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Old 06-09-2013, 11:34 AM   #16
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yes, thinner outside wall, that's why we used compressed
fiberglass that has a high R rating.
The fridge is built in, one side is against the wall,
the other side a counter, built in fridges are
warm in the back because of the motor
running.

This is something to consider
when choosing a fridge -- make sure the shelves on the door
are removable...the right side of our fridge opens up on
a wall ( the wall with our kitchen door) In order to
take out the right veggie bin and also the cold cut keeper,
I have to take out two door shelves.

White is nice and currently in fashion. If all your furniture
is dark, darker cabs would be nice as well.

We did our first Reno in 1985 with white cabs. It was lovely,
but I soon began to obsess that the white kitchen didn't
blend well with our traditional dark furniture in the
rest of the house, so in 2005
we did another new kitchen in QS white oak, stained a medium
dark color.
Having said that, our daughter has all cherry furniture, and did a
white kitchen with soap stone counters and it looks beautiful.

The only reason I suggested the two by four removal is because
I don't like friges sticking out far past the counters.

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Old 06-09-2013, 11:48 AM   #17
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Holy cow, that was going to be my suggestion, a corner stove.

I would take out the mud room walls, a put a single glass French
door opening on to the china cabinet wall.

That's a great flow, sink
and fridge on the same side with lots of counter in between.
I like the shaker style cabs too, that's what we have, it's timeless.
Is that the style your wife likes?
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I'd like to see if my kitchen layout can be improved
Waste of time. Your wife will have the final say anyway.
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My kitchen, I finished last fall, completely gutted, is similar size to yours. 9'8"x 14'.

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I also buried the full size fridge 4" into the wall. Glass backsplash covers all kitchen wall surfaces. 36" Induction stove top. Notice the pot filler. Love it.
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Corner ranges and sinks are horrible. The dead space left behind them is a waste, or ends up being a hassle to clean. That and you then lose the front-in access to the counter next to them. You'd only use a corner setup because the designer was incapable of coming up with a better plan. Really, they suck.
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How about taking out part of that wall between the kitchen and dining? Maybe a breakfast bar? If you still need 'some' privacy....you could use louver'd doors across the top of the bar.
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Yes, outside the mudroom there's a porch with a set of stairs that goes down to the ground level where I keep trash cans. I think there's no chance of moving that exterior door. It's a brick exterior house, and I've been told it's pretty much impossible to match new brick to old brick on a house.

I like the idea of straight shot from center hall to mudroom! Making a wall out of where the sliding door is now would let me add more useful cabinets/countertop space in the new corner, and allow me to put a fridge basically in front of where the folding door is now.

Agreed on thinking outside the box, and that the current work triangle is large. I have a lot of freedom to design something that minimizes path crossing and functions well.
Sliding door, where? Your drawing shows regular hinged ones. I'd take a french door setup any day over a slider. ESPECIALLY if it's off a kitchen between you and the barbeque grill. Nothing more of a hassle than sliding that damned door back/forth with an armload of grill stuff. The rental house were in has them in both of the back access doors and they're awful. And neither of them is space limited in a way that would even require them (there's plenty of in-swing space for a door).

It's the side of the house, not the front. No doubt brick or other exterior work can be done to avoid a glaring mismatch. Do not let THAT worry outweigh the benefits of having a better and more usable space inside.

Besides, if you lost the existing door and put in a french door pair where the windows are you'd then have THOSE bricks on-hand to aid patching up the space that had the old door.

There's also the notion of opening up the space between the kitchen and dining room. Perhaps with a pass-through, a peninsula or an island. That's why I asked what the door is at the top of the drawing, into the dining room.
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MJForce, that's a gorgeous kitchen you have.

reckon, the way they did that corner countertop range in your
inspiration pic is clever. They built a shelf along the backsplash;
both clever and unique. If you decide to go this route, a double
wall oven on the end where you currently have your stove is a great
spot for it.
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My kitchen, I finished last fall, completely gutted, is similar size to yours. 9'8"x 14'.
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Wow! Please say you live in MA and give me your contractor's number!
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Wow! Please say you live in MA and give me your contractor's number!
Vancouver. And thanks.
I really put an effort into the lighting. 5 lighting systems with two way dimmer controls where possible. Replaced all the old poly-b plumbing. Leveled the floors. I worked with the installer to get everything perfect. Quartz counter top and window sill. Cabinet colours are sand(light gray) Every appliance has water. Filters(3) are installed behind the fridge in a closet for easy access.
The pictures don't do this kitchen any justice. Cabinets are Nickels Kitchens. Our kitchen is featured on Genesis Kitchen website who are the supplier and designers. There's also another kitchen I did featured on both websites but I can't find them.


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Like I said; your kitchen is similar size and layout to ours. I hope this can give some inspiration and ideas.

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