Come along as we renovate our 1960s colonial kitchen into a European farmhouse inspired galley kitchen. The kitchen was original to the house. Although we were thankful for every meal served in it, the cupboards were no longer closing, the hinges were cracking and there was significant water damage below the cabinets and floors. It was time to renovate!
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Galley Kitchen Plans
Most modern day kitchens feature islands or worktables and an open concept layout to other parts of the house. This was not an option for us as our main staircase would need to be relocated and we wanted to stay within our budget.
We decided that rather than move the stairs that we would work with the layout of our colonial instead and turn our kitchen into a galley kitchen. So we started brainstorming galley kitchen ideas.
First we decided to take out the existing wall behind the range.
This room was behind our range wall and had one door leading to the garage and another to our sunroom. Not a super practical room as it functioned more as a walk through. We decided to use half of it for our galley kitchen and the other half for a walk in pantry and powder room (soon to come!).
On the other end of our kitchen we decided to open up the supporting wall between our kitchen and dining room so that it was more open.
Galley Kitchen Design
After many hours spent with a pencil and graph paper I came up with this design for our galley kitchen. So the next two photos are the design layout that I came up with. I love natural light so I knew I wanted to incorporate more of that in our home with large windows.
Besides hiring a cabinet maker, electrician and plumber we hope to do the rest ourselves. (When I say we; it’s mostly my husband Brad. I supply him with lots of snacks, coffee and the occasional pizza).
The most exciting part of the renovation for me is the kitchen window. I anticipate many hours of washing dishes in front of that window.