Last I left you I shared our kitchen floor tiling process and with a similar image as below.
Except now I want to talk about this area...
That big ol' thang will be a big ol' breakfast bar! I'm pretty excited about it.
The final execution of it ended up being different than our original plan. At first I envisioned it a little more "free floating" and open. Something like this:
It's not really common to have a breakfast bar sit lower than the counter-top level but our kitchen and dining room space had a weird addition that made it be two different levels. Where the kitchen is located - it's on the same level as the remainder of the house, but where we'll be having our dining room it's a 9" step down. Some weird addition the previous owners did while they
ruined lived in this house.
PS. funny side story: My son J was at the house with me this past weekend and he was asking me,
J: "Why did the people that used to live here leave?"
Me: "Well hun because they wanted to live in a new house"
J: "So they broke the house first, then left, we got the house and now you're fixing it?"
Me: "HAHAHA, yup that's about right J:
Have to love those simple minded minds children have.
Back to our breakfast bar. So our upper level kitchen layout is a combination of "L" shaped and Galley kitchen. We decided we wanted to make the counter-top that was free-standing into the look of a big island, but since there was the step down we had to make it into a lower-level breakfast bar.
After a lot of back and forth, and 6 months of watching our little girl climb onto EVERYTHING she possibly can, we decided to make our breakfast bar a little more sturdy. Rather than just having the outer corner have a column support we opted for a hall wall for the side support.
Plus, by doing a half wall we're able to sneak in an extra outlet... can't have too many of those!
To keep it have a balanced look we did a half wall on the right side too. We could have just used a long L bracket support drilled into the wall studs. But, we just felt this would look more uniform.
WHAAAAT. What's going on up there... :) Yup, that was the beautiful counter-tops being installed.
I'll be doing a little more trim and moulding work on this to make it look like the base cabinets. I can't wait to have this big of a space up high at the counter-tops.