Windows and doors play a large part in the function of a kitchen and the brightness of a kitchen. When you are planning your kitchen renovation, I suggest re-evaluating how your current windows and doors function for you. Increasing a window size in a kitchen can dramatically make the space feel larger, brighter, and more open. Opening doorways can also make a room feel bigger, connect the space to dining and living rooms, as well as make it more accessible and functional. One thing that can get overlooked is minimizing doorways into a kitchen, or rather, focusing the traffic patterns/ way finding in a space. In my kitchen renovation, we have 4 entrance points into a small 9′x9′ space. In my problem solving of the floor plan, we found a way to reduce the number of openings, open one of the existing opening, and direct the traffic patterns with an island. This provides the space with more functioning zones, and a happier cook!
If you are not able to increase the size of a window, you can consider a different window configuration. A double hung could become a casement window, or an awning window like in my kitchen renovation. Since I could not make the window larger in size, I instead made it feel larger by removing the middle sash with an awning window. This has made a huge difference in the visual connection to the outside and the perceived view of a very large window in the kitchen. Removing the center obstruction creates more glass, more viewable space and again, happiness for the user in the kitchen.
Planning is key in a kitchen renovation in your home, and working with an expert designer to think through all the challenges and possibilities will guide you and safe you costly mistakes. They will also be there for you during the construction to keep you focused. Next week I will talk more about this. Until then, happy hammering.