Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}

Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}Reef Cape Cod’s Home Builder

Thank you all for your enthusiasm and for putting your thinking caps on as we are planning out our remodel! I read each idea you have and run right over to look and see if it would work :) so it’s like you are right here with me!

If looking at before photos and dreaming up floor plans is not your thing, you might want to come back to visit another day because today is PART TWO of our two part tour of the BEFORE photos and floor plans (see part one here if you missed it). This is kind of a long post but I hope it helps everyone who is interested to get perspective on the space so you’ll know what I’m talking about as we start to plan and execute the actual design features.

Now that you have the general idea of the new kitchen plan, I thought today we would take a little tour around the rest of the main living areas (just the entry/living/dining for now) so you can see where I think doors and walls could be opened wider or removed. Hopefully this will give you a better sense of how the space could flow better with minor adjustments :).

As I said yesterday, my goal is to preserve the foot print of this house as much as possible and make the most of the space we have available!

Here again are the before and proposed floor plans so you can follow along more easily. If you want to go back and see the kitchen plans and photos, you can find that post HERE.

Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}

Before Floor Plan (above)


Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}

Proposed floor plan (above)

Oh, before we start looking around, I wanted to mention just a few things that came up yesterday in case you were wondering:

–On our floor plan above we didn’t draw the island in any particular shape or size because I prefer to see the space opened up first before we decide. I feel like what looks good on paper might end up a bit cramped in real life once we get a better idea of the visual space. The island might be able to be longer, or more square might feel best, right now it is just hard to visualize and anticipate the exact size.

–I also want to make the kitchen, the stove, the sink and island all look good even from across the living room :) so I will definitely need to still work on the exact design and placement of each feature to make sure everything will be visually appealing as well as functionally efficient. I can share those ideas in future posts, too so you can follow along with all the pretty stuff, too.

–Even though at this point I feel like the best location for the fridge is to remain where it is (because it can be recessed into the wall and not be so visible from the main rooms) the fridge will be about eight steps from the sink (I’ve tested it out!). It will be a smallish kitchen so I think that layout will be OK, and perhaps worth a few extra steps between the two areas to keep the sink facing the backyard. I think it will be fun to figure out how to organize the kitchen cabinets around task zones and plan out each detail for the best efficiency and if that means moving the fridge and creating a mudroom entrance, we can do that! (more to come on that idea).

–I do have a possible option for changing the master bedroom/bathroom/or adding a powder room that isn’t shown on the floor plan yet. I will draw that out and show it in another post so I don’t overwhelm everyone with too many details at once.

OK, let’s start out as if we were standing just past the new Dutch door in the kitchen, facing in toward the hallway and basement staircase, with the fridge on our left.

Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}
Here the kitchen and basement doorways would be removed and the staircase partly opened with about 4 feet of railings to bring more light to the hall and to offer better access and flow from the hall to the new kitchen/dining room.

Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}

Inspiration for our opening stairs via Logan’s Hammer.

This is how the stairs might look as viewed from the new kitchen Dutch door! We may even be able to open the staircase at the bottom like that too (we’ll show you the basement in a future post).

Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}
When you stand here in our hall (the blue tape is from when we were painting), the kitchen is to the right, basement staircase to the left, my son’s room is behind us, hallway built-ins are to the left. The staircase would be opened up here with railings, and the wall straight ahead would be removed for access to dining room and kitchen.

Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}

Here’s another view in the entry hall, now looking towards the kitchen, with the dining room entrance on the left.

Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}

And if you stand in that same hallway facing the other direction, with the basement stairs to your right, you’ll see where we could close off the master bedroom and bathroom (more ideas to come in a future post for this space), and remove the door casing between the entry and dining room on the right to widen that entrance.

Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}
This is the current view from the door, my goal would be to remove the door frame to widen the entrance into the dining room (above).

Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}

The coat closet by the entry and dining room cannot be fully removed (as far as we can tell, because of head room to the staircase below), but the closet door casing and door could be removed and possibly cut back a bit more. The closet could be transformed into built-in bookcases that would help visually widen that small passageway to the main living areas, as well as to add character.

Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}

If you are standing in our dining room looking toward the front door (which may also be a Dutch door) the short walls on the right (between the living and dining room) could be removed to open the space further.

Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}

The wall with the doorbell chimes in the dining room is the basement stair wall. Halfway down that wall with the chimes (on the side toward the kitchen) is where you would see the new open railing on the staircase leading down to the lower level. You could head down the stairs from the entry hall or from the kitchen.

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Here is a good visual of the walls between the living room and dining room and the kitchen (above). You can see how if they were opened up, the entire space (and the area between the coat closet and front hall on the right) would have more breathing room. We’d feather in new flooring as needed in the kitchen and then refinish all the floors.

Our Remodel Floor Plan {Part Two}

With this new layout, the dining room will still be the dining room. We would still add a built-in cabinet to the left of the dining room window (which is the first thing you would see straight ahead when you enter house. We cannot add a French door there due to the height of the basement exterior entrance that is directly below).

We would add a banquette dining area beneath the dining room window, between the new cabinet and the kitchen, so there would be plenty of seating and a comfortable table.

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This view is looking from the kitchen and dining area toward the living room and the walls that would be removed between the dining room and living room. You can see that once the walls are removed, you’ll be able to see the windows in the living room all the way from this space, which I think will really look great. We will also do other cosmetic updates, like updating the fireplace in some way. The floors will also be refinished.

So, there you have it! The latest. I hope now that you’ve had a tour of the spaces and how they connect in their before state, it will be easier to visualize (or refer back to this post) as we dream up pretty ideas and make fun design decisions for each space. This is always the nitty gritty part of the process, but I’m pretty happy to feel like we are now headed in a good direction!

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}House Beautiful

At long last, we have a floor plan that I really believe is THE winner! Finally, right? If we get our contractor’s thumbs up, we will call it official. I so appreciate all of your great ideas and for following along with this renovation!

Over the past few months as I’ve been getting to know this house, I’ve shared inspiration for various ways we could reimagine our kitchen and rework the interior space we have to work with. We explored every idea, from leaving the kitchen layout as is and just doing a cosmetic update, to moving the kitchen layout to the dining room and creating a banquette in the current kitchen.

Each idea had its merits, but as is true for most “budget” remodels, each one is going to have its downsides, too. So the question is which downsides can we live with and which merits really speak to us?

Our starting point has always been to work within the footprint of the house, with a goal of doing only what will enhance the livability for our family as well as make the most of what this home has to offer. It is a great little house and we want to take advantage of each affordable opportunity to enhance what it already has going for it.

For those of you who enjoy thinking through the detailed puzzle of a home remodel or are going to embark on a similar journey soon, this post and the part two tomorrow is for you! If details like floor plans and thinking through what walls or doors to remove just overwhelms you, feel free to just enjoy the pretty inspiration photos. :)

In this post:

Before and proposed floor plan sketches of our main floor

Before photos of our kitchen

Inspiration photos (not necessarily our style or exact ideas, but just a few fun visuals for similar layouts)

Part two tomorrow: more explanation of the changes, more house photos, and a closer look at where doors, stairs and walls could be opened up

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}

Current floor plan (above)

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}

Proposed remodel floor plan (above)

Above you’ll find our new proposed floor plan for the kitchen and dining area. (Note: The island shape, size, and placement are TBD. This floor plan also does not yet include another bathroom. We would like to add one on this floor eventually and you guys had some great ideas for locations, so we will tackle where it should go in a future plan).

This floor plan includes some important changes to door ways and to the staircase, so stay tuned for PART TWO tomorrow for explanations and photos of the rest of the proposed changes!)

If you want to follow along more easily as you go through the rest of the post, you might want to scroll back up to the before and after plans to start to make more sense of the changes and each of the following photos!

Interestingly, the new plan above was formed from the original idea we had the very first day we looked at the house, which was to move the sink to the back wall of the current kitchen. Moving the sink to the far wall seemed to be the obvious choice, but we didn’t know the house well enough at that point to see how we could overcome some of the floor plan roadblocks.

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}
The two main reasons we felt moving the sink to that side of the kitchen wouldn’t work were 1) we thought the window was too low for a counter (we’ve confirmed it isn’t too low at all, it was just an optical illusion) 2) once we realized the window wasn’t actually too low, we didn’t like that in order to have a view of the backyard, the sink would be squished to one side of the kitchen and off center in the space.

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}

our summer plans include painting that little shed…

After considering lots of ideas and layouts (including our last plan of moving the sink to under the dining room window and reorienting the kitchen to that space, a plan we thought might be our winner for a number of reasons!) we finally decided that perhaps most effective way to solve the floor plan woes (and give our kitchen sink a view out the back) was to go back to our original idea and solve the window dilemma. Phew!

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}

So here’s what we have decided! We could offer the sink the best placement and view to the backyard and Puget Sound beyond by adding a window in the vicinity where the microwave was located (see before photo, above).

If we removed the entire wall and doorway on the left, which is where the current stove is, between the kitchen and dining room, it would give the sink and entire kitchen more breathing room and also expand the space visually into the dining room.

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}

With this entire wall gone, we will be able to see the window in the dining room and beyond into the living room!

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}

We would locate a new stove where the sink is currently located (see above), centering it on the long counter (we may need to remove the window that is currently there, TBD!).

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}

Our new counter would wrap around under the windows at the regular counter height (not on a lower level as they are now) offering lots of work space under the windows between the stove and the sink (see layout inspiration, below).

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}

Corner kitchen inspiration with wrap around windows, Wettling Architects

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}

A new fridge could be located in the same spot as the current fridge.

Along with this new kitchen layout, we realized we would be able to open up quite a few unnecessary interior doorways and walls, allowing the entire main floor to flow better. Each space would feel more open and light-filled, but still charming and cozy.

If you want to see the ideas we have for opening up the rest of the house and the photos to show how it will all flow together, stay tuned for tomorrows post, PART TWO of our new plan!

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}

Atlanta Homes Magazine / Interior Design – Susan B. Welty, Susan B. Welty Interiors
Architecture – Scott Newton

Looking at inspiration photos really helps me to start to reimagine our new kitchen and floor plan layout. I hope it helps you visualize, too! I can’t wait to start pulling together specific kitchen elements and designing this space.

Thank you for following along (and not falling dead away from trying to keep up with my house tour and the twists and turns in our plans!). I appreciate all your enthusiasm and great ideas!

Click HERE to see Part Two of our remodel plans!

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Before and after floor plans of our last kitchen remodel (flashback!)

I think we have the winner! {our remodel floor plan}