Taking it to the Next Level
We had our second meeting with Bloomsbury Kitchens this week and they hit it out of the park (or, in our case, the farmer's field) with our initial floor plans for the new kitchen. We will be meeting with our contractor at the farm this weekend to go over the project and what we need him to do to get the space ready for our mid-June installation date! This is happening folks!
One (not so minor and, if you're anything like my extended family, potentially polarizing) detail and decision that I haven't shared with you yet: our current kitchen has an elevator (yes, you heard that right) and after much debate ... we have decided to remove it! I mentioned the generally terrible Feng shui in my last post. Well, said shui has lost its Feng largely due to the elevator that runs through the middle of the kitchen! It's taken a couple of years, but my husband has now come around to Camp "Let's Ditch the Elevator" and agrees that we can't get the kitchen of our dreams if we keep the elevator. The elevator is never used (other than to store the mop and bucket!) and it basically only services the laundry room/tv room in the basement and a loft area that overlooks the kitchen.
Removing the elevator and the stairs that run next to it (and that further chop up the floor plan - there's a second set of stairs very close by that we use more) will allow us to create an open, square space that gives us maximum design flexibility. Their removal will also highlight a few of the existing beautiful design features that are currently lost/hidden: soaring ceilings, the post-and-beam structure of the original Summer kitchen, dormer windows in the loft area and a stunning stained glass window.
I saved the below photo years ago. I love how barn-like and airy the space is and yet anchored by the post-and-beam structure. As part of the kitchen reno, we will be replacing the half-wall railing that runs the length of the loft overlooking the kitchen. We're either going to go with a modern metal railing similar to the one in this gorgeous home or a glass wall with metal posts.
I'm a big fan of the symmetry and balance Bloomsbury Kitchens has created with the furniture-style hutch (they have it measuring 10 feet!), on one side of the kitchen and the oven and vent hood on the opposite side of the room. The hutch will serve as a coffee station and we will be able to display some of our Edme Wedgwood dishes and my Great Grandmother's dishes.
I haven't given much thought to vent hoods (like ever), but I'm leaning towards a simple design like the one in the below photo.
The panelled fridge/freezer unit will be placed where the elevator is currently located and removing the stairs/elevator frees up the middle of the space for a large island and our antique harvest table surrounded by 6 black Windsor chairs.
The island will have two stools at either end that will allow guests (and teenagers) to earn their keep while they help with cooking prep. I wouldn't have thought of putting the stools on the ends, but this placement will also avoid them getting in the way of the chairs surrounding the neighbouring table. Smart!
The farmhouse apron-front sink will be in the middle of the island and there will be a smaller "prep sink" to the right of the oven "big enough to soak a roasting pan overnight".
I know we have a lot of planning and decisions ahead of us, but we're off to a solid start and things are definitely looking UP!!!!