Help me maximize use of available space and compensate for the ghastly layout in my terrible horrible no good very bad kitchen.
The kitchen in my new apartment is fucking heinous and all my ideas for embettering it involve large scale demolition and tea-making robots. This is a rental, so large-scale crashings and smashings are off the table.
This is the kitchen(ette) from the living room. To the right is the hallway to the front door, to the left is the hallway to the smaller bedroom, bathroom, and closets. The hallway on the right has a 3 foot and change clearance between the wall and the kitchen island. There is a 3 foot clearance between the left hand wall/hallway to the bathroom and the left edge of the island.
Oh, and that island thingy? Is crap. It's only half as deep as it could be, and there is no demonstrable reason why.
Here is the island from the side. On the bottom left of the island you can kind of see the outline of the cabinet inside it. It only goes halfway through. WHAT IS IN THE REST OF THE ISLAND? it is a ~*mystery*~
AND LOOK AT THAT STUPID SINK. THERE IS NOWHERE TO PUT A DISH DRAINER THINGY. I bought the narrowest one I could find and I still don't think it's going to fit.
Closer view of the terrible kitchen. In my old place I currently have 4 large cabinets on top of my sink and 4 large ones beneath, with two drawers for silverware and other kitcheny things, and a huge open pantry against the wall. In this new kitchen I have 2 large and 2 small above, and two medium ones beneath, plus the cabinet in the island, and no pantry whatsoever. AND NO DRAWERS. How am I supposed to live without drawers?
SO. Here are my issues:
- can't put the microwave/toaster/etc anywhere in the kitchen (maybe wall mount micro above stove?)
- where the fuck do I put the goddamn silverware and other drawery items? ARGH.
- DISH DRAIN THINGY WHY YOU DO THIS. nothing is going to fit on the side of that stupid sink. (I am considering having the cabinets ripped out and having a dish draining cabinet built above the sink)
- seriously I can't even figure out how to deal with multiple kinds of recycling in this awful kitchen, much less a simple trash can
I already plan to donate/freecycle/throw away as much stuff as possible, but even then it will be a hassle to do basic stuff like store more than 2 rolls of paper towels at a time while still having actual FOOD in the house.
I'd rather not use the island as a permanent home for any appliances, as that is my only counter/food-prep space.
I am reasonably sure my landlord will allow any kind of construction that does not change the basic layout of the kitchen - as long as I pay for it myself, which I will.