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jmfl
Help need ideas on layout of gutted kitchen

We recently purchased a foreclosed home and are in the process of gutting it. The kitchen is my hangup. We are going to try and salvage the original cabinets as they are wood and in good shape just dirty. They are only 24" deep base and 15" deep wall cabinets. The kitchen is 20.5 feet long (i.e.from half wall to sliding glass doors) and 11'9' deep it is open to the family room and there is a half wall between the DR and kitchen which we are planning on taking down. There is a support pole also to consider, I am thinking a one wall kitchen with an island. My DH is wanting to incorporate the pole with some cabinets ??? The walled room to the left of the dr we are considering making the pantry and laundry room. We could swap the dr to the other end there is a fireplace area (10x11) at the right end of the kitchen by the sliding doors. Any advice would be appreciated.

smarje1
Re: Help need ideas on layout of gutted kitchen

My wife and I are going to be in the same boat you are in in a few weeks (about to close on a house next week). We are gutting the kitchen and will have a few design obstacles too. One being the support post (stupid gravity). I agree with your DH that you should incorporate it into the kitchen, possibly making your island a little bigger and having the post be your corner. Then maybe adding another post on the other corner for visual balance.
What room would you be losing if the fireplace room became the dining room? Some homes are now eliminating the formal dining room because they arent used very often and having a more open great room instead.

Tom
Re: Help need ideas on layout of gutted kitchen

We bought a house at a tax sale about 10 years ago to flip and the upstairs was a disaster, ancient bathroom, two bedrooms with lots of wasted hall space. I hired an architect and for about $900 it was the best money I ever spent. He designed three bedrooms and a very roomy modern bathroom. He was an architect that worked out of his house so worked cheaper then an office architect. They can save you a lot of work and keep your mistakes to a minimum because they have all the tools and experience to do this. An alternative is to buy a computer program for about $100 to $200 and you can design it yourself on your own computer. Having a design to work off of will keep the guessing game to a minimum and avoid costly mistakes. Unless you remodel houses for a living you need a design.

Partizannka
Re: Help need ideas on layout of gutted kitchen
CaptTCB wrote:

We bought a house at a tax sale about 10 years ago to flip and the upstairs was a disaster, ancient bathroom, two bedrooms with lots of wasted hall space. I hired an architect and for about $900 it was the best money I ever spent. He designed three bedrooms and a very roomy modern bathroom. He was an architect that worked out of his house so worked cheaper then an office architect. They can save you a lot of work and keep your mistakes to a minimum because they have all the tools and experience to do this. An alternative is to buy a computer program for about $100 to $200 and you can design it yourself on your own computer. Having a design to work off of will keep the guessing game to a minimum and avoid costly mistakes. Unless you remodel houses for a living you need a design.

Could you please attach a picture of your home before and after? That would be extremely interesting!

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