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Lake House Kitchen Plans

I’ve received a lot of emails and messages wanting to know what I’m doing with our kitchen plans – so, here you go! For this house, we are having all of the cabinets custom made, which was one of the major deciding factors for going with the contractor we chose. I love cooking and have a pretty distinct vision of my kitchen in my head that would have been hard to make happen with a standard cabinet company.

If you saw my IG story last week, you could tell I was struggling with the design. Well, not the design, but getting what’s in my head out on to paper to show the cabinet maker. Math was never my favorite subject, but trying to draw something to scale is right up there with a root canal for me. After several (ok 8) tries and a lot of help from my math whiz husband, I finally got the design to scale…ish.

Here is a refresher of what the space looks like – it may look small in the pic but it’s about 15 ft wide and 22 ft deep.

lake house building

Once again, I will be sharing my kindergarten sketches with you, so feel free to laugh. But at least you can get an idea of the direction we are going. First sketch is just an overhead view of the floor plan for the kitchen.

It’s sort of tucked back in the house like an old school kitchen, which I kind of love, and it has a breakfast nook, which I think we will use all the time. Even though it’s tucked back, it’s still totally open to the dining room and main living room so it will be great for entertaining.

A close up of text on a white surface

Ok, so breaking down the cabinet design on this next drawing is the whole right wall with the oven and fridge on it.


Left to right, there is a large ceiling to counter glass cabinet with sliding doors. That will be a deeper cabinet brought forward a bit. I like that it balances out the fridge and creates symmetry. Then 2 sets of cabinets flanking the hood, which will be set back. Also, nice  big drawers to keep pots and pans in, which I find easier to organize than cabinets.

Then a 36 inch oven,  I went around in circles about going for the big double oven 48 inch, but ultimately the kitchen design worked out so much better with the smaller oven and it still has 6 burners. The hood will sit forward (you can follow my handy arrows at the top of the page) as will the fridge as that’s obviously deeper. It will be a counter depth fridge to look more built in.

Then that 2nd bank of cabinets is only about 16 inches deep to keep the breakfast nook from feeling too tight. That’s more of a decorative cabinet that’s a mix of open shelves and glass doors. I’m also toying with the idea of painting the whole thing a different color to look more like furniture. Maybe the same color as the island? I haven’t worked out the island design yet, but I want it to look like a piece of furniture. I’m also thinking possibly doing 1×4 vertical planks in the back of the decorative cabinet section so maybe just paint the back a  different color and keep the cabinets white, opinions?

Breakfast nook plansThis is the breakfast nook (totally NOT to scale). Remember when I mentioned we saved a bunch of old beams in the house we tore down? We are going to use them to frame this window seat, sort of like this drawing. 2, 8 foot beams will  hold up 1, 9 foot beam and they will have wall sconces mounted to them. I’m really excited to see how this turns out, I wanted to use these beams so many places, but the problem is most of them are only 6-8 ft long. So not long enough to put on the ceilings or walls when our ceilings are 9 foot throughout the house. This seemed like a fun spot to use them to add a little warmth and character to the kitchen.

I haven’t picked out specific finishes yet, I’m thinking mostly white cabinets. Painting the island (and maybe that decorative section of cabinetry???) a blueish grey color. I’ll be doing a white-ish quartz again, but I’m thinking about butcher block for the island top.

I’m still also working on the pantry design, there will be a wine fridge (more reason to hide in the pantry when my kids are driving me nuts!) in there and also the microwave. At least part of it will have a counter (butcher block again I think) where I will keep my toaster, coffee maker etc. but I’m thinking one wall will just be floor to ceiling shelves too.

That’s what I’ve got so far. You can check out the lights I picked for the kitchen in this post here. And the overall house plans here if you missed them.

They are starting to put exterior trim on all the windows, which means siding is coming soon – can’t wait to share more next week!

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  1. Hi! I’ve been reading your house build blogs back-to-back this morning- but I have to get working- I am wondering if you ever show the floor plan for the interiors w dimensions? I am hoping to build in the new year at the beach and your house designs are right up my alley! I love the exposed rafters living room especially. I’m looking at getting a lot in NC w a marsh view a couple of miles from the beach so the wall of windows would work well for wildlife viewing.

    I used to live on a lake as well with my husband and it was absolute bliss! He passed in 2017, so I am starting over near the ocean. Thanks for any info you can share. Thanks for all your posts! It has totally been a joy to witness the process unfold!


    1. Hi Lisa, I’m not able to share our floor plans due to an agreement with an architect but if you follow me on instagram there are some helpful video tours saved in my highlights so you can get a better feel for the floor plan. Good luck with your new build :)

  2. Hi, I’m sure you must know this, but being a free hand drawer myself, I just use graph paper and the good kind has a darker line around every 4 squares. You can decide what every small or large square represents. It’s a life saver. Again, I don’t want to insult your intelligence so I’m assuming you know this. Just in case…thought I’d pass it along. Love the house BTW and looking forward to seeing more of your progress.


    1. Hi Allison, I’m just too lazy to go out and get the graph paper ha! Thankfully all the cabinets are built now and they turned out just like I envisioned, I’ll be sharing soon!

  3. I know you said you were still working through finishes on this but wondering what type of cabinetry you were planning. It looks like inset from your drawings, which I just love!

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