It's always fun to start designing a new kitchen. Our overall goal for the 1927 bungalow? To create a vintage feel, but with all the modern amenities homeowners need in a kitchen today. And this one has lots of possibilities, but also some interesting challenges.
So let's start with the challenges:
- 3 doorways
- Monuments (ie. something not easily moved)
- Furnace flue
- Cast Iron Radiator that's 4 feet tall
- Narrow-ish room (not wide enough for a big island)
But we have some great things as well:
- The original cast iron sink!!!
- Original red birch flooring
- A wall that can be removed to open up the space
- High ceilings, so we can order extra tall cabinets
So with those things in mind, we started playing with some ideas. And of course we had our usual 'must have' list - lots of storage, a place to sit and chat with the chef, and plenty of counter space for multiple cooks.
Here's the working idea for the floorpan. First, we decided to close the doorway to the bedrooms. It wasn't really necessary (it's not that long a walk to go around!) and gives us a great spot for a big pantry. We also decided to remove the wall to the dining room, to open up the space.
I looked at several different cabinet options, but decided to stick with the Martha Stewart line of cabinets. I really like the painted look finish - that's much more durable than real paint - and they've held up well in my previous kitchens.
We spent lots of time working through the details and finally came up with this design. Of course it doesn't show the antique sink or the right style of windows or doors.....but you get the idea! The island will have room for a couple of stools and will also hold a double trash bin. We will build a custom mud bench next to the giant radiator - a great place for coats and boots to dry off when you come in on a snowy night! And the pantry will be big enough to hold lots and lots of food. We are also going to install a custom stove hood.
Cabinets and layout are important. But, what really makes a kitchen a 'wow' are the finishes. And we've spent a lot of time working through all the finish design details. We want to reuse many of the vintage elements that came from the home. First and foremost is that fabulous sink. But we also want to use a lot of the reclaimed wood from the attic - for some open shelves and a beautiful top for the island. And of course we'll refinish those beautiful antique red birch floors.
The pantry needs a special door - and none of the existing doors in the house would fit. So we scoured local antique shops and salvage yards until we found this unique 5 panel glass door. We also discovered a small glass doorknob for it, that came from a local hotel that was torn down. It's almost a perfect match to the others in the house. It will make a really nice design statement!
Of course I won't be able to show you the completed kitchen for awhile. The cabinets are on order. the electrical needs to be done, and a few walls need to be built as well. But we're pretty pleased with the design!