Good Questions: Fitted or Unfitted Kitchen?

Andrea sent us an email: My partner and I are hoping to add some much needed storage to the west side of our kitchen. (We own a small, mostly renovated semi in downtown Toronto.) We had been thinking of doing built-in cupboards...

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... and a pantry around the fridge with a small desk tucked in at the end on the right. Now we are considering the option of doing an unfitted kitchen (open shelving across the top, an armoire, some kind of desk) for a few reasons: cost, no off-gassing from new cupboards, and I think it might give the kitchen some personality. My partner is not so sure it will look good though.

What do you think we should do? Fitted or unfitted? Any ideas/suggestions for either approach?

By the way, some day we would like to update the other half of our kitchen (cupboard doors, counter surface, backsplash) but it won't be for some time so we need both halves to work together.

I hope the attached pictures give you an idea of the space. Yes! It is a disaster right now!!!

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Please add your suggestions for Andrea's kitchen to the comments below...thanks!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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