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Need ideas on kitchen

infantry0414December 6, 2012
Looking at making an offer on this house but the kitchen is turning us away. I've thought about replacing the cabinets where the current location is and putting a matching island in the middle. Limited on counter space with just that one wall or move everything on the other side and have 2 or 3 walls to work off of. This has to be one of the worst designed kitchens I've seen. Lol. Any ideas/advice please. No issues on budget. Thanks in advance.
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Another view of the other side of kitchen
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 10:51AM
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Lee Design and Interiors
SInce you said budget was not an issue, it looks like you have a fantastic space to work with. With what looks to be a decent amount of space you can pretty much design and build any style you would like. The real question is what style do you like, anything is possible and you have a great canvas to start with. -Lee Design
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 10:56AM
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I would reverse the current kitchen and dining space so there isn't any wasted space with an U-shaped kitchen, while the standard exterior door could be widen to create better flow to the outside.

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    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 3:06PM
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dytechture is spot on. right down to the slider. you have the perfect blank canvas to work with. good luck.
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 3:12PM
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LM Designers
This is the perfect blank space to start with. Any kitchen designer would be thrilled to design your kitchen. I agree to flip the kitchen to the other side of the room. You just need some guidance and you will see all the possibilities. Go somewhere with the measurements that doesn't charge you for a design and give the designer the freedom to do whatever they want. You will be surprised at what they come up with.
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 3:53PM
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Yes, the other end would work best. Grab a kitchen designer and go for it!
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 4:00PM
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Why not just create a galley style kitchen by adding a bank of cabinetry coming out from the window?
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 4:01PM
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I thought about that that too, olldbobbi, but with an unlimited budget, wouldn't you want your dream kitchen? Mine would probably be an efficient galley, but there's a lot of space here.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 4:34PM
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This kitchen would be a deal breaker. It's not just the arrangement. but the windows are all wrong for a kitchen and they would have to be changed drastically. Very expensive.
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 4:38PM
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Laurie Battersby
Budget not an issue? This is a complete re-do....so you would have to spend some money to make this a workable space with some aesthetic appeal.
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 4:54PM
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deco, you're right! I just look for the simplest path of least resistance. I must be lazy!
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 4:54PM
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bobbi, you're not lazy...just efficient!
1 Like    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 5:12PM
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I agree that the kitchen and dining spaces should be flipped. A door in that position in a kitchen is a traffic hazard.

However, the windows in the dining area are lower than counter height and would have to be removed and replaced.

If there are other houses you like just as well, you might leave the expense of building a kitchen basically from scratch to someone else.
If this is an excellent house for your needs other than the kitchen, make a pros and cons list and decide where you would like to spend your money.
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 6:40PM
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Thanks guys. That door goes to a Florida room in the back. The windows screw up some ideas like the U shape. Maybe a L shaped one would work on the other 2 walls. It's a nice size kitchen to work with though. We will see. Prolly going to bring some pictures and measurements to a kitchen remodeler before I put in a bid. Thanks for the advice.
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 6:50PM
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Residential Design TN - Tracy Nichols
I agree with navadan and Dytecture - flip the kitchen around and re-arrange the windows to work with the new design. Also not knowing what is on the existing dining interior wall, perhaps it could be taken out partially (half wall) providing room for a peninsula or completely providing room for an island. Of course you have to consider all the structural and mechanical changes which could easily double your budget and demand an experienced contractor.
    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 7:00PM
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