Thank you all SO MUCH for the sweet comments on my renovation update post. Many of you commented on how sad the whole thing is and I just want to take a second to say we are NOT SAD. Sure it hasn’t gone exactly as planned but in the end, we have a house in a town we love and everyone is happy and healthy. Yes our living situation is less than perfect but we are so blessed to have what we have and I never want to lose sight of that. And the longer we live in the house in it’s current state, the more I learn about how our family uses it and what we need long term out of the space. All of that will inform our someday renovation and hopefully make it that much more successful.
So….all that being said…one of the things the This Old House producers asked me to do when we were in discussions was share with them my vision for some of the larger spaces in the renovated home. They wanted a sense for what I expected from the finishes and I think wanted a sense for what the end result (ie. for the TV show) would look like. I created this to give them a general understanding for what I had in mind.
Just as a refresher – here is the floor plan for the new kitchen. Elevations and an actual kitchen cabinet layout haven’t been done yet but this gives you a sense for generally what we’re doing. The left wall of the kitchen faces a neighbor so I am closing up a window I currently have there and using it for my main run of counter top, range/hood and fridge. I don’t love the placement of the fridge yet. As you can see, it’s next to a built in banquette nook situation and I’m just not sure about it there. TBD. The back wall (facing our backyard) will be largely windows. I think I’ve talked about my hatred of upper cabinets in a kitchen before but if not, here it is – I’m not a fan of upper cabinets. I feel like they are not that useful – the average person can only reach the first 2 shelves or so and you never use whatever is at the top. Lower cabinets with deep drawers are far more useful to me. I’m not saying no upper cabinets at all (unless you’re one of those people that can handle open shelving for everything…I am not) but you don’t need a whole wall of uppers crowding your kitchen and in your face when you’re at a counter. *end rant*
So I am forgoing most of the uppers in exchange for a big run (12 feet) of windows. Now I don’t have some amazing view to look out at or anything but we get awesome natural light in this room in the AM and anything I can do to maximize light in a house, I will do. So there it is – 12 feet of windows, a sink and oh so much glorious counter space (aside: in all seriousness, I have about 1.5 sq ft of available counter prep space in our current kitchen…I’ve measured. 1.5 sq ft.)
I often do these “material studies” for clients when I’m working on kitchens or bathrooms – spaces where there’s lot of finishes to select and people don’t really have a good sense for what it might all look like together. Doing one for our own kitchen was so eye opening. It really forced me to evaluate what I want from a design perspective but also functionally. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you likely see some familiar selections. I did this almost 7 months ago and I still love it all so that’s a good sign right?
I wrote about my love of navy blue kitchen islands here Mr. H+F is still not totally sold but I think if I can find just the right shade of navy – something leaning indigo/iron ore-ish, I can get him on board. I’m still liking the idea of doing a natural stone on the island but keeping the perimeter counters something man made and more resilient (solid white?) and THEN adding the natural stone as a slab back splash. My love of slab back splashes started with this kitchen and then was thoroughly dissected here. I just need to make sure I have sufficient wall space surrounding the windows to make a slab worth it (and impactful).
What do you think? It’s all very “pie in the sky” ideal but you have to start somewhere to see what you like and more importantly, how all the thing that you like play together. I’m sure things will change and get dropped as budget realities come into play but overall, this is my goal…this is where I’m heading – lots of windows, minimal upper cabinets, natural stone island with contrasting base, brass lighting. Would love to hear your thoughts! And where to stick that fridge!