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.
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.
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.
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.