Kitchen Layout Help
Long time lurker, first time poster. My husband and I are finally ready to move forward with a long anticipated upstairs remodel. I'd love some input and advice on layout, as we've gone through several scenarios, but want to make sure that we aren't overlooking anything. The layout I'll post below "feels" the best to us, but it also gives us the least amount of cabinet space. It is still more than we currently have though.
About us: We have two kids, 6 & 9. My husband rarely cooks, but helps with the clean up. I love to cook and bake bread (though rarely bake things like cookies or cakes-could be my awful 24" oven or just not my thing). The kids cook dinner a few times a month and the 6 year old loves to cook with me most days. We like to entertain and frequently have a few families over for meals. One or twice a year we host a large party (75+ people).
We are opening up the kitchen into the living room as I often feel confined in my current kitchen and find that we all end up in the kitchen together anyway. We also have a nice view out our front windows, so it would be lovely to see that as well. I'm imagining a space where the kids can do homework, we can play board games (a frequent past time), and read.
Some other notes about the drawing below and our space:
-The ceiling slopes from a height of 7'8" on the fireplace end to 12' on the piano end.
-I'd really like to have the range in the island. Still trying to decide if the hood hanging over top would bug me.
-I'm leaning toward a 36" all gas range with miele speed oven mounted undercounter in the island. I am leaving the door open to consider a 48". I like to prep next to my cooktop.
-We are considering enlarging Deck door A to an 8' slider, if space permits.
-Deck door B is currently a window that looks into the backyard and trees. We are looking into enlarging that into a series of windows and slider or french door sliders. Right now we are thinking a total span of 10-12'. The 2'8" wall to the left of Deck Door B contains all of the upstairs home electrical runs, so it can't be completely removed.
-The Bench in the front entryway is currently a closet. In this layout we have to shrink it to a cubby with hooks and a bench to make the entryway into the hall large enough. We could steal space from the adjacent laundry room for a coat closet, but that would mean people walking into the house would have a straight view down the hall to the bedrooms. (i.e. no more naked dash to the linen closet or laundry room for clothes). I love the privacy the closet currently provides.
-The fireplace doesn't exist yet, but we have the gas line run to the area and a direct vent unit picked out.
-I'm thinking the island will need to get a bit larger to get the proper overhang for comfortable seating.
Any thoughts or input greatly appreciated!