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Cabinets Extended Through Dining Or Do Something Else?

gokiteFebruary 25, 2013
Deciding what to do here, would love some external opinions! Extend the cabinets, leave it open for a hutch or something, put in something else...any ideas? See with and without below. Dining area opens to an outdoor area underneath upstairs Master bdrm deck. Windows on kitchen face North.

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Sarah Stacey Interior Design
Do you find that you need more storage space? If yes, I'd extend the cabinets. You could use that counter as a serving spot as well. Think about using open shelving instead of the cabinets (upper) - the one and two cabinets might seem a little dinky. Also, that is a lot of seating right next to each other. Will you need a dining table with the counter seating right there? Or do you really need all of that counter seating at the island?
    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 6:26AM
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@Sarah, thank for your response. Do you mean use upper shelving instead of the window?
What do you mean by the "one and two cabinets seem a little dinky"?
For the seating, it's nice to have all the adults at a table together and the kids at the bar during a get together. During regular days, family can eat at the bar/prep island. This is a two-place eating design with the room for each to be used at full capacity. Some homes have three (small bar, small "nook", dining) I do prefer two with both accomodating larger numbers.
    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 7:01AM
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Sarah Stacey Interior Design
I like the window. I think visually it will be more appealing with open shelving next to the range and the sink. In my opinion, one or two cabinets will seem a little insignificant in the large space. More so since they are the only upper cabinets in the kitchen.
    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 7:18AM
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I would estend the cabinets. That way you're sure you will have enough cabinet space.
    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 7:43AM
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@sarah and violinist, okay copy that. Any comments as to the type of cabinets? All drawers? All doors with shelves? I am leaning drawers since I hate stooping after opening a door and digging in shelves I can't see what's in there. If there is a door with a pull out shelf, why not just have drawers to open once instead of two moves (open door then pull out shelf)...? Hmm, think I just made my decision...!
    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 8:10AM
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The dining area seems spacious enough that extending the cabinetry would not be an issue. I agree with having a pull-out drawer built in the face of the cabinet to minimize the number of steps for operation.

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    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 8:47AM
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What do you guys think of a small wall jutting out between the kitchen/dining to define each space and provide an "end" to the upper cabinets?
    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 8:02AM
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Not necessary as the window and upper cabinets are already defining this eating area.
    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 8:21AM
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