[design]: Main Floor Reno - Plans and more Plans


--- We have embarked on main floor renovation. I am documenting here our plans, challenges and progress --- 

Renovation Diaries:

Continuing from previous posts - we have selected option #3 from different layout that we conceptualized. Then, we started the renovation and when faced with layouts in practice and space, immediately made a few changes.

What has not changed is our two tone kitchen design, hood, major layout of key pieces and that we are getting gas stove.

What has changed is how we treated the fridge.. During the demolition and framing, we were talking with our contractor about our layout, design and fridge saga.. He started with "you can change the side of the fridge door.." As I was about to interrupt him to tell him that this does not apply as we have french door fridge, I had a light bulb moment.. Why do we have to stick with that fridge? Why not buy a new single door fridge and go with layout that actually works for us better? Seriously!? How did we not think of this sooner? Hence a new layout:

Missing in the image below are sconces over the window. Also, we have planned staying with our fairly new current dishwasher, but I am contemplating getting black stainless steel one to match the cabinetry better.

Another change had to do with our plans for stove. Somewhere along the way while searching for a new stove, we were drawn to built-in options. What I liked about that option is that 1. there will be less messy and gooey stuff between stove and cabinetry, 2. having just went through spending a lot of money on a stove that broke down after a year or so and can only use oven and not a stove, having a prospect of having two independent units was appealing to me, and 3. it allowed us to go with different manufacturers and gas/electrical options. 

Back to fridge - this ended up being a no-brainer decision as cost of building out all that cabinetry on an angle to surround the fridge as part of our original plans would have far superseded what we paid for a new fridge. Given that we were able to have full depth fridge, we did not lose anything on capacity when replacing our original one (i.e. 22cu).

Here are actual drawings showing some of the clever hiding of things and working with challenges of our kitchen.
Hood is something that we are building ourselves and what I am undecided yet is if it will be completely tiled or dry-walled.

Until next update!


  1. I'd actually like to see how a top down view of this new kitchen will look like. It looks like you've got an amazing amount of storage worked in there but the kitchen looks a little enclosed besides the in and out walkways. The window helps some but I personally feel a little claustrophobic... Hope I'm not being a downer on this!

  2. It looks really amazing! The complete view will definitely put some impact on our home design ideas, most probably, people are putting more stress on flooring and interior, but apart from these two, there are also different options that we should develop to get a perfect look of our house. It includes doors, windows, flooring, furniture, and many others. I really appreciate the design of the house.

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