Here is my kitchen (well this is an old picture so the shelves are different now). It´s been almost three years since we first installed it and I still like it a lot. One day I´d love to review the window situation in here, because more light is always better, right? For a while I thought I wanted to extend the larger window to the left so that it goes all the way down to the floor, allowing direct access from the kitchen to the deck. But the longer I look at it, the more I think the part of the wall that separates the two windows needs to come down so that there´s one really large, square-ish window? Do I make myself clear? I think that would be pretty awesome. However that is waaay off and not the point of this post.
The point of this post is that we need more storage in here. Since we do a lot of canning and preserving there are always a gazillion jars of food around that actually do not have a proper place. I tried the basement but it´s too wet down there. Plus it would be nice to have the stuff on hand in the kitchen where I actually need it. So! More storage. I don´t want to do upper cabinets on the right side of the kitchen for a number of reasons, but I am toying with the idea of a storage solution that would go where the bench is now (which yes, means that the bench would have to go, which is sad).
At first I thought my shelves would have to go, too, but that doesn´t really make sense because they look great and hold a ton of stuff. So I am thinking whatever goes here would have to somehow incorporate the shelves.
Which could look a little bit like this. The Ikea Faktum kitchen cabinets that we used in our kitchen can still be re-ordered until March next year and I think I could piece something together that looks like the solution on the left (which is actually from an old Ikea catalogue if I am not mistaken). I think this would look pretty good next to the shelves, yes? I could actually let the upper cabinets go up to the ceiling like in the picture on the right - it´s a look that I love - but the shelves don´t go all the way up either and who am I kidding, we are talking about a ceiling height of 3.5 meters, how would I ever retreive stuff from up there?
So, thoughts? The only downside that I can see is that the kitchen now feels so open and simple and I am not sure whether a wall of storage would possibly be a little overwhelming. Oh and there´s another downside of course: It costs a lot of money. Ha! Minor details.
(Sorry I don´t have an image source for the picture to the right - I tried to trace it back but had no success).