Feedback on kitchen layout please
I have been lurking here for several years and have learned so much, thank you. I am getting ready to remodel my kitchen and would love some ideas/feedback on layout. My house is a typical 1920's California bungalow. From the back entrance, which is used as the primary entrance, you enter an office/mud room, and then go up 5 stairs into what is currently the laundry walk through that takes you into the kitchen. The kitchen was last redone probably around 1968, when the office/mudroom was added.
My goals for the new kitchen are to open it up more, create more storage and counter space, and have space to relax and eat. I need to keep the laundry and also need to add a half bath. And no, unfortunately there is no other place in the house for the half bath.
proposed new floorplan
There are two adults living in the house (and an ornery cat). I love to cook and frequently have friends over for dinner. Everyone ends up hanging out in the kitchen so I need a place for people to sit and be out of my way. I do have a separate DR that I use but when it's just two or three, we eat in the kitchen. Plus I'd like a comfy spot to have a cup of coffee or tea and peruse my cookbooks.
From DR looking into kitchen
The entrance to the DR is very narrow due to fridge and counter/oven placement. I plan to move the fridge and widen the doorway. On the DR side of the shared wall is a built in sideboard that is about bar height with a recessed arch above it. I�m thinking of cutting out part of the arch to get more of a connection with the DR.
Doorway barely visible on left leads to kitchen. (am in the process of stripping painted over wallpaper.)
For appliances I plan to have a single wall oven, gas cooktop with exhaust, MW, DW, toaster oven. I think that I will need to get a French door fridge to allow room for the work table I want. I have not yet decided if I want a 36" cooktop or if a 30" will do.
Things I need: counter space, food storage, eating area, cat feeding area, recycling & trash space, storage for several crockpots and canning supplies, display for cookbooks. I�d like to store dishware in large drawers instead of upper cabinets.
Things I would like: a wine fridge (30-40 bottles?), coffee bar, possibly a bar sink if it doesn�t eliminate too much storage. Would it be too weird to use the bathroom sink to get water for coffee?
I'd prefer to not move windows or the gas line.
I�m having a particularly difficult time with the left side of the kitchen, what is currently the nook. Any suggestions for improving my proposed layout would be very much appreciated. Thanks.