Welcome to our 1928 cottage in the Houston Heights where our goal is a complete kitchen remodel and 2nd bath addition. With a $75000 budget, there is a strong preference for staying within the existing footprint if the remaining kitchen space would be a visually appealing and efficient workspace. Space does exist to the south in order to extend back of house up to 7 additional feet by sacrificing some of the raised wooden deck (see photos).
Aesthetically, I’d described the style as “Modern Craftsman”. If you view the photos of the existing bathroom, I designed it and did all material selection for that room. A local craftsman assembled the stained glass window to my specs as this was my nod to the history of the house while still going modern with the horizontal bamboo cabinets and 12 x 24 tiles on floor and walls. I’d like similar craftsman touches in kitchen but don’t want to be faced with a sea of stained cabinets floor to ceiling. The best sources for what strikes a chord with me on design is to Google “Roney Kitchen Pics” and go to my Pinterest board for inspiration (Link is available below). Some of the attached photos show others areas of our home so you can further evaluate my style. Note that I like bright jewel colors as accents (purple, teal, lime, royal blue for example) - no orange, olive, or golden tones.
o Pedestal sink / sm vanity
o TOTO Aquia II /Kohler Persuade CURV toilet or similar
•Use smallest footprint possible while still meeting standard architectural codes of clearances (less than 40 ft2)
•Closet space is a premium in cottages, so if you use the bedroom closet, it must be replaced elsewhere
•Potential location along shared wall between kitchen and bedroom and create entry from bedroom? Or along back wall to relocate back door to far SW corner of house, making kitchen basically square design?
•Existing door between kitchen and bedroom can be eliminated
o French door frig with bottom freezer (no water/ice in door)
o Gas cooktop with range hood
o Divided kitchen sink and disposal
o 2 smaller (27” min) ovens, at least one of which is convection. Less desirable option is a gas range with double ovens (such as GE Café)
o Retain existing bottled water dispenser
•Floor transition from dining room strongly suggests wood floor beneath tile. Would like to repair/restore this flooring for best visual flow from rest of house
•Will also be replacing existing 1928 water pipes, so do not be concerned with existing layout on appliance and plumbing locations - it can all be moved
•Pantry storage needs to be pull-out vertical door shelves or a pantry composed of wide, shallow (1 ft deep) shelving. No deep cabinets where food gets “forgotten”
•Large kitchen windows can be partially sacrificed, retaining only upper sash so counter can fit below
•Upper cabinets all the way to ceiling. Eliminate furr-down (or soffit, depending on your terminology)
•Prefer premade stained cabinets by Kraftmaid for consistency of stain and construction. If painted, then could be site construction.
•Don’t need in-kitchen eating space
I require construction-ready drawings so I can go to contractors for bids. Specific material recommendations are also desired in a winning bid. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions and issues as they arise.