Sparks and I went over to his house first thing this morning to demo the kitchen. The first thing I have learned about home renovation is that you need to tear things out first, then sit back and think about how you’re going to put them back together. I had had a fancy IKEA plan for the kitchen, but once the old cabinets were out, everything changed.
Let me remind you of what the pass-through from the kitchen to the great room looked like this morning, before we got started:
And now let me show you what it looked like two hours ago, when I decided I was tired and left:
Without the cabinets there, the rooms are completely open to each other. Stop. Shock. Gasp. Whodathunkit? Well, turns out Sparks had, and also his dad. I just hadn’t thought it through that far.
Besides this huge opening, there are currently two more doors in the kitchen. One goes to the deck, like so:
And the other goes to the bedrooms hallway, like so:
Sparks says that he hadn’t seriously entertained the idea of opening up the kitchen to the great room before because with all three doors, there would be almost no room for cabinets. Me, however? I have the power of naivete at my disposal. “We’ll block up the other two doors”, I said. “We’re having your siding guys come to put a window in the master bath anyway, so they can fix the outside of the house at the same time. And we’re having a drywall guy some anyway, so he can fix the insides.” Sparks saw where I was coming from.
Before this momentous discovery, the kitchen plan (which I now refer to as Kitchen 1.0) was like so:
Now that I have had some time to sit down and drink icewater and block up this doors, though, the new kitchen plan (Kitchen 2.0) is more like this:
(Please ignore missing appliances and cabinets that the software has hung at the wrong heights). With no doors to interrupt the two 12’9″ spans of wall, this kitchen has a metric schload of wall cabinets and counter space. With no U-shape, it is much easier to wedge the standard-sized IKEA cabinets into the space. And with no island in the center, there is plenty of room for lots and lots of people to be wandering around. Also,
With no airspace going directly from the kitchen to the bedroom hallway, the bedrooms will be better shielded from morning noises. Even better, the media room–where the TV will be–is accessed through that door on the top wall of the kitchen (via the laundry room), so it will be… basically… miles away from the bedrooms. And that’s a good thing.
Ahhhh, and here is the master bath/closet progress:
I couldn’t take a really good picture of it through the narrow doorway, but trust me, at this point–even with the tub still there–one gets a very exciting idea of how big the space is going to be. Wheeeeee!