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        I have a pretty small home (about 850 sqft) and the kitchen layout needs some help. I'm trying to come up with a more functional layout but the kitchen has a pretty awkward shape (see below). Does anyone want to take a stab at helping me come up with a functional layout? My budget won't be massive. If I need one or two custom cabinets, that's one thing, but if I need all custom cabinets, that's something I can't afford.

        In the lower left corner is a chimney that cannot be removed. There is a bay window with seating space on the right. The plumbing can easily be moved around, so don't worry about where the sink/dishwasher should go. I'm really just looking for some ideas.

        Here are my current cabinet and appliance sizes. If I can reuse anything, I'm all for it (planning on painting the cabinets anyways)...

        Uppers:
        Refrigerator Cab - 15”H x 39”W x 24”D
        Food Cab #1 - 30”H x 33”W x 12”D
        Food Cab #2 - 30”H x 33”W x 12”D
        Microwave Cab - 15”H x 30”W x 12”D
        Glass Cab - 48”H x 27”W x 12”D (sits on counter)

        Lowers:
        Dishwasher base - 34½”H x 27¼”W x 24”D
        Double base - 34½”H x 33”W x 24”D
        Corner base - 34½”H x 36”W x 24”D
        Sink base - 34½”H x 34”W x 24”D
        Single base - 34½”H x 15”W x 24”D

        Appliances:
        Refrigerator - 69¼”H x 35”W x 30”D
        Microwave - 15½”H x 30”W x 15½”D
        Range - 48”H x 30”W x 25”D
        Dishwasher - 33¾”H x 24”W x 25”D

         
        Posts: 1 | Registered: Aug 26, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        I would likely do an "L" shape from the door to the outside around past the window the the nook bump out. I'd place a round table in the nook for an eating area. I'd place the sink under the window and the dishwasher between that window and the nook. The stove would go near the back door with a narrow cabinet between the door and the stove.

        To increase storage, I'd use upper cabinets and do a wall of cabinets against the basement stairway wall. Two 42" cabinets stacked would cover 84" of your standard 96" high walls. I'd probably either put a drywall soffit above these cabinets or leave it open with a piece of crown. I'm no kitchen designer but I think that would give you a usable kitchen for what is likely a small family home. At 850 square feet I'm assuming there aren't more than 2 bedrooms and a single bathroom.

        Another option along the basement stair wall you could use 32" upper cabinets mounted on a 2x4 base to allow a toe kick. Then put on a shallow countertop. Then go up 16 inches and install another set of cabinets. This shallow counter would allow placement of a small microwave, and other small appliances such as a coffee maker and toaster oven. Leaving the L-shaped counters free for food prep and cleanup.

        The refrigerator would probably need to go along the basement stairs close to the door end of the stairs. That would keep the work triangle somewhat compact without creating choke points, I think, anyway.


        General Disclaimer

        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 716 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Very thorough analysis!

        This is just a suggestion to deal with limited storage space. Move canned goods and other food storage items to the basement, to allocate limited kitchen storage space for dishes, glasses, etc.
         
        Posts: 1902 | Registered: Oct 06, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        If you want to try to reuse the cabinets I'd take and make scale models of the base cabinets and appliances and try placing them on your floor plan. If you have the software to do it you can do it on your PC, if not, little pieces of graph paper cut to size on a graph paper floor plan will work.

        I wouldn't worry about the uppers, just remember that a 24" wide upper goes above a 24" wide base and so on. It looks best if the uppers and lowers align with each other.


        General Disclaimer

        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 716 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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