Space planning is my favorite part of a new design. I think it’s great to be able to take a space that is poorly organized or ill-conceived and make it work (Tim Gunn moment!). I’m working on a few new projects that are still in the beginning stages, as well as tackling the last few untouched rooms in my house, and that has me dealing a ton with space planning. So for this week, let’s look at a few of the space plans, I’ve recently drawn up.
First up, I’m helping my grandma redesign her kitchen. This is the kitchen I grew up with and hasn’t been really touched since the early 80s.
We’re hoping to create an entirely new space but the biggest issue was trying to rework the floorplan.
So I’ve come up with a few cost-effective options of moving the refrigerator along the same wall and not really messing with any other wires/plumbing/etc.
Option 1: Keep the same footprint of the room including the L-shaped peninsula (there is a radiator behind the cabinets so there will have to be some sort of half-wall there) but move the refrigerator to the center of the wall with cabinets/countertops flanking it. It allows the entry to fill more open and to keep as much storage space as possible. I’m concerned about the doors of the refrigerators and the peninsula making you feel boxed in.
Option 2: In this option, we move the refrigerator to the other end of the wall while also creating a small pantry area. Now, when you walk in, you won’t be slapped in the face with the refrigerator and it’ll feel like a bigger room. Without the L-shaped peninsula, the room also just feel simple and updated.