Hallway inspiration from Atlanta Homes
Now that I’ve shared our idea for moving the kitchen to the dining room, and our plan for moving the dining area to the original kitchen, plus the vision for the “butler’s pantry” in the adjoining hall, today I thought we could come full circle and I could show you how all of these spaces are laid out and relate to each other. I know several of you asked to see a floor plan (to help you visualize) so I finally have a little sketch today!
A reader recently asked a very good question. What will the view be from the front door into the new kitchen? That is a question we’ve pondered a bit ourselves, too, so we are happy to share how it would be laid out (assuming we don’t change the entrance to the space, which of course, might be an option as well.)
Here is the current view into the dining room (the eventual kitchen) from the front door. As you can see, right now, straight ahead is our current dining room. Which means, the new kitchen would be the room you would enter through the entry. Design-wise it’s not necessarily ideal to see a kitchen from the front door (hello, dirty dishes), but in our case the front door would only have a view of a smidgen of the kitchen (not a view of the sink until you fully entered the room).
I know there are many small or open concept homes that have a kitchen within view of the entry, and that layout isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it is just what it is.
Here is the little sketch of our main floor as it is now (not exactly to scale or proportion), so you can get a better idea of the circular floor plan and how the rooms relate. Obviously you can see the main rooms are all across the back to take advantage of the view. As we’ve been discussing, we are considering moving the kitchen to the current dining room.
This house is fairly compact, especially when you consider the main living areas and all of the bedrooms are on this one level. But we do have the bonus of a finished basement, which gives a really nice additional space to spread out. It’s clearly not a fancy layout or sprawling house, it’s pretty a basic floor plan.
Admittedly our bedrooms are pretty cozy and small, but other than the kitchen we are planning on relocating, it really functions well for our family so we are glad we don’t have to do a lot of major remodeling at this time.
We’ve explored other options for placement of the kitchen (as well as the idea of removing other walls, or even relocating a bedroom or the staircase to expand the space further). But so far our current plan to just remove the wall between the current kitchen and dining room seems to make the most sense, as well as being a more economical option than say, adding on or gutting the whole house!
Once we consult and finalize our plans with a contractor or designer, we will know for sure what works best, but this plan feels simple enough and right to us at this time.
So back to the question of what would be visible from the entry if the entrance stays the same, since we have the opportunity to design the space, we would definitely take advantage of designing the view to the kitchen that we want to see from the front door. That means we’d opt for a built-in closed cabinet in this visible corner (above) rather than putting appliances there or a kitchen countertop in that location. We would want to avoid the potential for clutter or dishes in that area and a floor to ceiling closed cabinet would give a more streamlined look from the front door.
As a reminder, our idea is that the sink would be positioned under the window seen above, looking out at the view (and not visible from the entry). (If you missed our original discussion of the kitchen layout, you can see that here!)
We have been chugging along, making slow progress in painting the long hallway that leads to the kitchen, bedrooms and the entry hall. When I last updated you on it, we had painted the swine-ish walls white. Finally, we almost have the first coat of paint on the built-ins, too. They are still in progress, but progress is good. This is the humble built-in that I am going to consider (in fancy-pants terms) our “butler’s pantry.” It’s convenient location near the kitchen will make it useful for extra serving dishes, small appliances or even extra pantry items, whatever we need.
It feels SO MUCH BETTER already in this hall (see the before shot, above) just by painting everything white, even though we still have more to do. Paint really can refresh a space, not only in how it looks but just how the space feels. It really makes me feel more connected to the house each time we make a change.
We haven’t yet selected new hardware, but at this moment we are thinking a classic pull (big enough to hide the previous hardware holes) with perhaps a hint of modern or even a subtle mid-century vibe to keep it feeling fresh and updated.
Our immediate goal in the hall is to enjoy the refreshed paint, add new hardware on the built-ins, and new flush mount light fixtures. Beyond that, we can continue to refine it with the addition of white paneling (see our front entry inspiration post here), the new Dutch door, new hardware on the interior doors and creating a new entrance for the bedroom.
So, I hope it helps to see the floor plan! If you look to the right side of the floor plan you can see the location of the new side yard area, too, and how it fits in to our plans. If you are behind on what’s going on, you can check out the latest here!
I can’t wait to start planning out the finer details of the kitchen plans, like the cabinet colors, appliances, what to do with the flooring and countertop materials. I already have some ideas brewing and can’t wait to share them!
Speaking of gathering kitchen ideas, I absolutely love that kitchen (above)!