We have a 30 yr old house in Florida (US) and want to remodel the kitchen to incorporate to living room space (open floorplan concept). The house is on cement slab (no crawl space so moving pipes is $$ and we want to avoid if possible), it has complete attic access (nothing on top of it to the house roof so we can add lights, AC registers and whatever suggested) and only one floor. Currently the kitchen is operational (just old looking and worn out) as an preparation and eat-in kitchen, we don't have (or want) a separate dining room. We want to redo floor ( put new tile), new cabinets all the way to the ceiling edge (removing current edge on top of current cabinets), and if budget allows, replace some of the appliances with stainless steel (we need new dishwasher). It is a partially open floor plan where we want to completely open the kitchen towards the living room space. The current opening is a pass-through (on top of the dishwasher right from sink, see pictures) and we want to remove the rest of the pantry on the right to open kitchen to living room. The appliances may stay in the same current location or move slightly as needed. Our style is fairly contemporary but not modern, think "home" rather than "surgery center". We like a lighter marble (or alike, open to suggestions) kitchen top and off-white cabinets (to keep room airy and well lit, again, open to suggestions, light cherry?) as the current kitchen has black granite top, looks great but shows all the watermarks... which is a pain. We don't want a wine cooler or glass door cabinets or fancy "Viking" appliances, a kitchen is a nice working and enjoying family place, not a showroom. The natural light sources are a big front boxed window (6ft x 5ft recessed 1.5 feet to outside sort like a bay window) and from the back of the house through 10 ft wide sliders, plus recessed lights (we have CFL's, but want LED's lights) and a centered over the table ceiling fan with a nice light. The current kitchen has two doors: one to the garage and one towards the foyer which is useless (see picture), it is always open anyway, we want to remove it and open the kitchen from there (foyer). Basically the work is to remove the foyer to kitchen door and it's frame, remove the storage behind the door and the walls in that corner, move the kitchen counter towards the living room straight (not curved as it is now) following the kitchen wall (behind the sink), redo cabinets (with a functional distribution) and floor. Cabinets may be re-positioned as appropriate and by function. A 45* (corner) drawers in the corner by the oven / range would be great.
We would like ceramic tile floor but again, open to suggestions (no carpet or vinyl). The rest of the house has wood floor (Brazilian cherry) and the wall colors are neutral, like tan and "Livable Green" from Sherwin Williams.
Our goal is to have a more open area to incorporate the kitchen and living room (like an open floor plan concept) to make it even more usable, we want to have a nice living house, with open floor plan rather with several "dedicated" rooms. As the house does not have any spare rooms available, we have a small work desk with a PC in the kitchen too, so maintaining this work area is desirable. Our budget is capped at $20K at this time, but multiple stages could be considered, also I'm pretty handy so some work can be DIY.
Please see pictures for the current spaces and the drawing of what we would like to achieve.
We have checked the house structure and there are no load bearing walls in the area, so removing the door and adjacent corner wall is what we want.
Thanks, and please send any inquire or request.