The house floor plan when we purchased the house. There was a large utility closet in the center of the space which created a lot of narrow dark hallways that were not useful space (compare to "After " floor plan) We opened up the space by removing all the closet walls, , moved the hotwatertank to the original coat closet (with access from the bathroom) and relocated the laundry machines to the back corner of the open plan kitchen.
View fo the kitchen from the front door. The vinyl plank floor is great for our doggie, and super easy to keep clean. We wanted the floors to flow from one room to the other uninterupted, so it makes the small space seem more expansive.
the coat closet at the end of the run of cupboards, is now in front of the old coat closet where a space wasting hallway was. The old coat closet is now the hot water tank space, with access from the bathroom.
Full light french doors to the side and back patios, and the entrance area skylight allow loads of light to brighten up what was dark narrow hallways. The light from the skylight in the entrance area also lights the living room. The laundry machines are now tucked out of sight under a deep counter in the far corner of the kitchen under a window (near the backdoor so I can easily take laundry outside in summer and hang it on the line in the backyard).
My old South African "Riempie " chairs and farmhouse table are too closely associated with good memories of happy gatherings for me to get rid of. Even though the rectangular shape and large size doesn't really fit the space, I opted to keep them. I may stain the darkened orange oak a dark wood colour, strip it back to pale original wood, or paint it with off white chalk paint, (or do a combo of 2).
Keith's favorite recipe for a delicious baked pudding "Bruin Poeding" (Brown Pudding), given to me by my dear friend Dericka, a fellow South African. She can make it beautifully, but I could never get it right - didn't stop me trying about 20 times though!