Odd dishwasher placement--ergonomic or terrible?
First I should just admit that dh does most of the dishes--a real sweetie, so I'm giving weight to his preferences as shown in the diagram below:
originally I had the two dishwashers flanking the cleanup sink on the left wall. Most of the dish storage is in the wall cabinets at the top of the diagram. I haven't drawn the doors in yet but they will be a mixture of glass and solids. There are two silverware drawers in the middle of the cabinets.
DH is asking for one dishwasher to the right of the sink (DW 1 in the diagram), and one in the island across from the sink (DW 2). He thinks DW2 will be easy to load either from the island top or the cleanup sink across the ~48" aisle, and handy to unload into the cabinets at the top of the diagram.
If I put DW2 to the left of the sink, it's a bit of a trip up to the cabinets to put everything away.
DW1 might be our secondary, overflow DW, because at only 11" clearance between its right edge and the dish cabinet, (I believe NKBA recommends a minimum of 21") I don't really see someone standing in that narrow gap and unloading into the cabinets. I don't even see how the lower doors could open when DW1 is open. So they would have to stand at the end of the pulled out dishwasher drawers, lean over, and unload. Maybe not too bad, but flies against the NKBA guidelines. The only way to increase the size of that gap would be to make the windows on the left wall off center, and I'm not sure I can bring myself to do that. Yes, I want good function, but symmetry is just so beautiful, I'm willing to give a bit to get a bit.
for a little more context of traffic flow etc, here is a zoomed out view of the kitchen:
so, any advice/observations? This placement is pretty much a non-reversable decision, so I want to get it right on the first try.