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Need help with awkward layout and opening kitchen in late 50s ranch

Lauren OM
5 years ago

Hi All! I've been checking out the discussions for a while in search of some advice on attempting to open up the kitchen in 50s/60s ranch. While there are plenty of similar discussions, I'm having trouble translating those ideas into my own awkward space.

My Question: What input and suggestions do you have for changing the layout of the kitchen into a more functional and open space (possibly opening up the living/dining/kitchen?) and how can I make the path through the kitchen into the addition more practical? The location of the addition is really throwing us off but I don't believe the doorway into it can be changed.

A little background on our house: 1958 single story ranch, approx. 1,700 sq ft. with plaster walls and 7ft high plaster ceilings. We bought the house 4 years ago, it had been vacant for 10 years and we've been slowly bringing the house up-to-date.

Yes, we have a second interior stairway into the basement which is accessed through the addition so the basement stairs in the kitchen can go.

As I'm typing, I'm not totally sure which walls are load bearing but I can check (any guesses?). Whatever isn't load bearing can also most likely go.

We're on a budget but will be doing most of the work ourselves and will be re-suing our cabinets and appliances. One thing to note, I don't have a cooktop or built-in oven so any layout would need to accommodate our standard model, GE electric oven...aka-my oven would look really stupid in the middle of a kitchen island :P

The grey arrows on the mock-up in the back right corner of the kitchen are showing how each one of those doors (basement, addition, closet) not-so-conveniently open into each other.

Hopefully this all makes sense.

My husband and I have been trying to figure out how to improve the layout but we can't seem to come up with a way to make it all flow.

Thanks all! We really appreciate any input!

Current Floor Plan (excluding addition) The wall of the addition begins near the "new backdoor" arrow facing outside. And the closet near the old backdoor, shares a wall to a bedroom and to the bathroom in the addition.

Entrance view from front door

View in kitchen from back left corner of counter (not shown-weird closet door perpendicular to basement door)

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