Need help with layout of brownstone parlor kitchen
I'd like help with the layout of our brownstone Parlor (high 2nd floor) kitchen particularly with some design issues we have Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½"
1. We have about 18Ã¢ÂÂ of pipes to our bathroom coming off the utility wall at the bottom of what could be a nice clean L-shaped kitchen, so we could put a fridge or stove or a pantry next to the pipes but IÃ¢ÂÂm worried about a fridge opening right into the cabinets/countertop; unless we put the fridge on the end of the 10-foot utility wall and just use the opened up airshaft for a pantry.
2. Whether to put the sink in the island to create a better triangle.
3. ThereÃ¢ÂÂs a soffit along the main utility wall thatÃ¢ÂÂs decorative and needs to remain if weÃ¢ÂÂre keeping the tin ceiling (which we want to do)
4. Needing to convert a window to a door to a new deck/stairs, our options are to convert the only kitchen window which is 31Ã¢ÂÂ wide, which will mean we can't have a sink in front of a window OR to convert a 29Ã¢ÂÂ wide dining room window which might compromise a gorgeous symmetrical trim around 3 dining room windows and require widening the window on a bend in the house, all potential contractors say door off the kitchen will be much easier and cleaner
5. can't really make the dining room area the kitchen since it's a 2nd floor with a future rental below (which itself has tin ceilings that are worth saving), the little kitchen area is a legacy of the 100+ year old houses with tiny kitchens closed off with walls, but we could put built-in pantry areas next to the "fireplace" part of the dining room area
IÃ¢ÂÂd love any suggestions (see pics of the current raw space and drawings)