Gosh I love our kitchen. When I purchased the house, I wanted toimmediately remodel the cabinet-lacking, pink-floor-tile, formica-covered, non-opening-window, excessive-bump-out, lack-of-counter-space kitchen. However a co-worker had strongly suggested to me that we wait it out, live in the house, get to know it, and then take on the kitchen. Ultimately, I headed her advice, and we waited over 2 years before tackling the project. And I’m very glad we did, because my initial ideas for the renovation were nowhere near as great as how the end result turned out.
In the time we waited to do the remodel, I thought of several layout and design changes that would greatly improve the function of the space. One of the big changes that I hadn’t initially thought of was moving the fridge to the other side of the old chimney bump-out, and putting a small eat-in area in it’s place.
Other layout changes included adding a row of lower cabinets on the back wall (with an awesome corner storage piece for pantry items and a pull-out shelf to hide Effie’s dog food) and changing out the window. I loved the size of the original window in the previous kitchen, but it was extremely old and full of old dirt and moisture between the panes. Fortunately we found a stock window at Home Depot that was nearly identical in size. When installing it, we had our contractor lower the position for a more functional view.
We used 40″ cabinets everywhere except for over the appliances and the sink.
Probably one of my favorite features (one of about 12 favorite things..hah!) are the floors. These are <$2 sq/ft ceramic tiles from the HD (!!!) and yet the floors look like a million bucks IMO! Not to mention they hide dirt extremely well.
Have you remodeled your kitchen? What new features do you love the most? Or are you in the planning stage? If so, what features are you dreaming of? I hope detailing our project has provided you with some insight into the options you have, especially when it comes to working with IKEA cabinets.