Our home’s previous owners had the kitchen set up to accommodate a full dining table. The plan for us is not to create another dining space, but add an island. A short term priority is to remove the chandelier and replace it with a flush mount light fixture. (I have not hit my head on it yet. It is hanging at my exact height such that my head only skims it. The husband, however, has not been spared from its wrath.)
Work on the kitchen will be divided into two phases. Phase One is doing inexpensive improvements – painting, replacing light fixture, switching out hardware, adding a simple island. Phase Two is the full overhaul much further down the line where we would likely gut the thing, including reconfiguring and replacing appliances.
In phase two, I would love for the island to house the stove top. For now, it will just be a nice extra workspace with some storage and a bar area with stools. We are hoping to build it ourselves (unless we snag a really affordable find). To begin thinking about the island we would construct (or what to keep an eye out for shopping), I had to figure out about what to aim for with sizing.
Researching standard kitchen measurements, I read for a walkway by the sink or oven you want about 42 inches and other walkways can get by at about 40 inches. With taping off just those distances the shape of our island was already pretty well defined.
The remaining measurement was how close to the window the final side of the island would be.
This will be the small eating area with stools, so there must be enough room to move and sit comfortably. It is also an important spot for when I do food photos, however, so I also want it to be as close to the window as possible (for light). Right now it is marked off at a 32 inch distance, which has seemed adequate.
The island’s size shown here is 4×6 feet. Doing some research for buying an island in that size, it seems it will not be possible to find anything for nearly as cheap as building ourselves.
To summarize, the shorter term things on our mind for the kitchen are changing the fixture, building the island, and then hanging the ceiling pot rack I got a a garage sale (for $5!) above it. Also, paint. And changing hardware. And resurfacing the counter tops. And removing the frilly wood detailing above the sink. See? I need to set my limits.
And I did not even mention the new wood floors coming!