We may not be in our new home yet but that doesn’t mean that my mind isn’t already in planning overdrive mode.
It’s amazing how just the idea of a new project can be so motivating. I’m even looking forward to all of the cleaning involved! Although I’m sure that’ll wear off within the first 20 minutes or so.
We’re hoping to move in around the middle of March (exact dates are still to be confirmed) but as the apartment is currently empty, we’d ideally like to get some of the messy building work out of the way before we move in.
Our problem, if you can call it that, is that we almost have too many options. The only thing we are certain of is that we’d like to move the kitchen to the front of the house.
This is what the layout of the apartment is like at the moment.
We think that moving the kitchen will create a better flow within the apartment as well as opening up a lot of other layout options (more on that soon).
We’re trying to keep an open mind and would love your feedback if you have any ideas! Here’s what options we’re considering.
#1 Keep it where it is
This is by far the easiest solution. It would mean that we don’t have to move any of the plumbing and could stick a kitchen in there and be done with it. The downside is that the kitchen will be cut off from the rest of the apartment. We would really like it to be integrated with the rest of our home and have more of an entertaining space rather than purely functional kitchen. Which brings me to the second option.
#2 Move it to the front of the house
We would love to be able to move the kitchen to the front of the apartment (although there are variations as you’ll see below). It will depend on how easy it is to get a water supply over to the other side of the apartment but we’d much rather have a kitchen at the front of the apartment where we can connect with each other and guests through the double doors and not be completely cut off from the dining room. The only problem with this solution is that I would love a kitchen island. I’ve always wanted one but the room is just a bit too narrow. This means that we’d have a purely functional kitchen just this time it won’t be cut off from the rest of the apartment quite as much.
#3 Move it to the front of the house and widen the doors
This option is almost the same as the second one it just involves widening the current double doors to the dining room. This would mean that we would be slightly more connected with the dining area and could possibly also have an island (just) but I’m worried that it’s a bit of a compromised solution. It’s kind of halfway there and I’m worried that it’ll feel like we just couldn’t make up our minds (which we couldn’t)!
#4 Move it to the front of the house and remove the wall
This is by far the most radical solution. It would involve removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining room (we still need to check if it can actually be done) and having one large open space. To put it into context, the room (if you include the small hallway) would then be as large as the entire ground floor of our house in Manchester. I’m sure that it would be an amazing space but I am worried that the apartment would lose some of its period charm and character.
#5 Panic and ignore the whole process
Yes, I know burying our heads in the sand isn’t exactly an option but that’s exactly what we’re going to do – to start with at least. We figured that we’re best off moving in and then seeing what feels right for the apartment and for us. We’re leaning towards option 3 or 4 but we really don’t want to rush any decisions as this will be our home for a long time.
Buying a new kitchen will also be a huge expense, even if we only opt for a basic model, so getting the planning right the first time around is going to be vital.
So there you have it. Four options and two homeowners with no idea what to do. I told you there was a lot to decide on and even if we can make up our minds and agree on one of them we’ve not actually even started to plan the actual kitchen! Yikes!
Which option would you go for? Are you a fan of open-plan living or do you prefer your kitchen to be separate?