Our New Kitchen Layout

Welcome back to another home renovation update!! If you want to catch up on our renovation plans and progress to date, check out the home renovation tab -here! It's been a crazy week starting off with a super quick work trip to NYC and an awesome morning at this hip-hop yoga class...but now I'm back and into the details of our home renovation. Insulation went up in the house this week and things are rocking!! Today, I wanted to share where we landed with our kitchen plans and a sneak peak at some of the design decisions we’ve made. I can’t share the new plans without one last reminder on our old kitchen...design aside it was beat up! A leaky dishwasher...and a design in desperate need of a revamp!!

The Old Kitchen

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old kitchen

Our new kitchen turned out to be an addition, so we could make room for a newbathroom on the 1st floor. We moved the kitchen to the right side of the house and opened up the floor plan, so it’s connected to our living room and dining area.

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new kitchen floorplan

So a totally clean slate!! Right? Nope. If there is one thing I've learned in a renovation you cannot have it all. We had to make some design decisions and trade offs, but overall I'm excited with where we landed! If you're going through a renovation, do you feel that way too??

For those of you interested in the trade-offs keep reading. I'm also sharing a sneak peak of some of the pretty details I'm considering.

Layout

This is obviously the hardest part. A nearly clean slate but also realities in window and door placement and...in our case size. Our kitchen is 11x13 which is in no way big. It will be big enough and such an upgrade from our old kitchen. But this meant the island had to turn a certain way and we had to do more cabinets that I wanted.

I struggled the most with the windows in the kitchen room. I LOVE windows and natural light. love, love, love. And all the modern kitchens these days seem to break up wall cabinets with some nice window space. In the end, we decided to forgo windows on the western wall for privacy and more storage.  

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I really wanted to try a gray or deep blue kitchen but our space just isn't bright enough for those bold colors. So it will be a classic white and bright kitchen with a transitional feel to fit with our 1920s home. You can't have too many white & bright kitchens in my opinion!

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Cabinets To The Ceiling Or Not?

This is the real kitchen decision, am I right?? Cabinets going all the way to the ceiling or not feels like the kitchen debate of all time after the marble for the countertops discussion.

We debated this one a ton! With nearly 9 feet ceilings, cabinets to the ceiling were $$$ but a big 10 inch soffit above it wasn't the look we were going for either.

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So we decided to leave the space above the cabinets open and take the hood all the way to the ceiling! This one I am a little nervous about. Fingers crossed this looks as good in our space as it does in this kitchen!

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For the hood style, we decided to go with a custom wood hood. This look felt less ‘kitcheny’ for the open floor plan and will put more emphasis on the pendants over the island. I wanted to put a trim detail all around the bottom of the hood, but with flat front cabinet doors (we decided against iframe due to cost and flat fronts have more space!), putting a trim all around the bottom of the hood wouldn’t work. You wouldn't be able to open the doors.

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I love this style from Studio McGee - the added piece of wood and trim on the front of the hood gives it a nice detailed look but will still allow the cabinets doors to open.

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It’s crazy how many decisions have to be made in the kitchen and they are all daunting! They feel more permanent and become a main feature of the house. So for the cabinet style, I wanted one that felt like it fit with our house’s era. Intricate designs were out. I picked a shaker style door with a beaded detailing on the inside to give it a more custom feel.

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For the paint, I debated the white kitchen vs. colorful kitchen. Of course right when we are designing our kitchen everyone is talking about colorful kitchens are in and white kitchens are out!! I just can’t get over a white kitchen. It’s so classic. We are deciding between Simply White and White Dove - left to right below - they are SO similar.

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Hardware, countertops and backsplash are the next big things to tackle. Here are the style I'm thinking about! 

Quartz countertops like London Gray and Calacatta Nuvo

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I really love the honed London Gray. It had a more gray tone and even looked white against these white cabinets. 

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For the hardware, we're looking at a mix of bin pulls and knobs.

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A textured backsplash like a glazed subway tile.

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Here’s a look at our new kitchen design!

You’ll have to use your imagination because the island and x-front cabinet doors aren’t shown in this version. Overall, I'm so happy and can't wait to see it in real life!

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