In the midst of all the other projects going on, we have decided to finally redo our kitchen. While this is a huge undertaking, it has also been 4 years in the making. There is a lot we are trying to get done, and we want to use what we can from the previous remodel that I am guessing was done in the early 90’s. Don’t get me wrong, I love the 90’s, but more so in a Zack Morris kind of way then maple orange wood and laminate counter tops.
When we bought this house, we knew that a kitchen remodel was in our future. This was one of the most updated kitchens we saw in our price range, but still left a lot to be desired. We wanted to make sure we lived in it for a while before we made any rash decisions. On the other hand, I didn’t expect it to take us 4 years to get rolling. I thought I would share what major issues led us to being ready for a major rehaul of our kitchen.
Lack of Storage
We have a small kitchen that not only tends to feel pretty tight, but also seems to lack adequate storage. The biggest culprit of wasted space is currently our bar. It takes up a whole side of our kitchen yet doesn’t include any storage whatsoever. It has space on either side for barstools, which is cool for eating meals and staring at friends, but there’s also a real dining room table a mere 2 feet away where you can do the same thing.
When we removed the carpet in the dining room (yes, disgusting!), we noticed the significant step up into the kitchen. It looks like previous homeowners just kept layering new flooring whenever they did updates. There are 3 different kinds of linoleum as well as plywood layered in between. As you can see, I had to use 2 different thresholds in order to get the height needed for the transition. Although hilarious at times, this proved to be quite the step up for any newbies in our house, and we frequently saw a lot of tripping.
Cabinet Were Looking Tired
We do have some nice quality maple cabinets, but they were starting to look worn out in places. All the foot kicks were pretty distressed, and any cabinets near the windows were bleached by the sun. Not to mention the hardware was a little to brassy for us.
We have a couple of very narrow walkways and paths in our kitchen which are pretty inefficient. Next to our fridge are the stairs that lead down to the basement. The opening to access the stairs is less tan 20″. Every time we go down to the basement we have to turn sideways and this can be extra fun while trying to handle a basket full of laundry.
The other walkway issue is right where you step into the kitchen. There is a wall and a fridge to the left and the bar to the right, and the opening is right around 30″. On a day to day basis this doesn’t prove to be too annoying, but anytime we have friends over the bar tends to be the area that everyone congregates to. This tends to lead to the butt or crotch game (fight club reference), which can prove even more awkward when the fridge is open.
And so we begin our Kitchen Chronicles. Stay tuned later this week for our post on our plans and to-do list!