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Kitchen Design When the Wall Must Stay

Although for most people the ideal is to have the open living, kitchen, and dining concept some older houses just won’t work that way.

Let me show you this kitchen we renovated and how we were able to work with an immovable wall.

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With plumbing and ductwork the wall between the living room and kitchen was a must keep. That is where clever design comes into play.

Instead of my typical open layout I removed an old closet and was able to open the wall a bit. It was just enough to connect the kitchen to the dining and add casual seating with the peninsula.

Kitchen Design with a Wall that Must Stay Amber Miller

To replace the storage lost I added upper cabinets as base cabinets underneath the window. They are shallow enough to work with the walkway to the basement as traditional base cabinets would have been too deep.

And while I love to put the sink in front of a window, again, because of the plumbing and traffic patterns it had to stay put. To make it work I installed beveled subway tile in a herringbone pattern. It’s practical and bounces light around the space so you don’t even miss the window.

What do you think of this kitchen layout? If you’re a fan of open concept living would this be a good space for you? Leave me a comment!

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See you next week!


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