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Home is Where the Heart Is -- aka This 1's for U , Susan #2

And the heart of the home is the kitchen.

Susan, I will see if I can't post a .gif of the kitchen planner's illustrations, which will give you more detail. Meantime, at least I have pictures. (All) Enjoy.
The island solution Island mock-up
The island solution

The plan called for these two cabinet groups to be together in a single rectangle level with the left most group. This put the sink in the lower left of the island too in front of the fridge instead of the stove. But, because of the breakfast bar (you can just see it in the background) coming out as an L, we couldn't push the whole thing towards the stove -- not enough clearance. I came up with this solution.
Island mock-up

Husband had to be convinced it would look ok. So we used cardboard boxes (we have just a few floating around, of course) to form a mock-up counter top.
From the living room Breakfast nook/hutch
From the living room

This shows the flow from the east side to the west-side kitchen. The wall in the middle is the basement stairwell. To the left is the archway leading to the north (pantry) end of the kitchen, and from thence to the laundry room. On the right is the archway leading to the breakfast (south) side of the kitchen and from thence into the family room. The sawhorse you see is in the family room.
Breakfast nook/hutch

On the left is the breakfast bar - you see the south-west edge of the island on lower left. The door leads to the screened in porch, which can be seen from the window above the main (double) sink. On the right is the "hutch." This will be my work-desk, misc storage and show-case area for the kitchen. It rests against the wall it shares with the family room -- to the right of the hutch is the open "wall" between the two rooms.
The last island Island as seen from family room
The last island

The solution all fixed up -- or at east, it will be once the faucets go in. What I call my "baking triangle" is on the left/back side (north and west) comprising the pantry, oven/sink, island. on the right is what I call my "cooking" triangle, comprising the island/sink, stove-fridge (not seen but in front of (to the right) the island and pantry. With the cut outs made by the unusual shape of the island, two people can use the island sink at the same time, and I can put a stool under one of the cutouts. The counter surface looks grayer in this picture - it's really a sage green. The wall color behind the hutch is final -- but it will be only on that one wall.
Island as seen from family room

You can see the frame for the fridge on the upper left. The room you see in the background to the left is the dining room. To the right is the laundry room. Panatry is in the middle. Oven is on the right against the wall to the laundry room.
Where laundry meets kitchen.
Where laundry meets kitchen.

A pocket door separates the kitchen from the laundry room. You see the utility closet (the only closet in the house that is NOT a walk-in) to the left of the pocket door. My folding table is on the left.

Tags: home construction, interior design

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