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Kitchen Expansion and Remodel - Layout Advice Needed

13 years ago

Hi everyone,

I'm really happy to have found this site recently and have learned alot from searching the forum. We could really use your advice and expertise to optimize our layout.

Our current small galley kitchen is in the front of the 1955 rambler (gable) seen in the photo below.

The kitchen opens to the dining room though a 30" framed opening. All current ceilings are 8'.

We are planning to bump out the front gable to expand the kitchen by 9 feet. We also plan to add a small mudroom (closet really) entry to the right side of the kitchen elevation.

We started out trying to get an island in the kitchen with 2 or 3 chairs, mostly to allow our 9 year old to do homework while one of us cooked, and to provide a place to have guests join in with the cook(s) when entertaining. Original plan with island below:

Because of some concerns about aisle widths, etc, with the island design, we have moved to a peninsula layout that still keeps the same wide opening to the dining room. The lastest layout is below:

The new expanded kitchen will have a vaulted ceiling (8' on the sides and peaking at just over 12' in the center of the kitchen) that matches the front gable. So this will (hopefully) be the nicest, most open part of our house. The big windows (planning on 3 casements) in the front of the kitchen have a mostly eastern exposure and good morning sun. The other single window faces south but will be covered by and expanded front porch and entry.

This is a huge project for us and we're looking for any advice/suggestions to get the best layout possible.

Please have at it and thanks in advance for your help.

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