I thought it would be fun to share our initial plans for the kitchen in the barn. With one ten-foot wall of space, we needed to make every inch count. Here’s a reminder of the wall in its current state.
I’m the primary cook in the family, so here is what I want out of the space:
- A full size fridge and freezer. We already purchased a narrower fridge for the space from a friend. I wasn’t willing to get anything smaller, since we eat at home a lot.
- A deep sink. We decided to forego a dishwasher in favor of more cabinet space, so I would like a good-size sink for dishes.
- Lots of drawers. I find drawers to be more useful than cabinets in most instances. So, I erred on the side of more drawers for this one. They can hold utensils, baking stuff, some food and more.
- Counter space for drying dishes, prep and small appliances. I need enough space to dry dishes, prep dinner and hold a small appliance (especially my mixer, breadmaker and crock pot). I am willing to keep most of the appliances in storage downstairs if there isn’t space, but when I want to use them, I need a spot.
- One cabinet for pons/pans and bakeware. This will actually be a huge downsize for us, but I think we can make it work with one small cabinet.
- Overhead open storage. I love having open shelves in our current kitchen for plates. I also think it will make the small space look larger. So, my goal is to keep all our dishes and glasses on open shelves. I’m also planning to add bins and baskets for other stuff that isn’t as pretty.
- Microwave. I use it everyday, but there isn’t space for a huge over-range version. So, I’m settling for a small version on the open shelves.
- Electric stove. I wanted an electric stove in this space, but am looking at getting a narrow 20 inch version.
And here’s the basic floorplan.
I use the IKEA Kitchen Planner to lay it out because I’m familiar with it. But we plan to use stock cabinets from Lowe’s. I’ll paint them grey, so this is sort of the look we’ll end up with.
I wasn’t able to add the upper shelves to this design – but I’m thinking two barn wood shelves along the entire length.
Image via Lesley Graham
This would give me plenty of room for a small microwave, our dishes and glasses, and bins for less pretty things.
With all this said, there are some things that won’t be coming with us to the barn kitchen. I’ll be storing away almost all of our entertaining items, large serving dishes, most “gadgets” and small appliances.
Could you live with this small kitchen?
What would your kitchen design must-haves be?