full depth, so I didn't have to run the countertop behind it), the over-the-range "microhood" microwave, as well as the dishwasher, which is what folks really rave about. The lighting took much longer (so many choices!) and is primarily Kichler in brushed nickel (to go with the stainless appliances and Delta Allora pull-down faucet, which I currently have and like so much I wanted it in my new house), including this badass fan (that I need because my microhood doesn't vent to the outside):

The Kichler Starkk fan
The Kichler Starkk fan

But now to the other really important part: the cabinets. I chose to use IKEA cabinets because of their high customer satisfaction rating. I have two friends with IKEA kitchens and they're both very happy. A local company, ModerNash operates as an importer of IKEA goods to Nashville (because we don't have our own) as well as a kitchen design and installation store. So, because they are experts on all the nuances of IKEA kitchens, I had them measure and design the space to my specifications. Namely, moving the appliances to where they made sense and making the space more functional. In the process, I lost a double oven (I didn't like losing the space on a 30" cooktop for the controls), but I think this will work just fine. Besides, I have a great Breville toaster oven!

Here's the mock-up of the kitchen layout:

kitchenrendering

It's changed some since this rendering; there was a miscommunication on the size of the slide-in range as well as the microwave, so now it's back at 30" wide for both (no filler panels) and a 15" tall cabinet over the microwave. Note that now the range is a shorter distance from the sink (for pot filling and draining) and that the refrigerator has been moved out of the primary workspace (and the sink is also accessible without having to pass by the range). It's a full-on functional work triangle! I take items from the fridge and either place them on the cabinet by the range or on the island (which will be removable). Also, not shown here is that the peninsula cabinets are all drawers. For all my many food storage containers (both plastic and glass).

The tricky part of the kitchen is the cabinets themselves. I'd pretty much decided on the Adel, but when I saw it in person, I saw that it was white laminate. It looked pretty cheap to me. No offense to Adel owners, but that's just not what I wanted. So I opted for the Orsa birch, which will be painted white. This is a huge PitA, but I'll have real wood cabinets, which is important to me (even though they'll be painted white). Sixty-eight pieces of cabinetry (including the laundry room) that need to be primed (twice) and painted is a lot of painting (and a lot of time, particularly when waiting on them to cure between coats). Aside from the painting, the other tricky part is having the cabinets look right with the soffits, which are uneven. But I've been assured that "it will look great."

Here are some pictures of the demolition, which we did ourselves (with some help from PopPop Eats):

You know how they always attack cabinets with sledgehammers? Now I know why: stripped screws and 4x4 tile. Sledgehammers are the only way.
You know how they always attack cabinets with sledgehammers? Now I know why: stripped screws and 4x4 tile. Sledgehammers are the only way.

 

Over the course of a couple of days, we got all the cabinets and tile out and all the flooring out, too. Not bad!
Over the course of a couple of days, we got all the cabinets and tile out and all the flooring out, too. Not bad!
But there was still more to rip out. All the drywall had to be replaced; some due to tears from the tile removal, some due to rot and water damage.
But there was still more to rip out. All the drywall had to be replaced; some due to tears from the tile removal, some due to rot and water damage.

 

Finally starting to look like it's ready for cabinets. Note that the floors are finally clean. Two days of sanding with a diamond head floor sander (messy and loud) finally got rid of 40 years of mastic and vinyl glue. Ready to be stained!
Finally starting to look like it's ready for cabinets. Note that the floors are finally clean. Two days of sanding with a diamond head floor sander (messy and loud) finally got rid of 40 years of mastic and vinyl glue. Ready to be stained!

5 thoughts on “Dream Kitchen (part three): The Layout

  1. I'm in awe that you are still hanging on to your sanity. I don't think I could do it! We are on the verge of making a decision regarding renovating vs building new, and I have to say, watching you go through all of this really makes me lean toward building new and not lifting a finger to do any of it myself!! 😉

  2. This is SO awesome! As you know, our new home was completely ready to move-in, but I am super interested in renovations (especially with an architect as a husband), so I'm so loving your updates. The kitchen sounds like it's going to be soooo fabulous!

  3. I'm so excited to see this when it's done! I had so much fun just organizing my kitchen when we moved in; I can't imagine how cool it'll be to have a kitchen you designed yourself!

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