Measure once...

Design twice.

I tend to draw out designs for things without giving too much thought to exact measurements.  I'm not a math person, I am a paint and material choice person.  So my design plans can be frustrating for Travis- who IS a math person.

We went yesterday to chose our materials for the new tiny kitchen, then we met our realtor and flooring contractor over at the town house.

Flooring contractor thinks we should go with wood floors, not laminate.  Ugh.  Back to the showroom.

Kitchen is waaaay smaller than I originally thought.  I was factoring a true 12 by 9 space, when in fact you can knock a few feet off each side when cabinets come into play.  Yeah, mathy be I.

So here is the new design...

The very narrow wall on the right is the pantry cabinet.  It will be six inches deep.  Enough to accommodate cans and sideways cereal containers.  The goal is to keep it uncluttered.  The large square on the bottom left is the farmhouse sink.  It's the biggest thing in the room, but I have found over the years that my biggest complaint in any kitchen we have had is that the sink is too small, plus it makes for a lovely spot  to bathe the doxies ;)   The dishwasher is to the left of the kitchen sink.

The fridge is the large square on the top left- we are opting for a industrial look fridge only appliance.  Ice and freezer will be in the laundry room. This will help conserve space in the tiny kitchen, and really we are not big on freezer use anyway.  Think fresh!

The stove will be a 30" electric stove.  Yeah, no gas hook ups to these old homes.

Also, no upper cabinets.  There will be open shelving on either side of the sink/window.   That will hold our plates and cups.  The rest of the storage will be below and we are thinking of hanging the pots on hooks on the wall to the left of the stove and right of the fridge.   The coffee station will be to the left of the pantry and right of the stove.  I will probably add a shelf to hold coffee cups above it.

Just outside of the kitchen entry is a large coat closet.  The counter space in this kitchen is at a premium, so very little will be on the counters. In the coat closet are going to build shelves in it to hold all of the extra small appliances that we do not use on a daily basis.  This is Texas, who has coats anyway?  However, I will be giving some of the counter space real estate up for my large butcher's scale.  Because, scale.  Love.  Need?  Yep.

I also purchased these two books.  I love that the author's philosophy of quality trumping quantity.  Picking out expensive countertops doesn't feel as guilt inducing when you are only shopping for very small counters...

The Not So Big House
Hope y'all are having a wonderful weekend.  I am off today to cheer Sara on in her Special Olympics track meet!


  1. I have had large kitchens and currently have a small one. I love the small one. You only have what you truly need and moving around and using a small kitchen is so efficient and easy. And you look like you will have plenty of counter space! Can't wait to see it.

  2. Love those industrial (commercial?) fridges! Why did the contractor not recommend laminate?

    1. He has done flooring for two of our houses and said we wouldn't be happy with the quality of it. I think mostly for the hollow sound it tends to have.

  3. I had to read this post 3 times because I was going to be first in line for that GREAT scale! haha Glad things are working out for you guys.

  4. I too have a tiny kitchen. Not by choice but ...just because. Was curious about the dishwasher being to the left of sink. When it is open will it block the doorway? We have laminate in our kitchen. I guess it depends on your foundation. We are on concrete slab and no hollow sound here.
    I think the farmhouse sink is going to be fabulous! Another dream of mine!

    1. Travis says he thought of that, but the space to the right of the sink isn't big enough for the dishwasher :(

    2. Well then that makes perfect sense!!!!

  5. I am really enjoying your new adventure. My home is 1300 sq ft and I am excited to see what you do with a small space. I hope all goes smoothly for you. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Know you will make
    it work, beautifully'

    I am traveling today
    until Mother's Day, so
    sending early wishes
    for a happy, happy day!

    xo Suzanne

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Thanks so much for popping in. I appreciate all of your lovely comments...Tricia