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Guess What Time It Is?

It’s gonna be bright, it’s gonna be new and it’s gonna be mine! It’s kitchen time! You all agree that the kitchen is pretty much the most important room in the house, right? I’m so excited. See if you can guess what all these beauties above and below have in common. Then, tell me if you think I’m crazy about the plan for our new kitchen.

If you said windows, windows, windows and NO upper cabinets, you win the prize! Am I totally nuts? Will I broil and melt away or will I bask in the sunlight? Will I be cursing the sun or doing a dancy jig all the time because it’s just so bright and cheery. Will I curse the lack of storage space, or not care because I’m surrounded by trees and a sweet breeze??

Here’s where I’m cooking now. The counter is pulling away from the wall–flaking grout everywhere. The fire alarm goes of with frustrating regularity, and I don’t even want to count the bruises from knocking my shin into that darn dishwasher front. At least, there are gas burners.
So, it would seem to me that just about anything and anywhere we move the kitchen to could be a MASSIVE improvement, don’t you think? Here is the space we’re looking at taking over. It’s right off the family room, and it boasts a sunny southern exposure. Here’s the view to the west.

Here’s the view to the east. The porch is 20 ‘ x 12 ‘ in size.

This is the view of our family room and table just inside the door from the porch. We haven’t touched this room since we moved in other than to add our existing furniture. In this view, the porch is to the right.

Here is the opening to the porch, which we would enlarge to be about 3 feet wider on either side. The entire opening would be approximately 10 feet across.

Here is the view into the house from the porch. You can see that once the door is more open, there will be a great connection with the family room and wonderful sight lines from the work space to the hang space. One slightly strange thing is that you will be able to see the front door from the kitchen and kitchen table. I’m trying to get over that. It’s not ideal, but the other options seem to be much more expensive. I’m hoping that from the front door, all you will see is that gorgeous view out to the trees. Converting this porch to kitchen manages to keep most existing spaces in the house intact. It avoids moving stairs and bathrooms and the like, which is what the other options we were considering entailed.

In addition to the front door issue, I’m trying to get comfortable with windows all the way around and no upper cabinets. I think it will be beautiful, but I am afraid it may drive me bonkers. Once we open the porch all the way up, there won’t be much wall space left for refrigerators or stove hoods or the like.
Well, I can’t go through this and not show you more eye candy and inspiration I had picked out when I started this kitchen scouting adventure. You can see more of my kitchen love over on Pinterest. There is lots of it there. Below, I picked some highlights, with an emphasis on the color, feel and the kind of finishes that I like. I love the top photo. I would take a new kitchen just like that in a heart beat. I adore it. I love the color, the light fixtures, and the farm table in the next photo down. In the photo to the right of that, the hardware is exactly what I would pick out for myself. I love the white marble and sunk-in sink of the bottom left photo. While the glass storage uppers and underlit counters are stunning in the photo at the bottom right. Ahhh–so much to dream of right now.

Clockwise from top: McGill Design Group from Desire To Inspire, glass front cabinets,
Detail from Pinney Designs, marble sink detail from Planete-Deco, and coastal classic kitchen from Better Home and Gardens

Well, what do you think? I’m sure you all have strong opinions about kitchens. My dear hubby wants to turn the family room as you see it now into the kitchen and put a sectional couch and eat in table out on the porch. It’s a thought. The benefit to that is that I could get a gorgeous wall of kitchen like the top one from McGill Design Group. But, losing the gorgeous family room has me cringing. Hmm, the time is coming to decide soon. Okay, let the comments fly!

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