|The breakfast bar used to be over near the stove. When it was there, the chairs blocked the doorway into the dining room, so we tore out a small wall and changed the layout.|
|The babygate on the right is just pressure-mounted and blocks off part of the kitchen so that Penny can play in the back area away from the stove while we are cooking.|
|The two large drawers next to the sink are amazing. I'm so glad we went with giant drawers instead of base cabinets here. They are perfect for holding baking dishes, mixing bowls, and things of that sort.|
I love the glass cabinets. We decided to do just the two in glass so that we could display our pottery and glassware and then hide all the things that aren't as pretty in the solid cabinets.
The glass subway tile was a bit of a splurge at $15/sq ft, but I think it looks fantastic! I mentioned these counters before, but they are made from re-purposed glass bottles and are a much greener choice than quarried granite. The range has a baking drawer in the bottom. It's a mini oven great for a single cookie sheet or casserole dish when you don't want to heat the whole large oven.
|These cabinets function as our pantry, and we keep cookbooks in the one above the desk. They hold a LOT!|
|Josh doesn't like the look of magnets on the fridge, but I like to be able to hang important papers in the kitchen. He built this message center as a compromise, and I love it! This is actually where the fridge was in the old kitchen.|
|You can see where the old breakfast bar was. We slid the stove over to the right and then squeezed the fridge in the back corner.|
|Here you can see the wall behind the bar stools that we removed.|
|The old layout made this back part of the kitchen feel like a separate room even though the fridge was back here. It was sort of wasted space without any cabinets and an extra place to sit that we didn't need.|
tore out a wall
moved the fridge
shifted the stove
new paint color
Green choices that we made:
recycled glass countertop
That's about it. Hope you enjoy the room and my husband's handiwork. We broke ground Labor Day weekend, and we officially finished Nov 16th. Josh wants you to know that he was out of town for about 2 weeks during that time, lest you think he was slacking off. ;) He is also anxious to hear feedback, so leave us some comment love. Any questions about our renovation? What do you like or dislike? What would you do differently?