Need help with our Kitchen layout please
April 25, 2012
Our kitchen size is approx. 11' w x 15.5' L (not including the Dining Area).
We are struggling between:
-putting in a narrow island VS a peninsula with some seating
-taking down the wall between the kitchen and dining area and creating an open combined kitchen/dining (but not too casual)
or just keep the 2 "rooms" separate as is?

Any design ideas and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Hi gigid, the existing configuration of your kitchen is quite good, 11 feet is too narrow for an island unless you remove the wall of cabinets on one side. I would recommend keeping the rooms as they are since they feel well connected to each other and the dining space feels rich with all the wainscoting and trim work.
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Dytecture, thank you for your reply! BI'd like to make an eat in area, you think it possible to change that bar/divider counter area between dining to a peninsula? More overhang for leg room...the eating area right now is very narrow and little room for legs on the one side.
    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 7:38PM
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Dwell Nashville
The height of that half wall is what makes it appear out of sorts. I think it looks odd. I would cut off the bar-- and make it counter height with more of an overhang and make it look like it's part of the kitchen, not the dining room. That would involve replacing part of the granite if you can find the same thing, and also with the tilework. just dropping the bar height down, would open up the space more and visually it would seem one space. I do agree you do not have enough room for an island...I just had a client who ripped off the back of her house and extended it three feet so she could get the island of her dreams in. Don't know how much your willing to spend or if this is just a temporary fix.
    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 9:07PM
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Thanx for sharing your thoughts patparrot!
I was thinking something similar about the half wall.
Great ideas!
    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 3:58AM
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If you extend the pass-through counter, consider building in pilasters with trim molding to compliment your dining room. A great way to tuck away counter stools!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 9:37AM
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Mona Ives
I think your best option is to eliminate the half wall and make that area a deeper peninsula.
    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 10:02AM
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Mona Ives, I agree! Thank you for your least that way I'll be able to have an eat-in option for quick meals.
    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 10:55AM
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Very similar to this setup for the peninsula.
    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 11:46AM
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Yes, that's exactly what we need! Practical eating area for the size of our kitchen. Thank you for the visual!
    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 1:18PM
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Michigammemom: thanks for the link! Do you mean extending where the 1/2 wall is existing?
    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 5:13PM
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Dytecture's pic is great. Not sure you have the same amount of space. If not, I suggest you remove the base cabinet. Install a single level counter top supported by posts or a shallow shelving unit. Backless bar stools could be used on either side of the counter and stored underneath when you need space in the dining room. You seem to have lot of storage but if you need more after taking out the base cabinet, you could add uppers beside your fridge. The challenge will be to match your existing counter top & flooring material. You have a good working kitchen layout.
    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 5:20PM
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Myrns: great ideas, thank you! I feel less over-whelmed knowing that our overall layout isnt too bad. We just really need to address that 1/2 wall area. I love the idea of adding more storage next to the fridge.
I really appreciate all the ideas that have been given!
    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 7:47PM
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