Help with kitchen cabinet and appliance layout
I've been reading these amazing forums for a few years; just signed up today. Thanks everyone, for your generous, thoughtful responses here ... I hope to do the same once I finish my project.
We are in the middle of a new home build on a sloping lot with amazing views to the North and East. Framing has started. In the floorplans I post, note that all the large spans of windows and doors are towards these views, and exterior walls are committed (foundation in place), while limited adjustments are possible in interior layout.
I am a good cook, preparing roughly 80% of my meals from my repertoire, and 20% from new recipes. (The ratio changes when I'm not distracted by large projects as I am now.)
The family is vegetarian. I don't use an oven for cooking meals; it's used only for baking sweets with my kids or for warming samosas, etc. during large parties.
On weekdays, I cook a simple hot breakfast for the family and pack hot lunches for my two kids (11 and 8), either by reheating leftovers or previously frozen meals. I cook 4-5 dinners per week, eating out or getting takeout the other nights. My husband cooks breakfasts on the weekend, or we head out sometimes. Our meals are mostly Indian, and I cook some Italian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese and Chinese meals. (All fairly spicy and smelly, er, fragrant.) I like to cook when I am alone at home, so that I just reheat food, do quick prep, assembly and serve at mealtime.
So, I'm planning for a 30" cooktop in the open kitchen (breakfast, dinner time warm ups, making dosas - think crepes, making chai when friends drop in). My main 36" range will be in the closed Kitchen 2 (using my pressure cooker, blender, cooking full, messy meals when I'm alone). Kitchen 2 will also serve as a butler's pantry during parties.
We do not use a microwave to heat food, but want one in the kitchen for sterilizing items, and for visitors who want to use it. (Happens often.)
Please see my floorplan and offer critiques. Note that to keep views wide open, there are upper cabinets only along the West edge (along the bottom in the plan) of the main kitchen, and in Kitchen 2.
Happy to post more pics - I have interior elevations, etc. done as a first cut by the architect, but I need to finalize layout and appliance choices pretty soon here.
Thanks in advance!
UPDATE Jan 20 - MORE DETAILS BELOW:
Real Wall of Island Kitchen (Steam oven in location of Speed oven? debating a simple microwave or speed oven elsewhere.)
Island Range Front View (Don't want the steam oven under range ... maybe place it on rear wall in place of speed oven.):
Spice Kitchen Range View:
This post was edited by VaraR on Mon, Jan 20, 14 at 2:00