This Wheaton couple had lived for many years with a small kitchen that had many elements that they liked – a good work triangle and a spot to perch and talk to the cook, but the elements were a bit crammed into the existing space. While they spent lots of time in the cramped kitchen, there was a large mostly unused living room right next door.
So, after a bit of convincing, we moved the kitchen to the dining room, the dining room to the unused living room, and turned the old kitchen space into a now very inviting breakfast room.
Here’s a picture of the new kitchen in the foreground and the breakfast room in the background. The breakfast room is now at the front of the house and the window provides light for the whole space. Before, part of the window was covered with an awkward countertop and the kitchen was at the front of the house. The new breakfast room now provides plenty of room for a round table as well as a little breakfast bar that also houses the microwave. This is a great space to spread out the paper in the morning and enjoy a cup of coffee.
The kitchen proper has a functional work triangle, plenty of counter space and a peninsula seating area for pulling up a stool or two. The room opens to the dining room and the family room and creates a great flow throughout the first floor. A palette of soft white with sage accents, a farm sink, glass cabinets and open shelving feels slightly beachy and fits with the house’s cottage style.
We also packed a lot of storage into the “small but mighty” space. Multiple tray dividers, built in garbage/recycle bins, a wine rack, roll out shelves and a large custom spice cabinet make for easy storage.
Space planning is such an important part of kitchen and bath design.
Are there rooms in your house that are currently unused that could be re-invented to help make the space more functional? Keeping an open mind to the possibilities can often have some pretty amazing results!