Once we had kinda decided that we might as well take advantage of the IKEA kitchen sale and try to cramp in the kitchen reno right after moving in (if you’re thinking ‘these guys are totally nuts!!’ you’re not alone!), my brain went into overdrive. We had a pretty good idea of what would go where, but there were still a few pieces to the puzzle we had to find creative ways to solve.
Let’s first take a peek at the floorplan and what we’ve got to work with.
It’s a decent size kitchen, however it features a 17×17 inch chimney that can’t be moved (well, anything could be moved, for the right amount of $$$…), it’s a connecting space between the barn and the main house (aka, you need good flow >> no island) AND although there’s plenty of windows, it’s actually really dark and gloomy in this room.
Part One / The Peninsula Situation
There really wasn’t another spot for the cooktop other than on that peninsula. Believe me, I’ve tried to switch around things, but unless you start to take out windows (hence, major renovations) there was no other way. Basically what this means is we can’t have a range hood above the cooktop.
I’ve been going back and forth about this issue, but in the end I had to admit that I barely ever used it previously. Sure, the uppers in the closest vicinity were getting pretty sticky and greasy, but I can deal with that. There was the option of a downdraft hood, but after reading reviews I wasn’t exactly convinced that laying out an extra $1000+ would be worth the few times a year washing down uppers.
Right from the get-go I knew that I wanted an induction cooktop. I’ve cooked with just about every option out there and finally having a stovetop that heats up super quickly, let’s you simmer without boiling, is easy to clean AND gives you extra counter space was a no-brainer.
To get maximum storage, I decided to put the shallow cabinet in front of the chimney and align from thereon out. It (should) work like a charm! There is an 8 inch gap and my plan is to build a little wooden box with one shelf for cookbooks! It’s such a great way to break up the cabinets and add some personality and warmth!
The final issue was how we want to align the cabinets on the peninsula. Oh, and by the way, that open space behind the cooktop? There’s going to be more marble and two stools! The IKEA kitchen planner just wouldn’t let me make this happen…
Option 1 had the cooktop to the far right, but visually it seemed wrong. Practically too.
Moving on to option 2 meant switching around the small cabinet with the cooktop, so that there’s a bit more counter space to the right.
Lastly option 3 was switching the shallow cabinet around with the bookcase. We both felt like this would look a bit too ‘there was that gap and we added some wood…’
So after all of this considering and figuring out, we feel pretty confident and excited about this plan, going with option 2. It gives us the most amount of storage and usable counter space and visually it looks pretty decent too ♥
So, what do you think?? Which option would you go with?