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!

Snow Day & Fairytales

Snow Day & Fairytales

Hello lovely friends. When our family first looked at what would eventually become our house here in Seattle a year ago last fall, we had an unspoken inkling in our hearts that someday it just might be a magical little place to live. It may not have exactly looked like the house in my fairytale dreams at the moment, but that didn’t seem to matter. It definitely had something undefined but special that drew us here.

This fall we had our brick house painted white and while the painters were here, we asked them to give a fresh white coat of paint to the formerly beige backyard shed, too.

When we saw that adorable shed peeking out of the fresh snow from our kitchen window yesterday morning, it confirmed what I didn’t want to dare to dream or speak out loud when we first laid eyes on this house. It truly is a magical little place to be in every season. I really didn’t expect that this feeling would come, but we are falling more in love with this sweet little home every day.

Snow Day & Fairytales

We are discovering there are so many gifts we can unwrap here in every season. It might seem on the surface like it was the white paint and fresh snow that caught my eye yesterday, but even more the changing season outside our window symbolized to me that we already had everything we needed to live happily ever after here.

Snow Day & Fairytales

This is our home, for better or worse. It’s our home when the snow perfectly blankets the backyard and the reflection of twinkling lights in the window make it all feel so magical. It’s our home in the summer when the moles tear up the grass and make our yard all lumpy and weird looking from their tunnels. It’s our home right now when I wash my hands in a Pepto-Bismal pink sink just as it will be our home in January when I wash dirty dishes in a sparkling new farm sink.

This is our home. We feel a certain peace, like we are right where we are supposed to be in this season in our life. It’s not just a feeling that has come from finally having completed projects like fresh paint on the brick and new countertops in our kitchen, although we do feel so grateful to be on the precipice of being able to cook a proper Christmas dinner in a new oven.

Snow Day & Fairytales
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There are still plenty of projects and imperfections to keep us dreaming, busy, broke, saving or patiently waiting for years to come. But it’s those imperfections and less-than-ideals that are my daily reminder to slow down and just be grateful for what we have right now.

Snow Day & Fairytales

A house won’t ever turn into a dream home if it is only through the projects we get to complete or the day we have the perfect setting or season in which to be feel grateful. A house is transformed from the inside out through the gifts we choose to see and open with grateful hearts.

Snow Day & Fairytales

I’ll be honest, it’s easy to be grateful for things you have always dreamed about when you finally have them. It can be flustering when people say they are feeling so #blessed and you see what they have and think, gee, I would feel blessed, too, if I lived in that amazing castle on the hill or whatever they have that you only dream about. It’s OK to be grateful for what you have, even if you are a princess feeling grateful for her castle. I try to remember that so much of what any of us have, however humble or imperfect we might think it is, is likely to be just a dream for someone else.

Snow Day & Fairytales

The real test of our ability to find contentment and gratitude with where we are is can we feel grateful for what we have and content in it, even if it isn’t at all what we dreamed about? I love our little house and I am grateful for what we’ve been able to do so far. But I’m mindful that I need to be just as grateful for its quirks and less-than-perfect qualities, too.

There is a season for everything. A season for the clouds and rain and sun and snow and wind and soft breezes to blow through. A time for transitions and a time for settling in for awhile to find joy with what we’ve already been given. But no matter the season or house we find ourselves in, love should always shine from the inside out. Like the little twinkly lights strung around a home at Christmas time, it’s the love glowing on the inside that creates a truly magical place to live.

Snow Day & Fairytales

Snow Day & Fairytales

 

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