The original kitchen (ca. 1900) is a small room (~11'x10', see attached plan). The second room is an addition that we think was constructed mid-century (~17'x9'). The second room is broken into 3 rooms (the main room and strangely enough, 2 mud-rooms). All together, these rooms make an awkward space. We hope to have a design that leverages all the space and makes all the spaces one large, open-concept kitchen with potentially dining options.
1. Want as many windows and natural light as possible (hard requirement); skylights optional, considering reformatting the roof in the new addition room from flat to pitched to accommodate skylights
2. Maintain a classic look that somewhat flows with the bungalow style
2. We would like to include a small laundry room (can do stackable washer/dryer) in the new design (not an absolute requirement, but very much desired)
3. We would like to install a restaurant grade stove top (larger than average, at least 6 burners) with the ovens in a different location
4. We like the idea of an island somewhere (not a hard requirement, especially if it limits the fluidity of the space)
5. We like the idea of having a peninsula or bar that divides the living room and kitchen (not a hard requirement)
7. We like the idea of an eat in nook (breakfast nook) but this is also not a hard requirement
1. Putting plumbing in the second room (newer addition) would be more costly because below the house is an unheated shed, so we think that means that we would have to somehow prevent the pipes from freezing during the winter. However, we are still open to the idea of moving the plumbing if the design is worth the cost.
2. We are open to moving the exterior door to another location (would require moving the porch stairs), but if that is important for the design, we would consider it
If it helps, we have white walls and nearly black wood floors throughout the house, so we would like to carry this design through to the kitchen. The house is very dark (due to surrounding foliage), and in order to get as much reflecting light as possible, we’ll install white cabinetry. Some photos that speak to our design target have been uploaded.
Cost of an "update" ($15K) v. full remodel ($60K):
We would very much appreciate, if possible, 2 designs - one that is a lower-cost design that requires minimum work to simply "update" the kitchen and make it more "livable"; the other would fit most of the requirements above and not limit the design up to the maximum budget.