Posted by Rebecca, December 8th, 2010
We still have 2 bedrooms with zero furniture in them and an empty formal living room, but we can’t help thinking of ways to improve on our house. One of the ideas floating around our heads for a future renovation is an overhaul of our eat-in kitchen space.
When we bought our house, the model had already been sold. We walked through it about a year before, but we were in so many models that we hardly remember the details. One of those details was whether or not there would be room at our island for some stools. The saleswoman assured us there would be, but when we moved in we realized she was wrong.
We hoped to change the countertop on our island to a contrasting color (I imagined a dark butcher block) with about a 12 inch overhang for two stools. Hence the two pendant lights over the island. Though I was sad that I couldn’t sit at the island as Mike cooked and tell him about my day, we were okay with it. We always planned to use our condo dining set since I wanted a much more casual dining feel than a formal dining room has (and we paid only $199 for it in ’07- table AND chairs AND glass top!)
(sidenote- it was dinner time when I took these pictures, how cute are they??)
Now that we actually live here, we’ve realized that the kitchen really is the heart of the home. Whenever we have people over, everyone stands around the island. We try to tell people to move into the family room or dining room, but they won’t budge. So we started to think of solutions and I was reminded of a model we walked through about almost 3 years ago now. It had a similar kitchen floor plan as ours, but the builder offered an optional sunroom. I remembered that the builder was Ryan Homes and I recently scoured their website for pictures. Unfortunately, the development we visited was sold out, but I was in luck that I have a disgusting memory and figured out that the model was the Yorkshire. I managed to find floor plans and pictures on the Ryan Homes website.
Here is the basic layout of our kitchen, as displayed on their website…
And here are the additions we’d like to make, also via the Ryan Homes interactive floorplan tool…
Our builder did offer an add-on to the back of our house, but it was more vertical than horizontal and we didn’t think it would be very functional. We liked that this was more of a room than a bump-out and didn’t extend very far into the backyard. We also have high hopes for the backyard area someday, but that’s for another post.
I also found some still images of a Ryan model home that was upgraded with the exact changes we would like…
There is also a virtual tour of this house here!
Ideally, we would love to do something like this, opening up our kitchen, extending our island, adding an area for stools at the island, making a bar area on the opposite side of our sink with additional seating. We would open up the area from the window through the sliding glass door. We would lose the upper cabinets to the left, but honestly there’s nothing really in those. And we’d gain the space in the new base cabinets in the island.
We just think we can add some special touches (Wine fridge anyone?? Bookcase area in the island??) that will make our kitchen look more custom and less builder grade. Plus adding a nice large sunroom will give us a ton of options to work with. And of course, the cats would love all of those additional windows!
Maybe in 10 years. But we can dream, right?
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