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Figuring out how to incorporate my assortment of cabinets hasn't been as easy. I discovered it isn't just a matter of cabinet placement, but of where shelves, drawers, and doors need to go. Or not go. I can see how easy it would be to simply fill a blank space, without thinking through how convenient the arrangement would be in the long run.
The only way I knew to start, was to make lists of my cookware, gadgets, and small appliances, and their measurements.
|Inventorying my kitchen items trying to figure out where they'll go.|
From there, I started working out sketches of possible shelf and cabinet configurations. Even though the main area of my kitchen is small, 11.5 by 11.5 feet, I think I can increase my counter space as well as my storage space. Without impeding traffic flow! (All the sketches below can be clicked to enlarge, if you're curious about my doodles.)
|Sketch of an idea for counter &|
cabinet area to the right of the sink.
The advice to think in terms of kitchen stations has been helpful. It caused me to consider what items and ingredients I use together for various kitchen tasks. These are the things I want to keep near one another for convenient accessibility whenever possible.
|An idea for my wall of shelves (as per kitchen floor plan).|
In addition to my own brainstorming, I am continually scouring kitchen design books, remodeling magazines, and the internet for ideas. I even asked ya'll about yours: I'm Curious About Your Kitchens.
|Possible idea for the near side of the peninsula.|
Fitting all the pieces together physically is one challenge. Pulling them together visually is another. I'm hoping overall theme, color, cabinet hardware, and countertops can achieve that.
|Expanding the idea for the kitchen sink area.|
It's like working out a puzzle, except that there is no right or wrong solution. In the end, it all boils down to space and personal preferences. Having an analytical bend, problem solving is the kind of thing I love to do. I have to admit though, that since the final choices are so subjective, there's always a big question mark in the back of my mind.
Kitchen Remodel: Starting To Plan
I'm Curious About Your Kitchens
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