Two years ago we remodeled our kitchen here is in Seattle and I learned a lot. I learned that I love big lower drawers, I learned that I love a cookie sheet cabinet over my refrigerator, I learned I like LOTS of storage anywhere I can get it, and I learned I love a pull out spice rack. Now I’m remodeling our Carlsbad, CA house (on a small budget) Here was the original design that my cabinet builder came up with yesterday….
This was a super great way to see the kitchen design and better understand how it will all look BEFORE they start. So from here I dropped it into Photoshop and tore it apart. My cabinet maker is so great and so understanding he was completely happy with this sort of communication.
So here’s the new design I came up with along with explanations to why I want, what I want.
One thing I wanted in the kitchen that I never had before was a BIG pantry. Somewhere to hide all that Costco stuff. Since there’s no room to put a pantry closet, I added just about a 1/2 wall of pantry space, a full 74″ of pantry.
Then, big pull out drawers. No more digging back behind a cabinet for pots and pans and no more paying to have pull out shelves put in. Cut out the middle man and go straight for the drawers, and yes, BIG drawers these are 42″ drawers.
You see those 3 drawers on the right of the sink? Those will actually be a cabinet with a pull out garbage and recycle. That was a suggestion from my cabinet guy and it’s a great one.
The island on the side facing the oven is all about pots. BIG Pull out drawers for pots is the best thing since fire. Trust me, if you’re designing a kitchen, do this!
This is the part that is still in progress. I know I want a microwave drawer here but for now I have a brand new microwave fan that goes over the oven. I don’t want to spend the extra money at this point to buy a oven hood fan so I’m going to put the overhead microwave back in. But someday, I want to hood that area and then I’ll put a pull out microwave in the island. So I’m keeping a spot there for it.
This area is also where I’m putting the pull out spice rack. After that, I’m unsure of the space I have left and how everything will fit. So I’ll post the new design when we get that figured out today.
I haven’t picked the counter tops yet so don’t think they’re going to be green and the cabinet color will be cherry but I haven’t picked the stain yet either. Yiks! So much to do…