Basement kitchen ideas


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Old 03-22-14, 08:24 AM
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Basement kitchen ideas

We have be been planning to build a kitchen in basement. The dimension is 10.5' (126") wide and 8.5' (102") deep on left to open area as show in the following photo:

The drain and water supplies are on the rear and to the right, so the sink will need to be on right rear corner. I'd like to put dishwasher in front of drain pipe so the clean out can be accessed if needed.

We'd like to have granite counter tops, to reduce cost, I'd like to avoid 45 degree corners.

To the left and rear are external walls, so the stove will like be on either left or rear. One of the possibility is shown as below to make counter top simpler. On the right lower corner are additional counter and refrigerator.

Are there potential issue with this design?

Thanks for any comment and suggestions?
 
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Old 03-22-14, 09:36 AM
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Please note: these are 3 "off the top of my head thoughts, and not intended to criticize your design:

The first thing that I thought was that the "peninsula" part of the counter top created a "choke point" to the flow pattern into/out of the kitchen.Additionally, the "corner" part of the peninsula would be not very accessible for use, (unless you planned to use the part closest to the open area for refreshments, etc. should you host a party in the basement). This could be solved by putting the refrigerator in that corner (lower left in your diagram-adjacent to the "open area"). Then, if you need more counter space, you could extend the counter space in the lower right corner, and keep the flow open.

Next: I think it's a great idea to keep the clean out accessible, but looking at your photo,and the location of the stack, here's a thought: put the dishwasher in the right rear corner, and have the sink in the middle of the rear wall. It would be easier to get to the clean out through a (pre-cut)hole in the back of the sink base cabinet than to have to move the DW.[ I'm presuming that your photo is in part a "mock up" of your idea, just be sure that the clean out is sufficiently below the bottom of the counter top for ease of access.

Finally another, somewhat contradictory thought, an extension of my "first thought" (keeping the "relocate the fridge" idea): If you don't need a big double sink, could you put a smaller "corner sink" on a 45 degree section of cabinet, located in the right rear corner. Then, from that, you could run your additional counter top and base cabinets along the right side wall.

Good luck with your project, and please keep us posted!
 
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Old 03-22-14, 10:14 AM
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Mikedel,

Thanks for your inputs.

I have never thought Peninsula is good idea in this case, but boss wants it, she said it's for breakfast. I'll make it removable.

I made 2 drawings according to your suggestions:

I also thought about putting sink base in the middle, but a little worried about if the sink and garbage disposal will get in the way to access the clean out. Also the bottom of the drain stack is curved in as shown in the first photo, the base of sink base would need to be cut to fit.

I also thought about the 45 degree sink base, it's still my option, If I install prefab granite (e.g. 26"X78" slabs) myself, I'd prefer avoid the 45 degrees.

I have not decided to hire contractor or do myself for the counter top.

One of my concerns is if the stave on corner will cause problems.
 
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Yahoo2003,

First, great pictures! They really help see things, and can save you some aggravation in advance.

That's a good point about the sink and disposal possibly being in the way of the clean out, although I think the clean out height could be adjusted, if that was the only obstacle to using a particular design.
(My buddy, who's a plumber, told me that when he did some work in our house.)

I agree with your concern about having the stove tight to the corner the corner as in your pictures. It would probably result in not having access to the storage below the countertop in the corner to the left of your stove. We had a similar situation when we redid our kitchen a few years ago, and were lucky to find a base cabinet that was L-shaped and contained a �Lazy Susan�. One arm of the L. was only about 9 inches long. There is also a special double hinged corner door that, while a bit tricky to get used to, let us take advantage of that corner for storage. Something along those lines might be helpful in your design, but would probably depend upon the width of your stove and of your sink.
I also wonder if you could move the stove "around the corner" to be in the middle of your left side bank of base cabinets, but preferably not immediately next to the refrigerator. (Of course, if the peninsula stays, you have another corner to potentially have to avoid!  )

Regarding granite counter tops: we got some, and we really like them. They were pretty expensive, but when I saw precision cuts and measurements that had to be made, and how frightfully heavy they are, I don't think I'd ever try to install them myself.

Once again, good luck with your project, and please keep us posted.
 
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Mikedel,

Thanks again for the thoughts.

Stove against left wall was my first choice, it's still one of my options. The square cuts on left wall and ceiling in the first photo were made to see if vent and gas pipe for the stove can be run to the ceiling and along the joist to rear siding. Stove on rear makes vent a little easier.

The left and rear walls are concrete foundations and I hate to cut a hole on them for the stove vent.

Since it's basement kitchen and there is no rush, I'm planning to do it as hobby. I bought some 1x2 and 1x3 maple boards for cabinet frames and doors and am going to get some 3/4 plywood for sides of cabinets.

It'll be long way before we have counter top installed.

I'll post my progress for guidance and suggestions.
 
 

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