My Galley Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. It is a central hub where we gather to eat, to share stories over a glass of wine, or to COOK! One of my passions is cooking. The kitchen was the most important room in the house for me. I gathered information from magazines, other home remodels, Pinterest and the world wide web. I am a researcher and want to make sure I am getting the most out of my money. Here are my before and afters and some suggestions on how to be successful with your remodel.

When I purchased the house one of my first thoughts was how can I add space for counters and storage and make it a functioning kitchen. So my plan was to move the refrigerator out into a new cabinet; move the sink to the right and install a new full size dishwasher. The existing dishwasher was apartment size, just too small for me. I also removed the range and installed a built in oven and separate cooktop, removed the overhead large microwave and install a vented hood with lighting.

Important*** – When your contractor is framing and all the wiring is taking place; take pictures and mark where junction boxes are; where plumbing is. All those things that will be hidden once the sheet rock gets installed so if ever you have an issue you know where it is and are not opening up a whole wall. *Tip from my Professor. Things were starting to take shape now and my vision was starting to come together. I decided to add a slide out shelf in the pantry for a small microwave; put a pull out for garbage where the bottom storage cabinet was originally and put rev-a-shelf lazy susan in the side cabinets next to the oven (see home remodel for those). By moving the refrigerator out and into its own cabinet I was able to add much needed countertops and make the kitchen look larger.

Moving the refrigerator gave me under cabinet storage for pots and pans. In this small space it can be very tricky but I was able to utilize every inch and also make the space seem larger.

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Happy Kitchen remodel!

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene

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Galley Kitchen Organization 101

I recently started a whole house remodel. Crazy right? Anyway the kitchen is one of the most important places for me to be organized and efficient since I LOVE TO COOK. My home has a very small galley style kitchen; 8 x 7 U Shape, give or take a few inches.  I met with my contractor and am expanding one wall an extra 4 feet, adding in a much needed pantry. I am working with the existing space and started research on options for utilizing all those hidden nooks and crannies where your tupperware lids disappear never to be seen again.  Challenge on for me!  I love to research and find new products and ideas.  I drew out my kitchen on graph paper so I could visualize what each space looks like. (pretty easy to do once you measure your space ). There are lots of apps out today for you to play with designs using 3-d imaging etc but you have to purchase the cabinets from them. I am utilizing the existing cabinets but re-facing the doors.  So one of my favorite spots to explore and store ideas is www.Pinterest.com.  Check out Jeanineonthescene on Pinterest to see what I am planning for my kitchen makeover.

As I explored I discovered many sites and ideas.  Here are some products I will be using and also a few sites to compare products to maximize kitchen space.  Stay tuned for updates on this project.

                                 

www.amazon.com

www.kitchensource.com

www.organize.com

www.cabinetparts.com

 

love and light,

Jeanine on the Scene