This morning I woke up and immediately began sketching sections (which are grossly inaccurately scaled, obviously) of the kitchen.
I'm certain that the success of my decision to make the room into one big kitchen while still separating delineated work areas will rely heavily on the finishes that I choose and the way that I detail the new countertops, walls and ceilings. Opening up most of that load bearing wall and running an uninterrupted line of cabinetry and countertops along the back will help create a space that's larger and more cohesive with better natural light. Using more formal finishes (think polished stone, smooth ceilings, and cabinetry with glass) in the area near The Dining Room will help it feel more public, while I want to keep the finishes in the semi-private area near the french doors more industrial (think exposed wood beams and brick, stainless steel prep tables, and open shelving).
Just to refresh your memory, take another look at our starting point.
Pretty bad, I know. It's okay to cringe.
Here's a five minute sketch of our tentative ideas.
And here's Contractor Bobby and Contractor Doug tearing into that wall so that we can get an idea of what we're looking at. I also describe our plans for the space. Sorry, though, no firearms this time. It can't always be 007 style over here. Sheesh.
Here's hoping it all pans out like I plan. Andrew's been out of town, but I'm sure he'll be thrilled by my latest scheming. I'm sure. But just in case, don't anyone bring up the fact that our kitchen looks like a bomb threw up. An expensive bomb.
Anyway, at least I had a fabulous morning.
I love this stuff.
See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.