Remodeling Our Casa on Park : Kitchen Edition Pt. 1

Lots of unexpected changes in the last few weeks have made life quite busy but in all the best ways. We can all breathe easy again knowing that no, that is not an implication that I am pregnant but yes, I am finally settling back in and ready to attach myself to the computer screen again.

So - once 1004 Park was signed, sealed, and delivered to us - it was time to get to work. If you know me, you know that this is my bread and butter.

Bread = Finding a project.
Butter = Getting my hands on said project.

Where did we begin? This was an easy choice to make and a rather satisfying one, too. During an initial walk-through,  my cousin/real estate leasing agent extraordinaire immediately suggested we tear down the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room - thus making one big open room. Game changer of an idea, for sure!!

Ben and I took it a step further and not only removed the wall dividing these two main rooms but also removed the gaudy archway (there were several of these around the house) separating the kitchen from our small kitchen nook.

Now don't get me wrong - I really did adore the original charming cabinetry in the kitchen. They were in pretty good condition inside and out but the problem wasn't the condition of the cabinets, it was the depth of the counter top. Standard countertop depth is 24". Ours was 20". Which meant that we couldn't install a dishwasher without it sticking out 4" from the edge of the counter.

Here are some standard kitchen measurements if you are remodeling/designing your kitchen:

  • Kitchen Countertop Depth : 24"
  • Counter Height : 34-36"
  • Upper Cabinet Clearance (distance between countertop to the shelving above) : 15-20"
  • Circulation Space around an island : 48" on each side
  • Stoveside Counter Space : 12"

We were able to stick to these guidelines fairly well while planning the layout for our kitchen only because we had the space once we knocked down the wall. Otherwise, we would have had to adjust accordingly and say - 'screw your standard measurements!' - a phrase I've used many-a-time simply because my house was built in 1937 when people were apparently very tiny and had little to no use for extra storage space. (Hence the converted linen closet that once housed a rocket-ship sized water heater.)

Just to give you a little idea of what else was going on at the same time...

With the walls down and the cabinets gone - the angel that is our friend Karla helped us map out a kitchen plan on CAD and thus we came up with this:

Living Dining CAD Drawing.jpg

The layout above has indeed come to life but you'll have to wait for that! Thoughts? Stay tuned.