We're wanting to do a complete gut job, but we're not sure how we're going to be able to maximize the potential of the space due to the door placements. There is one pocket door on the
east side of the room (on the 8'4" wall) going to the living/dining room area. The second door is on the north wall (10'6") that leads to the small functioning landing that goes to the garage and also is the landing for the stairs to the half-finished basement.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how we could maximize the space in this kitchen? We're still in the very early stages of planning, so everything is fair game. I just would love to get some usable counter space and maximize its potential. The current, outdated kitchen makes me crazy. 2D floor plan and 3D renderings attached. Thanks in advance!
PS: There is a sink directly under the window (for some reason it did not render) and the appliances are matching in dimensions only, not our actual appliances (I wish).
Commented on Nov 01, 2011
You're most welcome. If you decide to keep the full-size fridge I would keep it in the corner
(to the left in the drawing) where it is shown now but turn it counter-clockwise. I would not want to put it closer to the landing door because it will make the room feel smaller than it already is and interfere with the relocated dishwasher. The range would be closer to the door so that there was an open line of sight through the room when you enter from either the living room or landing. (Sorry, my "to-the-left" directions were facing the wall in the room, not on the plan you posted). Be sure to put at least a 2" filler strip between the fridge and the wall with the pocket door so that the fridge door will clear the trim of the pocket door.
Kitchen Aid has made some great advances in affordable undercounter fridge and freezer units. I've found the best configuration which provides the most storage is using two units: a door-style for the refrigerator next to a drawer style unit for the freezer. They fit completely under the counter and measure only 24" wide/ea. They are definitely not your old college dorm refrigerators and won't look like an afterthought. As mentioned above, be sure to use at least a 2" filler strip between the wall with the pocket door and the units so that the door or drawers won't hit the trim of the door. Assuming the range is 30", I believe you should be able to fit all three along the north wall. Going this route will certainly help make your small space feel larger.