I want to remodel my kitchen and the adjacent laundry room.
The home was constructed in 1987, so it has a more contemporary feel to it with clean lines and lots of natural light.
Kitchen: My goal is to have the kitchen be warm and inviting, but to also reflect the clean lines of the home.
The floor in the kitchen was replaced with Travertine marble around 2006. The travertine floor has a nice, warm feel to it but it reflects sound making the kitchen somewhat noisy, and it is also fragile and subject to cracks and gouges. At this time I would like to consider other flooring alternatives.
I want to make the most practical, functional use of the space for both cooking and entertaining.
Please note that the dimensioned kitchen/laundry room floor plan attached was done by a local Home Depot representative. The general configuration of the kitchen is accurate, but the floor plan shows a potential design, not the existing conditions. The kitchen area is approximately 350 sq. ft. However, the focus of this project will be on approximately one-half of this area (where cabinetry, appliances, etc. are located). The other half, where the kitchen table is located, will most likely require little work due to existing circulation patterns and the fact that this area is mainly surrounded by glass and doors. There is an existing 10"-12" soffit that I would want removed to increase both the height of the cabinets and the space between the countertop and the bottom of the cabinets (which is now less than standard height).
All appliances are stainless steel, but they are quite a few years old so I would most likely replace all of them. Currently there is a 30" range that I would like to replace with at least a 36" range. Two ovens in the kitchen would be ideal.
I would also like to have a faucet coming through the wall behind the range for filling pots.
I would definitely want to add a center island as well (possibly with some limited seating if possible). I would consider different finishes for the island surface and cabinetry than those used in the rest of the kitchen as long as they compliment the new design and finishes.
Lighting, cabinetry, backsplash, etc. should be warm, creative and inviting. I like wood cabinets but I don't like oak due to the large grain pattern.
Currently there is an area with a small white freestanding desk that has a computer on it. I envision this area having a built-in cabinet/desk-type function that works in harmony with the new kitchen design and finishes.
Other selection criteria include stainless steel appliances, small wine refrigerator, granite or other high end countertop, wood cabinetry, interesting lighting.
Laundry Room: The door in the laundry room currently won't close because the washing machine is blocking the swing of the door. I would want the washing machine and dryer stacked to allow the door to close, while adding new cabinetry and reconfiguring the cabinetry to be able to accommodate all of the things that are currently either hanging or on shelves.
If a dog bed could be incorporated into the bottom of the cabinetry somewhere, that would be great and it would also save space.
The sink needs to remain where it is.
A laundry-folding station would also be a nice feature.
Not sure if this room is large enough to have a seating area as well where shoes can be put on/taken off and stored.