To Expand or Not to Expand? The Kitchen Update.By
We are working with a client who wants to renovate her kitchen to be more functional. She loves to entertain and cook. I thought it would be neat to share some of our preliminary planning for this kitchen that you may not always get to see. We often share before and after photos, but we do not always share the in-between parts that get us to the final layout.
It is our job as interior designers to come up with the best possible scenarios that meet all or most of the client’s needs. This is not always an easy task. A lot goes into this design development and planning phase before presenting design options to the client.
First things 1st: Before sketching and drawing up new plans we first take measurements of the existing space.
Mary and I met with the client to go over their initial needs and take measurements. These measurements include interior dimensions, window and door placement, outlets, and appliance sizes (if keeping). Here are the rough on-site sketches taken for this project! (I always hope we can make sense of all these doodles!)
After the initial consultation with the client and the site visit, it’s to the drawing board. With this we have all the information we need to move forward to create possible scenarios to improve this kitchen. The client was also open to exploring an option of expanding the kitchen with an addition off the back of the house. The first plan features the kitchen and total first floor renovation. The second plan features a large expanded kitchen off the back of the house facing the lake! (Ooh la la! This expanded plan helps the client to visualize the possibilities!)
Voila! Here is all the scribbles and doodles converted into a more manageable form. Above is the client’s existing first floor plan.
Here are the Two Preliminary Plans:
Plan 1: (without expansion)
Includes a spacious new kitchen, wet bar and relocation of the dining and living areas. The living area was relocated because the existing space was very narrow and limited the furniture arrangement. A small conversation seating area (shown as Living II) in front of the fireplace works better in the narrow space. The relocation of the laundry area opens up the kitchen. Additional windows were added to the back of the home for maximum views of the lake. The added wet bar will increase the ease of entertaining. By taking down a few walls, we opened up this kitchen and created a well-functioning living space for entertaining.
Plan 2: (with expansion)
The addition off the back of house facilitates the expansion of the kitchen with a large island and additional storage. This plan keeps the formal dining area and central area (around the staircase) as drawn in the original plan. The living space is rearranged to include a TV viewing area adjacent to the lake and a small seating area in front of the fireplace. The laundry room is expanded slightly for more storage. The kitchen is the focus of this renovation. This plan also includes a large bar/buffet area for entertaining. Large windows are added to maximize views of the lake. An additional less formal dining area is placed off the kitchen. This plan truly is for a host that likes to entertain and cook!
After viewing both plans which do you prefer? Would you Expand (Plan 2) or Not Expand(Plan 1)?
Leave a comment below telling us which is your favorite! I can’t wait to see what the client decides! Stay tuned to see!
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