New Year = New Kichen. Need help with layout.
We are in the process of looking at putting our home on the market and purchasing a spec home that is in the framing stage in a 55+ development. When we met with the realtor on Tuesday we were told we have about 1 month before decisions would need to be made on the kitchen. Having gone through a kitchen remodel 5 years ago for what I thought was my forever kitchen, I certainly did not think I'd be looking at doing this again so soon.
Below is the first floor plan of the house we are looking at. There are a few things that I'd like to have changed, like removing the coat closet and pantry to the right of the kitchen in favor of a pantry cabinet, recycle bins, and beverage refrigerator with cabs above. We currently have a beverage refrig and love it, so it would be a difficult thing to give up. The exterior walls, windows, and majority of walls are set. One thing that I would like to keep that was built IRL is no door between the dining room and kitchen. That would allow me to have a longer run. The majority of the houses in the development have the opening with the fridge located in the little space. Really do not like the look. Perhaps the design gods here feel otherwise and can convince me to put the door back in.
Based on the plan and the measurements we took today, I came out with the following layout.
A little about us...DH is in early 60s and home on disability, thus our need for a 55+ community. I'm in my mid-50s and still work. We have a 27 year old son that still lives with us, but is on the road/working for most of the day. Weekdays he only eats breakfast at home. I enjoy cooking but find I'm exhausted when I get home so we go out more than we should. DH can't follow a recipe, so that's not an option. We use to entertain quite a bit, but due to my DHs medical issues, that has been reduced. When we have family over for holidays, there are at least 25. Baking is not a huge priority for me.
I discovered this amazing forum right in the middle of our kitchen remodel so did not have the benefit of the wisdom of so many here. I will say, however, we had a great KD and we love our kitchen. The only thing I would have changed is having drawers under my cooktop rather than doors and pull outs. For this reason, the quick design I created for the new house mimics our current kitchen in many ways. I've posted a link below to photos. You might recognize several of the shots.
Sorry to go on so long. If you have the time, I would love for you to give me your thoughts. The program I used is limited, so things look a bit funky. Things I'm looking at are:
-Raised dishwasher (I located this at the end of the window run. Was thinking the upper cab could come down to the counter. I was also thinking a bookcase at the end would be good.)
-Microwave drawer in island by fridge
-Seating at island on two sides. Those two little boxes on the living room side are legs. Island as drawn would be 8' x 4.5'. I allowed 42" between the island and the perimeter cabs.
Thanks for looking!
Here is a link that might be useful: nhbaskets current kitchen