Amy and John’s Galley Kitchen Reno Part 1
We never tire of seeing galley kitchen renovations and the many different ways people reconfigure the layout and style of Del Ray area rowhouses. Today’s kitchen is in the home of John and Amy and their twin boys. John and Amy bought the 1940s era duplex in 2008. At the time, the kitchen had been updated from its original state with Corian counters, newer cabinets and the addition of a dishwasher. But after six years in the home, despite cosmetic improvements, the space just isn’t working.
As you can see, the room is tight. Amy added a cart for more work space, but unfortunately it means they can’t open the back door all the way. The dishwasher is also tucked back by the door.
Amy has made use of every inch, installing shelving on the wall dividing the kitchen and dining room for every day items.
The kitchen has a small 24-inch stove — anything wider would make it nearly impossible to access the basement. (The green tape is covering holes their contractor made while trying to determine where the existing ducts are.)
The dining room is pretty open (though the hutch will need a new home) and they have a spacious deck off the kitchen door.
So here’s the plan:
1) Tear down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room and add a full peninsula that won’t block the back door and will provide ample storage and work space. There will also be a shelf to the right for small storage/display.
2) Tear down the wall to the left of the fridge and move the fridge about two feet to the left (where the green tape is marked on the floor). The fridge will be surrounded by cabinetry — a panel on the left, cabinet above, and narrow cabinet and counter on the right.
3) Remove the bulk head above the cabinets to allow for new taller cabinets. All cabinets and countertops will also be replaced and they will install a tile backsplash. A new hood over a new range will provide better ventilation and they will get rid of the microwave, which Amy says they hardly ever use.
Amy and John had the floors installed a few years ago and have asked their contractor to keep them. They will need to patch a few spots when the walls come down.
They have hired the local company MW Construction to do the work. Once their cabinet order arrives, demo should begin soon thereafter. We’ll be back to share the progress and a full list of supplies and materials used. We can’t wait to see the transformation!