Kitchen layout--are we on the right track?
We'd like your feedback on our kitchen layout. This is a new (to us) house in which we're removing a wall between the kitchen and the living room and starting from scratch. The original kitchen was 12 by 12 feet and this drawing pushes the island into the dining area by 18 inches.
We spent lots of time here reading the pros and cons about putting a cooktop on the island. At the end of the day, we felt it made sense for us due to our cooking style. We're thinking a cooktop with an oven underneath, although that could also be a 30-inch range. We have no need for a double oven. (And we've always been happy with our countertop microwave.)
Regarding our cooking, we don't stir fry (or fry at all) and the high temp cooking will be done outside on the grill, so we're hoping to get by without a huge hood. And thereÃ¢ÂÂs not much of a crowd--95% of the time it is just the two of us.
I do have concerns about the aisles around the island being too tight, which is a result of trying to make the island bigger to maximize prep space. Our thinking is we're okay since we don't have gobs of people coming and going (or even sitting at the dining table), but we'd appreciate a gut check on this.
I do hope this all makes sense and appreciate guidance on anyplace we may have gone astray!