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Old 04-20-2020, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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It is what it is, a galley kitchen. I know people like to hang around the kitchen and talk to others while cooking but you can do that with you present arrangement. Losing storage for two bar stools/counter is a real waste of space to me.
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Old 04-20-2020, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Suggestion: move the dishwasher to the other side of sink. Place dish cabinet above dishwasher. Move fridge across to that run of cabs but at the end, against the wall of the dining room.

Then you will have more working room around the stove, which I think you need. As you have it drawn, the stove looks wedged in. I think you need more room to do baking or other cooking prep,

Good luck with your proposed reno.
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Old 04-22-2020, 04:02 PM
 
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It is what it is, a galley kitchen. I know people like to hang around the kitchen and talk to others while cooking but you can do that with you present arrangement. Losing storage for two bar stools/counter is a real waste of space to me.
I find myself agreeing with you once again, John. We've had counter space with bar stools as part of all the kitchens we've had in the past thirty years and we rarely used them because there was always a table and chairs nearby. With the OPs layout, the bar stools/counter are right next to the table so I would use that counter area for something else. In one of our first homes, the RE agent euphemistically referred to our similar kitchen as a "step saver kitchen." She was right and it was so easy to cook in that kitchen and also keep our toddlers and dogs out of the way! I loved it and prefer it over the open concept that's so popular now.
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Old 04-22-2020, 04:06 PM
 
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I've been in a few houses with the countertop and bar stools setup as a visitor (have not owned one) and that area always seems woefully underutilized. I think it seems like a good idea at the time but since you've almost always got the kitchen table a few steps away, no one wants to heist themselves up on a bar stool when they can sit in a comfortable chair.
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Old 04-22-2020, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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T. Damon is right, a dead end galley kitchen can be problematic but an open one? Not seeing the need to change it. It is what it is, a galley kitchen. It has an attached breakfast area, so it is basically an eat in kitchen. It is utilitarian, people don't need to hang around in the immediate area while you cook or do dishes, not when the kitchen table is right there.

We have a 23 x 13 open galley - to the south, there's the parlor that's divided by a pocket door, and to the east there are three openings to the family room. There's a large island but no one sits there, ever. People sit at the kitchen table to the north, by the window and talk. I will say that eliminating the extra pantry is the easiest choice to make though.
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Old 04-23-2020, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Place dish cabinet above dishwasher. Move fridge across to that run of cabs but at the end, against the wall of the dining room.
I caution you to tread carefully if you plan to put your dishes in a cabinet directly above the dishwasher. I have that present set up, and I cannot comfortably reach into the cabinet with the dishwasher door open - as in when unloading the dishwasher. I have to take everything out, put them on the counter, close the dw door and then put the dishes in the cabinet.

My kitchen is pretty small and that cabinet is fairly narrow. YMMV.
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Old 04-23-2020, 03:01 PM
 
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I caution you to tread carefully if you plan to put your dishes in a cabinet directly above the dishwasher. I have that present set up, and I cannot comfortably reach into the cabinet with the dishwasher door open - as in when unloading the dishwasher. I have to take everything out, put them on the counter, close the dw door and then put the dishes in the cabinet.

My kitchen is pretty small and that cabinet is fairly narrow. YMMV.
Great point!
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Old 04-24-2020, 10:04 AM
 
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We used that counter on the side for serving to the kitchen table if we were utilizing the table.

We also used it as our coffee station. The machine, the coffee cup 'tree' as I call that metal thing where you insert the coffees. Set it up nicely. Can do the same with teas which we had in a tea caddy. There were cabinets above the counter where there weren't appliances all around. No wasted space. About the tea and coffee area that cabinet had mugs for tea and coffee and tea cups and saucers for those more elegantly inclined. In that area I would use seasonal mugs for fun.

Now, with ours, there was good room for walking by and for the narrow table behind the coffee/tea station and chairs at the narrow table if they were needed. So that end may have extended further than yours but you can eliminate chairs or even table. We really enjoyed the narrow table though for serve-yourself times with f&f.
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Old 04-25-2020, 11:23 AM
 
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Another idea for space. That table. Put it up against the wall. Make it narrower. Maybe attach to the wall.
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Old 04-26-2020, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Another idea for space. That table. Put it up against the wall. Make it narrower. Maybe attach to the wall.


I thought this was about the kitchen...(?)

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