Help with Kitchen Plans For Brownstone Parlor
Hi, all. I'd love some thoughts on our plan to move our kitchen into the back parlor of our brownstone. It's a great spot for the kitchen, but a tricky plan because the room is long and narrow and we want to keep the beautiful detail, including the alcove. I've found this site to be a valuable resource, so I thought I'd check in and see what people think, and if they have any ideas or red flags or anything.
I've attached an elevation and plan for the way we envision it currently. Originally, I had the stove centered in the alcove and the sink centered in the island. However, I realized that, as a busy family of four, our island (which is not all that large) would quickly and permanently be colonized by dirty and clean (drying) dishes and lose much of its functionality for prep.
I also considered centering the sink in the alcove and putting an induction cooktop on the island, but venting is not really possible in that location due to high ceilings with no space above them and no obvious way to go down, either, even if those downdrafts worked, which I understand they don't really. Plus it would take up a lot of space. I cook a lot, and I like to spread out, and really value uncluttered workspace, so I think an open island is the most workable solution, but of course it means we do have a lot crammed into that alcove. We'll use an induction cooktop and move it a little away from the wall for pot clearance, and an electric oven under, instead of a range.
There will be a 48" round table in the back where the bay windows are. A built-in cabinet and some open shelves will be on the far wall, but that wall is not really usable space for kitchen stuff (i.e. no putting the fridge or sink over there). It's kind of an extension of the living room into the dining/kitchen space.
So that's the plan. I'd love to hear your input and constructive criticism. Thanks in advance!