The big question cabinet wise is whether or not I really want that peninsula facing the living room. This is why it’s good to live in your house before making changes – you can’t know everything in advance. I did the next best thing, and set up a full size mockup of the room and walked around in it. It was fun!
Yep, I even found imaginary milk. That’s the jug I used to hold blue paint out back. I found that not only does the peninsula not crowd the room (with the armoire pulled out with its face 30 inches from the wall) but it makes the room look better as I can unload from the fridge to the peninsula. The stack of 2×10’s on that tube is going to be a glass fronted cabinet for dish storage. It’s also a nice serving area that is outside of the cooking area. Because the cooking area is for me.
Next concern to obsess over is how to bring the wall cabinets to the ceiling. I want them as tall as possible to take advantage of my 9 foot ceilings. My soup terrine and roasting pans can go up top. But usually when people run the cabinets to the ceiling they do it like this:
See, even my parents have a little crookedness going on. Anyways, I’m leaving exposed beams in my ceiling, so there will be no crown molding. And really I wanted my cabinets really plain anyway. I could leave a gap up top, but this would be dusty. Especially if it’s really small. and has rough sawn beams running through it So instead I’m doing drywall soffits. They’ll probably be like 5 inches at the high corner and 2 at the low one, the same size as the molding on the cabinet above. And I’ll have a chase around the pipes in one corner of the room to the right of the kitchen sink. I don’t particularly like them, but if the chase meets the soffit like this it’ll at least look deliberate.
Anyways, let me know what you think. Soon I’ll be starting to put this together and I probably won’t be ripping out and redoing drywall after the fact.