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Sink and pantry layout question

posted by: pkinsella on 08.20.2013 at 07:30 am in Kitchens Forum

I am meeting with builder today and I would like an opinion about placement of main sink, prep sink and pantry. Plz ignore dimensions of island because the dimensions aren't correct. The dining rm and kitchen are 15 ft wide. Screen porch is going to be at the rear of house in line with dining rm, so the door will be moved. The mudroom will be closed off from the hall (xmas closet swapping with powder rm), so its entry into kitchen will need to be moved towards the garage.

I want two islands and no breakfast nook. Wanted a sink on the perimeter island with coffee area close to it and the other sink either on center island or on the wall under windows. I never planned on a peninsula. My hubby and builder's supervisor think the peninsula set-up works good. I feel that it could block me in. Seems to be too much and could cause other cooks to get in my way going to the pantry and frig. If prep sink would go on center island am I right or is this better than ywo islands?

I would also like to know if pushing a pantry into garage gives better options for the wall the frig is on. I really wanted the area for coffee on that wall. Seems the corner pantry tales up a lot of space and we no longer are putting stairs in the garage so there is now unused space there.

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clipped on: 08.20.2013 at 07:59 am    last updated on: 08.20.2013 at 08:00 am

Master Bathroom Advice

posted by: pkinsella on 08.13.2013 at 01:25 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Ii am looking for ideas on how to arrange the master bathroom. I think the bathroom is too big, laundry room too small, and the bedroom needs a foot or two of that bathroom wall. The bathroom is 12 1/2 x 17. Bedroom is 14 x 17. Our previous bedroom was 14 x 14, and I had to maneuver around a chaise.
It would work better for me if the wall the bed is on was pushed into the bathroom a foot or two. As far as the bathroom goes, we want a walk-in shower and prefer that the water closet door swings in.

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clipped on: 08.13.2013 at 01:26 pm    last updated on: 08.13.2013 at 01:27 pm

New To Kitchens? Posting Pics? Read Me! [Help keep on Page 1]

posted by: buehl on 07.16.2013 at 10:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

Welcome! If you are new to the Kitchens Forum, you may find the following information and links helpful.

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clipped on: 08.13.2013 at 09:05 am    last updated on: 08.13.2013 at 09:06 am

Help with house plan

posted by: pkinsella on 08.09.2013 at 11:56 am in Building a Home Forum

We are in the process of working on the interior of our floorplan. �The basement bedroom/bath layout is fine and the overall home works well with the land. �I'm having to use my ipad and cannot figure out how to post the image, so I hope the link at the bottom is sufficient. �The screened porch has been moved to the rear, in line with the dining room and the family room will have columns, not walls, separating it from the entry. �Only one door will open onto patio and it will be in family room, possibly off-centered closer to the kitchen. �A built-in or furniture niche will be on one of the dining room walls. �I'm going to ask that the closet beside the powder room be moved to mud room area and that the mud room be enclosed to keep it out of sight and to contain the mess. �Kitchen needs work but right now I need to focus on the master side because it was rearranged and any advice on changes would be appreciated.

We requested laundry room access from our closet, display niche in hallway, space in the bedroom for a king size bed and an oversized chaise, curbless shower, and a small room off of our bathroom since guest bedrooms are downstairs (I still at times cannot sleep with husband and a greater swiss mountain dog snooring at 3-4 am). �Worried this small retreat-type room was a silly want, I opted for the small 'office' space. �

My concerns are: �1) Adding the recessed tv family room. �It wasn't included and we like the traffic space between bar stools and furniture. �Can it recess into the bedroom wall as planned? � 2) Master bathroom seems too big � I would rather have more space in bedroom. �3) Should the laundry room extend a few feet into closet area so I could have a bit more counter space? �4) Swap laundry room with office and go back to original master retreat area. � �

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to floorplan


clipped on: 08.09.2013 at 12:03 pm    last updated on: 08.09.2013 at 05:28 pm