Thanks for tuning in to episode 12 of From the Nest Podcast!
Designing the kitchen at the Drummond Flip House has been a monumental task. The kitchen is the heart of the home and can make or break the sale of a property, so I really wanted to get this layout right.
Here is a quick reminder of what the tiny kitchen looked like before. Check out all of the Drummond flip house before photos here.
We considered three options and I am so pleased with the final design we decided to go with. I will take you through the pro’s and con’s of each option and will give you the details of the winning design!
Option 1: The Kitchen Island
This was the first design option we created and wanted to go with until we started digging into the details and discovered a few challenges.
Kitchen island - Chris and I love kitchen islands and were excited to add one to the flip house
Modern design - We planned on building a kitchen table/eating area in the island and felt this was a functional design for the modern family
Coffee/wine bar - the right side of the kitchen has a great coffee/wine bar with open shelving. Again, this fit really well with designing for the modern family
Plumbing - This design option kept the sink in the same place which helped with the budget by not having to move it to another location
“Camper Kitchen” - we were entering “camper kitchen” territory because the walkways were not the standard width that is ideal for a kitchen. With the eating area being in the island, I really didn’t like the idea of people squeezing around each other to grab seconds at dinner time or walking to the fridge
Missing “triangle” - If you have ever designed a kitchen, the triangle is the ideal placement for the sink, stove and fridge. If the placement of these three work stations form a triangle, your kitchen is very functional. The galley kitchen had all appliances on one wall and a tight walkway
Support beam - If we went with this design we would need to bury the support beam in the ceiling which takes more time and money.
Option 2: The Kitchen Table
I spoke with friends/family about the design options and a few preferred having a kitchen table in their home instead of the island table option. This was the first design we came up with to try and accommodate the kitchen table request. The refrigerator is on the opposite side of the galley kitchen towards the bottom of the page.
Triangle - This layout gave us the functional triangle with the kitchen work stations
Table - There would be a kitchen table to accommodate buyers who preferred a table over island seating
Support beam - This design option would allow for us to install the support beam below the ceiling (and not flush with the ceiling) which saved on time and money
Plumbing - Sink plumbing could remain intact and save on budget
Design - Honestly, I just wasn’t sold on the table in the middle of the room
Decreased counter space - In order to accommodate this design we had to install cabinets that were not as deep around the table to allow for the chairs to be pushed in and out
Option 3: The Breakfast Nook
It took us a while to figure out this design but we finally found a WINNER! One of the reasons this design concept took so long to come up with was because I was fighting the idea of moving the plumbing. Once I let go of the idea that the sink had to stay in the same spot, the possibilities with the kitchen layout increased dramatically.
Kitchen Table - Not only did we get a table in the kitchen, but we designed it in a spot that just made sense! I love a good breakfast nook and this space is perfect
Triangle - We have the coveted kitchen triangle for peak functionality!
Support beam - We could add the support beam below the ceiling to save on our budget
Plumbing - We had to move the plumbing for the sink which was more expensive than keeping it in the same place
This kitchen is tripling in size and is gaining 10x in functionality for the next owners of this home. I want this kitchen to feel light, bright and modern for the new homeowners and I think my design accomplishes this goal.
Here is an inspo pic from PureJoyHome that shows similar elements I want to incorporate into my Drummond Flip House kitchen design. Isn’t it beautiful?
For this kitchen, I worked closely with the Home Depot team and they were fantastic. Here are some of the design details we chose:
Cabinets - White Shaker Woodmark cabinets from Home Depot
Countertop - Quartz countertops in a light color
Cabinet Knobs - Brushed brass knobs
Floors - High quality laminate wood floors throughout the entire first floor from Home Depot
Shelving - Floating wood shelves to the left of the sink
Backsplash - White subway tile
Appliances - Stainless steel from Home Depot
Breakfast Nook - Shiplap around the breakfast nook
Lighting - Recessed lighting with a pendant over the table and sink (Ikea pendants)
Paint color - Eider White by Sherwin Williams
Here is the finished product of the kitchen!
Chris and Lindsey’s Tips of the Week:
Lindsey: When installing your cabinet pulls, consider buying an drilling guide from Home Depot or Lowes to ensure consistency with the positioning of each knob. You can also create your own guide with a piece of paper or cardboard.
Chris: When designing your kitchen, don’t forget to consider garbage and recycling cabinets! Including a hidden garbage/recycling cabinet can be a game changer and really improves the look and feel of the space. Trust us!
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