Here are some kitchen drawings I did for a family that wants to update their home. They wanted to have two options for comparing pricing. One if they re-faced their existing cabinetry with minor changes and material updates, and another if they gutted everything and started fresh!
OPTION #1 - "the lesser of two evils"
[keep most existing cabinetry & re-face with new doors; take out peninsula for an island; remove overhead soffits; all new tile floor, countertops, and backsplash]
This plan utilizes existing features and requires less demolition, but has a tighter squeeze (as far as traffic flow) to the new sliding door opening onto the deck
A view towards the wall of cabinetry if re-faced and minor changes made, including:
soffit removed, desk taken out and replaced with counter-hieght cabinetry, new splash & countertops
more backsplash variations:
(light and dark emperador marble in subway & mosaic sizes; linear mixture of stone, glass, and marble; in different configurations)
OPTION #2 - "a heavy face-lift"
[gut existing kitchen & rearrange layout with new custom cabinetry]
This layout allows for easier traffic patterns in and out of the kitchen with a large 8' sliding glass door to the deck space for parties and kids playing in the yard. It allows for more natural light into the space and makes the dark-stained cabinetry seem less claustrophobic.
material inspiration: relatively light to contrast with darker cabinetry
quick sketches of how taking the wine cabinet out would open up the kitchen into the family room space:
A lot to think about for what works best for the family...it's truly a personal choice as to how you use your own kitchen and how your family enjoys your home on a daily basis.