This weekend Carrie and I addressed our built-in storage areas and their intended purposes. In order to make sure that there will be enough room for our necessities and to make sure that we both feel comfortable with the spacing and arrangement of all the cabinets and other built-its, we created cardboard versions of most of the pieces.
Kitchen Cabinets – dishes, pots, utensils, food pantry, small appliances, cleaning supplies, garbage/recycling/compost bins
Kitchen sink upper and lower cabinets
Tansu Stairs – clothes, shoes, broom closet
First design of tansu stairs
Folding Table – eating, working, art and project center
Extendable Futon (Sun Bench) – sitting and reading area, Scout’s bed underneath, pull out bed
Linen Cabinet – towels, wash clothes, cleaning
Bathroom Vanity – toiletries, grooming
Foot Lockers – storage loft and bedroom storage
Storage Loft – misc. storage
We were able to find out the many key things by conducting this practice. The most important discovery was the best size steps to build on the tansu stairs for the amount of floor space we were willing to give up. This also lead to the number of steps and the size of the storage area underneath. Other useful findings included counter height, the location of the kitchen faucet and knobs along with the optimal sink size.
Kitchen sink mockup
Folding table extended
Kitchen sink upper and lower cabinets and tansu stairs