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Old 08-30-2007, 10:07 AM   #1
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How would you get around this? Kitchen related...

Ok, so we found a house that I really like, but it is sorely lacking in the counter space department. So...would you move on? get a rolling cart and use it as an island? price doing a small counter addition that would make an L shaped area? live with it and use the breakfast table? something else?
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Old 08-30-2007, 11:51 AM   #2
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:00 PM   #3
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Ok, so we found a house that I really like, but it is sorely lacking in the counter space department. So...would you move on? get a rolling cart and use it as an island? price doing a small counter addition that would make an L shaped area? live with it and use the breakfast table? something else?
If you really like the house, and this is your only complaint, I'd have the counter extended as you said (if that will work). It may not be "cheap", but I wouldn't think it would be a huge expense. You wouldn't have to make it into cabinets, you could turn it into a bar (to cut down on the price). The only problem that I see might be trying to match the counter top.
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:07 PM   #4
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How much could you add to your kitchen space-wise? My kitchen storage is very small too, but we do have room to add an island and a wall of cabinets in the breakfast room. We just don't have the budget right now.

When we got our new kitchen table, instead of throwing away the old one, I put it in the space where we could put an island. It looks tacky, but it gives me some extra counter space, cheaply. No extra storage though, except for just leaving crap on the table. But truly, I can't live with the kitchen the way it is now. We either need to move or remodel the kitchen. We'll probably move but not solely for the kitchen.

If you think you can add on later (and afford it), I think you could live with it for awhile. They make some cute islands that you can buy too that aren't the full-sized. I've seen some cute ones at Bed Bath and Beyond before, but looking at their site just now, I didn't see any.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:58 PM   #5
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Buy the house. Go to Lowes or Home Depot and get a few of their premade cabinets. Close in the side and back and put a nice countertop on it. Use as an Island. Total cost about $600.

Or buy the house and hire someone to remodel the chitchen total cost about $14,000.
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:11 PM   #6
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I'm trying to figure out how to explain it, simply. It's a galley style, but the walk way is much wider than a traditional galley. An immobile island wouldn't work due to opening the oven, but would work if it could roll out of the way for that. I think we could add on like a 4 ft bar. The countertop matching shouldn't be horrible because it's just plain white counter top. Not like granite or a color or anything. I would consider adding cabinets in the breakfast area depending on cost. The kitchen is in good shape overall, so I wouldn't want to redo it. We don't have money to put out right now on big changes. We're looking for move-in-ready homes because we just don't have the time or money to redo the whole kitchen like the people on HGTV would do.
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:18 PM   #7
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A kitchen is a HUGE part of what makes up a house....I would keep looking.
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:09 PM   #8
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The Kitchen is the #1 thing in a house for me. If I don't love the kitchen, or I can't remodel the kitchen so I love it I won't even look at the rest of the house. It took us 5 years to find a house we loved. Most of the time it was the kitchen that was the problem.
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:21 PM   #9
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Same here....kitchen is vital to me. So I would pass.
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I'm trying to figure out how to explain it, simply. It's a galley style, but the walk way is much wider than a traditional galley. An immobile island wouldn't work due to opening the oven, but would work if it could roll out of the way for that. I think we could add on like a 4 ft bar. The countertop matching shouldn't be horrible because it's just plain white counter top. Not like granite or a color or anything. I would consider adding cabinets in the breakfast area depending on cost. The kitchen is in good shape overall, so I wouldn't want to redo it. We don't have money to put out right now on big changes. We're looking for move-in-ready homes because we just don't have the time or money to redo the whole kitchen like the people on HGTV would do.
We have a galley style kitchen (I think) that didn't have a dishwasher or quite enough counter space. So...we added a premade 36"cabinet from Lowes, the dishwasher, and a matching countertop (lucked out - the counter top was from Home Depot, so we were able to match it perfectly) along an empty wall. As a consqeuence, there isn't quite as much space as I would prefer, but it's definitely livable until we either remodel or move. If you want, I can take some pics when I get home and PM you a before/after. Just let me know
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Sure, I'd love to see pics!!
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I am all about the kitchen. So, for me, I would move on. If I knew I could redo the kitchen to my liking and it wouldn't kill our budget, I would consider that if the rest of the house totally "wowed" me. Otherwise - I'd move on.
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:54 PM   #14
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We have some friends that were in your situation. The LOVED their house/neighborhood but as their kids got older the kitchen got smaller. They ended up putting a rounded end to the one side of the countertop that extends out some from the original edge but not much. It added seating for 5 and more open countertop space. They didn't add any cabinets under that but you could.

Basically the countertop is shaped like a "P". The long part ends in a rounded area. Hopefully I am making this easy to understand. I don't have a picture. I think in the end it took up a foot of additional floor space but since it is on the end it doesn't get in the way.
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An immobile island wouldn't work due to opening the oven, but would work if it could roll out of the way for that.
I don't see that as a viable option. If you have to move something everytime you need to use the oven, that would be a deal breaker for me. I say keep looking.
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