Would you consider removing the window @woolfj? It would be a shame not to be able to look out the window while you're washing the dishes, but it would help with the lack of storage space. Skylights can be a fantastic option.
Perhaps you might like to share a sketch of your house layout. I think you should consider removing a wall or two. Kitchens are such a key room in the house these days and yours does currently look a bit tight. It would be a shame to spend big money on a reno and then still be unhappy with lack of space and/or storage.
house plans attached - garage has been converted to living area so lounge/dining/garage is one big open area now (the plan attached needs to be mirrored if that makes sense!!) Laundry faces north. Yes the kitchen is a tight area thats why I'm looking for ideas. Want to move the kitchen bench as close as possible to the dining room window
Love a good reno challenge!
I would certainly be investigating removing walls as you could really benefit from opening up the space, both for the kitchen/living area and bedroom 3. You have plenty of room for a good sized kitchen and a large island bench. I would put aside the idea of a formal dining room - most families don't use them anymore. Much better to have a flexible open space that includes the kitchen.
Thank you. Will have a good look at this idea - one problem is the dining window is too low for the kitchen bench to go across underneath. WIll have to get advice as to whether the removal of the kitchen/lounge wall is a weight bearing one or not. Please keep the ideas coming.
Changing or replacing the windows would not be a big deal @woolfj.
In fact you could do something like this which would be very effective:
Thanks for sharing the layout. Fantastic that you took that wall down and reclaimed the garage as living space. I do reckon you should go a step further and open it up further so you have more room and options for the kitchen. Even if you don't plan on staying in the house forever it should pay dividends when it comes to selling.
Hi Jason - are you able to give me the dimensions and a plan of the kitchen etc that Bunnings purchased and then renovated please. It looks a little wider than ours and thats my problem.
I will ask the team what they have and get back to you as soon as possible.