After our first meeting with Aidan Design‘s Nadia Subaran and her trusty team, John and I accepted the fact that if we wanted a place to eat, we would have to expand the kitchen.
We were thinking along these lines anyway: a million years ago (in 2012), we were ready to go with a kitchen renovation that included an addition. An expanded kitchen, in other words. But first, we had to suffer an agonizing build-out of the basement to support said addition.
(If you have a sec, go back and read this blog post. You’ll be fully up to speed.)
We were supposed to move right along with the kitchen renovation in 2013. However, the project stalled due to several boring, real-life reasons. (Not jolly, shiny, Facebook-appropriate reasons, such as wide-eyed indecision about what countertops we wanted.)
No, the suspension of the kitchen renovation was due to:
- Construction fatigue (when you have a house that was built in 1910, you can’t know what you’ll run into when you start digging)
- Cost overruns due to said construction, and, boringly,
- A whopper of a tax bill.
(Side note: if you’re a CPA who also provides bookkeeping services and your client dutifully pays her quarterly taxes, there’s no excuse for not “catching” the fact that your client will owe a gazillion dollars on April 15. If this does in fact happen, you stink at your job. And you’re fired.)
Three-ish years later, we’re ready to roll.
Here is the floor plan Aidan came up with:
That’s kind of hard to read, isn’t it? Here —
Current sink wall:
Elevation of the new sink wall:
The layout of the main kitchen isn’t too different, is it? As I mentioned in an earlier post, the location of the appliances was the only good thing about the kitchen, so it made sense to start there.
The stove wall, across from the sink wall in the main kitchen (the doorway goes to the dining room):
(That big bird drawing is a placeholder, but more on that to come, believe me ;) )
The butler’s pantry is a little more dramatic, because, well, there ISN’T a butler’s pantry right now. Reminder that right now, there’s this:
Here’s the proposed plan:
On the right side as you enter from the Foyer:
And on the left. Again, that doorway is to the dining room:
Did you notice that there’s still no place to eat in this kitchen? I did!
Next time, I’ll tell you about that gray section at the left of Aidan’s floor plan :) The adventure continues!
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