What Will I Do With The Breakfast Room? (I Do not Know, However In My Dream World, I might Do This…)

I shared what I consider is the ultimate structure for our addition a few days in the past. In case you missed that, you’ll be able to see it right here. Since we’ll have a giant, model new household room, and I’ll be turning the entrance lounge right into a eating room, one of the requested questions was, “Kristi, what’s going to you do with the breakfast room?”

Our breakfast room used to really be a breakfast room, with a desk and chairs and fairly chandelier and the traditional stuff you’d anticipate in a room referred to as a breakfast room.

Breakfast room remodel

After which Matt’s occupational therapist insisted that he wanted to spend extra time off the bed, out of the bed room, and extra time sitting up in an precise chair throughout the day. So Matt determined he needed a recliner. I had simply completed the lounge, music room, and bed room, so I had no concept the place I used to be going to place a recliner for him to take a seat in for lengthy durations of time every day. And that’s after I determined to show our breakfast room right into a sitting room.

Breakfast Room (Sitting Room) – After

He can spend as a lot time as he desires to each day stress-free in his recliner, watching TV, taking part in video video games, or on his laptop computer. He’s additionally fairly snug consuming in his recliner (as am I), so we didn’t actually lose the perform of consuming on this room, however we did lose any risk of this room being helpful to anybody aside from the 2 of us throughout a meal.

The plan has been to show this room again into a daily breakfast room, with an precise desk and chairs, as quickly as our addition is constructed. I really feel sure that Matt shall be spending his time within the new household room as a substitute of on this sitting room as soon as the addition is completed. And he’ll most likely proceed to eat his lunch every day whereas sitting in a snug chair, which shall be within the new household room. So I don’t see that we’ll want this room as a sitting room anymore.

However do we want it as a breakfast room? Probably not. If Matt is extra snug consuming his lunch in a snug chair within the household room, I’m not going to take a seat within the breakfast room and eat on my own. I’m going to hitch him within the household room. We might eat at a desk if others are becoming a member of us, however we’ll have the eating room for that. In order that just about leaves the breakfast room/sitting room and not using a objective as soon as the addition is constructed.

So what’s going to we do with it? I truthfully don’t know. However I can inform you what I’d do with it in a dream world the place I’ve a limitless price range. I’d double the dimensions of my kitchen.

Again in 2014 after I transformed our kitchen the primary time, I needed to keep throughout the footprint of the unique kitchen to maintain value as little as doable. There was no method we might have afforded to broaden the kitchen on the time. I needed to do every thing I might consider to redo that kitchen as inexpensively as doable, together with utilizing the cheap inventory unfinished utility cupboards from House Depot.

I dressed them up by including ornamental toes, a number of trim, a header that went all the best way to the ceiling, and crown molding. However I did a whole down-to-the-studs kitchen transform for $10,000, and that included model new home equipment!

I keep in mind on the time that I had readers who inspired me to broaden the dimensions of the kitchen and incorporate the realm that’s now the breakfast room into the kitchen, however there was merely no method we might have afforded that on the time. It wasn’t only a matter of getting to purchase extra stuff to suit a bigger kitchen, however there have been different components.

The breakfast room wasn’t a part of the unique inside of the home. It was an exterior breezeway that related the home (which ended the place the kitchen peninsula presently sits) to the storage. Sooner or later, a earlier proprietor enclosed it and made it an inside room.

However that whole part, from the entrance wall of the breakfast room to the again wall of the walk-in pantry, sits on a concrete slab basis, whereas the principle a part of the home is a pier and beam basis. And if you happen to’re accustomed to several types of foundations, you already know that pier and beam foundations are dearer to construct up entrance, however they’re fairly simple and comparatively cheap to make modifications to, similar to working plumbing to a brand new space of the home, simply so long as there’s crawl house entry.

Slab foundations are cheaper to construct up entrance, however they’re an actual headache and far more costly to make modifications to later. So as to run new plumbing strains or restore issues in plumbing strains in a slab basis, it’s a must to jackhammer up the concrete, run the strains (or repair the strains), after which pour new concrete. That may value 1000’s of {dollars}.

And suffice it to say that we didn’t have 1000’s of {dollars} to spend on that type of factor once we purchased this home. I desperately wanted a brand new kitchen as a result of the unique structure was so inefficient that easy duties like making a sandwich within the unique kitchen felt like absolute drudgery. Right here’s a fast “then and now” 360-degree view of the kitchen in case you’ve forgotten the place this room began out.

The unique structure made no sense to me in any way. So I did the perfect with what I needed to work with whereas staying throughout the price range we had on the time, and staying throughout the unique footprint of the kitchen. Due to that pier and beam basis, I used to be capable of have the water and fuel strains moved at a really affordable value in order that I might organize issues in a method that made extra sense to me. And I believe total, I did a reasonably good job working with what I had accessible, all issues thought of!

And whereas the kitchen feels a lot greater now with the cased opening between the kitchen and the entrance lounge, and the facet wall of the kitchen opened as much as the breakfast room, the room remains to be the identical small measurement it’s at all times been, at about 9’10” x 14’8″. Once I’m on my own within the kitchen, the dimensions feels simply wonderful. However final evening once we had a home full of individuals, I attempted to concentrate to how every thing actually functioned, and my little kitchen begins to really feel fairly cramped actually shortly with the addition of only a few individuals.

So in my dream world, I’d double the dimensions of my kitchen, broaden it into the breakfast room, and have a great deal of room for a giant island the place individuals might collect, discuss, fill their plates, and even sit on the counter, with out the room feeling tiny and cramped. I’d love nothing greater than to have the sink proper in entrance of the home windows, and every thing else located round that space.

I’ve completely no concept how I’d organize the remainder of the realm. Sadly, the 2 rooms don’t go collectively completely. The entrance wall of the kitchen and the entrance wall of the breakfast room don’t kind a straight wall by that entire house. There’s a clumsy little jog within the wall that works simply wonderful as it’s now with the peninsula in that house.

But when the peninsula is not there, that distinction shall be far more noticeable. After which there’s the difficulty of the cased opening separating the 2 rooms.

That works simply wonderful with the present structure since these are two distinct rooms. But when it’s all one huge room, that cased opening within the center must go. And that implies that some fairly vital (and costly!) structural work must be performed.

I don’t know if that is one thing that can simply keep a dream in my head, or if I’ll really get to broaden my kitchen at some point. If I do really get to do it, this isn’t one thing I’d do with out professional assist. Clearly, I wouldn’t do the structural work myself, however that’s not likely what I’m speaking about. I’d really work with a kitchen designer who might assist me get absolutely the most out of a brand new kitchen. So long as I get the sink in entrance of the home windows, I’d be comfortable.

Maybe that is all only a dream, and it’ll by no means occur. But when I might do no matter I needed with this house after our addition is constructed, that is precisely what I’d do. However for now, I would simply should settle with turning that room again right into a breakfast room with a desk and chairs.