It really wasn't a part of anything- it wasn't part of the kitchen, it wasn't part of the dining room. I kept a buffet in here for extra storage. Then, my husband got a huge butcher block top from a friend doing a kitchen remodel and he decided to make a bar/counter/computer area for me. Plus, it would have the added benefit of covering up an ugly heat duct that we had to pull up through the floor and go into the wall because that's an exterior wall and the laundry room add on had no heat. We didn't want to go through the foundation so the wall was the only option- but it was ugly and stuck out like a sore thumb....
BEFORE- Here they are putting up the cleat for the bar area.... the Mr. is standing in the old exterior door- which now goes to my interior laundry room. We just removed the entire door and gave it to my parents for their barn (it was a good door)
We also built a fake wall between the bar area/kitchen to the dining room. It mirrors the wall going into the living room and helps to visually make the dining room a separate room from the kitchen area......
I am going to re upholster these stools this summer- ideas on fabric or should I go with leather? Past the bar area is the door to the laundry room. I painted all the trim in the house white last spring, since brown was so horrible.
The box to the right of the wine rack covers up the duct work going into the laundry room... this desk is used by me about 6 hours a day- we do homework up here, computer stuff, watch tv and movies on the computer, sort the mail, pay the bills etc... I eat lunch here. It's very useful. I was against building it at first, but I spend more time here than almost anywhere else.
Above is the new cabinet that keeps the stove from being the end of the kitchen. I will go into this more in depth for my next post which is my doll house sized kitchen. But since this is part of the old dining room technically, I thought I'd add this picture.... I so wish we could put in one new cohesive floor but that is just not in the picture now- not with us needing a new roof.
So, now you've seen the tiny entrance, the dining room and now the computer area. The kitchen is next. Maybe, if I can clean it and keep it clean. That's an ongoing battle in a house full of men.