We want to expand and remodel our kitchen. Our house was built in 1980, and the kitchen has never been remodeled. We live in a typical New Mexico style home, with an off-white stucco exterior and flat roof. The house has simple Mediterranean accents such as exterior clay tile overhangs, but is basically desert southwest in appearance. The interior is eclectic with Spanish features such as brick floors in some rooms, adobe-style fireplaces, and a vega & latilla wood ceiling in the living area. We are looking for a design that is modern, but consistent with the rest of our 2,400 sq. ft. home and our adobe-style neighborhood. We want a kitchen with modern conveniences such as granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a gas stove, as well as an open feel that is conducive to serious cooking and intimate social gatherings. We also desire a design with strong natural lighting using windows or skylights.
In the design we want to make sure that there is a place for the existing washer & dryer and good access to our backyard, which at the moment is horrible. But the existing gas hot water heater will probably be replaced with a gas tankless one to allow for more design options. We expect all gas, water and drainage lines to be relocated. We also expect the porch roof to be removed to increase available light and open up the backyard, but this is not part of this Kitchen Redesign contest.
We contemplate that this remodel will include adding some additional square footage, as well as removing nonloadbearing walls, to achieve our goals. However, additional square footage can only come from rear of house (where the laundry room is) and not the side yard where the kitchen window is situated. The house is on the south side of the street with the kitchen window on the west, but trees block the late afternoon sun during the summer.
We are open to a design that removes the wall between the kitchen and the dining/living room, but lean toward keeping the wall and enlarging the present entry into the kitchen from the existing 3’ doorway to perhaps 6 or 7 feet, which can be done with minimal structural changes. This wall is loadbearing and that is an additional concern if it is removed. The only other loadbearing walls in the design area are the exterior ones.
The kitchen floor is brick (standard red clay fire brick on sand with 4” slab below), but my wife prefers a surface that is easier to keep clean. The laundry room flooring is sheet vinyl at the moment, and the dining/living/hallway room floor has new 3/8” solid hardwood on slab.
We want an open design, but are content to have the kitchen remain separate from our dining/living room. Easy access to the backyard with good flow is extremely important since this will be the primary exit to the backyard. Total Square Footage, including expansion, should not exceed about 500 square feet.
We want a design that can be used to draft working drawings. A SketchUp or Home Designer 3D file would be ideal.
Primary criteria in choosing a design are a kitchen suitable for serious cooking with easy maintenance and good flow through the kitchen into the backyard. Secondary criteria are creating a socially inviting space with good natural lighting and a design that artistically blends naturally with the rest of the home.
We are attaching the following in the event they are helpful:
1) Photos of existing kitchen/laundry room
2) Photos of existing back porch (exit to backyard)
3) Photos of front yard, courtyard, and hallway/kitchen doorway (entrance into Design Area)
4) Blueprint of Design Area with dimensions
5) Sample Idea to Clarify Design Considerations
6) SketchUp 3D Model of Design Area with separate layers for walls, cabinets, etc.
7) Home Designer Pro 10 3D Model of home