Kitchen Remodel Update: Sink Location & Counters Under Window

Kitchen Remodel Update: Sink Location & Counters Under Window

Happy Tuesday! Excuse the dark grainy cell phone pics but I wanted to give you just a quick update. It’s hard to get into the kitchen with contractors here all day until it’s almost dark!

There much is going on around my house right now. Fun stuff, but lots of it! With Christmas just around the corner we are in fast drive trying to get some projects done so we’ll be ready for family to arrive on December 25th.

Our appliances will arrive Friday and the finishing work in the kitchen will be happening before and after that, hopefully to be complete (or mostly complete) by Christmas. We have the flooring, cabinets and countertops all in so we are getting so close! The kitchen will be painted (walls and ceiling) hopefully next week.

Besides the kitchen project, our new flooring is finally scheduled to be installed downstairs in the family room and new office this Wednesday and Thursday. Yay! But basically that means our entire house is a mess upstairs and down and we have only two weeks to pull it all together before guests arrive. :)

Kitchen Remodel Update: Sink Location & Counters Under Window

I know most of us have Christmas on the mind, as we should, so I won’t be taking up a ton of your time talking about my kitchen until after Christmas! But since I’ve had several excited readers wanting an update, I thought I’d answer at least one of the questions we had about our galley kitchen layout.

Kitchen Remodel Update: Sink Location & Counters Under Window

^ kitchen before ^

Many of you might remember many months ago when I considered moving the location of our sink. With a lovely view from the back window out to our backyard and the water and mountains beyond, it just seemed like it made sense to at least move the sink to the back wall. At least it did to me!

We had a lot of ideas for opening up the kitchen or even moving it into the existing dining room. But at some point I had an epiphany about some good reasons to not move the sink and leave the whole kitchen right where it was.

With a galley kitchen, we needed to use (and will use) every inch of our available space. One of my pet peeves in a small kitchen like mine is if the counters have to be broken up too often by the sink and appliances or various heights of counters.

We were able to add a really nice long span of countertops and lots of drawers around the room and right up under the window (where there used to be a low desk-type counter and a microwave stand). We really needed the storage, so it was a win-win on many fronts.  Now we can have a clean and unobstructed view out our windows and still have plenty of storage and counter space t0 bake or lay out plates or even just daydream.

Kitchen Remodel Update: Sink Location & Counters Under Window

This is probably one of the worst pictures in the history of ever, but at least you can get the idea of the layout (and another little peek at the room!).

Remember, the walls and ceiling planks will be painted (I’ll discuss those elements in their own post!).

Sometimes we see a sunset (love that) out the back corner window, and sometimes we have to shield our eyes from the bright sun in the late afternoon of summer (it’s actually best to not have to stare straight out into the sun at that time, ha) or like this time of year, it’s dark before dinnertime. This photo was taken with my cell phone about 4:00 in December and it was almost totally dark within 20-30 minutes!

There are often dishes to load and unload from the dishwasher (which makes us turn our head to look out the window!), but there is also time dedicated to food prep, baking, entertaining, coffee-making, cleaning, and even just enjoying a clean kitchen. We can see out the window (and even through to the dining window!) during all of those activities and not just when we stand still at a sink.

It’s just a nice light and bright space to work in. With our sink on the side of the kitchen, we’ll be able to enjoy peaceful evenings with our guests in the living room without gazing at dirty dishes piled up on the stove or sink from dinner.

I can tell already I’m going to love the layout of our kitchen! We think this layout gives us the best of all worlds, the view, lots of light, function and style even in a small kitchen.

A window over a sink is a really pleasant experience, though. To make our sink wall feel like an extra special focal point, we changed out the existing average window with a round one. It fit right into the existing windows space and the window will be trimmed out to finish it. Don’t worry, you’ll get to see it all. Soon. Very soon. :)

Here are a couple of pretty inspiration photos that show a counter right up under a window (rather than a sink or upper cabinets!). It sure offers a nice clean view through the window.

Kitchen Remodel Update: Sink Location & Counters Under WindowSabbe Interior Design

Kitchen Remodel Update: Sink Location & Counters Under WindowNew England Home – Designer: Karen Swanson New England Design Works

Kitchen Remodel Update: Sink Location & Counters Under Window
Elizabeth Kimberly / Northstar Builders, Inc.

Kitchen Remodel Update: Sink Location & Counters Under WindowHGTV

Related Posts:

My kitchen design board and more kitchen update posts

15 Gifts for the Kitchen Any Foodie Would Love {my article on eBay}

Have a great Tuesday!

Slide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers: Inspiration

Slide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers: InspirationSlide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers via Heather Bullard

It’s demo day in our kitchen! Eek! After a year of dreaming and planning, the big day has finally arrived. Yesterday we set up our temporary kitchen in our laundry room downstairs and it made it feel all the more real. While the laundry room is not as ideal as a kitchen (we don’t have a sink or a dishwasher!), we do have a few available cabinets, some counter space, and as I mentioned we’ll have our electric skillet and a microwave, so I think it’s going to work quite well. Today we are moving our refrigerator downstairs, too, so we will be all set up and ready to get this show on the road!

UPDATE*** See my finished kitchen (with a slide-out pantry) here!

Even though we will still have a small kitchen after this process is complete, we will have more functional storage than we had before. I’ll show you the layout and more details about the kitchen and our cabinets in time, of course, but one of the organizational features I’m most looking forward having installed are the new slide out kitchen pantry drawers. We had slide out pantry drawers in the existing kitchen and found them to be quite handy for organizing and maximizing space!

Below you’ll find a round up of many of the slide out pantry inspiration photos and ideas we gathered during our remodeling planning phase. If you are planning your own remodel, you might also enjoy catching up with some of my other recent kitchen inspiration posts on the blog (find the links at the end of the post!).

Happy Wednesday, friends! Thanks for being excited for me and following along with the remodeling process. I always LOVE reading your comments and sharing this adventure with you.

PS. Did you see I snuck in a pup-update post late last night? Little Leo is getting SO BIG!

Slide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers: Inspiration
Neptune

Slide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers: Inspiration
Remodelista / Photography by Matthew Williams

Slide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers: InspirationBHG

Slide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers: Inspiration
Nina Hendrick

Slide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers: Inspiration
BHG

Slide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers: Inspiration
The DIY Village

Slide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers: Inspiration
Ikea Sekton

Slide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers: Inspiration
HGTV

Slide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers: Inspiration
BHG

Find more of my kitchen inspiration below:

Mug Racks & Kitchen Coffee Stations // Kitchen Open Shelving // Farmhouse Sinks // Kitchen Hardware (Black) // Kitchen Covered Range Hood Ideas // 8 Showstopping Kitchen Ideas

UPDATE*** See my finished kitchen (with a slide-out pantry) here!

Slide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers: Inspiration

Slide Out Kitchen Pantry Drawers: Inspiration
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