It's the perfect size if you live alone, love faux painted yellow brick, don't do a lot of cooking, and you love washing dishes by hand. None of those requirements fit our family-of-3-plus-a-puppy needs.
Here's a picture tour to give you a sense of it...
First, the view from the living room. This is about 50% of our kitchen in total, if you want a clue as to how small it is.
Problems to point out from here: really ugly and chipping linoleum, the fact that the door to the basement AND the back door take up a lot of the storage room we *could* have, the very makeshift additional storage we've added via pots & pans hung above the window and tiny wire shelf below. Plus the high chair, where Kate eats breakfast & dinner.
This was last night at dinner time (for Kate, we usually eat after she goes to bed around 7:30 or so). As you might have guessed, literally any surface we can use for storage gets used - that's why the two window sills are covered in spices, tea bags, etc.
As you can also see, when we do dishes, or when David does dishes I should say, the drying takes up 50% of our available counter space. Which forces us to use the stove as a prep area, and that isn't fun.
See what I mean about the tall cabinets? Plus, they don't go all the way to the ceiling for some unknown reason, which just means we have to store things ON TOP OF THEM. Grrr.
Also for some reason everything in the kitchen is just marginally crooked? Which drives me nuts.
Our small appliances/recycling pile are to the right of the fridge, which is fine because that's part of the counter we couldn't use for prep even if we wanted to. We also store most of our bread/chips/snacks on top of the fridge. Unopened food is in one of the lower cabinets, but not a lot because there have been mice problems...yuck.
And the terrible sink - it's about two bowls deep, yet somehow comes down so low underneath the cabinet that we can't store anything large under there.
Feature I haven't mentioned yet? The uuuuugly painted brick. The thing is, it's not even real brick! It's half bricks glued onto the wall, and then painted over. Which means when you try to remove one, half the plaster wall behind it comes with. STUPID.
Next to the door, there's the terribly skinny & oddly proportioned extra "pantry" cabinet. It's got so many weird-sized shelves in it that we can only store certain things in it. I'd love to get rid of that whole cabinet and put some shelves along the whole wall, mostly because it'd probably double the amount of storage we have in here.
Unfortunately, I don't think we'll ever have the budget (or time...) to redo the layout of the kitchen, which is really what it needs (think: moving the back door to the center of the house, knocking down a wall, moving the stairs...impossible, really). Originally we were thinking of just knocking out the wall behind the fridge, which backs out to the dining room, but that is a lot of work for not a lot of extra square footage...so that's on the back burner for now.
What I'm thinking is something like this:
We might have to settle (due to budget) with a new floor and a fresh coat of paint on everything, which wouldn't solve a lot of the underlying issues with the place but would cost a lot less than the other plan.
But we're still at a loss as to how much money we want to invest in a house this size, or if there's a way we can reconfigure the floor plan without spending an arm and a leg. It's a serious blight on the rest of our house, and by far the worst room since we fixed up the bathroom.
So. Ye of the internet, got any ideas for us?
HELP PLZ. and thank you. :)