Finalizing kitchen layout--help wanted!
I have been lurking here for several months, and have gotten some wonderful ideas from you all. I was hoping I could pick your brains as we are approaching finalization of our kitchen layout plans.
A few things about us & our kitchen:
We're a family of 3--mom, dad, and 7-year-old. I'm the main cook in the family, but occasionally the others will be in there, too (ideally doing dishes, but more likely, stealing cookies). We've lived in this house for 10 years, and there are some things about the current layout that work well for us, and others that don't. I cook--and bake--a lot, so it's important to me to have a functional space. We also entertain once or twice a month, so we want a space that works for that, too.
Our main goal is to open the kitchen into the den and integrate it into that space. Given the current layout of the house and the scope of this project, we are not looking at knocking out any more walls or opening other spaces. Windows will remain where they are, due to a brick exterior and few options for other placements. The below layout is actually in many ways quite similar to what we have now, so I am hopeful that it will fix the things that annoy me while keeping the things that work.
The total dimensions of the kitchen/eat-in area are 25' x 10'.
Any input you could give would be very appreciated.