I want to remodel a kitchen that has too much cabinet space for the
size the home is. It's a 2/2 (total sf 1200 or less) and has cabinets
enough for a 4/2 home. Is there a good way to cut down on the amount
of cabinets without making it look like that was done?
It has a galley type kitchen with cabinets on both sides with cabinets
above and below. On the kitchen window side there is a run of over 18
feet of cabinets and the stove side is over 10 feet of cabinets with a
bifold door closet taking up the other space. ( Heck all I need is
the 10 foot side)..
This is overkill as I've never used 30% of these cabinets and on top
of it I now live alone. Even obvious tips would help as I've never
done a kitchen remod. And I'm not sure I won't farm it out in a cheap
Lots of questions...Is there an eating area in the kitchen? Do you
think that you might EVER sell the home? Quality cabinets? Do you
If there is a chance that you will sell, I would hesitate to take out
the cabinets because they are such a high value item that would be hard
to match if a buyer wanted more cabinet space. I'm sure you've thought
of all of that :o) Can you move some of the wall cabinets to garage or
even a bedroom/den/office? Put counter space and drawers to use for
computer/desk would be one plan. Can I move in and bring all my kitchen
You could and 3 or 4 of your friends. It's like a cabinet warehouse up
I was going to try to salvage some of the old wall cabinets to the
garage. Not sure what to do with the open space. It's a galley
kitchen, so there is eating at a bar on one end only. The dining area
There are 2 boxes on either side of a kitchen window that is over the
sink. I was going to reduce the 2 to one on either side and not
replace the box over the fridge. Can ANYONE even reach that in any
home? I doubt anyone will miss that one.. Those 2 things were my
starting point of reductions..
Don't think I'll be selling ever. I live in it in seasonally and it's
nice and small (except for the overkill cabinets) and taxes total 780
a year (pretty low for Florida)..!
If you plan to stay there for a long time, do as you please. If you plan to
sell in a year or two, keep the cabinets. I can assure you my wife can fill
them up easily and it would be a good selling point.
Not seeing the entire layout it is difficult to say what will work. If you
take out the cabinets on both sides at one end, you can put in a small
eating space, especially if there is a window there making a comfy place to
sip a cup of tea or coffee on a leisurely day. . Appliance layout is
another factor. You don't really want everything on the same wall. Better
to have a triangle between the sink, stove, and refrigerator rather than a
Stop in at a kitchen place with some dimensions and ask about a layout. If
you are buying cabinets from them, they often do the layout for free or
Ask any group of women and they will say more space is always
better. If you don't need to room for something else, I would not
take them out.
If you ever go to sell the house, you will find out that it is
usually the wife who makes the final decision on a new home and the
kitchen is a large part of what they consider when making a choice.
Reducing storage space, especially in a kitchen, is always a non-seller.
Just because you probably don't cook, (microwave and such excepted) doesnt
mean a buyer wants to live that way.
When purchasing our house, i walked out of 3 without bothering to LOOK at
any other rooms. Inadequate 'cute' kitchens. One idiot had removed the
real stove, put in a trash compacter, and a microwave (situated so high it
was over my head and couldnt see in it). He did it to 'sell the place'.
Ok, so not planning to sell? If you plan to leave it to kids or have it
sold as part of the inheritance you want them to get, you just reduced it.
On Sun, 1 Nov 2009 11:37:01 -0800 (PST), in2dadark
Use one cupboard for book storage, another for cleaning supplies,
Christmas decorations or hobby. You could change a bottom cabinet to
a wine cooler, trash compactor, recycle bin, etc. Lots of cabinet
space will appeal to a good woman, a serious partner or potential
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