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Kitchen reno: open-plan or kitchenette with utility

Evie
2 months ago
last modified: last month

Hi Houzz!

I posted about my kitchen layout a while back and thought I had settled on an open-plan galley layout (photo 4-6).

However, after speaking with builders and having too much time on my hands, I am now considering keeping the current kitchen wall (loadbearing) and turning the current dining area into a kitchenette (photos 1-3). I drafted these on DIY Kitchens, and just imagine there is open shelving in blank wall space above the cabinets.

Kitchenette/Utility:

Pros - Lots of appliances, noisy appliances shut away, direct access from hall to utility

Cons - No dining table (instead I want a counter/table such as Ikea Vadholma ), makes liveable space even smaller, kitchenette right next to living area, only 800mm walkway in utility (current kitchen is like this)

Open-Plan:

Pros - Typical layout, more spacious, large dining area

Cons - Less appliances, may be noisy needs modifying as I want a larder unit under stairs, current freestanding washer and dryer will not work (want to put these in the island facing out)

Let me know what you think!















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