Here’s a big preview into the layout of our new kitchen design!
This post has been months in the making, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it today! I can assure you that if an idea sparks within you as you read this post, we have explored it, too. In fact, over the last several months – years, even – we have considered every layout possible in this space, short of starting from scratch and moving our large sliding French door to the backyard (and that’s not going to happen!). Below, I’m sharing a few kitchen posts to bring you to this point, where I can finally start sharing the layout we landed on, and spoiler alert: the cabinets have been ordered and the 3 month delivery countdown has begun!
Choosing Inset Cabinets from Cabinet Joint
The decision to work with Cabinet Joint was an easy one, made less complicated by the great endorsement from Stephen and David. We initially considered IKEA or Kraftmaid cabinetry, as we are comfortable with both and have seen wonderful results (see IKEA exhibit A and Kraftmaid exhibit B).
But each of those had their own shortcoming:
- IKEA cabinets are limited mostly due to restrictive widths. Since our entire renovation hinged on the space we would gain by removing the old furnace closet, we didn’t want to jeopardize a single inch. The other issue was IKEA lead times, which are almost non-existent at this point.
- Kraftmaid cabinets quickly rose to the top initially, but we nixed it entirely when we realized they couldn’t do inset cabinetry.
So why Cabinet Joint? They’re RTA cabinets, meaning ready-to-assemble, and will arrive flat packed. Yes, that means we have to put them together! But that also provides more affordability. They’ve also nailed the concept of inset cabinetry, and all cabinets include soft close doors, drawers and full extension Blumotion glides. Inset cabinetry, which offers a more traditional feel, topped my wishlist, and when I realized that it could fit within our budget at Cabinet Joint, the search stopped there.
The Range Wall
Our new design layout includes getting rid of all upper cabinets, an easy decision based on how much we love our open shelving in the Tree House kitchen. That said, we will still have plenty of concealed storage – way, way more than we have now! Here’s how the range wall looks right now, mid-construction:
And we can thank the almost 3’w x 8’h pantry cabinet, below right, for all the storage in our future! These are drawings provided by Cabinet Joint, again, a result of literal months of tweaking with their cabinet specialist. Let’s break it down.
- From left to right, we have a 36″ panel ready refrigerator, a 36″ induction range flanked by two 36″ base cabinet drawers, and on the far right, a pantry with built-in drawers below. By moving the refrigerator to the far left, we will finally have the coveted kitchen work triangle.
- We’ve added a toe kick detail on the cabinets flanking the range.
- Imagine a tiled wall above the range, that goes from countertop to ceiling.
- What you don’t see is a built-in range hood, which will be built into a soffit, inspired heavily by the Stoffer’s kitchen here. (I may have DMed Jon and asked him several questions about that range hood, which helped pull us in this direction!)
- There will also be a pot filler and two sconces on the tiled wall.
- Already, this is more than enough space to contain all of our kitchen needs (truly, we don’t have much to store!), but this brings me to…
The Wet Wall
… the wet wall! Below, you can see where a large soffit was removed in the upper right corner. This is going to allow us to add one countertop cabinet that will extend to the ceiling!
The new wet wall keeps our sink in the same place (again, helping out with the work triangle), and we’re also filling this side with so. much. function! Here’s how this wall will shape up.
- From left to right, we have a pull-out for liquor and coffee, which is snugged right up to a two drawer refrigerator/freezer for all our canned and bottled drinks – including seltzers and half and half. (On the countertop above this, we’ll also have a coffee station!) Continuing down the line, we have storage for overflow/unattractive dinnerware (think: plastic kids cups and water bottles), a panel ready dishwasher, sink cabinet, trash pull out and stack of 4 miscellany drawers. And sitting atop the counter is an appliance garage and additional storage. Note: The appliance garage will have a solid lift door, as opposed to the roll door you see here.
- Above the countertop will be a looong floating shelf that will dead end into the countertop cabinet. This is where we will store our everyday plates and glasses. I’m sincerely excited about this, because we love our open shelving in Tree House for quick grab. Plus, I’m a bit glass-obsessed, and I’ll be thrilled to display our glassware collection.
- Above the floating shelf will be 3-4 wall sconces.
- The same toe kick detail is shown on the sink cabinet.
The Heart of the Kitchen
You might be wondering, Wait, no island? Nope. No island. I’ve discussed our idea on Instagram quite a bit, but we’ll be adding a four-top round table instead. My grandma had a table in her kitchen, and the idea has always charmed me to do the same one day. When I saw Shavonda do it, I was like, okay, yes, I’m so doing this.
That should catch you up with All Things Kitchen Renovation, although we still have so many decisions to make! Lighting, hardware finishes (we’re leaning towards nickel and brass), choosing a table, landing on the perfect espresso machine (any suggestions?), and flooring. Oh, my goodness. FLOORING. Well, that’s another story for another day.
Can’t wait to keep sharing with you!
PS: You can see our Phase 1 budget kitchen renovation here, if you’d like!