Layout critique appreciated!
I would love feedback on my new construction kitchen plan. The combined knowledge on this forum is amazing! Hopefully this isn�t too much of a wall of text. Let me know if I need to add more dimensions � I didn�t want to clutter up the image too much. Each big box on the graph paper is a foot, and the total dimensions of the kitchen are 11 X 20.
Two adults, both in our mid thirties, no children now and no children in the future. Sometimes we both cook together, sometimes just one of us cooks and the other hangs out or cleans. We are both vegan, and eat a lot of rice and pasta with veggies, stir-fries, that sort of thing. Vitamix gets a lot of use in the summer, oven gets more use in the winter, but nothing ever gets transferred from the cooktop to oven.
We really don�t clean as we cook, except when one of us cleans while the other cooks. I think creating a separate clean up zone will work well for us. I also want to avoid "unusable" counter that just collects clutter, because we will clutter it!
I want the kitchen to feel very connected to the outdoors and garden, hence the window seat and counter height windows. The garden will be right outside those windows.
We don�t need a lot of eating/seating space in the kitchen itself, but I want there to be enough seating that one or two people can hang out in there. So think social seating for just a person or three, not sit down to eat seating. .
We don�t entertain too often, but when we do, it is extremely informal, and usually just a couple people.
Planning for mostly drawers in the bottom cabinets. I�m undecided about uppers around the clean up sink.
The fridge wall will have upper cabinets, and I�m thinking an appliance garage and extra deep counter where it says toaster and vitamix.
The item marked "water" is a countertop water dispenser that we use for drinking water and tea and coffee. We refill glass carboys with filtered water at the store because our well water is full of sulfur and iron. The water dispenser is a busy area - like some people�s fridges are - for beverages. I put it on the edge of the kitchen because of this, but we do also need it close enough to the cooktop to fill the tea kettle. I�ve been having trouble finding the perfect place for it.
Sometimes I look at the island and think maybe it is too deep? Four feet seems huge�
About our build
We are building ourselves a new home on land that we already live on. The construction will be nearly 100% DIY (with the exception of some of the excavation work), very low budget and effectively a cash build. What this means for the kitchen is that we will be doing all the work ourselves, including building the cabinets and counters (stainless steel and/or large format tile). So, doing things that are unusual or unconventional is totally fine, but things that add complexity or cost are undesirable for us.
Design limits / what can change
Most all the elements in the kitchen are able to be moved at this point, including the sinks and stove. The south wall is the best wall for venting the stove. Windows can move around and change shape, but I don�t want to reduce the total amount of glass on the south wall, as this is a passive solar oriented build.
I do not want the main clean up sink on the south wall, because I want to have counter height windows there and my partner has objected strongly to the combination of water and no backsplash.
We will be mostly reusing our existing appliances until we can afford new ones. The one splurge will be a new induction cooktop.
Thank you so much for any thoughts you have on my proposed layout!