FINAL FLOOR PLANS FOR A 1970S KITCHEN RENO - MODERN FARMHOUSE STYLE
After exploring floor plan options for the kitchen remodel at Project Tree Lined, Option D turned out to be the favored one. This option was by far my favorite, and one that will allow the clients to get the most out of their 1970's kitchen. Take a look at the existing floor plan, and before photos. You can see the back story and all the other design options here.
EXISTING FLOOR PLAN
FINAL FLOOR PLAN
While you're reviewing the new floor plan notice how a secondary sink was included in the island. This was done primarily to create an appropriate work triangle between the stove top, refrigerator and sink. Without the second sink the kitchen would be miserable to work in with the island interrupting the work flow.
Another benefit of the second sink is it creates work zones, making it easier for two or more cooks to work in the kitchen at the same time.
Below are a few sketches taken as screenshots from the kitchen animation. This one is looking into the kitchen from the new eating nook. The doorway was widened to provide better visual connections between the kitchen, nook and family room.
The next two view shows the primary sink wall, with the added center window. Imagine looking through these windows to a beautiful park-like backyard with a lovely pool.
In this sketch notice the hallway opening (in the far center of the drawing) that leads to the redesigned pantry. The doorway leading into the dining / living room has been widened and relocated closer to the main areas of the space. This was done to increase the visual connections between the dining / living rooms, kitchen, nook and family rooms.
A pantry, oven stack and a free standing hood with a cook top is planned for this wall. Notice again, the opening between the kitchen and living room, and the one between the new nook and family room.
COLORS & MATERIALS
Now that we have the floor plan & elevations designed, we'll be moving on to the finish material, plumbing and lighting selections. Going with the client's preferences, here's the preliminary concept board based on how I interpreted their modern-farmhouse design aesthetic.
GRAYS & WHITES WITH A MIX OF NATURAL WOOD
From earlier on the clients had a clear view of the color pallet they envisioned their new kitchen to be. Keeping with today's dominant color preferences for kitchens, grays, whites and a mix of natural wood is in the plans.
THE TAKE AWAY
The wider the door opening between spaces, the more visaul connection there will be between the spaces. This is particularly important when you want to update older homes that have compartmentalized rooms.
Work triangles are critical for good kitchen design and function. In cases where keeping the work triangle uninterrupted is impossible while getting the most storage and counters out of the of the space, add a secondary sink like I did in this project.
Did you notice how the primary sink, island pendant lights and freestanding hood line up perfectly with one another? This was done to create visual balance. It took careful planning and thought and will pay off great design dividends when the plan is executed.
Thanks for following along. May a kitchen remodel be in your future!
PHOTO CREDIT: LIBBY TOLMAN