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REMODEL PLANS FOR A 1970'S KITCHEN - MODERN FARMHOUSE STYLE

REMODEL PLANS FOR A 1970'S KITCHEN - MODERN FARMHOUSE STYLE

A kitchen remodel is in the works for Project Tree Lined, a custom home that was built 1978, in a neighborhood where the streets are now graced with beautiful mature trees. Take a look at the existing floor plan.

EXISTING FLOOR PLAN

Besides worn-out and dated finish materials, its pretty easy while looking over the existing floor plan to see what's not working well in the space. 

  • over-all too tight
  • crowded dishwasher and sink
  • conflict between the dishwasher and stove top - not enough room to use both at the same time
  • corner cabinet is wasted
  • inadequate prep space on both sides of the stove top

Notice too, how closed off the kitchen is to the dining and living rooms, and even the family room.


CLIENT WISH-LIST FOR THE SPACE

  • island with butcher block top, to seat 3-4 people
  • plenty of counter space
  • plenty of storage space
  • double ovens
  • stove top
  • refrigerator
  • farmhouse sink
  • built-in microwave
  • place for small appliance storage
  • eating nook
  • homework station for kids
  • some glass cabinets
  • some open shelves

SPATIAL CHALLENGES

  • space is long and narrow
  • limited wall space due to window sizes and locations, with the window in the nook area only being 30" off the floor - making it difficult to have a standard 36" h counter below
  • kitchen closed off to the  other main living areas of the house

BUDGET CONCERNS

In order to keep cost down while still getting the most out of the space here are the perimeters that I started with. You'll notice that as my floor plan options developed that I modified some as I went.

  • stay within existing roofline
  • windows stay as is
  • keep plumbing as is

DESIGN CONCEPTS

Before I share the floor plan options, here's the concept board I provided to the clients based on how I interpreted their modern-farmhouse design aesthetic. 

FLOOR PLANS

OPTION A

  • In this plan a kept the window as is (30" from the floor) in the nook area and included a homework station for the kids'.
  • I recessed the refrigerator approximately 12" into the existing pantry so as to keep it from projecting too far into the kitchen
  • The dishwasher has been moved to the opposite side of the sink so as to reduce the congestion to the right of the sink
  • Included is a feature baking center, which is just to the left when walking into the kitchen from living / dining room
  • A new centered opening between the kitchen and dining / living room was created to increase the visual connection between those spaces and the kitchen
  • The eating nook was moved to what was awkward, wasted space between the family room and kitchen

OPTION B

  • In this plan, once again I a kept the window as is (30" from the floor) in the nook area and included a homework station for the kids’ that includes two bistro tables and additional setting.
  • The dishwasher has been moved to the opposite side of the sink so as to reduce the congestion to the right of the sink
  • A prep sink was added to create a proper work triangle which includes a sink, stove top, and refrigerator
  • Wall lights were added on both sides of the window in nook area
  • Opening between kitchen and dining / living rooms was moved closer to family room to help improve the visual connection between the spaces
  • Includes a feature baking center, just to the left when walking into the kitchen from living / dining room
  • The eating nook was moved to what was awkward, wasted space between the family room and kitchen

OPTION C

In addition to many of the features listed above, this plan has a much more generous island.

OPTION D

With this option it shares many of the features noted in the other plans but I improved on the over-all design by getting  more aggressive with making changes to the existing space. 

  • The sink was moved and is now centered between the existing windows
  • The existing nook window has been raised so a standard 36" counter height can fit below
  • Bigger island
  • Larger opening between family room area and kitchen for improved visual connection
  • Larger opening between kitchen and living / dining room connection
  • Plenty of wall space at stove top to create a feature wall with a free-standing, or built-in hood

SINK FACING A WALL

You might be wondering about how it would look and feel for the primary sink to face a wall instead of a window. When designing this option, this favorite image came to my mind as a concept - imagine having a full backsplash in front of the sink and then adorned with a beautiful vintage piece of artwork above it - and then on both sides of the sink, having two large picture windows that over-look the backyard and pool. The wall space shown in the plan between the windows, and in front of the primary sink is only about 42" w. 

CONCEPT PHOTO -  TAWNA ALLRED

THE TAKE AWAY

  • Did you happen to notice how I often referred to improving the visual connection between space in the floor plan notes? Why is that important, you ask? One of my primary design goals was to  break-up the separation and compartmentalization of the existing space. It's important that each space be seen more clearly from other areas of the home. This will increase the sense of space, and will help draw people into the rooms that are now isolated.
  • When designing space the most obvious solution is rarely the best solution. It's always best to explore, and even exhaust the possible solutions, that way you are sure to get the most out of your spaces.
  • As always, I started conservatively with working with the exisitng perimeters in the first floor plan options, but then pushed the boundaries just a little to see if more agreesive changes would be worth the extra cost with creating a more ideal kitchen.
  • No matter if you are working on a remodel project, or new build, there are always limitations. And often, quite honestly there is not an absolute perfect solution. So what does that mean? It means that you have to weigh out the pros and cons of each plan, and then decide which are deal-breakers for you and which compromises you can live with.

Are you dying to know what floor plan the client's choose? Check back soon to see!

Cheers!

Tami

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