Here is first part of this renovation diary and our layout designs.
Longest part of our planning process revolved around where to place the fridge since we wanted to open up the space both from how you enter the kitchen and also to other side of the room so that window is not blocked like it is in the current set up. There were several ideas, all with pros and cons as described in the first part of this.
But how does that all look and what should one pick? It definitely helps to visualize these different options and designs - both exactly how these ideas will look in your space, but also searching for similar images on the net.
Searching for design problems such as where to fit the fridge, yields a few examples, but none that would fit our issue. Hence, the approach of consulting others, thinking, drawing, visualizing and some more thinking.. Then we started creating holes in our walls to see what design challenges await us in addition to HVAC stack running through the room.
We came down to three options:
Option A - Hide fridge in the "closet"
Option B - Fridge in the Middle
Option C - Fridge on an Angle
I did not love any of them - and had to decide on the one I disliked the least. Option A had a very small island which I don't particularly like - or better said, kind of, hate. Option B was exactly what I wanted to avoid, even if it had more opening than current setup. Option C - gave most visibility to breakfast area, but cabinets on an angle, not my favorite. Well, option C won out after all considerations and we started our reno fast and furious.
Here are some of the other images/designs that were created along the way Ikea design tool and others.. Many were never saved..
Most of these designs were abandoned after opening a few holes in the walls and assessing the current state of beams, structural situation and so on.
Next up are final plans (and even those changed along the way).