Kitchen Renovation Feedback--Modern in Old Victorian House
I would like some feedback on my new kitchen plan. Firstly, I've attached the layout. To give you an idea of what we have now: what is the "kitchen" in the layout you see is not a separate room with a door where the window furthest away from the cabinet is. The line separating the two spaces indicates a drop in the ceiling (where our HVAC is) and where the current kitchen is (the "door" there is now a small window", separated from the other room by a wall. That wall will come out, but the drop ceiling must stay in. Our current kitchen is small and awful. Here were some hiccups in creating the space:
1. The space in general. Next to the "pantry" (now an open space is where the washer/dryer is. That really can't move. We had experimented with the idea if the current kitchen being a laundry/pantry, but that seemed like a waste of space. Making it an entry nook from the back yard seemed MUCH better. Still not sure how I feel about the drop ceiling, but like the idea of the separation of space.
2. The window in the corner is 17 in from the wall, meaning a space had to be there. It kind of bugs me, but, ah.
3. The space will be open from the area of the entry to the kitchen, but the wall of the pantry buts out a bit, to the fridge, to the cabinet. The stair step of the juts bugs me a bit too. Ideas? Making the pantry fridge deep requires re-doing the laundry room and it would be too small.
4. About our home: It is an 1885 Victorian side hall. The ceilings in the kitchen itself are about 13 feet. Thus the cabinets have a LOT of ceiling in front of them. We don't want to do soffits, I think, but am worried about the space there.
5. Have not even thought about a backsplash or flooring. Also, paint color (just picked something in planner to have color). Like the idea of black and white tile (old school) to match age of house.
Any and all feedback appreciated!
Here is the link to the layout: https://picasaweb.google.com/Brittbabelsu/Kitchen?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCLSInYSZ4P7zFg&feat=directlink
Here is the link to the Ikea Home planner: