The kitchen remodel plans post is long overdue and I’m so excited to be putting this out there! We first laid eyes on our kitchen last June of 2021, so this remodel has been in the works for a bit! You can read about the why behind our move here.
The current kitchen isn’t too bad (my mom loves to remind me “Nothing is wrong with the kitchen as it is!”). And she’s absolutely right – we consider it high end for the 2005 era of the home, even if the finishes date themselves. But when I look at it, all I see is a luxurious roomy space, high ceilings, and LOADS of potential.
I am detailing all the day to day real life progress on my Instagram stories – are you following along?
Our Kitchen Floorplan
Below you can see how the kitchen sits between the living room and dining room.
The kitchen and breakfast nook combined is a roomy 28′ x 15′, with 10′ ceilings. The formal dining room is 21′ x 12′. The spaces are sizable and the potential feels endless!
What is my goal with all this space? Well, coming from a light and bright kitchen filled with sunshine that gave me life each day, I want to honor the bones of our traditional home, make the kitchen the star of this house, and LIGHTEN EVERYTHING UP!
Hiring Help for a Kitchen Remodel
Right from the start – before we even closed on the house – we hired Katie and her mom, Betsy of Betsy Anderson Interiors (out of Raleigh, NC).
Jose and I had a good starting point of what we wanted, but I was hungry for new, different ideas. And I’ll openly admit, as a mom of 4, I have never been one afraid to ask for help! Katie is taking our vision and turning it up a notch – actually, all the way up. I was so excited to get her kitchen expertise and talent in this space!
Essentially, Katie took our initial ideas, turned them to gold, and now is guiding us along the process while doing the major legwork; finding the fixtures and finishes and bringing us only tailored, beautiful choices. I’m so thankful for her expertise and guidance. Renovating a kitchen is a full time job of making one costly decision after the other.
The Kitchen Plan: Details In Motion
Just a note: We are paying for the kitchen remodel ourselves. The nature of my business means that at times I am graciously gifted items by brands that I align with. At this time, nothing in our kitchen is sponsored, gifted or exchanged for exposure; these are our choices paid with our own pennies.
Here are some of the initial drawings…
Aren’t those drawings fun? Cabinets are underway, and measurements set in stone, so let’s take a look!
Hood Wall Elevation
Starting on the far left is a built-in kitchen hutch with arched glass fronts, sitting back from the line of cabinets. There is a second kitchen hutch, a mirror opposite, sitting directly across on the other side of the room. These hutches flank the breakfast table.
Large ornamental cremone bolts will detail the front of the two hutches.
Since the kitchen hutches sit within the breakfast nook, they will be functionally styled for aesthetics and every day use. Lots of white dishes and china, but also small drawers for our placemats, tablecloths, napkins, and a small thin shelf over the drawers that slides out to place things on temporarily.
To the right of the hutch are stationary cabinets that are actually doors – these will open to the future scullery (our current dining room).
Not the same design, but a similar concept:
A full height marble slab backsplash sits behind our range. The hood is clean, 48″ wide, lined with a piece of marble as a pretty detail.
On each side of the range are small drawers sitting back to keep some counter space, with spice inserts inside for my chef. And when I say chef I am talking about my husband. 😉
Katie mentioned putting small sconces against the backsplash, sitting on either side of the range, and I was all in! I think it will also bring some warmth to all the marble. These lanterns are what Jose and I liked most for this spot:
The last two cabinets on the far right offer roll outs for some food storage and our smaller appliances.
Below the last cabinet is a 12″ deep bottom shelf, with a place for Zion’s dog bowls. So fun – and useful!
Taking Out a Wall
One big structural change will be knocking down the wall that separates the living room from the kitchen (the wall with the drywalled “window”, dead center).
This change opens the house significantly, but still keeps the kitchen a defined space with three other walls.
We are replacing the current “window wall” with a long arched opening, as seen in the below plans. Trim is within the arch to add detail.
From the kitchen sink we will have a direct view through to the living room. The living room and kitchen should absolutely be joined – it’s where our family will spend the most time!
Related: our last home’s blue and white kitchen – see how it sat open to the living room in this kitchen tour.
The thickness of our arch will be as wide as we could fit (16″? 18″?), and the opening will frame the island and the range.
I love a good arch; we are repeating that element in a few places. Katie is pulling me back from overdoing it, but they are having a serious moment again in interior design! Read about The 9 Kitchen Trends You Want To Know About In 2022 here.
The Appliances + The Side Elevation
Last August we picked out Sub-Zero column refrigerator and freezers, with panel fronts designed to look like drawers and cabinets. The Sub-Zeros are seen in the drawing below looking straight on, running perpendicular to the island:
Or below, the refrigerator and freezer are on the far right.
Jose was initially excited to keep our current range, but after living and cooking here he complained it was showing too many signs of age. He had a full change of heart and we went with a Fulgor-Milano dual range with griddle.
We switched from Bosch to Miele dishwashers after hearing about Bosch’s major delays of paneled dishwashers. The feedback from readers about Miele is great and solidified that decision! A plumbed Miele coffee maker will sit in the scullery, and we are keeping the current Thermador microwave, warming drawer and wall oven.
We will likely be floating the old appliances in the new kitchen temporarily, as they take so long to arrive.
We are such huge engineered stone fans (read all about our quartz countertops here!), but this is a different space and we are loving taking it in new directions.
Katie wanted us to give marble countertops a hard look. I went down the Google and Instagram rabbit hole of photos and videos showing marble with real life use and etching. Etching as in, permanent etching. The more I saw the patina on aged marble, the more we got on board. So I’m brushing off the naysayers, because we’re going with marble in this house!
We need a big enough slab to scale the island, a second slab to scale the backsplash behind the hood, and a 3rd piece from the same lot to cover the waterfall sides of the island.
Finding slabs that give us all the feels, but are big enough with no seams is a challenge! It’s not as if you can just go out and shop around.
My designer kept telling me, “you don’t want to like your countertops, you want to be absolutely, head over heels, seriously crazy about them!” We like Calcutta because of the veins and the coloring, and Statuary (a new one for me) always stops me in my tracks.
Last week, Jose and I visited a slab yard to peek at a few slabs of Arabescato Vagli marble.
We fell in love with several slabs of 2cm Italian marble, which is now on the way to our fabricator!
The Island (My Favorite Part!)
The MOST exciting part of this kitchen to me is the island!
Spanning approximate 11ft, the sides are waterfall with a paneled effect. The marble edges are heavily fabricated, to give the effect of trim and molding. This marble trim will run along both sides and all along the back edges where the stools sit as well.
The island inspiration came from a coffee table book our designer saw. Our fabricator, Rock Interiors, has been amazing about figuring out how to work these details.
Similar idea below but not the same. Isn’t this kitchen stunning? I come back to it a lot:
The island will house two dishwashers, the trashcans, drawers and a 33″ Bocchi fireclay workstation sink. We chose a Waterstone pull down faucet with a sprayer in unlacquered brass.
The Working Pantry
One structural change I’ve talked about – even before the house was technically ours – was a working pantry or a scullery. “Back kitchens” are going in a lot of the new homes in our area, and I love anything practical that feels luxurious. Since we’re losing a wall in the kitchen, a scullery allows us increased capacity!
We had a beautiful walk in pantry in our last home – but this one will be a different kind of space.
Our dining room is so roomy – I am happy to give up a portion for a pretty, hard working space.
We will keep the 2 windows along that back wall, and sit a wood cabinet between them. Full height molding detail will adorn the wall.
Along the newly created wall will be the baking set up (we will simply move our current microwave, warming drawer and oven appliances that we already own), two 30″ refrigerated drawers, a coffee cabinet with a plumbed Miele coffee maker inside and a 30″ open space for preparing caffeinated beverages. A few more cabinets for storage and this place is functional and fun!
No sink – although it’s useful (and cute, lets be honest!), we need the counter space much more.
Arched French doors will allow a secondary access, directly into the dining room.
The Cabinets and Hardware
Kitchen & Bath Galleries is helping us perfect the cabinetry (love their team, they have been incredibly helpful!). We placed our order with Crystal Cabinet Works. They are a furniture grade American made cabinet company. They aren’t seeing the same levels of delays other cabinet companies are experiencing at this time, I am told.
The majority of our cabinet pieces are custom and Crystal has been great about taking our requests. Lots of hidden customizable storage too!
All of our hardware selections, except for the cremones, are from Classic Brass.
You can watch my Instagram Stories for real-time updates with the whole house (not just the kitchen), challenges, and our move to my parents’ house while we demo.
Speaking of demo, we are just a few weeks away (February!) and we are getting excited/nervous/all the feelings to see our house get taken apart and put back together! Lighting, floors and other choices will be shared here another day. What else would be of interest to you guys?? I would love to know!
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