Our Kitchen Renovation Plans – Part One

We are finally ready to share our kitchen renovation plans! You guys have probably forgotten that we were even talking about renovating because it has taken us that long to come up with the final plan. We have wavered a lot on our renovations plans and budget going from a huge undertaking to where we are now. The housing markets seems to be stabilizing somewhat in our neighborhood and there are a lot more houses on the market than in year’s past. Our plan for how long we think we’ll stay in the house may be changing somewhat too impacting our plan. All of this led to our renovations plans to update the kitchen within the existing house footprint, add a laundry in the upstairs hall, add a full bath in the downstairs sunroom (which will become an extra bedroom) and to update the barn and landscape in our backyard. We’re planning on hiring a contractor for the kitchen, laundry and bathroom and tackling a lot of the outside projects ourselves. CT spent the weekend clearing out the barn in the back. Progress!

So, let’s talk kitchen plans. Here is where we are starting…

For the most part, everything is functioning except for the dishwasher. We lost the top shelf when we moved in and have yet to replace it. We are planning to get all new appliances – fridge, range, sink, dishwasher – to freshen up the kitchen and because we love to cook. If you have any appliance recommendations shoot them to me in the comments, I’d love suggestions! The current cabinets appear to be custom and could be kept with some fresh paint and hardware. We even found some of the old doors in the barn clean out this weekend that looks pretty nice, but we are leaning towards new cabinets to fit our updated layout and give the kitchen a refresh.

One of the biggest changes we are making to the kitchen is the layout taking it from a U-shaped kitchen to a L-Shaped layout with an island. We decided on the L-Shape because of the room dimension since the width was too narrow for a U-Shape with an island. I am SO excited for the final decide and about getting an island and having a better place to prep and cook and to have space on each side of the range that we don’t have now. The plan is to knock down the wall between the current kitchen and dining room to open up the floor plan.

Now for my favorite part – the virtual look at our kitchen plans. It’s not perfect since I built this in a free tool I found online, but it does a great job of allowing me to visualize what the new layout will look like in the space.

A few things not reflected in the design – we’ll take the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling for extra storage since we will be losing a wall of cabinets with the wall knock out. The island will also be a full rectangle versus the overhang you see here so it can store pots and pan and our microwave.

Island Style

source: Studio McGee source: Studio McGee

This is the style of island we’ll be going for so from the dining room it looks like a full island with cabinet detailing, but on the side it allows for the benches to be slid under it and out of the way.

Microwave in Island

We’ll be building the microwave into the island like this kitchen with tray and cookie sheet storage underneath and pot and pan storage drawers to the right.

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We still need to pick out our cabinets, countertops, appliances and hardware, but here are my initial thoughts on what I like.

Apron Front Sink

Kohler Hawthrone Double-Basin Apron Front Sink

Polished Chrome Faucet (Dainty or Professional)



Counter-Depth Refridgerators (Splurge or Save)


Sub Zero


Kitchen Aid

Ceiling Lights (Splurge + Save)

Gas Range (Splurge or Save)





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