Layout help - My Mom and Dad's Kitchen
Edit: I want to make it clear that this is a total remodel and the brick arch will be removed. They are looking to make their kitchen more functional, as it is all squished into the left half of the kitchen with the fridge right next to the range which is right in the corner and the sink around the corner. Thanks!
2nd edit, to answer some of the excellent questions (I called Mom and asked her the questions - you're really making her think about things differently). Thank you, everyone for your great questions and suggestions! I realize that this kitchen is really constrained :( Let's assume that the budget is unlimited. They are ok with moving the stairs and they are ok with removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room. The dining room is not huge: I don't have dimensions, but they have a large table with 6 chairs and there is adequate space on the side to walk comfortably. Mom thinks they could only take about 1 foot of the dining room for the kitchen, but they are willing to do that. Let's assume for now that they are NOT willing to swap the kitchen with the dining room.
They definitely want eat-in space, and are hoping for 4 spaces. This is a big priority. Pantry space is not as much a priority (they store extra food in the basement, which is down the stairs, around the corner, then down another 1/2 flight of stairs - not ideal, but not too far). The garage is down the stairs and around the corner - this is where the groceries come in.
The range is vented now - kind of. There's a small fan up there, like a bathroom fan. I'm sure it's not to code. But there is ductwork that goes outside, although I'm not sure of the diameter of the ductwork. They never use the fan now because it is not at all effective.
Thanks again, everyone!
Below is my original post:
Help, please, with this challenging layout! My Mom and Dad have a tri-level house with stairs that take up part of the kitchen floorplan. This will be a total gut-remodel, and you can assume that anything can change except that they will not replace the bay window, but it happens to be at a typical table height. The wall with the sink is load-bearing. The master bedroom and bath is behind the half wall that the stairs go below (see the last picture), so I'm thinking that there must be a beam or something in there for support?
They have a lovely view of the Mississippi River out the bay windows, and they like to eat there, overlooking the river. They sit there a lot, reading the newspaper, drinking coffee, etc.
They prepare food from scratch for most meals, often making extra and freezing for later. They host family and friends at least once a month - my sister and her family of 4 live just down the street. They have a small garden and do a little canning. My Dad makes bread in the bread machine frequently, so it sits out on the counter.
One of their goals is to make it easier for both of them to work in the kitchen together.
They would really appreciate any advice and help you can offer, and I thank you as well!
Editted to make it clear that this is a total remodel, and the brick arch will be removed.
This post was edited by pudgybaby on Mon, Mar 11, 13 at 22:16