So my fiancé and I have been thinking about what to do with the kitchen to improve on the storage space available (which isn't much) for when we move back in mid next year. The 2 main ideas we've come up with are a new bench along the dining room wall with draws underneath and over head cupboards, as well as an over fridge cupboard and 2 small ones either side of the range hood (which is yet to be installed too).
The other idea is to expand the pantry from the little cupboard it is at the moment into a decent sized walk in pantry. The plan I've come up with is below, utilising the front room which is unused space to us. The smaller front room would become a small piano/reading/study area and the new pantry will be about 4 meters long! I was thinking we could just knock the shelves out of the current pantry, cut a whole through the brick wall at the back and build a new wall as shown in the plans I've attached.
I'm looking for suggestions or ideas from you folk out there about other things to consider? It'd be nice to here about any previous experience too regarding this sort of reno. I've looked at the plans and you can see where the overhead support beams of the living are and I don't think they would be impacted by doing this, but someone else may know better than me. The walls in the house are brick & rendered and the room is 31 courses high, but I would most likely only cut a door height hole in the wall at the back of the pantry making a little tunnel. And I'm thinking that a stud wall with gyprock would be the best option for the pantry extension. It'd be good if anyone could advise me as to a guesstimate on the cost of something like this as well!
The house as it is at present;
The new pantry plans;