[Review Request] Small open plan kitchen in 70s townhouse
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The total common space (including dining, kitchen, and living) is a small 450 sq ft. It's also pretty dark, with 2 windows for the entire area and not much direct sun. So I want the room to be as streamlined and light as possible.
In my first iteration of this layout I had a sort of open galley kitchen, with the sink on the front island and fridge and range on the back wall. I still like that but would like to see if we can save the $$$ and keep the plumbing and drain where it is. Also, I'd love a shelf for cookbooks and space for vertical pan storage. But at the same time I don't want any visual clutter--any ideas? Lastly, that back wall backsplash will end where the kitchen cabinets end.
While I like the idea of hiding the appliances on the back wall, I didn't think you'd be able to open your refrigerator doors fully. Now it's over handy to your diners. To its right I've stacked three 30" corner upper cabinets. So crazy it just might work. It would need a custom base of 2x4s - but maybe the legs would work. A length of mirror on the angled face close to the window could up your natural light quotient.
I put your cookbooks in the island - just left of the doors on those shallow bases.
Originally Posted by wombat94 I don't know if this works for you, but for best use of space, we decided NOT to use the microwave cabinet, and instead use an under cabinet micro.
Re: Small open plan kitchen in 70s townhouse
The Micro is a GE Spacemaker II PEM31SMSS. It hangs about 1.5 to 2 inches below the edge of the cover panel/light rail, but the cabinet above is a full cabinet that gives us a lot more accessible space than a micro cabinet would.
You have to buy the hanging kit (about $20) to install it as an under-cabinet.
The thing I really like about it is how "built in" it looks. It is just about 1/8" narrower than the full width of the cabinet (about 1" wider than a micro that would go on the micro shelf cab - because is includes the width of the side walls of the cabinet). And it is just about perfectly flush with the doors above it on the cabinet - it sticks out maybe 1/16"
how ingenious! stacked corner cabinets creates a lot of storage.
to reduce the bulk...what about an ikea pantry there instead? perhaps not as elegant a way to end that row of cabinets though. as for the island shelves, I love it. I don't have much in the way of display items, mostly junk that guests shouldn't see, maybe I'll flip the island around so the shelves face in.
Thanks so much. Really wonderful to get a fresh, knowledgeable set of eyes.