1. The home is in a townhome in a largely weekender community.
2. The house was built in the 1980s, and has not been renovated since.
3. The kitchen is old fashioned, lacks sufficient counter space & storage and is closed off.
4. I am about to close on the house; the styles you will see in the pictures are the previous owners’.
1. To have a modern, functional kitchen with more countertop and a lot of storage.
2. To open up the kitching into the dining room, and potentially the dining room into the living room.
3. To include a seating / TV area into the combined space.
4. To incorporate a dining banquette into the combined area
5. To raise the cabinets all the way to the ceiling.
6. I would like to excecute the project in the next 3-6 months; the designer does not have to be available on site.
1. I would like to get rid of the pantry and at least some of the wall between kitchen and dining room, and also to get rid of the entire bar area in living room and possibly open the dining room to the living room.
2. Due to HOA rules, it will will be difficult to move, add or replace windows and doors, so the design will have to keep those in place.
3. The wall in the dining room (backing up to the wet bar) is structural.
4. The drop ceiling above the current cabinets is supposed to be decorative (as opposed to concealing ductwork) and I would prefer it to be removed and taller upper cabinets added). Unfortunately the ceiling is barely 8 feet (more like 7’ 11”), so the rooms are vertically challenged – would love some illusion of height.
5. The cabinets will ideally be flush and level – nothing protruding if possible, unless it’s for a hood or fridge, and I don’t want staggered heights.
6. I would like either an island or a peninsula in the kitchen, with room for a couple of bar stools.
7. I would like to avoid custom components – special consideration will be given to designs that utlize standard cabinetry sizes (Ikea/Kraftmaid/Costco okay).
8. Electric cooktop to be replaced with gas…there are already natural gas lines on the property.
9. Double wall oven and cooktop (with vent hood) would be a nice bonus.
10. Need a lot of storage for pots and pans, bakeware, utensils, cleaning supplies, cookbooks, pantry items.
11. I would like the design to include room for a double door fridge.
12. I would like built in garbage and recycling bins.
13. Double sink with garbage disposal for kitchen.
14. I would like the dining space to include either an 8-10 person dining banquette or a small (4-person) dining banquette plus a dining table for at least 8 people. I would like the banquette seating to be built as an L-shape, a U-shape, or a booth (likely harder to configure into that space).
15. The seating area should accommodate at least a small sofa/loveseat, a TV, and a chair or two.
16. If the design allows, a window bench seat under the existing dining room windows or the low kitchen window would be nice but not essential.
17. Would like a nice workspace – the dining area(s) can do double duty, but if there’s room for a built in desk it would be nice also (but not essential).
18. Preferred color scheme: White shaker style cabinetry; low maintenance natural stone, corian or zodiac countertop; backsplash with a pop of color (blue/green/yellow/orange/aqua/shimmery gray are my preferred colors). Although I like white I also like the space to be warm.
19. While this competition does not include a living room/entryway design, the kitchen/dining area design should be cohesive with living room and entryway, and take into account the perspective from the entryway and living room. I am planning on getting rid of the blue tile in the entryway and putting down wood in its place. To make the wood flooring more cohesive, and modernize it a bit, I am thinking of refinishing it all a darker color, including in the kitchen and dining room.
20. The dishwasher is under the counter I labeled "A" in my hand drawn floor plan.
21. I want to avoid reconfiguring the plumbing.
1. Creative use of the space to fulfil multiple functions.
2. A design that can be executed in a budget conscious/cost effective way, using off the shelf (rather than custom) components.
3. A design that merges the different rooms (including the boundary between the living and dining areas) in a harmonious way.
I would like regular plan drawing in scale, 3D views, topview.
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