As a bit of background, its an old farmhouse (working farm). The plan is to move the kitchen from its current small spot, over to the other side of the house, knocking through two rooms to create a kitchen/family room.
Most of the budget will go on the structural works (RSJs, insulation, woodburner) etc etc so I am limited. Although I can manage solid wood units, I can't stretch to granite etc worktops (and I have a farmer at home all day leaving teabags all over the surfaces so I can't risk wood either). I'm reusing my existing dishwasher, and moving the kitchen tap too (I am that tight in the budget)
This is the laminate that I like - in reality its a much warmer colour and I like a bit of sparkle.
A great designer has drawn up the plans and I love them. But is there anything I've missed?
Only two comments - I have a thing (it may be just me) about coming into a room and having something bulky right there as I open the door. I always like to have a bit of breathing space beside the door iykwim. But that would mean losing what looks like a larder cupboard and I don't have one of those and wish I did so maybe that's not possible.
Also can't see where the dishwasher goes but from experience, don't put it in a corner! If it's in the corner, when it's open it blocks all the cupboards you want to get to to put stuff away in.
Looks lovely, Just a couple of practicalities - where are you planning on putting:
1) You bin(s) 2) Hang your hand/tea towels
Also seriously think about having a tea/coffee area - we have the coffee machine on the work top next to the fridge (door opening the right way), opposite the sink and with the mugs/cups and tea coffee in the cupboard above. Love it. Making a drink if efficiency itself. Sounds silly but in our old kitchen everything was a bit spread out and it was a faff
I think you need to have a built under oven, under the hob. You will go through a fair few fridges if you have a fridge freezer next to an oven ( unless you don't cook) It will also over time, drive you mad having oven and hob on opposite sides of the kitchen.
Totally agree with a "tea triangle " of cups, cupboards, milk, tea spoons and compost pot/insinkerator.
I personally hate built in bins as they are generally too small to be useful, and have a huge brabantia with a lid you can take off, which I move around my kitchen to catch the mess as I go. But you do need somewhere for your tea towels as I loathe tea towels hanging off oven doors etc. I realise I am in the minority however.
Until the most recent design, there were no wall cupboards on the same wall as the hob as I really wanted the feeling of space. So its been a big leap to even have the cupboards. Going non-symmetrical will be another leap
OK, I'll be boring here as the owner of a ground up kitchen American fridges (and I'm American) are great for letting jars go rancid at the back. Why the big hood : get an integrated and have a useful tray cupboard above your hob move the fridge to by the door, get rid of the integrated stuff and have a free standing
and last but utterly first get an island .... we did 2 ikea wall cabinets back to back with 30cm drawers throughout and it was the best thing we ever did pictures on the Talkinpeace2 name
Are you planning on putting a table or anything in the middle? If so it will impede access between fridge and hob/your main worktop....
I would be inclined to movethe ovens in a unit to the right of the hob, next to the pillar...free up some worktop to the right of the fridge...
If it was me to be honest I would go for an island too...use the existing hob wall to have ovens in wall units left of where the hob is now and fridge freezer to the right, hob on island (but I love my island and its definitely not a dumping ground). Everything functional close together...
I don't like islands. The idea of a big permanent lump in the middle of the room freaks me out. They will also date fast. Laminate a good move-much more durable than other stuff and cheaper and you get some great ones now. I don't like those big fridges and agree with stuff to near do. Just had my kitchen done over. In the old one there was a unit by the door and God, it is so much better without it.
I haven't thought more about an integrated hood as until a couple of days ago I was stamping my foot refusing to have wall cupboards on that wall. As I said earlier about the thought of putting the oven up there, I'm going to have to do this in baby steps.
The room is currently 4m x 4m. There will be a 2.3m wide opening in the wall opposite the window linking to the family room. I'm planning on having a table, but probably just into the family room.
I am worried about an island - the budget is extremely tight and I'm simply not sure I can afford the units. Plus we are a very 'dumping' family - neither of us are tidy and I know it will get covered in papers, tea cups and a pile of farming stuff you really don't want in your kitchen!