Tuesday, March 2, 2010

That lake house reno

Remember our cottage? That kinda dumpy dirty yet oddly cheerful and inviting place? The place we bought with the intention of flipping and fell in love with?
The one that we decided that we loved so much that we wanted to ditch the city and move out to were we can hear the crashing of the waves and have nightly bonfires at?

Well, we (Dave and a friend of his actually) have been working hard out there gutting and framing and redoing the floors and joists and bulkheads and supports.

It used to look like this.


And now it looks a little differently....


Ahhh, the dream in the making. Here's hoping it comes somewhat close.


Because I have been spending all my time working on the plans and this is what I see.
However Dave and I have slightly different opinions on how we want the kitchen to look.
The above is my choice so far. (finishing will be somewhat different but the program I have doesn't let me do really custom stuff without a lot of extra Internet work)

And now the ones below are what Dave prefers.




What do you think? I can see myself in both but I cannot figure out which would be the most functional and which one in the long run I would love most.

Please, any opinion is welcome, my head is starting to spin!

26 comments:

bethany actually said...

Honestly, whichever one you do, you're going to find things about it to love and things to hate. After moving as many times as we have, and living in as many different kinds of houses as we have, I've learned that I can live pretty much anywhere and deal with the quirks. :-) Once the reno is all done and you're living there, you'll get used to it and you'll probably find out that things you thought you'd love, you actually don't like and vice versa.

At least, that's what I tell myself every time we move. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I love love love LOVE the first one! It has more of a "flow" to it and I just get a better feel from it! Man, I am sad because I know we will be limited to visits but am excited for when we DO come visit!!!!!!!!
-Christa

Glenda said...

Sorry Dave but Anna yours is brilliant! Way more flow and space - wait til you get 6 people moving around in there - you will NEED it!! Very nice Anna!! Mine is more like Daves right now and I would LOVE to take the hack saw and REMOVE that piece!!

Kimberley said...

I like your design! It makes it seem more open, and bigger. I would stick to the flat island. But what do i know? I've never had a house! :)

Kami's Khlopchyk said...

Wow, Anna you have been busy! It's going to look great either way but I think I have to agree with everyone above (sorry Dave!). I think the island might be more functional only because if the stove is in the island, the back counter will not get used and it has the most counter space.

But honestly, I think Bethany is right, you will make either work and both look amazing!!

Kori said...

Since I am a terribly messy cook, I like Dave's better; I like the way the stove is actually more sheltered on either side so that everyone can't just walk by and see the mess I am making. I also think the curved counter makes it looks more inviting and less, I don't know, sharp. But of course either one would be excellent! that is so cool; I hope it turns into everything you have dreamed of!

ComfortablyCrazy said...

I agree with what Kori said. Also with saves idea yourhelpets can be at the counter mixing or whatever and you don't have to leave the stove unattended.

~Holly~ said...

I like the first one best, because the island gives you more working space. It also looks more open, because the counter is lower, right? And I've always been a fan of having my stove close to my fridge, but that's just me...

Stephanie said...

I like the first one first, especially with all your kids. It'll be very easy to stick them on stools around to help make cookies, etc.

Anonymous said...

Stove is too far from the rest of the kitchen in Dave's design. However, the countertop could be extended with some bar stools for eating and crafts

BeachMama said...

I do love yours best, but maybe it is a girl thing. Does Dave do a lot of the cooking? Hubby here doesn't so he wouldn't get as much say, but if Dave does then it would make sense to use as much of both as you can.

Anonymous said...

What!! Tell Dave he is nutters. The first one is way better!
TT

Anonymous said...

Definitely the first one! The stove in Dave's is too far from the real functioning part, seems a little dangerous at that spot actually, and just doesn't flow. But hey, what do i know :)

Elaine A. said...

I like the first one. More open and inviting. Can't wait to see the real thing! :)

Brooke said...

Oh, I just dream of a kitchen with a huge squarish island in the middle--so of course, your design wins out for me : ) And I really love the big commercial vent over the stove top. Hope it all turns out the way you want it. Great gold tone, too!

Anonymous said...

Either design is great - i would just love a kitchen big enough that everyone could eat in the same room. I agree with the person who suggested stools at the island though. Whatever you decide upon and it will probably change another 100 times it is going to be awesome.
XXXs and OOOs to you all.
Miss you
Mare

Erlandson Family said...

sorry dave-- anna's wins.. :)

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

I'm with Kori. I like that the mess will be hidden a bit and that the top shelf will be for displaying stuff and/or food depending on the occasion.

Either way, it looks cool!

Amydeanne said...

hey! I like the one you chose, but I like the Island from Dave's as I know with my kids underfoot the closed side prevents the traffic while I'm cooking with frustrates me; but if that doesn't bother you than I love yours! lol

Anonymous said...

I just don't like where the stove is in Dave's .. It is nice to have a nice clean island.. and not a stove where little hands can get to it.

Ara said...

I like the second one with the stove back where the first picture shows it. I like how the island flows with that support beam. Either way you do it it will turn out amazing and you will love it, anything is better that the before!! Have fun!!!

MJ said...

I prefer Anna's design too. Dave's design with the oven in the middle of the "island" has no fan and discolouring could occur from cooking in the centre of the room which wouldn't be attractive. It would also be more challenging to open the drawers and cupboard doors considering their angles in relation to the stove.

With Anna's design, I would specifically incorporate a seating area if you expect to have anyone sitting to work at the island & you would likely need a counter overhang of at least 12". The counter-height island is nice for ergonomic reasons (ie: children and seniors struggle to get onto and off of bar height stools).

Guess who's been struggling with kitchen design for the last year?

Lifespy said...

Well, I'm comment # 23, so who knows if you'll get this far. haha I think whoever actually uses the kitchen, should have VETO power as to it's design. Having said that, my experience is if you and your partner attend to the kitchen duties together, what can sometimes be a chore, can become a special time. I love to cook, but am not crazy about the clean up afterward. Especially if I put it off until after the meal. But, to do the cooking and the cleaning in the kitchen side by side, talking, laughing, sharing with each other. This makes the difference and can make where the cupboards were placed less of an issue.

My vote sides with your husband's idea, for the record. haha

Loukia said...

What a dream kitchen that is going to be, my GOD! That wall colour is similar to what we just did recently in our family room/kitchen. I like the second pic more, b/c you have more counter space, it seems.

Stacie's Madness said...

I like your design, but I'd tweak it to make that island a bar instead of cabinets for the kids to pull up their chairs to.

ashalee said...

i like the one with the island. it is more open and airy.
can't wait to see the final product