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Taking out wall, how to transition?
January 13, 2013 in Design Dilemma
This will be a low budget project. Still in the thinking phase.
My kitchen and dining room are currently divided by a non load bearing wall. I'd like to update the area and repurpose the dining room to a casual living area.

The kitchen and dining room are what you see when you walk up the split foyer steps and I don't especially want to look right into the kitchen stove, but do want to keep the modern open idea.

I'm stuck on how to transition from the kitchen stove to the dining room area. I need some counter space on the right side of the stove (will be moving it to the left a bit) and I would like some storage.
A small peninsula with glass cabinets above?
A small pass thru with a column of shelves?
Cabinets on either side of the sliding door?
Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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uh oh. This will not be a low budget project. The soffit in the kitchen will mess up your plans for cabinets on the right of your stove. If you want to move the stove, it will cause a domino effect of the next thing that needs modified. The ceiling and floor will be damaged when you remove the walls. The flooring will need to be uniform in both spaces to look good.

How about for now just removing the walls and cover the top/bottom of wall space moudling and rearrange your furniture as you have in mind. (Leave only enough wall to cover the stove area). Then, you can play around with furniture placement.
January 13, 2013 at 3:17PM     
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Thanks, didn't even think of the soffit's effect on the cabinet !
I did plan on new flooring, old vinyl is cracking (not low budget, I know) new counter height table and chairs and painting the cabinets, so maybe not so low budget after all. Guess I need ideas on how to transition and figure out the best idea for the money spent.
January 13, 2013 at 3:27PM   
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If you do remove the wall and do nothing more like Darzy suggests (your best low budget solution) then you will free up space for an island or large console on the long opposite kitchen wall without obstructing traffic flow giving you more storage and counter space temporarily.
January 13, 2013 at 3:40PM     
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Can you move the refrigerator and move stove over more? Here is an option for L shape, with the refrigerator on the right of the stove.

January 13, 2013 at 3:47PM   
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Can you show a picture of the sink/refrigerator side of the kitchen?
January 13, 2013 at 3:47PM   
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I don't think I can really move much, the stove and microwave slightly over to gain room.
I'm planning to replace the wall cabinet to the left of the stove because it is really too large. 4 feet! and replace the base cabinet next to the stove with drawers for pots.
The opposite wall is empty, where I plan to replace my table with a counter height table as a peninsula and maybe a piece of furniture to hold a tv to swivel into the dining room.
At least those are my thoughts. I'm open to another arrangement, but my hubby wants a table, not an island or peninsula. Hard enough sell on counter height : ).
January 13, 2013 at 4:39PM   
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