I'm new and so is my kitchen! Help with layout!
I need layout help. I really don't know where to start, but I read the sticky and tried to answer the questions on the "quizzes."
I've placed some cabinets and appliances in here to get started. We are adding a 20 x 32 space onto our house. It includes a 20 x 18 kitchen and expansion of a current bedroom to be a master bed/bath/closet. We are repurposing our current 9 x 10 kitchen to a laundry room, which is now on our back porch.
We are a family of 4. We have a 5 yo and 18 month old and haven't ruled out another child. We plan to stay here at least 5 - 7 more years. I do all of the cooking unless dh wants cookies. He can slice and bake. My family visits in the kitchen. We spend a lot of time in our current tiny kitchen. I am a stay at home mom. My toddler and I eat lunch at home daily, and I cook supper 5 - 6 nights a week. I'm pretty diverse - I do everything from grill outside to crock pot to stir fry or casseroles. We eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
This is meant to be a nice kitchen that will give us more space and allow for more company (I have 4 siblings, and our Sunday school class gets together regularly.), but it's not my dream kitchen. If it were, I would love a 36" Dacor dual fuel range with 6 burners. We are sticking with our 30" convection range we have for now.
My must haves are an island and plenty of prep space. I have about 18" of total prep space in my current kitchen, ONE lower cabinet (that's in the corner), and three small drawers. I need storage for mixing bowls and small appliances. I need a place to sort mail/file, have my laptop. I would love a walk in pantry but I don't want to waste space on a huge one. An entry closet would be nice to put my stroller as we don't have a garage, but it's not a must have. Space is key for me. We have a dining room, but I like an eating area in my kitchen too. Chairs at the island would do. My stand mixer stays on my counter and I drink coffee in the winter.
The new kitchen will be the entry to the house for most everyone. Our driveway goes to the back of the house. The kitchen will flow into a dining room and den. I want lots of natural light, plenty of space and functionality. I am open to any suggestions. None of this is set, and I would love ideas.
Questions I have:
*Where is the best place for the entry door?
*Where should I build a pantry? Behind the range and cabinets? Another place? Use some of the master suite area for part of the pantry? What is a good size?
*If we put pantry behind the range, should I change to a U shape?
*How big should the island be? What length will accommodate 4 chairs?
*Do I have enough space for a desk area with cabinets? Small entry closet? From Screen Captures