Hi Houzz readers! We're remodeling! Yay! It's a total, 100% DIY job, and I've found a ton of inspiration here. One thing I haven't figured out, and need your help with involves a little nook area in my kitchen.
It's currently set up as a breakfast nook, but I really feel like it's just wasted space. It's an area that gathers clutter. We don't use it as an eating area (who wants to sit on barstools and stare at the wall?) and the seats are too high for my toddler to use safely.
We're most likely moving out of this house in a year and a half, so while I want this kitchen and area to be something I enjoy, I also want it to work for future homeowners. Our remodel involves new floors, ceiling work, new countertops, new lighting/electrical in spots, change molding on cabs, but the cabinets are staying. We're putting glass in the window fronts, painting, and changing out the hardware.
We're planning to build a cabinet around our refrigerator. The length of the recessed area is 83.5" and the refrigerator is 36 inches, plus a couple inches for the cabinet around it.
I'm thinking of adding a small (9-15") cabinet to the left of the refrigerator to allow the doors on the refrigerator to open fully (they can't now b/c of how the wall is recessed where the refrigerator and nook are), then adding a 30-36" base cabinet to the right of the refrigerator for pot/pan storage since the kitchen is rather small and lacking in storage- then open shelves above it.
Do you think adding extra storage is a good idea here (will it overwhelm the space?), or should I leave it as it is currently so it can be sold as an "eat in" kitchen? I've attached pictures of the total before job (lots has changed since then regarding color, molding on cabinets, cab valance, light, etc.) so you will hopefully be able to help me with this! THANK YOU!!!