Our house actually has a fairly good-sized kitchen with room for a dining room table. We’re thinking that at some point, a previous owner either closed in a back utility porch or added on a small addition, allowing room for the office and the dining area. Many of the old house plans we’ve found have a separate dining room in between the living room and kitchen but as we’ve discovered, the original owners were probably looking for the most economical floor plan they could find. Eating in the kitchen would have been sufficient for a family on a budget.
The kitchen had been redone fairly recently so the plaster had been replaced with drywall, new cabinets and countertops installed, and an old linoleum floor was recovered in ceramic tile. The tile poses the biggest problem as we look at ways we can recreate a traditional bungalow kitchen. It’s a little too modern and it’s laid in a decorative pattern. On top of that, it’s tough on dishes and glassware–everything you drop shatters instantly. Even the glass doorknob in our pantry (thankfully not original) was not safe from those tiles. One pull and the entire piece came out of the door and broke into pieces. Short of carpeting the entire room, we’re thinking our best solution will be a wood floor.