Cabinetry

Originally, the entire kitchen was designed with all custom walnut cabinetry [see below]

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When the budget numbers came back way too high, we started cutting costs wherever we possibly could without sacrificing too much of the desired style.  So we decided to mix white IKEA cabinets with custom walnut cabinets.  The base cabinets in the u-shaped part of the kitchen were all standard sizes and easy to swap out.  The large tall wall of cabinets around the fridge, the microwave hutch, and the retro sliding laminated doors with floating shelf over the sink were designed custom, therefore not-so-easy to change. Once I drew it up on the computer, Matt and I actually liked the entire look much better.  It felt more happy, airy and bright; more like “us.”  [see below]

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Get a quick glimpse of the process in the video below:

The other spot we saved some money was the vanity cabinet in the master bathroom.  It was originally designed as floating custom walnut cabinets with a tall storage tower on the left.  We found an inexpensive cabinet with the right dimensions on etsy.com.  Luckily, this cabinet already had a white/gray laminate top so we didn’t have to pay for a stone top either.  We saved on the cabinet and countertop costs.  Although, we did pay our cabinet guys to retrofit the center 3 drawers since they had to be cut to make room for the drain p-trap.  We also had them go ahead and put metal soft-close glides on them so they open easier than before.  [see below]

Original design:

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Current Plans

Per usual, I am still changing my mind about certain aspects of the design even though the project has started.  I usually avoid that when working with clients, but for myself.. well, I’ve already broken all of the rules.

It’s ok for a client to change their mind on some things during the process; that’s normal and to be expected, but if they do that too much it becomes costly and affects the timeline.  For me, however, I am trying to finalize all decisions before they affect the timeline and budget.  I am just waiting until the very last minute!!!

The layout and plans won’t change.  Plumbing selections are made, and the kitchen layout is done (even though it’s changed from the original plan).  I am still just wavering on tile, carpet, lighting, and small details.

So if you’re curious what everything is going to look like when it’s done please see below:

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I know this one is upside down, but I wanted it to match the direction of the plans below it.  This drawing shows what is existing on the lot and what is being added on.

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In this plan, the bold darker lines are the addition.  The old 3rd bedroom is becoming our family room with sliding doors out both ends to patios.  The master suite and small office with laundry re-location is in the addition.  We are also moving the door into the garage from the living room area to a small mudroom we are adding off of the family room.

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Here is a “before” plan.  You can see the way the kitchen was divided up and the laundry closet took up space in the kitchen walkway to the 3rd bedroom.

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Here is the “after” where you can see that we tore out most of the kitchen walls and re-located the laundry to the addition hallway near the master bedroom.  This plan shows furniture which helps for getting an idea of scale. (Don’t pay too much attention to the white areas…that was me trying to get an idea of the roof-line eaves)

The laundry closet on the right below and the non load-bearing wall to the kitchen were removed for more of an open concept while still maintaining division of spaces.

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I contemplated doing an island instead of a peninsula, but after lots of conversations with my friends and family that know us well, we decided a peninsula fit our family better.  It gave me extra storage space and countertop workspace, but more importantly, keep traffic flow out of the main work zone while cooking.  And one of my big pet peeves right now is having my little kids running around my parent’s kitchen island in circles while we’re cooking!  Peninsulas are also more commonly found in authentic mid-century modern homes.

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We removed the non load-bearing kitchen wall for better views of the front living room fireplace and easier circulation into the kitchen.

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The old 3rd bedroom now-turned family room had  one full wall of cabinets we removed.  This is the wall we pushed out 3ft to line up with the end of the roof eave.  This extra space allowed for circulation between the master addition and the garage mudroom.  It is also where we installed a 9ft wide sliding door unit for views to a future private patio space.

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We hope to add some sort of outdoor fireplace and private fence on the patio at some point after we move in.

Things are progressing, although slowly!