Review our kitchen plan, we need help!
We are a family of five (three small boys) building on our beef cattle farm in western KY. We are trying to keep the house small at 2000 sf, but will have a full basement for storage. We buy some things in bulk and I am not sure we have adequate storage. The laundry room/mudroom area is something we have never had before and we want to utilize it well for our muddy boys and muddy boots. (See the second picture for the mudroom, the first just has a laundry room entrance).
I bake with the boys a good bit and would like them to be able to help with cleanup after dinner. It seems like drawers and low cabinets will work well for these early years. I just realized I forgot to add in a microwave, though. I have not started the nitty gritty of what will be stored where.
The first picture is our house plan as originally drawn. The kitchen has an opening directly to the bedrooms. I am concerned about the boys running through on their way outside/ to the garage, so I have drawn up another idea. The second picture incorporates some changes an architect friend will be making that will add the entryway/back door that I want. The rear hallway is five feet wide, so there might be room to add some pantry-type storage along the walls, just not sure where. The door to the front of that hall leads to the garage (the lower left if my hand-drawn pic). I think a narrow tall pantry next to the fridge would help with food storage, too.
Please let me know if you have any comments, they would all be appreciated! I know so little about kitchen design!