Kitchen/Living Layout Advice?
First time poster, long time reader/lurker!
My wife and I are finally ready to renovate our main living space/kitchen and would appreciate any guidance/advice you can provide. This is our first home and we’ve never taken on a renovation of this size. I've attached a picture of our current layout in this post. I've taken a shot in re-designing the space and will follow with another post containing that file.
We do not have a family yet, but we hope to start one very soon and would like to take this into our design considerations. Right now, I feel like we have a disproportionate amount of "dining space." What you see in the current layout is our entire public living space. We live in a Ranch home with no basement (on slab). The hallway leads to 3 bedrooms and additional bathrooms.
My re-design incorporates taking down what we believe to be a load bearing wall. We have not heard back from the engineer on the plan or if a column will be needed yet.
The new plan reduces the plan to one dining room with a larger table and island which frees up space for additional living space. Our current fireplace is a see-through wood burning which we’ve never used. I’d like to fill in the dining room side and install a gas insert facing the living room to create additional usable space in the dining room.
The gas feed to the house is just on the other side of the exterior wall from the new range placement so that should be easy to hook up. I know moving the sink is going to be a little tougher seeing that we are on a slab but I think it’s necessary in my current plans.
In the proposed plan, I kind of like the idea of entering the house through the front door and looking through the French doors on the left. I think the space will draw your eyes across the dining room table and up the range/hood on the far wall. I think it would have a nice visual impact.
So, some of my concerns…
The exterior wall in my proposed plan becomes very crowded with the fridge, range and hood. These appliances basically eliminate any upper wall cabinets so everything would be below in drawers on the wall and island. My wife has had her hopes on a BS RNB 36” with hood thanks to this forum! I’ve also moved the CD fridge placement to that wall as well to provide us with space for a small “mudroom” (Bench/shelves/hooks). Currently, we enter through the garage 98% of the time and all of our stuff lands on chairs, counter tops, etc in the kitchen. This has also turned our small ½ bath into a closet of sorts!
With no uppers and the placement of the appliances and window, would this layout work? It almost seems like it would make sense to switch the prep/window area with the range if it’s cost effective to improve the flow.
With this being our only living space, am I trying too hard to make it open? Or, would I be better served to keep some of these separate? My wife liked the idea of having some living space next to the kitchen so that she can keep an eye on young children.
Any suggestions or comments you can provide would be very much appreciated! Thank you!!