Kitchen layout - comments and suggestions?
We are very lucky to be building a new home starting this spring/summer and are enjoying the design process. I welcome comments and suggestions on our latest kitchen layout. Here are the details we know so far:
Mainly, this is a house for two people, my husband and I. We have two children who are in college nearby and will be visiting us for breaks periodically and living with us over summers for 4-5 years to come. For a short time, we might get a bounceback after college graduation! Sometimes my husband and I work together in the kitchen, but usually it’s just me. I am a semi-serious cook, and we entertain large groups at holiday times and for family and friend celebrations. The kitchen will be a gathering space for friends and family during these times. We have a separate dining room that will be used far less frequently than the kitchen eating area.
The overall style of the house is contemporary/modern. Floors will be wood, likely fir or maple. Interiors of windows are fir. Cabinets will be cherry, slab panels. We have not chosen countertop materials yet, but I am thinking of soapstone or granite. Counters in the kitchen are 30” deep. Upper cabinets next to vent hood will be 14” deep, upper cabinet next to ovens will go to the countertop and be 12” deep. I have had, for 18 years, 30” deep counters and I love them. No problems with reaching things - at 6’0” I am the shortest person in my house by about 4”.
Pantry measures 5’6” x 5’6”. It will have counters, some open and closed storage below (drawers, mostly), and open shelving above for food storage. I hope to keep all small electrics (mixer, coffee maker, cuisinart, etc.) in pantry on counter to lessen clutter on the kitchen counters. Currently, counters are designed at 24” deep and upper shelves at 12” deep. I would appreciate your thoughts on this -- both seem too deep to me.
The ceiling over the kitchen will be vaulted, with the vault continuing into the family room. Two large beams will span this space, neither of which will be directly over the kitchen.
Appliances: We are using the Thermador promotion: 30” refrigerator column, 18” freezer column, 36” induction cooktop, ventilation insert for custom hood, star sapphire dishwasher, 30” masterpiece double ovens. In addition, we will have a 24” Sharp microwave drawer and a 15” Kitchenaid trash compactor. Fridge, freezer, dishwasher, and trash compactor will have cabinet panels.
Sinks: The island sink will be the smaller Kohler stages sink, 33 x 18 x 9.5. The corner sink will be the Julien 3999, right rear draining, single bowl, 30 x 18 x 10.
The corner windows over sink are each 30” wide, the large window over dishwasher is 60”. Pocket doors are marked with measurements.
Here’s what I’m thinking about changing:
Make the large window a bit smaller so we can move the cooktop and ventilation further away from fridge/freezer. Currently, there is only 12” landing space to right of cooktop. This would enable slightly wider upper cabinets as well. What do you think is minimum for landing space to the right of cooktop?
I would consider moving the ovens 6-12” closer to the corner sink, to increase pantry space slightly.