We are preparing for a reno and are a little stuck with how to re-organise the space to open up the kitchen towards the living. As you can see below, we have an awkward nook with a window on one side of the kitchen, and the other wall of the kitchen is where the fridge goes. Even if we do open the wall up between the kitchen and the lounge, and have an island there, it feels like it's just not enough to host all appliances and services we'd need. Anyone has any suggestions?
Thank you so much in advance
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @sandra-reno. It's fabulous to have you join us and many thanks for your question on kitchen layout.
If you haven't already read through it yet, @Adam_W's article on How to plan a kitchen renovation would be a great place to start. Check out our Top 10 most popular kitchen projects for some ideas and inspiration too.
If anything, you're likely to lose cabinetry space by opening up the wall to the lounge. What sort of appliances and services do you need to host that are not already accommodated for? Below, instead of removing it, I've shifted the wall slightly. It opens up the floor space within the kitchen and allows you to have an island accessible from all sides that could have cabinetry and storage space on two sides.
I feel there are likely some other arrangements that could work, but I'd be keen to hear more about what you need the space for exactly. If you could take some images of the kitchen and give us measurements on door placement and the opening into the living area, we might be able to come up with some renderings of kitchen layouts for you.
I'm looking forward to following along.
While we're waiting for the photos of your kitchen, I've drawn up some sketches based on @MitchellMc's recommendation. By moving the existing fridge and pantry wall to line up with the living room wall. It will open up the kitchen and allow you to put in an island. Based on the existing space, you could have an island facing either way. I've currently placed it in the position where you will be able to get the biggest island possible. I've also removed the end walls so that they will look visually open.
You will need to compromise on the space of the lounge, and if the current sofa set in that room is too big, it will need to be changed to something smaller. Please have a look at the sketches and if you have any questions or wish to see it in another configuration, please let us know.