This space includes the kitchen and the living room on the main floor of our new house. Although recently renovated with white paint to compliment the logs, newer kitchen counter tops (an engineered stone) and some appliances (rangetop and dishwasher), the space feels dated to the original construction of the house from the mid 1980s.
The spaces are split by two non-load bearing walls. The walls that separate the kitchen and the living room extend the hallway to the back of the house - 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, mudroom, and stairs to basement.
There is good light with big windows and skylights in both kitchen and living room during the day. At night and on cloudy days, there are not many lights in the house and it does feel dark.
My wife and I recently purchased our first home, a log cabin surrounded by beautiful forest with mature trees. We are a young, newly wed couple in our mid 20s and would like the layout to work better for us.
We would love to create a "great room" by removing the two non-load bearing walls separating the kitchen and living room to open the space.
We are particularly interested in creating a more industrial & modern space (that isn't too "out there"). We like clean lines and open, functional spaces and appreciate contemporary styling.
The goal of this project is to give us concrete mock ups and designs that we can use to show and work with local contractors.
We are not looking for a complete "gut job" and hoping to keep the entire project to under $15-18K US. We'd like to keep appliances/utilities generally in the same location to keep costs down.
We thought an "L" shaped kitchen (instead of the current "U", and maybe an island?).
Ideally, we would re-use our cabinets (will professionally reface/resurface). We'll purchase a new counter tops and a few new appliances - the stove is 15+ years old, and the black fridge from the pictures will not stay. We do a lot of cooking, so double ovens are also ideal.
We like french shelving and hanging pots and pans but these aren't requirements or must-haves.
The floors are also fine and in great shape.
The wood burning fire place will need to stay, but not necessarily pointing from the corner (especially once the wall is gone!). A different surround would be ideal, the current grey tiles aren't really liked.
I am also a huge tech geek, but we'll likely have a dedicated media room so we currently aren't planning to have a huge TV setup in the living room. Having a flat screen on the wall is probably a good idea though, but shouldn't be a focus point.
The peak of the vaulted ceilings are at 11 ft. The log walls go up to 8 ft. In the kitchen, the top of the shelves goes to 7 ft from the floor (wood logs in the corner are 1 ft higher than the top of the shelves).
We've included my rough floorplan layout after making measurements of all the walls.