Kitchen Consultation: Mini-Service with MAXIMUM Results
Another amazing kitchen consultation this week! It never ceases to amaze me what I can accomplish with a client in just 2 hours!
Here’s the Scoop
I received a message on a social media platform from someone who needed help with a remodeling project. Specifically, they were planning to remove a fireplace that is in the dead center of their house. Prior to purchasing the home, “flippers” had remodeled the house and removed several walls, but left the fireplace.
Kitchen Consultation: Client Goals
The fireplace separates the family room area from the kitchen and dining areas. So, visually, it separates the space and prevents a fully open floor plan. While having a fully open plan is not the goal, the clients felt the space wasn’t being used to its maximum potential.
I agreed because there is a lot of unused [wasted] space between the fireplace cabinets and the work areas in the kitchen, such as the refrigerator, range, and sink. There is also a lack of counter space for food preparation.
After purchasing the house, the clients had added cabinetry to the back side of the fireplace, creating extra storage in the kitchen. However, they still wanted seating in the kitchen area and wanted to open the space up a bit so the dining room table wouldn’t be pushed against a wall.
They also wanted to repurpose as much of the cabinetry surrounding the fireplace as possible, and potentially salvage some of the counter top. However, they have the ability to order more cabinets and countertop for the facelift.
Their initial idea was to create an island that would go directly over the space where the fireplace is. This would reduce the need to replace a lot of the floor tiles. However, they have extra tiles that can be used to cover any areas that require flooring repairs.
The Island Issue
The problem with creating an island is access to electrical wiring. Most local building codes require kitchen islands to have electrical receptacles in the island, which means one of two things:
- You have to run electrical under the floor up into the island, or
- You need a chase for the electrical wiring to come from the ceiling
If I had to guess, at least 90% of the housing stock in Central Florida has a slab foundation. This means that if the electrical is to be run under the flooring, a trench must be created in the concrete. In the case of this home, they would need to pull up a few pieces of tile, open the concrete foundation, lay the electrical conduit, close the concrete, and then repair the tile.
That can be messy and expensive.
Creating a chase is a much less expensive means of bringing electrical supply to the island, but many people do not want to have a column in the middle of their island.
I always present these challenges to the client, but I leave the decision up to the client and the contractor. In this case, they are considering going through the concrete and will speak to contractor about how to approach the solution.
The clients had been considering putting an island on top of the fireplace location or perpendicular to the range/microwave wall. With this orientation, the people seated at the island would have been encroaching on the path of travel between the island and the family room area. This would not have solved the unused floor space problem. Additionally, the dining room table would have remained crammed into the the little nook.
Instead, I recommended that they put the island parallel to the range/microwave wall, which would give them seating for 4 around the island. Then, place the dining table parallel to the island, but leave enough space between the island and the table so that diners can easily move their chairs.
… And luckily, we had plenty of space to make it work! You can see the “after” floor plan below.
Notes & Sketches
As always, I provided the client with notes, sketches, and pictures of the space. In this case, my notes included details on where and how to repurpose the cabinets being removed from the fireplace structure. Because they are planning to buy more cabinets to fill out the island, I recommended that they buy a couple of pieces to create a more custom look for their refrigerator.
GASP! I know, right?!? Can you believe what an amazing improvement?
I also provided the client with some inspiration ideas in the virtual studio and on the private Pinterest board we shared.
I cannot wait to get a few after images to share here on the blog!
If you would love to have a consultation to get some ideas for upgrading your kitchen, you can book two hours here! Consultations can be done in person or virtually. It is truly amazing what we can accomplish in 2 hours!