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Kitchen Plans, Part 2

I received some fantastic suggestions for our kitchen layout — a very big “thank you” to my readers!

Here is the proposed basic layout again.

Some of the suggestions were along the lines of what I was thinking as well, such as Cheryl’s suggestion to “wait and see” about the island. I would still love to have an island — as Michael noted it’s a very functional workspace and convenient to have things at arm’s length — and although, as Christa reminded me, the island doesn’t have to be 24″ deep, I’m still afraid it might make the room feel tight.

That’s why a movable island is a very real possibility. The island can be stored under the window near the back door (it’s on the right, in front of the pantry, but isn’t indicated), and could be a good place to unload grocery bags. “c” made a good point about thinking where I would be coming from with the groceries, and this would be the spot, especially with the refrigerator and pantry right there.

I’ve been admiring the options at John Boos. My current favorite is the Cucina D’Amico 5″ Thick Hard Maple Top.

John Boos has been the standard in butcher blocks, and their islands are sold through places like Williams-Sonoma. I’m drawn to their products not just based on the quality and style, but also because my father’s hometown is very close to where John Boos is located in Effingham, IL. Effingham was the nearest “big” town (pop. 12,000), so I’m very familiar with it. I like the idea of supporting the communities in that area, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I had distant cousins who work there.

Way back when, another reader, Kathie, told me that John Boos has an outlet store in Effingham, so I’ve been planning on checking it out the next time I visit relatives. (And I’m looking forward to a delicious meal at Firefly Grill — don’t miss it if you’re in the vicinity.)

Another great suggestion that “c” made was to use 12″ wall cabinets instead of the deeper 24″ base cabinets on the north wall.

Either way, as of now, we’re going to look into purchasing cabinets for the south and west walls first and then see how it looks and works before committing to either an island or cabinets on the north wall.

One final idea for the north wall is to reuse the corner cabinets that we removed from the dining room. Picture these turned 90° so that they’re facing out and away from each other, and with base cabinets and shelving in between. I’m going to strip them first and see how they look — but I’ve been looking for a way to reuse these cabinets since our bookcases have taken them over in the dining room. Unfortunately there’s not enough corner space in the future breakfast room for them, and there aren’t many other options for them elsewhere.

I know that the PO would love to have them, but I’m really not willing to get rid of something that belongs with the house.


  1. Sandy on September 20, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    That chandelier is just beautiful!

  2. m on December 15, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Small town near Effingham Il?
    Hmmm….. my mother grew up in Teutopolis. That couldn’t be it, could it?

  3. denise on December 16, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Thanks Sandy—we weren’t sure about it at first, but now we really like it.

    m: nope, that’s not it. I know of T-town, however I can’t say I’ve ever been there. I guess they’re all small towns around there, aren’t they? Even Effingham is small!

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